RestaurantsNorth YorkshireYorkYO1

Harden's says

Originally opened in 2007 in Walsh Bay, Sydney, this modern British restaurant from husband and wife team Lovaine and Adam Humphrey relocated to York in spring 2017, taking over the former site of Italian deli and café Le Langhe.

survey result

Summary

£70
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The food is exceptional and the choice is not so large that you are left bewildered” at Adam & Lovaine Humphrey’s “little” 18-seater, where you choose either a conventional two-course or three-course meal, or go for a five-course taster selection. “The excellent short menu is happily low on cheffy tricks but very long on accomplished and flavoursome cooking, and with well-suited wine matches”. The end of the meal is a highlight: an “outstanding cheese board” and “an amazingly generous selection of treats (ice cream cones, Turkish delight, jellies, donuts, chocolates…)”. “The ambience can be a little underwhelming” but it’s enlivened by the “lovely” service.

Summary

£70
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The food is exceptional and the choice is not so large that you are left bewildered” at Adam & Lovaine Humphrey’s “little” 18-seater, where you choose either a conventional two-course or three-course meal, or go for a five-course taster selection. “The excellent short menu is happily low on cheffy tricks but very long on accomplished and flavoursome cooking, and with well-suited wine matches”. The end of the meal is a highlight: an “outstanding cheese board” and “an amazingly generous selection of treats (ice cream cones, Turkish delight, jellies, donuts, chocolates…)”. “The ambience can be a little underwhelming” but it’s enlivened by the “lovely” service.

Summary

£66
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Not everyone vibes with the decor, or often, by extension, the overall experience of this ambitious yearling “occupying the premises of the much lamented La Langhe” (RIP). What is “a lovely, very peaceful setting with abstract art on the walls” to some tastes is plain “strange” to others. But “even if it’s bonkers decor, what matters is the food”, and – be if from the à la carte or the tasting menu – “blimey does it deliver (“the styling’s a bit cold, but the cooking’s red hot!”)”… or at least that’s the majority verdict. The downbeat view is that the dishes are “bland” and “don’t stand out”, but even critics concede that the “excellent cheese ‘chariot’ with a unique selection of side, is exceptional”“described at the table by Chef/Patron Adam Humphrey for whom it is a genuine passion. Save a space for the huge selection of petit fours that Willy Wonka himself would be proud of”.

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Restaurant details

No dress code

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £25.00 £30.00
Dinner £45.00 £55.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 60.00 Always available 5
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
The Old Coach House, Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PW
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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