Restaurants

Top Choice Bistro in York

No 8 Bistro

A cool little place with modern artwork mimicking the Edwardian stained glass at the front, No 8 offers a daylong menu of classic bistro dishes using fresh local produce, including Jerusalem artichoke risotto with f…
Top Choice Cafe in York

Parlour at Grays Court

An unexpected pleasure in the heart of York, this 16th-century mansion (now a hotel) has more of a country-house atmosphere. Relax with coffee and cake in the sunny garden, enjoy a light lunch of Yorkshire rarebit, …
Top Choice Cafe in York

Mannion's

Expect to queue for a table at this busy bistro (no reservations), with its maze of rustic, wood-panelled rooms and selection of daily specials. Regulars on the menu include eggs Benedict for breakfast, a chunky Yor…
Top Choice French in York

Cochon Aveugle

Black-pudding macaroon? Strawberry and elderflower sandwich? Blowtorched mackerel with melon gazpacho? Fussy eaters beware – this small restaurant with huge ambition serves an ever-changing tasting menu (no à la car…
British in York

Mr P's Curious Tavern

Before you squeeze through the doorway of this creaky (allegedly haunted) old house to claim a sought-after table, pause for a minute to watch charcuterie being sheared off haunches at the window. Mr P’s specialises…
British in York

Star Inn The City

Its riverside setting in a Grade II-listed engine house and quirky British menu make Andrew Pern’s York outpost of The Star Inn an exceedingly pleasant place to while away the hours. Expect country-themed cosiness i…
Steak in York

1331

This courtyard complex houses a bar, a cocktail lounge and even a private cinema, along with this appealing 1st-floor restaurant serving a menu of crowd-pleasing classics ranging from sausage and mash with onion gra…
Cafe in York

Your Bike Shed

Reinvigorated by the 2014 Tour de France (which began in Yorkshire) and the annual Tour de Yorkshire (from 2015), York's cycling scene has latched onto this cool cafe and bike workshop. Fitted out with recycled furn…
Cafe in York

Bettys

Old-school afternoon tea, with white-aproned waiters, linen tablecloths and a teapot collection ranged along the walls. The house speciality is the Yorkshire Fat Rascal, a huge fruit scone smothered in melted butter…
Vegan in York

El Piano

With a menu that's 100% vegan, nut-free and gluten-free, this colourful, Hispanic-style spot is a vegetarian haven. Downstairs there's a lovely cafe, and upstairs, three themed rooms. The menu offers dishes such as …