One of York's finest restaurants, and one of only a hanful to offer serious food. Although it might not appeal to the less adventurous.
Lunchtime brings a grazing menu - the idea being you choose from a selection of small or large plates/helpings and share. This works very well, allowing individuals to sample more flavours - perhaps returning to order a single variety of their own next time around.
Dishes such as 'Beetroot-Cured Salmon with Stout Loaf & Celery Root'; 'Buttered Ribbon Noodles with Truffle & Crowdie' and 'Slow-Cooked Haunch of Venison' set the diverse and adventurous style.
More regular starters (offered during lunch and evening) might include the likes of 'Berkswell Cheese Omelette with Black Olives, Butternut Squash & White Truffle'; 'Nidderdale Chicken Pie with Pickled Morels & Burnt Leek' and 'Whitby Crab Coctail with Avocado, Sweet & Sour Apple and Seaweed Brittle'.
Mains, numbering around half a dozen for each service, might include 'Old Spot Pork Cheek, Slow-Cooked with Ampleforth Cider with Homemade Black Pudding'; 'Rabbit Pie & Mash with Agen Prunes and Lardons' and 'Crunchy Belly Lamb with Smoked Eel, Aubergine & Pimento' - plus an equally-interesting Fish of the Day dish.
Puds maintain the sense of adventure and are seasonal - like the restof the menu - Spring perhaps bringing Yorkshireshire Rhubarb with Coconut Rice Pudding' or 'Apple Crumble Sundae with a hint of Curry'.
Those not having a sweet tooth should enjoy their well-chosen selection of Artisan Cheeses.
Service is both professional and friendly. Booking essential near the weekend.
They have a Chocolate Room upstairs - full of temptations such as Knickerbocker Glory, here including chocolate beer, chocolate balsamic and chocolate popping candy!
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.00-14.00, Grazing dishes between about £4 & £14; set L12 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 18.00-21.30, set D £25 (2 courses), £30 (3 courses); Grazing (selected by the kitchen) £39.00 per person.
- Seats: 50
- Wine: A well-chosen list kicks off at around £19, but rises in price steeply after that.
- Wheelchair access: Yes, for groundfloor restaurant
- Nearest station: York Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: Sun & Mon, a few days at Christmas