Located in the heart of historic York on the south side of Parliament Square Pavement Vaults brings you the finest most flavoursome BBQ and smoked food alongside a top drawer range of craft beer, wine and cocktails.

Like the majority of York, Pavement Vaults and its earlier incarnations, are steeped in history. Originally it was part of Pavement, a medieval street dating back to 1378, but was bisected in order to make way for Piccadilly. Prior to the demolition the site was a coaching inn. The White Swan Hotel was built on the site 1912 and the “Centre Bar,” housed within the hotel, was popular hangout for York’s young hedonists.
The hotel was finally closed in 1982.

Opened in November 2015 beneath the former historic White Swan Hotel a unique drinking and dining experience awaits. York’s first and finest smokehouse will delight your senses. Our open kitchen means you can watch the chefs at work and your nose will get a hint of the rubs and smokey magic. Our chefs were trained by 3 times UK National BBQ Champion Andy Annat.

Pavement Vaults is operated and owned by the Pivovar Group, owners of award winning craft beer bars around the country including Euston Tap, Sheffield Tap, York Tap and Tapped Leeds. Great beer is our pride and you can always be guaranteed a range of cask, keg and bottled beer to please all tastes. The beer range is complemented by an extensive contemporary wine list and features modern classic cocktails selected by General Manager and hospitality veteran Sam Wheatley.

The ‘Vaults’ team of attentive and knowledgeable staff bring you great food, drink and service in the heart of York.




The cask and keg beers are constantly rotating but there are a few breweries that you will usually find on the bar. We are proud to serve lager from Czech brewer Bernard. This unpasteurised and internationally awarded brewery is available in all our bars and is served in several different styles including lagers, a dark lager and unfiltered.

Timothy Taylors are one of the UK's best respected breweries and our house beer is the ever popular Landlord.

Tapped Brew Co products are brewed weekly in our Leeds and Sheffield sites which contain microbreweries. This range is available regularly at Pavement Vaults alongside 18 other rotating cask/keg products all sourced from through our own warehouse and buying team. The line up includes limited release brews and brewery collaborations.