I've been fortunate enough to live in beautiful York for the past two years. It is a tiny city, bursting at the seams with history, Harry Potter-esque streets and incredible architecture.
There's also an amazing (and growing) list of really fantastic restaurants and cafés in and around the picturesque city centre. If you're a bit of a foodie - you are in for a treat! On a summer evening in York, you really could be anywhere on the continent - it's got food and café culture nailed.
I've compiled a shortlist of my very favourite places to eat or grab a coffee in York. If you're planning a weekend trip, be sure to factor these places in!
The Whippet Inn - I go here so often when I'm in York, it's borderline embarrassing. This is my food Mecca. My absolute, number one, can't-go-wrong restaurant. Great steak, a fantastic menu, beautiful wine, real ales, top cocktails (and waiters who really know their stuff); this place is achingly-cool-hipster-meets-old-man-pub in the most wonderful, perfect melange. The atmosphere is always really pleasant, and theres just enough buzz about the place on any night of the week. Just book a table. You won't regret it.
Ambiente - even if you're not in to tapas, I urge you to head down to Ambiente on Fossgate regardless. You won't be disappointed. The food here is absolutely delicious. If you're a veggie, there are plenty of options for you here, too. There's also a wine and sherry bar (I didn't know a sherry bar was a thing. It is. I'm glad it is) so if you've only got time for a drink and some nibbles, this is your man. It is really popular, be warned - a table can be tricky!
Brew and Brownie - in need of a really decent coffee and cake, and can't face a chain coffee house? No worries. Enter Brew and Brownie. Quite honestly, my favourite coffee shop in the world. Lovely coffee, local produce in all of their food as far as is humanly possible, and the nicest staff you'll find. You can't go wrong. Trot down museum street from the Minster - the cakes in the window alone are worth an ogle!
The Star Inn The City - managed by my ex-next-door-neighbour (who is delightful, should you meet him), this is haute-pub-grub at its finest. Looking out on to the river, tucked away right in the centre of town, this little haven is beautifully decorated - and the food is exceptional. Really delicious, seasonal food, speedy service, and a great drinks menu to boot.
Café Concerto - small, unassuming, and frankly not exciting looking from the outside, this little café on Petergate is always packed to the rafters. There's a very good reason for that. Breakfast, lunch, a cuppa, or dinner; this place can provide. You will get great soup and sandwiches, hearty home-cooking, and off the charts cakes. Try the cinnamon french toast. It'll change your life. No, seriously.
The Lamb and Lion - there is nothing quite like hale and hearty pub food, and that is what the Lamb and Lion does best. Tucked right in alongside the ancient city walls, this cosy pub is perfect shelter from bad weather. For sunnier days, it has a really pretty beer garden, and loads of foodie and beer-related events all summer long. It is also an inn, with really nice rooms in a fantastic location for exploring the city, so be sure to check those out, too!
Where are your favourite spots in York?