8 great places to eat in York

With hog-roast sandwiches, out-of-this-world Italian and rustic-romantic boltholes, there are plenty of reasons for foodies to take trains to York…  


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1.Classic Full English

Bennett’s Café and Bistro  

Start the day the right way – with a sizzling fry-up.  Bennett’s is a bit of a local institution, and the amazing Yorkshire Breakfast, packed with bacon, sausage and black pudding from a butcher in nearby Ilkley, is hard to beat. That’s before you’ve even mentioned the fluffy, free-range scrambled eggs. Wash it down with a builder’s brew and admire the majestic York Minster just outside. 

Where to find it? High Petergate, YO1 7EH

How much? ££

Call: 01904 655344 

2.Street food

The York Roast Co

Slow-roast pork and stuffing, sandwiched in a floury white bap and slathered in apple sauce. Do sandwiches get much better? Only when served with a side order of roast potatoes – with a crisp, jagged crust concealing dreamy soft spud. Beef and horseradish, turkey and stuffing are also on the table. It’s basically a Sunday roast in a bap.

Where to find it? Low Petergate, YO1 7ZH

How much? £

Call: 01904 629197 

3.Light lunch

Le Langhe

This rustic, stripped-back deli-cum-café serves sensational grub that’s at odds with its bland décor. Feast your eyes upon the appetisers menu to create your perfect plate – think prosciutto and salami with buffalo mozzarella balls and focaccia sticky with rosemary and extra virgin olive oil. No wonder famous critic Jay Rayner says the food is ‘absolutely out of this world’ <link to: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/mar/23/la-langhe-york-restaurant-review>

Where to find it? Peasholme Green, YO1 7PW

How much? ££

Call: 01904 622584

4.Posh nosh

Oxo’s Restaurant on the Mount

Looking to ramp up the romance? Flickering fires, leafy surroundings and a country-house vibe awaits at Oxo’s. The restaurant is part of the Mount hotel – it’s historic, welcoming and rather easy on the eye. And the food, well, it’s delectable – think butter-poached lemon sole with celeriac and sea beets. Drink in the decadence (and the fine wine).

Where to find it? The Mount, YO24 1GU

How much? ££££  

Call: 01904 619444

5.Rustic romantic

Café Concerto 

Café Concerto reminds us of the film, Amélie. Hearty, rustic food is eaten at heavy tables with mismatched chairs while the likes of Edith Piaf sing away. The food is Anglo-French – think grilled fish with lemon and herb crushed potatoes and white wine and cream sauce. Watch York Minster twinkling away outside the window.

Where to find it? 21 High Petergate, YO1 7EN

How much? £££

Call: 01904 610478 

6.Afternoon tea


Betty’s has been doing afternoon tea since long before its recent resurgence as a foodie trend and TV phenomenon. The York Betty’s dates back to 1936, so they’ve had plenty of time to perfect those cakes, sandwiches and loose-leaf tea blends. No wonder it’s a part of local legend. Don’t miss the Fat Rascal.  

Where to find it? St Helen’s Square, YO1 8QP

How much? £££

Call: 01904 659142

7. Global gourmet

Coconut Lagoon

You’ll get a total taste explosion at this South Indian restaurant. The food isn’t jalapeno-hot; the aromatic spices creep up on you like a lapping Keralan tide. Veggies must try the signature dish – Masala Dosa, a pancake-thingy filled with potato masala. The Lagoon-spiced sea bream steamed in banana leaves is spice-sational. 

Where to find it? Clarence Street, YO31 7EW

How much? £££  

Call: 01904 652828