Amidst the smart shops in this corner of historic York is the location for Mr P’s Curious Tavern, in the shadows of the Gothic gem, York Minster, is Andrew Pern’s latest 80-cover venture at 71 Low Petergate, which offers something for everyone: small plates from around the world to taste along with a glass (or two) of something different and ambience by the barrel load, to sate your curiosity and appetite.
71 Low Petergate (curiously, formerly known as 45 Low Petergate) is Grade II * listed and dates back to the same era as The Shambles in parts, whilst the majority was constructed in the early C17th, a period when York was becoming known as the Social Capital of the North. One of its first occupants was a Thomas Gent, a (largely unsuccessful) printer by trade, who published the original York newspaper, ‘The Courant’ from the property. Another of his publications was a journal entitled ‘Miscellanea Curiosa’ and, whilst it concerned numerical issues, rather than vittles from far and near, we are happy to note this curious link!
Mr P’s Menu encourages you to pick and mix from the selection of small dishes we offer: fresh shellfish and seafood, a few oddities like ‘Haute Dogs’, Croque M’Lad or M’Lass, to put together your own meal as your appetite, humour and curiosity allow. For a more robust meal, we will have more substantial offerings and for liquid refreshment, Mr P’s offers small, medium and large vessels of wine, spirits and other beverages, some fortified, all fantastic.
Our Barman will be on tap to help with our choice of craft ales available, whilst the ladies who lunch are more than catered for – fizz by the glass or our Libation of the Universe ‘Gin Parlour’ overlooking the street below from our vast selection of botanical gins, just the tonic to kick on for a long lunch after some retail therapy.
Running the establishment are some staff who have worked at the Michelin-starred Star Inn at Harome or the much-loved and the phenomenally popular Brasserie-styled restaurant, The Star Inn The City located on the bank of the River Ouse alongside the historic Lendal Bridge.
The restaurant is open 11am to 11pm Mondays to Saturdays with last food orders at 9.30pm.