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York really is a food lovers dream, with hundreds of restaurants, bars, cafes and oldy worldy pubs hidden around every corner.

Explore the cobbled streets for yourself and check out the best food and drinks the city has to offer. Here are our best picks.


Looking for the best places to eat brunch in York? The city has an abundance of delicious places to eat including the small and cosy Brew & Brownie. Famous for its assortment of delicious cakes and teas, it’s also worth a visit to indulge in its mouth-watering brunch menu, featuring favourites from homemade savoury muffins and doorstop bacon sandwiches to smashed avocado and chorizo on locally made toasted sourdough. Check out the menu for yourself. Be warned - this is a local favourite, so you may have to queue. If the queue is out the door, there’s the Bakeshop just a few doors down, a sister coffee shop to Brew & Brownie so it could be worth checking the queue here too.

 Photo credit: Brew & Brownie

For another perfect breakfast spot to kickstart your day of exploring the city, look no further than The Pig & Pastry on Bishopthorpe Road. This café prides itself on using local produce and boasts a range of delicious sweet and savoury breakfast options, including local free-range eggs on Haxby sourdough, homemade granola with local honey and buttermilk waffles with maple syrup.


Photo credit: The Pig & Pastry


For a truly delicious lunch, Barbakans Café and Restaurant is a great place to grab a bite with friends during a trip to York. The family-run eatery is a favourite among locals and offers a wide range of traditional Polish dishes - Hunter’s stew, pierogi and cabbage leaves are just a few of the delicious delicacies available on the lunch menu.


You’re bound to be peckish after a day of adventure, and if you’re looking for a restaurant full of character and history, there’s no better place than the Guy Fawkes Inn. The Inn is still lit by real gas lights and candles, making it the perfect setting to continue that historic York experience. Just a few metres from the Minster, it’s not to be missed – and neither is their famous Guy Fawkes steak pie.

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The Whippet Inn is a firm favourite with locals and a York hidden gem. This steak and ale house offers an exceptional gastropub menu and a comprehensive wine list to match. Famed for their steaks, they offer a fantastic range of ever-changing special boards and champion using premium ingredients in their dishes. The restaurant offers adult only dining and it is advisable to book in advance as tables book up quickly.

For the best tapas and cocktails York has to offer, check out Sotano Charcuterie and Bar to sample their delicious selection of authentic Spanish croquetas, not to mention their incredible selection of gins.

Photo credit: Sotano Charcuterie and Bar 


Other bars in York worth a pit stop to refuel are The Lamb and Lion Inn, famed for its delicious Chef’s Pie of the Day.

Photo credit: The Lamb and Lion Inn 

Or the cosy 500 year old The Golden Fleece, renown locally for its spooky history.

Photo credit: The Golden Fleece

For a Belgian beer or glass of wine House of Trembling Madness is a great, quirky bar and restaurant tucked away above a bottle shop on Stonegate.

Photo credit: House of Trembling Madness