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Restaurants in York: things to know before you go

With tons of great restaurants serving British cuisine, beautiful little cafés and mouthwatering bakeries, York is a food lover’s dream. Here’s everything you need to know before booking a table at your favourite restaurant in the city.

What are the best restaurants in York?

York has an abundance of great pubs and fine dining, with menus that are sure to get you salivating just thinking of the dishes. Here are restaurants in York worth checking out:

  • Le Cochon Aveugle, is a taste sensation down Walmgate. Here chef Josh Overington and his partner Vicky Roberts have created a lot of buzz with their seasonal tasting menu. Dishes like Celeriac with BBQ lamb belly, green sauce & lamb fat breadcrumbs or brambles with Brillat-Savarin and buckwheat honey ice-cream will sure keep things interesting for your taste buds.
  • The Rattle Owl can be found on Micklegate. It’s the physical incarnation of York’s history, with Roman ruins in the cellar, a 17th century shell, art deco interior and a 21st century menu.
  • Il Paradiso del Cibo, again on Walmgate, will whisk you right out of York and into a Naples back alley for some of the finest Italian food in the county. It’s big on keeping things fresh, with pasta made from scratch every day. However, for all the attention to detail, their prices won’t hurt your wallet.

How do you make a Yorkshire Pudding?

Yorkshire puddings are, in theory, such a simple dish. And yet, they’re the scourge of many a cook. Well, the good news is that they’re not as tricky as they seem.

You’ll need flour, eggs and milk, as well as salt and pepper, lard or vegetable oil, a muffin tin, a bowl and a glass or jar. Then follow these seven steps:

  1. Put your eggs in the jar. You’ll need one per two people (to make a generous three puds each).
  2. Make a mental note of where in the jar the eggs came up to, tip them out and then measure out the same amounts of flour and milk.
  3. Beat it all together in a bowl, along with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Now get your oven as hot as it will go, put a drop of oil or smudge of lard into each pocket of your muffin tin
  5. Put it into the oven.
  6. When the fat is shimmering with heat, remove the tin and quickly pour your mixture into the tin.
  7. Bang it back in the oven and give it 12 minutes, or until your Yorkshire puds have ballooned up.
  8. You’re ready to eat.

Which restaurant in York serves the best lunch?

Sometimes you have to work a little to escape the tourists at lunchtime in York, but it’s always worth it. Here are three to look for:

  • The Hook and Line is a big hit with Groupon users. It serves a wide array of seafood, but the fish and chips is the star of the show.
  • Café No. 8, on Gillygate, serves simple, elegant Yorkshire food that will elevate your day – whether it’s a night out with friends or a weekend showing your family the sights.
  • Coconut Lagoon is just outside the city walls, serving South Indian dishes from at the £6 or £7 mark.

What are some traditional Yorkshire foods I can order at a restaurant?

It’s more difficult than you’d think to separate foods that are truly ‘from’ Yorkshire from those that just happened to get eaten here over the last few centuries, but plenty of dishes appear in old Yorkshire cookbooks. Some of them you’ll know, while others are delightfully unusual and almost all of them will fill you up after a big day out.

  • Parkin
  • Yorkshire Puddings
  • York Ham
  • Scufflers
  • Haverbreads (aka oatcakes)
  • Apple Crackle Pudding
  • Plot Toffee
  • Moggy
  • Brandy Peaches
  • Keighley Cheese Muffins
  • Autumn Elevenses
  • Hot Bacon Cake