Bistro No. 8

8 Gillygate YO31 7EQ, 01904 653074

Modern British ££ 

Suitable for all groups

We absolutely love this bistro. Offering divine modern British food in a delightful setting. One of those places you just want to return to again and again. Inside, it’s art nouveau, and outside a tranquil and pretty courtyard overlooking the historic walls. You won’t be disappointed if you opt to eat here for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We love to recommend places that offer the full range of menu options for children at reduced prices and this is one of them  If you have an under 5, they eat free too. Children will love their chunky chips on the side of a small main. The focus here is on seasonal and local produce with a contemporary twist. They also run the café and the pop up pavilion (gourmet picnic hampers for hire) at the Art Gallery so if you don’t eat at the bistro, you can enjoy some fine fare there too although the bistro remains our favourite.

Open 7 days a week, 0900 – 2200

Il Paradiso Del Cibo

40 Walmgate YO1 9TJ, +44 (0)1904 611444

Italian £ 

Suitable for all groups

Many foodie friends of ours believe this is the best Italian in town and we have to agree. We love the fact you feel like you’ve arrived in Sardinia from the moment you walk into Il Paradiso. All the staff are Italian and it has that wonderful Italian ambience. It’s a cosy space – don’t expect lots of room between you and the next table but the food is amazing. Firm favourites here are their risottos, T-bone steak and pizzas. Children will love their fantastic selection of ice-creams whilst adults will find it hard to say no to their delicious tiramisu . It’s very popular with locals and tourists alike, so booking is pretty much essential.

Opening hours: Mon – Thurs 12:00 – 14:30 / 18:00 – 22:00, Fri-Sun  12:00 – 22:00

Le Cochon Aveugle

37 Walmgate YO1 9TX, +44 (0)1904 640222

French £ £ £


A truly fabulous dining experience in every respect. We absolutely adore this place. The name “Le Cochon Aveugle” blind swine, so the menu is a blind tasting one which changes by the season and also by local produce available  THe restaurant is now open for lunch, Tuesday – Thursday where you can enjoy their  £40, 4-course blind menu or for dinner, Tuesday through to Saturday, their extravagant £60, 8 course “carte blanche”. Wine pairing at £30 pp. The menu changes regularly, with dishes based on French bistro classics, but prepared using modern or forgotten techniques. With only 24 covers it is a uniquely intimate York dining experience. Located in York’s foodie strip, Walmgate, the restaurant also has a fantastic wine bar, Cave du Cochon, just a few doors from the restaurant.  Chef, of British menu fame, Joshua Overington, is passionate about food and its origins. His cooking is influenced by French cuisine but uses only the very best of Yorkshire’s produce. His partner, Victoria manages the front of house. You can opt to match each dish with their wine pairing option – go on, you’ll love it!

Opening hours: Wed-Sat from 18:00, Sat lunch from 12:00

Los Moros

15-17 Grape Lane, YO1 7HU, York

North African £ £ 

New for 2018, locals were thrilled when Los Moros decided to open a restaurant along-side their highly regarded food stall in the Shambles Market. You’ll be delighted with the fantastic North African / Middle Eastern options on their menu. There’s something to suit all palates. We absolutely loved their falafel, halloumi and hummus with soft pita bread to start, followed by flavoursome tagines with a side of twice cooked couscous. Delicious raspberry and rosewater cheesecake to finish. The space reflects the food, with mosaic tiles and plates and lighting to match. There’s so much to tempt you here. A fantastic addition to the food scene in York.

Opening hours: Every day 12:00 – 22:00


68 Marygate, York, YO30 7BH, info@rootsyork.co.uk

Modern British £ £ £ 

It was with much excitement that we saw the opening of Tommy Bank’s Roots here in York. Soon after we settled in York back in 2014, we celebrated a birthday at The Black Swan, Oldstead (Tommy Bank’s flagship restaurant); a Michelin star restaurant on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors and were blown away by the whole experience. The menus  at Roots celebrate local produce across three seasons; the preservation season, the hunger gap and the time of abundance. The space is stylish, yet casual and boasts gorgeous views of the walls and the Museum Gardens. Staff are super professional, welcoming diners with big smiles. It’s clear they love working here and who wouldn’t?. The food is superb and you will find it incredibly difficult to choose. Everything is beautifully balanced and each dish is a work of art. You can choose between a la carte, the Roots ‘feast’, the Sunday ‘feast’, and a mid-week set lunch menu.

Simply delightful in every way.

£ 25 per person deposit required

Opening hours:

The Cat’s Pyjamas

2 Cumberland Street, YORK, United Kingdom, YO1 9SW, +44 (0)1904 530220

Indian Street Food and Craft Beer £ 

Suitable for all groups

Celebrating Indian street food culture, The Cat’s Pyjamas is a buzzing place to enjoy an evening meal. The restaurant’s interior has been cleverly designed to reflect the colours and craziness of India. It’s an ideal choice before or after the theatre (it’s located next to the Grand Opera House). Dishes are really well balanced and best of all, it’s terrific value!

Opening hours: Wed – Thurs 16:00 – 22;30, Fri 16:00 – 23:00, Sat 12:00 – 23:00, Sun 12:00 – 22:00

The Park 

4-5 St Peters Grove, York,  YO30 6AQ, +44 (0)1904 640101

Modern British £ £ £


Serving a tasting menu of Modern British food, The Park is a 3 AA Rosette restaurant housed in the charming Marmadukes Hotel. They also offer an early bird, 3 course set menu. If you’re looking for something just a little bit special, The Park is a wonderful option. It’s fine dining all the way. Staff are incredibly knowledgeable and professional and the food speaks for itself. We loved arriving at the hotel and enjoying a gin and tonic in one of the 2 formal sitting areas before being escorted to our table to begin our culinary journey. Adam Jackson serves up dishes inspired by local produce with flair and creativity.  It’s not cheap at £65 per person & £50 for the wine pairings but sometimes it’s worth indulging.

Opening hours: Tues – Sat 18:00 – midnight


98 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX, +44 (0)1904 634849

Contemporary British with Asian influences £ £

Suitable for all groups (young ones with adventurous palates)

Chef, Neil Bentinck opened his new restaurant about 18 months ago after years of planning. Named after the Japanese work sukoshi, meaning a small amount or a little, Skosh offers snacks and small plates that allows diners to enjoy as much or as little as they’d like. I think that’s what I like about this place the most. You can go there for a light lunch or a decadent dinner and I think it’s very reasonably priced. Skosh is located on Micklegate, a rather lovely Georgian cobbled street that seems to be evolving as one of York’s best foodie strips. The restaurant is housed in a grade 11 listed building, and joins other firm favourites on this street, The Rattle Owl, Brigantes, Partisan and Brewdog.

Opening hours: Wed-Sat 12:00 – 14:00, 17:30 – 22:00

The Star Inn the City

Lendal Engine House, Museum Street, York, YO1 7DR     01904 619208

British £ £

Suitable for all groups

Located on the corner of the Museum Gardens, The Star Inn has an enviable riverside location. In warmer weather, the terrace is such a lovely place to soak up York’s attractions. The building itself is modern, with lots of glass and the restaurant is spacious and grand in more ways than one. The menu brings a “little taste of the countryside in the city.” There are numerous set menu options including seasonal 3-course menus and a 2 course market menu (served before 7pm), ideal if you’re wanting an early dinner before heading to the York Theatre Royal (just 5 minutes away). The Star Inn is a great option for all group sizes.

Opening hours: Mon – Sat 09:30 – 23:00, Sun 09:30 – 20:30

The Whippet Inn

15 North St, York, YO1 6JD, +44 (01904) 500 660

Steak & Ale House £ £

Adults only

A quintessential English pub, The Whippet Inn offers, we would argue, the best Yorkshire steak in town. Now this truly is a hidden delight as many locals don’t know about it! The dining space is relaxed and characterful. Begin your dining experience in the lively bar and sample their excellent range of specialist gins or a boutique English beer. The dining room is a lovely space to enjoy the wonderful food on offer. They have recently extended vegetarian / vegan options on their menu. Staff are incredibly friendly and professional.

You can also dine in the garden with your dog (weather permitting) but you may not like sharing with the smokers.

Opening hours: Every day 12:00 – midnight