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.
7 Scarcroft Road, YO23 1ND
Just a canter from York racecourse, Michael and Lucy Hjort's delightfully laid-back neighbourhood restaurant serves top-class, imaginative cooking at fair prices. Rigorous local sourcing and excellent front of house seal the deal. Arrive before 6.15 to take advantage of their spectacular value early dinner menu.
25 Walmgate, YO1 9TX
The other half to the aforementioned Melton’s, this is an all-day café-bistro (pictured, right) with freewheeling food. Occupying several floors of a 17th-centruy workshop, its merits are the unpretentious atmosphere and the flexible menus built around regional produce. A stalwart of the restaurant scene in York since 2001.
The Blind Swine
22-24 Swinegate, YO1 8AZ
A new entry in the 2014 edition, Michael O'Hare swept into York last year with a quirky, no-choice menu of nine small courses, interspersed with cocktails and a feast of visual and oral puns. 'Edible stones' are day-encrusted potatoes with yeast purée; a terracotta pot of horseradish emulsion and hazelnut 'soil' is planted with miniature radish and carrots. From the first gin sour with moss to the final Irish coffee, Blind Swine is bringing a whole new dimension to York dining.
1 Peter Lane, YO1 8SW
This is a cool, spare, tucked-away Spanish restaurant, with a short but well-sourced menu of tapas, grills, meat and cheese plates. Ibérico ham is hand sliced to order, and served with bread, olive oild and Pedro Ximénez vinegar. Menorcan Mahón cheese is teamed deliciously with honey and preserved green figs, and deep-fried squid rings on grilled apple and black pudding are a standout dish.
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