The city of York is one teeming with history and with a myriad of things to see and do. As someone who spends a lot of their time in York I have had the pleasure of getting to explore the city and seeing what it has to offer.
York has some fantastic places to visit, with millions of annual visitors drawn in by the beauty of its ancient old streets, shops, attractions and of course eateries. The world famous Minster dominates the skyline, noted for having some of the oldest surviving medieval stained glass in the world. Newer attractions in the form of York Dungeons or the National Railway museum broaden the appeal of this ancient city.
Like its attractions York has no shortage of places to eat, with excellent cafés, restaurants and bistros lining the beautiful old streets. If you are you are ever looking for somewhere to eat from the midmorning onwards and want something quirky and orginal the “Double Dutch Pancake House” is an excellent choice. Found on Church Street in the city centre on the main pedestrian route this intimate cafe retains an original and independent feel. They offer what you may first expect of a pancake house with traditional, sweet pancakes with toppings like maple syrup, salted caramel and whipped cream. But they also offer some more unconventional pancakes on their menu such as the “Free Ranged Savoury Pancake” which is topped with free ranged chicken breast, mushrooms and edam cheese. All their pancakes can be made gluten free by simply asking one of the staff members while ordering. Additionally, the pancakes are all cooked by excellently trained chef down on the ground floor near the entrance of the eatery, meaning if you’re seated down there you essentially get a free show of the skill of the chef. After visiting a few times, I would personally recommend the “Monkey Magic” from the sweet pancakes menu, it is simply bananas and salted caramel, with bananas cooked into the pancake itself which makes it so much better.
York has many pubs, famously stated to be 365 of them, with many of them offering top quality food to boot. If your looking for honest bar food you won't go far wrong with the “Cross Keys”, at 34 Goodramgate. Quick service and good food are standard here.
Given York's well known roman connection I thought it seemed appropriate to mention an Italian restaurant and deli. Little Italy has been established favourite in York for a long while now. Excellent food, ambience and service all make this a strong contender for the best restaurant in York.
There are of course, countless other places that you could eat at during time in York. These three places, however, are my personal favourites and recommendations.
By Matthew Pickering