The Watergate is now a calm and serene oasis in the very heart of York. The new security gate offers residents security and especially so if you have a Car. It is a short stroll to all attractions. My room was excellent and the Riverside Garden is fabulous to relax and enjoy nature after a tough day treading the pavements of the beautiful City of York. Highly recommended.

18th August 2017 by "Thomas"

"A fresh change"

The Watergate (previously The Five Lions) has had a complete makeover from how it once was; the owners have clearly put in a great deal of effort to reinvent the inn - it's great riverside pub with incredible food. Rooms are affordable and great quality site just a stones throw from the city centre.


  • Cheap
  • Great food
  • Big
  • Friendly staff
  • Riverside views
  • Decent pub garden

13th September 2015 by "Ruebenmf"

"York Races"

We have just returned from the York races Ebor meeting and spent 3 nights at the excellent Watergate Inn.
I attend this race meeting almost every year and have never stayed in the Walmgate area of York previously.
In a brillant location by the River Foss and close to an abundance of excellent restaurants and pubs we will definitely be returning next year,
Thank you Jan for your Hospitality.

25th August 2015 by "Bryan B" from London

"1st visit since name change"

Thought we'd visit as this place has changed hands. Not sure what it was like before but it seems quite pleasant now. We had a look at the menu-pub classics like steak, pies etc. When our food came it was great. Home-made chips, generous portions and reasonably priced. We didn't have room for dessert so may have to go back again to try some different things. The night we went there was a singer on so that made for a good atmosphere as well. Staff were welcoming and friendly as well.

31st July 2015 by "Rina Rogers" from York

"Great place!"

We stayed here for a weekend away in York and couldn't have asked for more. The location was perfect, Maria and the other staff were so helpful and friendly and the room was clean and comfortable. I'd recommend anyone planning a trip to York to stay here; we'd happily go back.

24th July 2015 by "Sam W" from London

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