Posted by Kirstie
Having recently moved to York to be closer to Superbreak Towers, I’ve been really excited to get stuck in and enjoy all the foodie treats the city has to offer. I’m a big food lover and having worked in York since the beginning of the year I’ve heard great things about the foodie events that take place here. Next month, for example, is the annual York Food Festival. From 21st – 30th September York will come alive with stall sellers, cooking demonstrations, food tasting and live music in a festival aimed at promoting local and regional food and drink. New to the festival this year is the York Food Festival’s Taste Trail. For £8 for one or £12 for two, visitors to the festival purchasing the trail booklet can try food and drink samples from 24 venues across the city.
There are a huge range of restaurants and bars to discover in York, many of which will be taking part in the Festival this September. As a newcomer to the city, I thought I’d ask my York-native colleagues for their recommendations of the best of the city’s grub to avoid over spending (and over eating) my way through the many York restaurants to find the best of the bunch.
Stonegate Yard Bar and Brasserie, 8-10 Little Stonegate, York, YO1 8AX
Vikki, my fellow blogger and Web Content Executive recommends the Stonegate Yard Bar and Brasserie. Situated in a gorgeous Georgian townhouse on Little Stonegate, this eatery boasts an impressive wine and cocktail menu and serves a range of bar style dishes, including delicious sharing platters, speciality burgers and traditional pub classics. Vikki’s ‘go-to’ option is the Wensleydale Bloomer with Beetroot and Onion Chutney but after checking out their menu online, I’ve got my eye on the Chilli & Lemongrass Chicken Burger.
Rustique, 28 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RP
Our Website Conversion Executive Lynne recommends Rustique, a lively French restaurant on Castlegate renowned for its upbeat Bistro atmosphere. Lynne pointed out that the close layout of the tables and chairs combined with the lively ambience perhaps isn’t ideal for a ‘quiet romantic night out’ but still thinks it’s a good choice for a date night and recommends the set menu for great value dining. For £12.95 for 2 courses or £14.95 for 3 courses you can choose from some of the restaurant’s signature dishes such as the Boeuf Bourguignon or, my favourite French dish, Moules Marinières à la Crème. Someone pass me a spoon and a napkin!
The Old White Swan, 80 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF
For delicious vegetarian fare, Online Marketing Executive Louise recommends The Old White Swan on Goodramgate. She loves the Grilled Sea Bass Fillets with baby potatoes, buttered asparagus, spinach and peas, although thinks that the Roasted Vegetable Tart is perfect for a quick lunch-time treat. The pub is one of York’s oldest and as well as offering tasty veggie dishes, has an outside courtyard perfect for enjoying a refreshing glass of wine with friends on long summer afternoons.
Lucia Wine Bar & Grill, 12-13 Swinegate Court East, York, YO1 8AJ
“Sat outside on the heated patio you could actually imagine that you were somewhere in the Med.” Of all the descriptions I’ve heard about York restaurants, this one is perhaps the best. For me, one of the highlights of a holiday in the Mediterranean is the nights spent in quaint restaurants overlooking the sea so if a York restaurant can recreate this atmosphere, I’m there. Louise, Marketing Services Executive, recommends Lucia Wine Bar & Grill in Swinegate Court. Tucked away from the crowds with a heated patio, this relaxed bar offers a range of tasty Mediterranean dishes, wines and cocktails and, according to Louise, is the perfect spot for catching up with friends. Her favourite dish is the Monkfish, King Prawn and Scallop Skewer but says that the sharing dishes are lovely too and a great way to sample the range of cuisine available.
With the York Food Festival taking place in a few weeks time and a bunch of restaurant recommendations to try out for myself, it looks like I’ve got a lot of foodie treats to look forward to over the coming months. Have you been to the Festival or any of these restaurants before? Let us know what you think!