York isn’t known as the UK’s foodie capital for nothing and if I was to get into a discussion of all the options available by way of where to get a bite to eat, this post would be looking more like a directory than anything else. It’s impossible to cover everything, but that perhaps only suggests that you should go and find out for yourself what hidden culinary treasures lie in wait for visitors.
I’ll list some of the options from as many categories as I can manage though, particularly those which I can personally vouch for.
Okay, so I’m going to discuss this one first just so we can get it out of the way. After all, you don’t come all the way to York so that you can eat food you could have gotten from anywhere else in the world, but in true York-style, even some of the international joints have a local spin on their international dishes. Some options by way of international restaurants include the likes of Kapadokya which serves Turkish cuisine, Byron which serves American cuisine and Cote Brasserie which specialises in fine French cuisine.
There are at least eight more which I can think of off of the top of my head, but I’ll move right along to some fine dining options York has in store.
Oh my soul! Just where do I start? Okay, so you’d go to a fine dining establishment more for the experience than the food itself, but the food is in itself an experience! Whether it’s ambience you want, service that makes you feel like royalty or if you want to seduce your taste buds with some of the best cuisines as prepared by some top chefs in the world, options are aplenty, including the likes of The Feversham Arms, Hudson’s at The Grand Hotel, Ivy Brasserie at the Grange Hotel (yes, it gets a second mention for a reason), The Gallery at the Black Swan, D.C.H at the Dean Court Hotel, Lamb & Lion Inn, and Guy Fawkes Inn.
Seriously though, I’ve only but touched on the very tip of the iceberg here. There’s lots, lots more in fine dining to explore and enjoy.
Food and Drinks Festival
If you’re going to be in York on the 22nd of September then you must be in town for the York Food and Drinks Festival, in which case good on you – don’t miss out!! It isn’t the UK’s biggest for nothing, but it’s really up to you to go and find out what all the fuss is about.
If the only reason you came down to York was for the food, it wouldn’t be a misguided decision at all! One can be forgiven for thinking this corner of the world is all about food, as there are plenty of food outlets through which you can get your fill to your liking. Enjoy some of the restaurants, afternoon tea joints, pubs and bars, local produce from the Shambles market, speciality restaurants like vegetarian, family friendly spots, chocolate speciality cafes and shops, food and drink experiences and even perhaps enjoying a chance to meet some of the local foodie heroes.
If you’re looking for more information on York and holidays and city break in York, check out iknow-UK’s ultimate guide. They’ve got loads of information on what to see, where to go and what to eat while staying in a hotel in York.