Popular York pub reopens – with a new name and a new concept

24 May 2019 @ 6.31 pm
| Food & drink

There’s a new name on York’s street of food and drink.

What was Sutlers is now the Fossgate Tap. It reopened today (Friday 24 May) after a makeover, and with a new approach to food and drink.

The Fossgate Tap is the first to be rebranded under a new concept from owners Camerons Brewery.

It bought the Leeds Brewery pub estate in 2016, including the Duke Of York on King’s Square and the Eagle And Child on High Petergate.

So we might see some changes here too.

Brewing partners

Inside the Fossgate Tap
In a statement, Camerons said they were “introducing a new group of venues under their Urban Country Pubs brand. This group will be based on the Leeds Brewery pubs the brewer acquired in 2016”.

The Urban Country Pubs group will form a partnership with a local brewer and a range of their products will be included on the bar.

And the Fossgate Tap is the first to give this a go.

Camerons is working alongside Yorkshire brewer Turning Point Brew Co. as their partner at the venue.

The exterior of the bar, which is on the corner of Fossgate and Pavement. Photograph: YorkMix

Chris Soley, chief executive at Camerons, said:

  • We felt forming a partnership with a local brewer in the community would be a great way of introducing our venues into a new town or city and in turn give a platform for that brewer to showcase their range of beers.

    We are delighted to be working with Turning Point Brew Co. on this first venue and we look forward to building relationships with other UK brewers as we further grow this group.

Beer range

The new-look interior
The bar will be stocked with Turning Point stalwarts Disco King (APA) and Lucid Dream (milk stout), alongside two rotating guest kegs.

Cask will be session pale Soothsayer and one there’ll be rotating guest line.

Cameron Brown, co-owner and head brewer at Turning Point Brew Co, said:

  • Six of our beers will be on at any time so look forward to finding our newest releases, one-offs, and beery events here.

    We’ll also be inviting collaborating breweries down from time to time to showcase their beers.

    This is an exciting project for us. With York being so close to home we’re very happy to have our beers permanently featured at such a central location in a great York venue, and with just over two years under our belts, this is something we are incredibly proud of!

Sutlers Bar & Kitchen was opened by Richard Beal in March 2015.

A labour of love, he spent two years converting the former Army & Navy store into a quirky, trendy and friendly bar with distinct rooms and spaces.

It was one of the first bars in York to have a truly great collection of gin. And it launched ‘Tinder Tuesday’ – after a disastrous date went viral.