The walled enclave that is the City of York, with a magnificent Minster and quaint ‘snickelways’, is not simply a haven for history fans, it’s a veritable foodie heaven. But where to go when faced with such a bounty of tea rooms, delis and restaurants? Viking feast or budget lunch, here's a pick of some of the best restaurants and places to eat in ye olde York. And if you know of any other great places to eat, don't forget to let us know using our restaurant feedback form.
J. Baker’s Bistro Moderne
Among York’s finest, J.Baker’s playful menu offers gastro thrills at affordable prices, with a bold tasting menu at £45 per head. Not persuaded? The first floor is a designated ‘chocolate lounge’. Enough said.
7 Scarcroft Road
Residing just south of the city walls, Melton’s offers accomplished yet unpretentious cooking with top-class Yorkshire produce taking centre stage. Expect informed wine suggestions for every dish, and complimentary coffee. Arrive before 6.15 to take advantage of their spectacular value set lunch menu.
The other half to the aforementioned Melton’s, this buzzy bistro presents the perfect lunch stop for a busy foodie. Dishes are simple and gutsy, and the express lunch is great value. Workshops, tastings and seasonal menus run throughout the year, ensuring something for even the most jaded of gastronome.
On a budget? A selection of the best value eateries, recommended by our army of food fans.
Rustique – Offering 3 courses for £15, Mon-Thurs until 10pm, this cosy bistro is 'well worth a visit'
El Paradiso Del Chibo – Italian football on the TV, Limoncello on the house and the 'finest' pizzas in York, this eatery is Sicilian through and through
Evil Eye Lounge – Though predominantly a cocktail bar, Evil Eye has a great value menu. Using ingredients flown in weekly from the Far East, their Nasi Goreng 'packs a serious punch'.
Our reader picks of the best foodie establishments, taken from recommendations on our Restaurant Finder, from deli to ice cream parlour, butcher to coffee shop.
House of the Trembling Madness – A ‘quirky’ establishment slap bang in the centre of York, featuring just about every beer, ale and spirit imaginable, more often then not arrayed in dimly lit glass cabinets lining their cavernous basement. Amazing food platters upstairs.
Licc York – An ‘impressive and ever changing’ array of homemade ice-cream inspired by Italian gelatarias.
The Hairy Fig – With ‘huge glass barrels’ of oils and vinegars and a serious delicatessen counter, our readers stop by the Hairy Fig for ‘unusual gifts’. We’re not sure if their hand-made chocolates would make the walk home however…
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