Swift One // House of Trembling Madness
"Swift One" // NOUN. British, informal. An alcoholic drink (often, but not necessarily, a half-pint of beer) consumed quickly, usually of mythical singularity.
An old University haunt, The House of Trembling Madness in York is adorned with enough animals to fill a taxidermy zoo, and probably one you wouldn’t want to visit at night. Named after the Delirium Tremens - the rapid onset of confusion caused by a withdrawal from alcohol it’s not exactly cheery inspiration.
What is a little more joyful is the 900+ cans and bottles of rare American, Belgian, and UK brews that line the shelves. From the extensive selection of those in near-spitting distance on the Northern Line - Cloudwater, Northern Monk and Wylam - to Evil Twin, To Øl and beyond it’s a veritable treasure trove, with no likely equal.
There's no doubt it's still home to many an enticing lambic or kriek - part of what it was originally famed for, but now these are joined by an abundance of hyper-hazy NEIPAs, DIPAs and the lot, catering to a new crowd of beer lovers while crucially not forgoing the previous craft gaggle.
Lest we forget it is also a pub featuring some superb sharing platters showcasing York’s best cheese, meats and fish (the via vecchia bread is a must) - washed down with something like Verdant's remarkable I Played Bass On That Tune or Deya's quenching Steady Rolling Man and you get the point - it’s good alright. In fact we’d go as far as saying it’s one of our favourite spots North or South, even if it remains a little on the macabre...
Visit Trembling Madness at 48 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AS.
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