Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in York
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best York restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 90 restaurants in York and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing York restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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. Le Cochon Aveugle
French restaurant in York
37 Walmgate - YO1
“Sit back, relax and trust that you will eat a stupendously exciting meal” at Josh Overington’s simple-looking, small venture – “a quirky outfit”, whose “blind tasting menu” (you are served whatever the chefs decide to feed you) creates a sense of “pure theatre”. “The food is full of surprises” and married with “some extraordinary wine pairings overseen by sommelier partner Vicky Roberts, from an entirely French wine list with something like 80-100 bins, and including some really unusual regions”. “Staff are superb and it’s entertaining to see them hard a work in the kitchen which is separated from the diners by a low wall”. (They also run Cave du Cochon a few doors down – a natural wine bar, serving small plates, cheeses and charcuterie).
. Pig And Pastry
restaurant in York
35 Bishopthorpe Road - YO23
2017 Review: “A lovely café near the centre of York”. “It’s a bit of a squash, but once you’ve fought your way in, you’ll get some excellently prepared local stuff” (“fab range of cooked breakfasts and lush baked goods”); “all cafe/bistro food should be as good as this!”
British, Modern restaurant in York
7 Scarcroft Rd - YO23
“In an old terraced house outside the main city centre” (just beyond the city walls), this “unpretentious” restaurant has long been a mainstay of York’s dining scene and, despite being “away from the tourist traps”, continues to be one of the city’s best-known destinations. There are lunch and early evening deals as well as à la carte and tasting options (5 courses for £50), and there’s “a great value wine list” too. The aim is not for experimental cuisine, but “they keep things up to date”, and “there’s a strong emphasis on local produce”. Results are “consistently excellent” and “expertly presented”.
. Cafe No. 8 Bistro
Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in York
8 Gillygate - YO31
“Amazing food from a tiny kitchen underneath the medieval walls” has won a culinary reputation for this “very cramped” bistro (with cute garden). “It now also has pop ups in the Art Gallery and the Merchant Adventurers Hall with excellent cake”.
Indian restaurant in York
6-8 George Hudson Street - YO1
2016 Review: “Spot-on” member of the well-known, northern curry house chain, with the best subcontinental cooking in town, serving “excellent Pakistani fare” – “the curries are a sideshow, the grilled meats and breads are the finest”.
. Middlethorpe Hall
British, Modern restaurant in York
Bishopthorpe Road - YO23
This “lovely” country house with expansive gardens and “elegant Georgian dining room” makes a “special venue”. Set lunch is “a bit of a bargain and makes for a very civilised, good value day out”, and afternoon tea is also a key attraction.
Afternoon tea restaurant in York
6-8 St Helen’s Square - Y01
“In a very pleasant timewarp” – a “splendid” room “with its Art Deco windows and mirrors”, where a “pianist plays through the afternoon” – this institution continues to turn out “legendary” vanilla slices, “perfect sandwiches, cheese scones I’d travel miles for” and a “real treat” of a breakfast. Given the above, it’s “worth every penny and every minute spent queuing up”.
. The Whippet Inn
Steaks & grills restaurant in York
15 North St - YO1
“A trendy steak restaurant in an old pub in a back street” – this “comfortable and cosy spot” is “the top place in town for a steak” and wins nothing but praise for its locally sourced meat and “friendly” service; eye-catching wallpaper too…
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