The York Restaurant Scene in Autumn 2020
There is still a thriving restaurant scene in York and in this blog, we run through the top 3 exciting additions this Autumn
Book an Igloo at the Churchill in York
This majestic hotel is known for hosting wedding parties – but it has had to adapt to the times and now hosts pizza for its guests.
It has transformed into a magical outdoor restaurant, specialising in serving wood-fired hot pizza from Thursday through Sunday.
The more substantial traditional menu is available to eat inside – but their fairly lit garden will make you instantly consider the alternative.
A new addition for autumn are a set of see-through ‘garden igloos’ which diners can hire for up to of six people at a cost of between £20 to £45 for a two-and-a-half hour slot. This fee is non-refundable and is simply added to your bill for food and drinks.
The igloos are made of see-through plastic panels. One will be heated for the colder months and will be disinfected after each party.
As for the pizza – this is served on wooden boards with handles, along with stainless steel cutlery.
Pizzas take mere minutes to cook in a wood-fired oven (in a special hut in the corner of the grounds).
New Restaurant to Open Next Month
Leading chef Terry Laybourne is opening a venue in York next month.
Terry’s 21 Hospitality Group is working with Fenwick to launch his Café 21 brand in the Coppergate store.
The existing York café –is undergoing a transformation to provide a “light, bright and modern dining space” – featuring contemporary lighting, bold colours and curved booth seating.
The restaurant is due to open in early November, and will be open from morning until early evening.
Café diners will be able to take a break from their shopping for everything from a barista-made coffee to breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or an early supper.
Terry said: “This is an exciting time for 21 Hospitality Group and I’m delighted to be once again working with Fenwick to introduce our dining experience to another of their stores.
“We’ve already collaborated on a number of restaurant projects and it’s a partnership that works very well, so I’m looking forward to bringing our great food to locals and visitors to York.”
Pop-Up Restaurant at Merchant Adventurers Hall
Catering firm, Bradshaws of York have teamed up with the Merchant Adventurers Hall to offer food in the great hall on select weekends through November and December.
Jonathan Maxfield from Bradshaws explains: “We’re giving the people of the city the opportunity to experience fine dining and great wines at a very competitive price, as I would like as many people as possible to come and see what we do, and I fully appreciate that times are hard for lots of people at the moment.
“It will be so uplifting to see the hall providing a stunning setting for people to come and forget their worries for a few hours. We are offering a seven course tasting menu, showcasing the best of the fine produce from our select group of local suppliers. The hall is also large enough to allow for social distancing easily as numbers will be limited and the events will be fully Covid secure. It’s also a chance for people to come a visit what is, one of the finest Medieval buildings in the country, maybe for the first time?”
The restaurant will be open on Friday and Saturday evenings from November 6, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings in December, up until December 19. The menu will be priced at £40 per person and the wine pairing £25 per person
Numbers are being limited to ensure safety and all social distancing and relevant Covid secure measures will be in place.
To book email Bradshawsofyork@btconnect.com stating your preferred date and they will confirm availability.