Josh Overington isn't just any old chef; he earned his stripes at Le Langhe, the Pipe and Glass, Tom Kerridge's Hand and Flowers and the Roux brothers Waterside Inn. He's a talented maverick, so expect a dinner, which will defy most of your senses; the cooking is intricate, delicate, deliciously good and utterly memorable.
Judges Lodging York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8AQ
The personal touch
There’s no shortage of choice accommodation in York, but the moment you set eyes on the Judges Lodging, a magnificent former doctor’s residence, you know you’ve hit the jackpot. A stunning Grade I-listed townhouse dating from around 1730, it was considered to be ‘one of the best houses built in the city’. In 1906 it was bought as the official judges’ residence for use while they were attending sessions at the local Assize Courts. Many of the original features remain – the entire building is shot through with period charm, from the flagstone floors in the cellar bar and the wood panelling in the gracious dining room to the monumental fireplaces in the ‘Character’ bedrooms. But forget any notions of formality; manager Rachel Mayes and her crew have created a relaxed vibe – so kick back and take your time, whether you’re having a bite before striking out to explore the magnificent city or need to recover from a spot of retail therapy. Also take advantage of the two-tier suntrap terrace at the back and the splendid front patio (a great spot for people-watching).
A ‘half pints’ menu is available for the little ones, and some dishes are also served in half portions.Under-16s stay overnight for free if sharing their parents’ room; you simply pay for breakfast.
Guide dogs only.
The full menu is served outside: take your pick from the two-tier sun-trap terrace at the back or the splendid flag-stoned front patio.
Easter treasure hunt; Fizzy Fridays – enjoy a bottle of Prosecco for just £15; and numerous national events and celebrations, such as British Pie Week and Yorkshire Pudding Day.
Judges Lodging York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8AQ
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Judges Lodging York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8AQ
Mastering the menu
On the menu
Time to Eat
Local, local, local
Behind the bar
Time at the bar
Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.
Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Betty's Tea Room 6-8 St Helen's Square, York YO1 8QP
At the other end of the spectrum is this world-famous, elegant tea room with old-school afternoon teas and waitresses dressed in black and white. It's been around for 100 years so they've got hospitality nailed; it's impossible not to feel genteel even if you're in jeans. It's not just dainties though; tuck into savouries such as Swiss alpine macaroni, raclette rosti and Betty's Welsh rarebit. A real treat.
York's only gourmet guided food trek!Consummate foodie Sue Nelson will lead you round the city, dropping in on the best producer and makers in the city. The tour starts and ends at Michelin star holder Andrew Pern's Star in the City where a specially created menu featuring produce you've seen on the trail. A day of fun and great food.
York Cocoa House,3 Blake Street, York YO1 8QJ
The destination for chocoholics; join in a workshop, drop in to the fab cafe serving up both sweet and savoury chocolate delights and browse the library containing stories, histories and recipes.
Authentic Italian deli and restaurant; the space might be a tad unimpressive but the food is tremendous - properly rustic Italian classics at affordable prices. Otto Bocca is at the helm and boy does he know a thing or two about putting flavours and textures together.
Regardless of your skill level you'll find a course to suit you at the custom built school in Harrogate. Choose from elegant desserts, cooking with chocolate and bread making for beginners amongst many others.
Great family-run deli, patisserie, artisan bakery and fab cafe in the heart of the city. Of course you're in Yorkshire but it's got a Parisian vibe about it - tres chic! Take home cheese and charcuterie from all over Italy and France, and meringues, macaroons and brownies for the sweet of tooth.
It's easy to miss the door to this unique place, tucked away as it is on ancient Stonegate downstairs, an extraordinary craft beer shop with over 5000 bottles on the shelves and upstairs, a jaw-dropping medieval pub. If you don't mind a lot of dead animal's heads on a wall and sharing tables - this is the place for you. Food is simple, tasty and won't break the bank, with the likes of wholesome soup, pie & pickle and a dish of chorizo in scrumpy. Unmissable.
It's surprising how much stuff you can pack into one tiny shop. Pop along to the Hairy Fig and be amazed. It is crammed to the rafters with cheeses, cooked meats, hams, sausages, biscuits, jams, pickles, olive oil, fresh figs, kumquats, beats, pickled pears and heaps of Yorkshire produce. When you've oohed and aahed over the contents of the shop, the cafe will serve you stonking boards of meat, cheese and pate with chunky bread or something hot from the specials board.
You might think a neighbourhood restaurant that had been trading for near 25 years would be getting a bit tired by now, but not Melton's. This fine little restaurant off Bishopthorpe Road just south of York's city walls remains one of the very best places to eat in the city. Chef/owner Michael Hjort is the brains behind the esteemed York Food Festival and what he doesn't know about local sourcing isn't worth knowing. His influences are wide so expect Middle Eastern and Asian dishes alongside Yorkshire classics.
Buy gorgeous bread made with organic flour and wild yeast and don't leave without brownies, tarts and salted caramels!
It’s been running for ten years, it’s the biggest food and drink festival in the country so it’s a must in any true foodie’s calendar - 9 days end September.
Andrew Pern’s architectural and culinary delight in Museum Gardens is just a stone’s throw from the Lodging, and a great place for morning coffee, a relaxed lunch or full-on dinner. Michelin starred Pern plunders the best ingredients Yorkshire has to offer – to good effect!
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Seventeen race days from May to October offer world-class racing, with the flagship meeting, the Welcome to York Ebor Festival, taking place over four days in August.
Set in beautiful Vale of York countryside this fairly new course is designed to challenge golfers of all abilities. Woodlands, streams and lakes all provide hazards (and a pleasing backdrop).
York Theatre Royal, York YO1 7HD
They've been putting on great drama here for more than 250 years, and a wide variety of performances entertain more than 200,000 people a year.
Just outside the city centre, this is a real local hub of entertainment, putting on local and amateur performances as well as hosting national and international musicians.
There is something for everyone in York, from high street favourites to independent shops, boutiques and galleries of all kinds. Many of them can be found in the most historic parts of the city, in characterful buildings in the lovely medieval and Georgian streets, so it’s a great place for a wander and a bit of window shopping.
Two floors of funky homewares and 'things you don't need but really, really want'. Pop culture pleasures like Moomins, Doctor Who, Tintin, comics.... If you need Minecraft-related goodies, Batman, Harry Potter or Star Wars, as well as pretty things, jewellery, tea towels... this is the place to come.
Mulberry make handbags. If you know this, then the idea of their factory shop will be quite exciting. They're a leading 'lifestyle brand' and famous for luxury leather craftsmanship that mixes traditional skills and creativity with modern design.
A beautiful historic house in the centre of the city, where 60 dealers offer all kinds of treasures, from early antiquities to rather more contemporary objects.
Contemporary 'white cube' gallery space exhibiting work by emerging and established painters based in the North 'and beyond'.
Right in the heart of the city, this lovely 15th-century building is home to Pyramid, where you'll see a fantastic selection of British-made contemporary jewellery, crafts and original prints. Expect work by many leading designers and makers in ceramics, glass, metal and wood.
Tucked into a beautiful listed building in the middle of the Shambles, this little shop sells handmade glass jewellery, spun glass, crystal, Murano beads, fused glass... you name it. Some of the objects are made on the premises and you can sometimes see glass artists at work.
Porta Dextra Gallery, 1A High Petergate, York YO1 7EN
Creative jewellery from leading British designer-makers, from the elegantly simple to the quirky and unique, plus wedding and engagement rings, contemporary crafts and handmade gifts.
York's largest antiques centre, handy for the Minster and with five showrooms over three floors, you’ll find more than 100 dealers selling a very diverse selections of antique and vintage items. Whether you’re interested in something Roman, or a bit Art Deco bling, there’s plenty to discover.
Places to visit
Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington YO41 4AU
This is the largest original World War II RAF Bomber Command Centre open to the public. More than 40 planes can be seen, including the Halifax Bomber and modern jets such as the Harrier and Tornado. Special events include Thunder Days when you can see some of the aircraft in flight.
Historic locomotives and rolling stock from Britain and around the world can be viewed up close across a vast site, along with amazing displays of railway memorabilia - everything from engine nameplates to publicity posters. You can also see locos being preserved and maintained.
Still privately owned and home to the Howard family for more than 300 years, this splendid 18th-century house is set in 1,000 acres of fabulous landscape in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are collections of paintings and furniture, as well as beautiful gardens to explore.
Jorvik Viking Centre, Marygate, York YO1 9WT
A futuristic time capsule will transport you around this cutting edge, ground-breaking museum, showing you what living in Viking York was really like, right down to the sounds and smells. Built on the site of the Viking settlement unearthed by archaeologists between 1976 and 1981, the results of the excavations can be examined at close quarters with hi-tech audio and visual displays
York's cathedral is one of the biggest in Northern Europe, a stunning example of Gothic, Perpendicular Gothic and Early English building styles, and the Great East Window, finished in 1408, is the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world. The place really is vast, and full of treasures, fascinating architectural details and 'the best views in York' (if you climb the 275 steps of the Central Tower to the highest point in the city). A great interactive exhibition in the Undercroft explores 2,000 years of history.
With a fair claim to be the finest Georgian townhouse in England, Fairfax House is a delightful 18th-century building with fantastic stuccowork. The richly decorated interior was designed by York's most distinguished architect, John Carr, and contains the Noel Terry (of Terry's chocolate fame) collection of 18th-century furniture, clocks, paintings and ceramics, giving the house a lived-in feel and a real sense of the period.
Hundreds of years of York's history in one place, which includes a fascinating collection of social history such as the famous recreated 'Kirkgate' Victorian street with its shops full of once-common items. The museum is housed in a Grade I-listed former debtors' prison and the adjoining former women's prison, on the site of York Castle.
Ten acres of botanical gardens right in the heart of the city, around the Yorkshire Museum, the Gardens were established in the 1830s by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society. They're famous for their collections of trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs, and you can explore the ruins of the medieval St Mary's Abbey as well as the corner tower of the Roman fortress built here in 70AD.
Four of Britain’s finest National Trails can be found in Yorkshire. The Cleveland Way takes you around the North York Moors from Helmsley to the coast; the Yorkshire Wolds Way is quite gentle, rambling through peaceful fields and over chalk hills; the Pennine Way is a bit more serious and challenging, taking in the Yorkshire Dales on its mammoth journey from the Peak District to Scotland. The purpose-built Pennine Bridleway might also appeal. The scenery is always amazing, and all of the trails can be sampled in shorter stretches. You can even have your luggage transported by a baggage-handling company, leaving you free to enjoy this beautiful county without being weighed down with gear. Bridestones, Crosscliff and Blakely Topping (owned by the National Trust) offer some great walking country in a moorland nature reserve.; the Bridestones has peculiar shaped rock formations, heather moorland, ancient woodland and meadows, while Blakey Topping has superb all-round views.
York has a long tradition of cycling and is a pretty bike-friendly place. There’s a good network of off-road cycle paths and on-road cycle lanes to ensure safe access in and around the city. There’s been a lot of investment in sustainable travel and cyclists have benefitted from this. The visityork website had a number of downloadable cycle routes. For long distance routes you have the Trans Pennine Trail, one section of which takes you from York to Selby. Consisting of 8,000 acres of a working forest, north of Thornton-le-Dale, Dalby offers waymarked walks and cycle trails for all abilities (it’s has among the finest trail networks in the UK). The southern part of the forest is a ‘Rigg and Dale’ landscape, divided by a number of valleys, and to the north it sits on the upland plateau. Wheelchairs and electric buggies can be hired, while bikes are available to hire. And by the way, it’s best to follow the signs and not your Sat Nav.
In March, the York Literature Festival provides 12 days of events. York Open Studios takes place in April – over 50 artists, craftspeople and makers open their studios to visitors. YO1 is a one-day music festival that takes place in May. The Early Music Festival in July brings many of the world’s finest early music artists to perform in York’s beautiful and historic venues. The North York Moors Chamber Music Festival takes place in August, within historic churches across the region. Also in August, the Galtres Parklands Festival is a family festival, with seven stages of music and cabaret featuring lots of activities for children and young people, in the beautiful setting of Duncombe Park, in Helmlsey. In September, the York National Book Fair features over 200 of Britain’s leading booksellers in the largest rare, antiquarian and out-of-print book fair in Europe. In October, Illuminating York is an amazing digital arts and lighting festival, showing the historic city in a new and innovative way.
Location, Location, Location
By Road: Whether you arrive via the A19, A64 or another major road, the inn is bang in the centre of the city, close to Lendal bridge. Parking is available nearby at the Tanner Row NCP or Marygate car park on Frederic Street.
By Rail: Take the east coast mainline from London King’s Cross (2 hours) or other major cities. The inn is a short a taxi ride or a 10-minute walk from the station.
9 Lendal,, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8AQ