Shannon and I visited York for a short break in early October and we ate out in lots of different places. I’ve picked out our top three places to eat in York out of the bunch of restaurants we visited based on our whole experience of the staff, atmosphere, and of course the food.
This traditional British pub was exactly what we were looking for when we were searching for somewhere to have a pub lunch in York. We were walking a section of the city walls and found this pub only about a 5-minute walk from Clifford’s Tower. The fantastic interior of the Masons Arms provides some genuine gothic features, including oak paneling from York Castle and the fireplace from the Castle gatehouse.
The staff were very welcoming and gave us great service throughout our lunch. Good Covid-19 measures were also in place. We didn’t book but were there when they opened at midday, however I would suggest booking as it did get fairly busy by the time we left.
They had a good selection of food with daily specials and traditional pub classics.
For starters we had calamari rings and a goats cheese salad. For our mains we had a chicken burger and a steak pie. The portions were very generous and everything had a really good flavour.
When we next visit York we will be back to visit – we left very satisfied and full! Find their menu here: http://www.masonsarmsyork.co.uk/main-menu/.
If you are looking for something a bit different when looking for places to eat in York then this is the place for you. Hidden away in the attic of a craft beer shop, you will find this fantastic medieval alehouse. You would not know it was there unless you were looking for it, I stumbled across it through a Google search and it was a fantastic find. We were lucky to get a table this place is very popular and they don’t take bookings so make sure you get there early or be prepared to wait!
The décor includes stuffed animal heads, candles, and wooden benches and tables and an unbelievably small kitchen, all of which really gives a great vibe. The atmosphere was brilliant and the bar staff are funny, lively, and seem happy to serve. Again, the Covid-19 measures in place were good and due to this you order all your drinks and food through an app which worked efficiently enough.
They have a huge collection of craft beer on draft and in bottles the staff are very knowledgeable, and can help point you in the right direction to a good drink if you describe what you’re looking for. Most of the food they do is cold food that they prepare fresh in the tiny kitchen and is very tasty! We had the cheese platter and the meat platter and both were delicious and perfect to have with drinks. There was an option for soup if you were after something hot.
We will definitely be visiting House of Trembling Madness again when we are next in York, we thoroughly enjoyed our evening in here. Check out their website for more information here: https://www.tremblingmadness.co.uk/.
We found the Duke of York in the heart of the medieval city of York, at the top of the historic Shambles. This pub was a contemporary pub with a traditional, comfortable feel to it. The atmosphere was pleasant with lots of couples and small groups out for evening meals. The staff very friendly, knowledgeable on the food and our particular server had a good bit of banter too.
We booked in advance for our evening meal here and I suggest you do too as every table was taken and it always looked very busy when we had wandered past on previous evenings.
The food was superb. We had three courses each and could barely move by the time we went to leave. For mains we had venison sausage and mash and mushroom risotto. For desserts we had apple and Chocolate tart.
We had our evening meal here on the last evening of our trip to York and it was a perfect way to round of a fantastic trip we will definitely be back. Find their menus and booking information at their website: https://lbdukeofyork.co.uk/.