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'Great British Menu' winner Tommy Banks and family, who run popular restaurant-with-rooms The Black Swan at Oldstead, have opened a new restaurant in central York. The PR info for Roots says: "Make a choice. Order as much as you like, eat, drink and be the creator of your own menu."

survey result

Summary

£53
   ££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A magnificent addition to York's burgeoning food scene”“Tommy Banks does amazing things with the most simple of ingredients” (“how can anyone make a humble brassica such as kale so bloody tasty that we were all fighting over it?!”), at his family’s “converted pub, close to York city-centre”, which – in one short year – became the survey’s most-mentioned destination in this increasingly foodie town. “The intense flavours and imaginative combination of sometimes-unlikely ingredients are a delight” and “the wine to match is excellent, and very well thought out”. “Young, friendly, helpful and enthusiastic service” contributes to a highly impressive debut. “Get in quick, before the prices match those at his Black Swan in Oldstead!”. Top Menu Tip – “his best-known dish is the epic crapaudine beetroot, the beetroot cooked in beef fat”.

Summary

£53
   ££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A magnificent addition to York’s burgeoning food scene”“Tommy Banks does amazing things with the most simple of ingredients” (“how can anyone make a humble brassica such as kale so bloody tasty that we were all fighting over it?!”), at his family’s “converted pub, close to York city-centre”, which – in one short year – has become the survey’s most-mentioned destination in this increasingly foodie town. “The intense flavours and imaginative combination of sometimes-unlikely ingredients are a delight” and “the wine to match is excellent, and very well thought out”. “Young, friendly, helpful and enthusiastic service” contributes to a highly impressive debut. “Get in quick, before the prices match those at his Black Swan in Oldstead!”. Top Menu Tip – “his best-known dish is the epic crapaudine beetroot, the beetroot cooked in beef fat”.

Summary

’Great British Menu’ winner Tommy Banks and family, who run legendary country-inn-with-rooms The Black Swan at Oldstead, have opened this newcomer in central York: a converted Tudorbethan pub near the river. Early press reviews says the menu features dishes of similar obscure inspiration to those at The Black Swan, and are by-and-large ecstatic.

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Roots Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Roots Restaurant in YO30, York by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Roots restaurant.
Susan P
Absolute joy to be back at Roots. Large air...
Reviewed 5 months, 16 days ago

"Absolute joy to be back at Roots. Large airy rooms so no sense of being on another planet. Tasting menu sublime. Bravo!"

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£6.00 £17.50 £8.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
68 Marygate, York, YO30 7BH
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2 pm, 5:30 pm‑8:30 pm
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 5:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 5:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 5:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 5:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑2 pm, 5:30 pm‑8:30 pm

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