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The 10 Best Places to Eat Out in York

The city of York is a top destination for foodies, and you can forget about the chains as there are plenty of independent cafés and restaurants to choose from. The local eateries are original and modern, and the food being served is bursting with flavour, with most of the dishes coming from produce grown in Yorkshire. If you are staying at our boutique hotels, York then read on to see our recommendations for the best places to eat out at in York.


Ambiente Tapas

Bringing some Mediterranean flavour to York, owners Zoe and Tim have created a vibrant and friendly tapas restaurant located on Fossgate, with a sister restaurant on Goodramgate. The dishes on their varied tapas menu are cooked fast and fresh – order a few individual portions or a platter to share. Their bread is baked in-house, the Padron peppers are grown and picked at Wiggington, and the meat and poultry found on the menu comes from York’s Butchers Block.

Delrio’s Restaurant

If you are after some authentic Italian food when you visit York, Delrio’s, a favourite amongst locals, is the place for you. Located by Micklegate Bar, a short walk from our apart-hotel, you can enjoy a candlelit meal in their atmospheric cellar restaurant. Giovanni Delrio and his chefs use simple ingredients to create the mouth-watering food, and use traditional methods, apart from the purpose-built smoker!

Pasta served in Italian restaurant in York

My Thai

A small Thai restaurant on King Street, My Thai is a café and restaurant open for lunch and evening meals. They serve authentic Bangkok street food, so you are sure to get an authentic taste of Thailand, and the décor channels a vibrant Bangkok atmosphere. They have a 4.9 rating on Facebook and 4.5 on TripAdvisor, so you know you are getting the best Thai food around! The small restaurant has branches in Leeds and Bradford too, but it still maintains a Yorkshire, independent feeling. My Thai also offers a takeaway option, perfect for when you stay at our aparthotel and fancy a night in!

Shambles Tavern

On the historic Shambles, you can find quality Yorkshire food accompanied by real ales and ciders. Sue and Keith champion the traders and producers within the city limits, sourcing much of their ingredients from businesses just a stone’s throw away from their own such as Cross Fishmongers and Swains Butchers. As such, the menu at the Tavern is built on what is available to them seasonally. Drinks are not forgotten too, as there are beers from 48 regional microbreweries, with dark and pale ales and cider also! You may want to bring some of the tasty beer home with you too!


With a menu that is 50/50 on meat and vegetarian dishes, Source offers a variety of quality food. Head to Castlegate for delicious slow-cooked meats, like pulled pork or a 48-hour prepared brisket, healthy and tasty superfoods like quinoa salad with grilled halloumi or green tabbouleh or wonderful vegetarian meals like whole baked cauliflower or ratatouille. Source also has an extensive drinks menu and for something different have a look at their incredible vegan freakshakes on Instagram @source_york.

Vegetarian dish served in a York restaurant


The Pig and Pastry

The Pig and Pastry has made many ‘Best places to eat in York’ articles several times, but their celebrity status has not gone to their heads, as they stay true to serving good food at decent prices. Former London chef Steve Holding opened up the café on Bishopthorpe Road in 2008, and the family-run business has been thriving ever since. This list contains many eateries which source their food locally, and The Pig and Pastry are no different, and you can find where they source their produce on their website. If you like the food at the café, which serves breakfast and lunch, you can also get their cookbook, with proceeds going towards Candlelighters children’s cancer charity.

Brew & Brownie

Brew & Brownie is a wonderful café located on Museum Street whose food is inspired by the seasons, a countryside upbringing, urban adulthood and favourite dishes. Using some of Yorkshire’s best produce, such as Raydale Preserves, Wilson’s Butchers in Huntingdon and Food for Thought’s bread. Even their coffee is British, coming from roastery Extract Coffee in Bristol. Their menu also includes vegan and gluten-free options; you just need to ask the friendly staff about the day’s options.

Betty’s Café Tea Rooms

You will see people queuing out the door for afternoon tea at Bettys, which just shows its popularity. Bettys Team Rooms have been a Yorkshire staple for nearly 100 years, and have taken years to perfect their afternoon tea. You can enjoy a pot of freshly brewed tea, cakes and sandwiches. If you want to dine at Betty’s, it is best to book in advance to get a table, but if you don’t manage to get in for afternoon tea, they have a shop next door.

Afternoon tea served in Bettys tea room

Shambles Kitchen

Situated in the historic Shambles, the lovely Shambles Kitchen is a unique café serving delicious freshly-made food. The menu comprises of sandwiches and wraps, nutritious smoothies, homemade lemonades and hot drinks. The food is made with seasonal ingredients, and you are sure to find something to suit every taste, with sauces and fillings are cooked from scratch daily. Best of all, you won’t be waiting in the queue for long as the food is made fast. Who said fast food is bad food?

Café 74

This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning our own Café 74! The contemporary café located on the cobbled Micklegate is the perfect place for meeting up with family and friends to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and tucking into sumptuous made to order food. Choose from light meals, award-winning cakes accompanied by artisan coffees and speciality teas. Café 74 is part of The Lawrance and open daily from 8.30am to both guests and the public serving all-day breakfasts, light lunches and afternoon teas, or you can just grab a quick coffee.

Sandwiches in a cafe in York

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