We Visit

York - our little black book

Our undercover inspectors reveal some of the best-kept secrets in North Yorkshire’s walled city.

Coffee: Perky Peacock, North Street Postern Tower
Housed in a  lovely old postern house on Lendal Bridge next to the River Ouse, this cafe really cares about its coffee. perkypeacockcoffee.co.uk

Tea and cake: Betty’s, 6-8 St. Helen's Square
A silver teapot, real leaves and a tiered stand of sandwiches, cakes and fat rascals. It’s the full monty at these world-famous tearooms. bettys.co.uk

Brunch: The Pig & Pastry, 35 Bishopthorpe Road
Bishy Road (Bishopthorpe Road) is a former winner of the Great British High Street Award, while this neighbourhood cafe  is our winner for eggs Benedict, bacon sarnies and more. thepigandpastry.com

Pint: The Golden Ball, Cromwell Road
This community pub runs open mic nights and art exhibitions and a quiz. They also sell local eggs and sourdough bread and well kept ales. goldenballyork.co.uk

Pizza: The Hop, 11-12 Fossgate
Connected to the Ossett Brewery and co-owned by a local pop star, this real ale bar hosts regular  live music and sells excellent stone-baked pizza. thehopyork.co.uk

Takeaway: Filmore & Union, 62a Low Petergate
Healthy but not worthy, you can eat in at this cafe and juice bar or take out and take home. filmoreandunion.com

Pre-theatre: Cafe Concerto, 21 High Petergate
Close to the York Minster, this informal, independent cafe is a short stroll from the city’s Theatre Royal. cafeconcerto.biz

Sandwich: Brew & Brownie, 5 Museum Street
The roast beef, horseradish, crème fraîche and crispy onion sandwich is the winner here. The brownies and coffee are pretty good too. brewandbrownie.co.uk

One foodie thing you must do:
Visit the House of Trembling Madness on Stonegate, a shop with thousands of bottled beers. You’d never know it, but upstairs is a wondrous 12th-century, candlelit drinking den. Simple stews and platters, good ale. Just the job after a day shopping. tremblingmadness.co.uk