Restaurants in York
Will be visiting York for a long weekend in June. Any recommendations for restaurants would be appreciated.
Try putting "York" and "Yorkshire" in the search box at the top of the page. You should get some threads that may help. I wouldn't be a bad idea to state your budget and any preferred cuisines (or ones to avoid). "Any recommendations" is pretty vague.
Here is what I posted about York and other towns in Yorkshire a couple of years ago:
First, lunch at the General Tarleton in Ferrensby, a lovely dining pub with interesting food. We started with a ewe’s cheese soufflé and a salad of wood pigeon with smoked beets, blue cheese fritters and hazelnuts. Excellent. Main courses were a Taste of Rabbit (roast loin and best end, herb stuffed leg wrapped in bacon, mini rabbit pie, celeriac puree, girolles, broad beans and truffle jus) and Yorkshire Rare Breed Pork (crisp slowly braised belly, roast fillet, GT's black pudding, mock goose pie, plum puree and cider glaze). These were very impressive and very generous portions.
We had afternoon tea at Betty’s in York. Great pastries.
Dinner that night was at the Ivy in York. As I posted above, we had been there some years ago, but not since it had changed from an upper-tier restaurant to a more casual brasserie. Apparently there have been several chef changes, but the current chef is doing some really interesting and impressive dishes, with clever and quirky presentations. We had mackerel, chicken wings with corn and popcorn, sea bream, duck breast a l’orange, and a pineapple tarte tatin . I didn’t keep detailed descriptions, but everything was delicious.
The next day we took a driving tour of the dales, and stopped for lunch at the Grassington House in Grassington. This was quite exceptional. I had tempura prawns to start, can’t remember the other starter, main courses were pork loin with black pudding and cabbage (the chef raises his own pigs) and roast Goosnargh chicken. This is very serious food and beautifully presented.
Next dinner was at J. Baker’s. We had a salad with white asparagus, venison tartare with smoked chili jelly, turbot filet and roasted duck breast with piquillo pepper, anchovy and olive. For dessert, rice pudding with blood orange, prune and coconut milk, and sticky date pudding with burnt banana ice cream and banana butterscotch. The dishes were more creative than the menu descriptions would make them appear.
Next day we drove to Whitby, where we had lunch at the Magpie. Thanks to June for the recommendation. The only unsuccessful dish was a crab cake special, which was really just potato (maybe someone waved a crab over it), not at all what one normally expects a crab cake to be. The crab parcels (smoked salmon wrapped around crab) were generous and delicious. Main courses of dover sole and haddock with leeks and prawns were excellent, and served with huge portions of chips, salad and assorted vegetables. So on the whole this was a very fine meal.
The last dinner in York was at Melton’s. Again, very creative and delicious food, nice ambience and great service. We started with smoked haddock with caponata, and chorizo with chili and chocolate. Main courses were chicken with mushrooms, shallots, apples and black pudding, and pork 3 ways, confit, braised and fried, with cabbage and potato gratin. For dessert we shared a prune and brandy soufflé, which was extraordinary. Bottled water and coffee are included with dinner, a very nice touch.
All of these restaurants offered exceptional value for the quality of food and service offered. I had originally planned to stay outside of York, but found that staying in central York was perfect, not only easy to get into and out of with a car, with easy parking (the Travelodge we stayed at had a discount deal with a nearby parking garage, 2 GBP from 5 pm to 10 am), but we were also able to walk to all our dinners.