Food & Drink in York

York is home to an incredible array of food and drink. From hundreds of pubs and bars serving all manner of local and international drinks, to a fine range of cafes, tea rooms and boutique eating spaces to grab a warm cuppa, with a range of quick meal options and fine dining all within easy walking distance of the historic city centre.

Within these impressive city walls, you will be well fed and watered, indeed.

House of the Trembling Madness

48 Stonegate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8AS

Cooper King Distillery

The Old Stable, Stillington Road, Sutton-on-the-Forest, York, North Yorkshire, YO61 1EH


114 Micklegate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 6JX

Main St Cafe

Germaine Cottage, Garmancarr Lane, York, North Yorkshire, YO8 3UW

Brew York

Enterprise Complex, Walmgate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9TT

Restaurant @ The Black Swan at Oldstead

Oldstead, York, North Yorkshire, YO61 4BL

The Wild Swan

Main St, Minskip, York, North Yorkshire, YO51 9JF

The Star Inn The City

Lendal Engine House, Museum Street, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7DR

Visit Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms, York

St Helen’s Square, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8QP

Castle Howard Courtyard Café

Castle Howard Estate Limited, Castle Howard, York, North Yorkshire, YO60 7DA

The Balloon Tree Farmshop & Café

Stamford Bridge Road, Gate Helmsley , York, North Yorkshire, YO41 1NB

The Bay Horse

York Road, Green Hammerton, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 8BN

The Fairfax Arms

Main Street, Gilling East, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 4JH

York Gin Company

York Gin Shop, Sir Thomas Herbert’s House, 12 Pavement, York, YO1 9UP

Sora at Malmaison York

2 Rougier SStreet, York, North Yorkshire, YO90 1UU

Brewtown Brewery Tours

Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR

Hidden Gems Food Tour of York

York Roast Co, 78 Low Petergate, York YO1 7HZ


75 Low Petergate , York, North Yorkshire, Y01 7HY

Yorkshire Heart Vineyard

Pool Lane, Nun Monkton , York, YO26 8EL

York Tap

York Rail Station, York, North Yorkshire, YO24 1AB

Yorkshire Bartender

Unit 6, Rose Avenue, York Business Park, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 6RR

Yorkshire Food Finder

Toft Acres, Back Lane South, Wheldrake, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 6DT

Ye Olde Red Lion

25 Old Road, Holme On Spalding Moor, York, East Riding Of Yorkshire, YO43 4AD

Ye Olde Starre Inne

40 Stonegate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8AS

Wildes Wine Bar York

21 Grape Lane, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7HU

White Horse Inn

Westend, Ampleforth, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 4DX

Wetherby Whaler York

Ings Lane York Business Park, York Business Park, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 6RA

Vudu Lounge

37 Swinegate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8AZ

Wagyu Bar and Grill

75 Low Petergate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7HY

VIA York – Cycling Cafe

3a Fold Court, Buttercrambe, York, North Yorkshire, YO41 1XU

Vanity Grill-Bar

10 New Street, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8RA

Twine & Barrel

Hull Road, Dunnington, York, YO19 5LP

Tykes Restaurant & Bar

Scotchman Lane, Flaxton, York, North Yorkshire, YO60 7RG


York Station Platform 3, York, North Yorkshire, YO24 1AB

The Yorkshire Bar and Grill

St Maurices Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO31 7JA

Thicket Priory

Thorganby, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 6DE

From local to international

Offering everything from fine local cuisine to international delicacies, dining in York is a gastronomic experience. The Star Inn the City is a stunning new development in the heart of the city, headed up by renowed Michelin-starred chef Andrew Pern.

Keeping on the Michelin theme, Tommy Banks, of Black Swan in Oldstead fame, has also brought his venture Roots to the city. This stunning new sharing-plate restaurant  that brings Tommy Banks’ Roots right into the heart of the city. Inspired by ingredients grown and foraged on the family farm; it’s a reflection of the “Oldstead” style: plenty of tradition and culture, cut through with a modern creative exuberance. Roots has become the first restaurant in the city to be awarded a Michelin star.

Over on Micklegate is Skosh, a contemporary dining room serving uncomplicated yet refined dishes in a comfortable and informal manner. Serving food in the form of snacks and small plates, allowing you to have as little or as much as you want. Committed to serving the best seasonal and ethically sourced ingredients, The Rise Restaurant, Terrace and Bar offers modern cuisine across a new ‘small plate concept, allowing guests to enjoy a feast of sharing dishes in an immersive and social dining experience. With a seasonal menu that draws from Yorkshire produce a visit to The Rattle Owl is a must. This independent 42 seat casual dining restaurant is housed in a restored listed building and is as alluring as it is welcoming. 

FOREST Galtres Lodge is THE place to come at any time of the day for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even just a quick drink and a snack.  Since having been taken over by new owners in October 2018, the menus have been transformed, and now include freshly cooked homely meals, using as many local ingredients as possible.

Finally, Kennedys Bar and Restaurant delivers tasty food during the day before turning into one of York’s hot spots in the evening with smooth vibes and a great atmosphere.

Coffee Culture and Afternoon Tea

With an abundance of cafes, awaiting you, it’s the perfect opportunity to rest those legs. On every corner you’ll find a coffee shop full of a variety of coffees, teas and delicious cake. For something a little more formal set down for afternoon tea aboard the beautifully restored Countess of York train at the National Railway Museum or visit the Iconic Bettys Café Tea Rooms and treat yourself to a Fat Rascal.

The Rise of Gin and Craft Beer

The Gin and Craft Beer scene is thriving in the city with local breweries and distilleries producing unique local flavours and tours with a spooky twist. York Gin and the Bloody Tour of York have joined forces to bring you equal measures of chilling tales and tasty gins. Don’t forget to pop into the York Gin shop and take home a bottle as a souvenir.

Brew York is the ideal place if you’re looking for great beer. They have their own brewery, tap room and beer hall, offering you over 40 taps with direct access to some of the finest ale and lager. It’s the perfect opportunity to sample some of their unique flavours, including the rhubarb and custard beer ‘Rhubarbra Streisand’. There are hundreds of places to enjoy a drink in the city, including historic Tudor and Georgian buildings and even a pub above a Roman Bath, no other city can beat York for its uniqueness. 

Mouth Watering Street Food

For food on the go check out the very best in street food at the Shambles Food Court, they have it all covered whether you’re vegan or a meat lover. Don’t miss Los Moros, satisfy those lunchtime cravings with their fabulous North African and Middle Eastern style street food. Other traders include some of the healthiest fast food from KREP who are based in the huts in the food court, Pizza treats from Pizzoli and scrummy burritos from the Shambles Kitchen.

Spark:York is a new addition to the city’s cultural offering, the units are eclectic in style and provide an energetic injection of youthful colour and creativity. The food outlets range from mouth-watering gourmet burgers at Sloppy’s Burgers and sensational Asian fusion from Shori.


As well as creating artisan chocolates, Kala King Chocolate make individual desserts for special occasions including weddings, birthdays and corporate events. In fact, they love nothing more than taking clients’ ideas, no matter how extravagant, and bringing them to life.

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