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The 15 most incredible places to eat in York

Yorkshire is well known for its historic past and grand architecture; but what many don’t know is that nestled inside York’s walls are restaurants sent from foodie heaven. So grab a friend or two and go get stuck in.

The Refectory @RefectoryYork

Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week, The Refectory’s menu serves high quality ingredients found from all across the Yorkshire Dales and down to the east coast of Whitby. Being local at heart you can guarantee that dishes are bursting with flavour using only champion world-class ingredients. Adjoining The Refectory is the new Chapter House bar that carries a fine selection of wines, spirits, craft ales and cocktails.If you're only looking for a light bite, The Chapter House also serve a wide selection of nibbles for you to try.

ate O'Clock @ateoclockltd

Nestled down one of York’s many alleys you will find ate o’clock restaurant. Opened in 2005 by York’s well known chef Kenny Noble, ate o’clock uses fresh, local produce with food cooked to order. Whilst you’re there, make sure you check out their quirky interior with clocks all set to 8 o’clock and film sets in the loos.

Goji Café @gojicafe

Just a short walk from York Minster is Goji Café, a vegetarian café, restaurant, deli and take-away also offering vegan food. Aiming to bring you vibrant, colourful, joyful and life enhancing treats, Goji takes its approach toward food very seriously. They aim to provide you with only the freshest vegetarian and vegan produce.

Shambles Kitchen @ShamblesKitchen

At the Shambles Kitchen you can expect good food fast! With ingredients from farms, not freezers and recipes created by their cooks not scientists; you can ensure you will receive delicious home cooked food with every visit. Their simple menu has been designed to bring flavoursome food that suits every pallet and leaves people queuing down the street.

The Judge's Lodging @JudgesYork

All of the dishes at The Judge’s Lodging are cooked from scratch using fresh and seasonal produce sourced from trusted suppliers in York. With multiple dining locations, you can ensure your meal will be a delight. Being owned by Thwaites means there is always a ready supply of only the finest cask ales to accompany your meal.

Star Inn The City @Starinnthecity

Serving breakfast through to dinner, expect simple Yorkshire cooking mixed with a taste of the countryside. Located in the Old Engine House, the Star Inn The City has an enviable position with amazing views as you dine. Make sure you keep up to date with their website to stay informed of any events they have planned too.

Guy Fawkes Inn @guyfawkesyork

In the shadow of York Minster in the year 1570, Guido Fawkes was born at the very spot in which this Inn now runs. Their menu is full of food fit for a feast- serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, one thing is for sure; you won’t leave feeling hungry.

Brew and Brownie @brewandbrownie

Inspired by a countryside upbringing and urban adulthood, Brew and Brownie encompasses food craved as children suited to the tastes of adults. Serving brunch and lunch, this independent café leaves the people of York queuing to get a table; but it’s most definitely worth it.

Evil Eye Lounge @EvilEyeBar

If you’re someone who likes food with a kick and a wide selection of beverages to boot, then you’ll love the Evil Eye Lounge. Serving a variety of cocktails and Asian street food, you can find this quirky bar located in York’s Stonegate.

Filmore & Union @FilmoreandUnion

Created with health and well-being in mind, Filmore & Union (whose name is taken from two streets in San Francisco) aim to bring healthy eating choices to the streets of York. Since their opening in York centre, seven other stores have opened their doors, which we think speaks for itself.

Bettys @Bettys1919

Afternoon Tea at Bettys leaves people queuing round the block. After spending 96 years perfecting the English tradition, afternoon tea at Bettys brings you a pot of freshly brewed tea along with cakes and sandwiches served on a gleaming silver cake stand. If you can’t get in for afternoon tea, you must check out their shop next door.

Ambiente Tapas @ambientetapas

Whilst they can’t promise Spain’s lovely weather, Ambiente Tapas will ensure your taste buds feel like they’re in another country with their authentic Mediterranean Tapas; with a Yorkshire twist. With two locations in York, be sure to grab your friends so you can sample their entire, extensive menu.

Kennedy's @Kennedysbaryork

Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant is a stone’s throw away from York Minster, offering a stylish and modern setting for people to drink and dine. An important part of Kennedy’s ethos is local, meaning where possible their meats, fish and vegetables are sourced from local suppliers.

The York Roast Co. @TheYorkRoastCo

If you’re look to experience a true Yorkshire experience, look no further than The York Roast Company. Serving freshly roasted carved sandwiches, Yorkshire pudding meals along with freshly ground coffee and Yorkshire tea, you’re in for a treat. They have numerous locations across the UK, two of which are in York; you can dine in or take this experience away and enjoy elsewhere.

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