LOCAL EATERIES AND WATERING HOLES
There really are so many great places to eat both in the surrounding area and in York that we can only list a few here but these will be a good starting point!
THE ROSE & CROWN, SUTTON-ON-THE-FOREST
Main Street, Sutton-on-the-Forest, YO61 1DP (a little over a 5 minute walk)
This idyllic country pub has a lovely atmosphere serving up traditional pub grub with a warm welcome and friendly service.
On sunny days, you can relax in the large garden that adjoins the village playing fields and play ground. It's the perfect place to stop off with the whole family, you can relax with a cold drink while the kids play!
THE BAY TREE, STILLINGTON
Main St, Stillington, YO61 1JU (a 5 minute drive away)
Gorgeous food is served at The Bay Tree, including delicious dishes such as potato gnocchi with roasted beetroot, squash, goats cheese, and a basil pesto at only £12, or slow cooked shoulder of lamb with spiced squash, bombay potato, spinach, onion bhaji, and raita for £17. If you like gin then this is the best place in the surrounding villages, they now exceed one for each week of the year so you will be spoilt for choice! The bar area is spacious but cosy while the restaurant offers a more formal dining space, there is also a great beer garden where there is usually a party for all the family on a Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon.
ILPARADISO ON THE FOREST, SUTTON-ON-THE-FOREST
Sutton Grange, York Road, Sutton-on-the-Forest, YO61 1EP (less than a 5 minute drive away) 01347 811271
‘We serve a selection of classic Italian dishes following the original recipes, but also display a large specials board where you can choose some dishes created by Paelo and the team, using only seasonal ingredients (95% from Italy and the rest sourced locally by well-known organic producers).’
Monday to Friday 5pm – 10 pm
Saturday & Sunday 12 noon – 10pm
THE STAR INN, HAROME (MICHELIN STAR)
Main Street, Harome, YO62 5JE (a 30 minute drive away)
An exquisite dining experience, and well worth the trip for a special occasion. Poached Whitby lobster with a little pulled ham hock and sweet pickle pork pie, ‘Yorkshire Caviar,’ and langoustine ‘gravy’ for £24.95 is real treat. Make the effort to dine here if you have something to celebrate, it's well worth the trip!
THE BLACK SWAN, OLDSTEAD (MICHELIN STAR)
Oldstead, North Yorkshire, YO61 4BL (a 30 minute drive away)
Having been voted ‘Best in the World’ in Tripadvisors 2017 best rated restaurant awards be sure to make a reservation before you set off!
BREAKFAST OR BRUNCH, MAYBE EVEN LUNCH?
Head up to Easingwold a short 15 minute drive but the Market town is packed with super little cafes that offer a traditional British fry up or the more healthy options like smashed avocado on toast with optional smoked salmon or bacon.
The Curious Table
Market Place, Easingwold, YO61 3AG
Open everyday for breakfast, lunch, drinks and sweet treats with the exception of Sunday's during the month of January.
The staff are very welcoming and do their best to accommodate intolerances and allergies.
Market Place, Easingwold, YO61 3AB
Open everyday for breakfast, lunch, drinks and sweet treats.
Clarks Bakery, Cafe & Tearooms
Long Street & Market Place, Easingwold
Open Monday - Saturday for breakfast, lunch, drinks and sweet treats. Eat in or take away, the cafe on Long Street also sells delicious roast sandwiches to eat in or take away.
The City Centre is 8.4 miles, or a 25 minute drive, from the annex. There, you will find the following places to eat or enjoy a night out in York!
If driving you have a number of options for parking, park & ride is one but we prefer to use one of the following car parks: Sainsbury’s on Foss Bank (YO31 7J) - tip if you go to the shop and spend over £10 they refund all of your parking! Or at Bootham Row (although more expensive I found it the closest to the City Centre and you pretty much drive straight from Sutton on the Forest to the car park, reducing hassle). Marygate Car Park (YO30 7DT) at the other side of the road takes payment when you return to the vehicle so there is no guessing how long you will be.
THE PARK @ MARMADUKES HOTEL
Marmadukes Town House Hotel, 4-5 St Peters Grove, Bootham, York, YO30 6AQ
An exquisite tasting menu with 8 delicious courses. They also offer a 4 course meal at lunchtimes and some evenings. A super place to celebrate any occasion, the restaurant has a formal romantic feel.
2 St. Helen’s Square, York, YO1 8QP
Relaxed yet sophisticated all-day dining in the historic city of York - my favourite venue for Brunch!
Open seven days a week offering all-day dining to local residents and visitors alike, The Ivy St. Helen’s Square is located on the eponymous square in the heart of York and serves an all-encompassing, contemporary British menus for breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.
6-8 St. Helen’s Square, York, YO1 8QP
Elegant afternoon tea in Art Deco surroundings. Betty's also hosts musical evenings and other events.
THE STAR INN
The Star Inn The City, Lendal Engine House, Museum Street, York, YO1 7DR
The Starr Inn is located near to York's Museum Gardens and by the riverside. Here you can taste some classic Yorkshire cooking.
THE GOLDEN FLEECE
16 Pavement, York, YO1 9UP
The Golden Fleece is renowned for it's ghostly goings on, and the food is definitely out of this world. A large and varied menu offers gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, and light options as well as a selection of classic pub meals. The portions of home made food you will be served here are enough to keep you going from breakfast until dinner time if you have a long day of shopping and sightseeing in York planned!
29 Swinegate, City Centre, York, YO1 8AZ
This sleek bar & grill offers a variety of delectable comfort food. Weekend brunch is delicious!
THE PAIRINGS WINE BAR
28 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RP
Located in York City Centre is this fantastic cheese & wine bar! Close to Coppergate Shopping Centre.
FILMORE & UNION
62a Low Petergate, York, YO1 7HZ
Filmore & Union offers healthy options such as signature salads with cleansing remedy juice and organic wine. Gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan options are all available.
LUCIAS BAR & GRILL
13 Swinegate Court East, York, YO1 8AJ
Gorgeous cocktails and a wide variety of food in a lovely pedestrianised courtyard making it feel like you could just be somewhere in the Med! The upstairs bar 'Bar Esperanza' is open late into the evening.
VEGAN & VEGETARIAN (RANGE OF OPTIONS)
CUT & CHASE
39 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LS
Located close to the minster with lots of options, including Vegan and Vegetarian options. The food here is superb with an elaborate drinks menu to boot! There is a small courtyard with a few outside tables, the restaurant has a relaxed, simplistic, rustic feel but with high quality service.
FILMORE & UNION
62A Low Petergate, York, YO1 7HZ
Located within the heart of York. They have Vegan and Vegetarian options.
We recommend you try the vegan brownie!
1 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN
Specialising in slow meats, super foods vegetarian dishes. Something for everyone!
Located close to Clifford’s Tower, Castle Museum, Jorvik Centre and York Dungeons it’s perfect for coffee and cake or a meal before or after visiting one of the popular York attractions!
HUMPIT – HUMMUS AND PITA BAR
12a Church street, York, YO1 8BE
Great choice vegans!
GOJI VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT & CAFE
36 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF
A vegetarian restaurant with vegan and gluten free options. All of their cakes are vegan and there are plenty to choose from!
There are a lot of bars in York and so many different nights out can be had that it is difficult for us to recommend where you should go, it will depend greatly on your age, preferences in terms of music and style. We tend to visit The Botonist, Bobo Lobo’s, Bora Bora, D’Vine, Biltmore and Vudu (which is a nightclub open till 4am). Another popular choice for early evening as they have a balcony is Missoula but there is a little walk from here to the bars mentioned above.
42 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AS
The quirky and bright Evil Eye Lounge serves, boasting the largest gin selection in the world and offering great cocktails.
15 – 19 Stonegate, York, YO1 8ZW
Fabulous cocktails and live music at the weekend it’s a great place to start the night!
5 Little Stonegate, York YO1 8AX
Global grill restaurant plus Havana DJ lounge/cocktail bar, hosting regular Latin party nights. Spread over two floors with a roof terrace offering shisha's, this is a great place to visit on a night out offering something for everyone!
12 noon – 3am every day.
5 Back Swinegate, YO1 8AJ
Cocktail bar plus DJ from 11pm. Popular for latin dancing such as salsa and bachata. It is small but has heated outside space where it feels like you could easily be somewhere with a warmer climate!
11am – 3am every day.
29 Swinegate, City Centre, York, YO1 8AZ
A popular choice in the evening with great cocktails and a DJ playing current music and recent classics.
12pm – 2am Friday & Saturday – please check their website for other opening times.
20 – 24 Swinegate, York, YO1 8AZ
Pizzeria, restaurant and great social bar by night serving delicious cocktails with a DJ playing great tunes on the weekend!
11:30am – 3am Friday & Saturday – please check their website for other opening times.