York has always been a popular city break destination, thanks to its museums, galleries, and stunning medieval architecture. In a weekend, you can explore its cobbled backstreets, take a stroll along the river, and visit York Minster – one of the largest and most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in Europe. There’s plenty to satisfy your appetite too, from old world inns to modern restaurants championing local ingredients. Why not time your visit to coincide with the York Food Festival?
Where to eat: Chef Andrew Pern of The Star Inn at Harome has two excellent restaurants in the city – Mr P’s Curious Tavern and The Star Inn The City, where you can enjoy local fish and game with views of the River Ouse. For local produce and British comfort food, the locals flock to Bennett’s, Source, and The Refectory.
For special occasions, try Adam Jackson’s seasonal tasting menus at The Park or treat someone to afternoon tea at the Countess of York, a beautifully restored rail carriage in the gardens of the National Railway Museum.
Don’t miss: If you’re packing a picnic or looking for treats to take home, the Shambles Market is open seven days a week with traders selling baked goods, cheese and chutneys, fudge, and lots more. Fans of fromage should check out Love Cheese on Gillygate, a friendly cheese shop and café that stocks an impressive range of local, British and Continental cheeses.
Where to drink: With over 200 pubs to choose from, York is a haven for beer drinkers. If you’re looking for somewhere that has great food as well, we recommend The Whippet Inn (try their steaks) and the historic Guy Fawkes Inn, a cosy spot that’s lit by gas lamps and roaring fires. For cocktails, try The Botanist, The Biltmore, or the Evil Eye Lounge, and for craft beer, check out Pivni (sister to the famous York Tap).
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