While York isn't as famous for it's restaurants as it is for its pubs, there are still plenty of great places to eat in the city. Here are some of the culinary delights we've enjoyed recently:
Betty's / Little Betty's
Betty's is a hugely popular traditional tearoom in the centre of town (St. Helen's Square) with an art deco interior. The kind of place Jeeves and Wooster would have enjoyed, and the kind of peaceful olde-world place that compels me to slam my fists on the table and yell "We want the finest wines available to humanity. We want them here, and we want them now!" (although I have yet to fulfil this urge). Little Betty's is, well, smaller, and cosier, on nearby Stonegate.
Also on Stonegate you will find one of the two branches of Russell's (the other being on Coppergate). These fine English restaurants offer a fantastic roast dinner at a reasonable price. Timeless.
The Blue Bicycle
If you're willing to spend a little extra (or someone else is paying!), then treat yourself to a meal at the Blue Bicycle on Fossgate, a mighty fine restaurant which was famously once a brothel. The menu is quite simply stunning, from the hors d'oeuvres of roasted garlic and fresh bread through to freshly made liquorice ice cream for dessert. Everything is great, though they have a particular penchant for fish dishes. Take a fat wallet, an empty stomach, and good company.
At the other end of the financial scale, Krusties sandwich shop on the tiny street of Patrick Pool in the centre of town (ask for directions!) will fill your belly with superb hot tasty baguettes of epic proportions for just £2.20.
Plunketts is a reasonably priced restaurant with a popular Tex-Mex style menu, impressive CD collection, and a fabulous interior. Don't be dissuaded if there are no free tables on arrival, as this gives you the perfect excuse to head upstairs to the bar where you can even see the Rolling Stone's signatures on the walls.
St. William's College Restaurant
Well, we have to include St. William's College as we're holding our wedding reception here! But seriously, the restaurant itself is well worth a visit any day of the year. Fantastic tasting food.
Yes, we know it's a chain, but the York branch is particularly nice, with lofty high ceilings and pleasing views across Lendal Bridge and down the Ouse. Besides, the menu seems to have become more interesting and varied recently. Good value and great service here, with rarely a need to wait for too long.
Viceroy of India
Finally, if you simply want to induldge in the national dish, you will find one of the city's better Indian restaurants just outside the city walls on Monk Gate. An extensive Indian menu is on offer, in pleasant clean surroundings with attentive friendly staff. Classic.