We revealed in April that plans were afoot to create the first axe-throwing centre in York city centre – and now it is a step closer to reality.

The Hilt restaurant, housed in a shop next door to Savers on Goodramgate, would come complete with an area for competitive axe-throwing.

Co-owner Alex Cronin has now submitted a planning application for the venue. This reveals that the shopfront facing Goodramgate “will be painted a dark blue and textured to look aged with highlights of Nordic runes in a dark grey.”

There will be five axe-throwing bays complete with targets alongside the restaurant.

Historic origins

57 Goodramgate, which will be home to The Hilt
The building is grade II listed and one of a pair of semi-detached three-storey early 18th century houses.

Alex says they will protect the history:

  • The project team is fully aware of the historic significance of this building and the surrounding environment.

    As such all works have been designed and specified with the overriding concept of protecting the historic elements of the building throughout the proposed works.

    The final decorations and theming of the development is based around Vikings, paying homage to the city’s historic origins.


Alex ran the pop-up cocktail bar Speakeasy Libation in York before being invited by the people behind Spark:York to open the 4Swings bar there.

The Hilt will sell a range of cocktails, but Alex said that only sober people would be allowed to take part in the axe-throwing.