Tucked away down a quite cobbled alleyway to the river near Museum Gardens and through an archway, this riverside upmarket newcomer to the York restaurant scene makes a very welcome addition.
Already known to food lovers from its original home at the 14th century Star Inn in the North Yorkshire village of Harome, it bears the full name The Star Inn the City. It claims to provide “simple Yorkshire cooking”, but that is a bit ingenuous and can easily give the wrong impression.
Open for breakfast from 9 am (9.30 in winter), outside mealtimes the daytime restaurant provides an informal and welcoming place for reading a newspaper or surfing the web. Choose from coffee, lunch or afternoon tea in the former pump room of York waterworks, in the light modern new building, or on the outside terrace overlooking the river opposite the rowing club.
Cooking is of a high standard and varied, using thoughtfully and freshly prepared (often local) ingredients with special seasonal dishes.
There is an all-day restaurant menu from noon onwards, with a wide selection of starters, snacks, mains and daily specials. There is also a small selection for veggies which goes beyond the ubiquitous grilled goats cheese, as well as a thoughtful children’s menu. Fresh fish figures on the menu. (There is a “freshly caught” daily fish special.) A selection of classic steak dishes keeps carnivores happy.
As an alternative to dessert, the plate of Yorkshire cheeses can be recommended.
Quality has its price, however. Its loyal and new customers obviously think it’s worth it.
Tip A great place for a relaxed and delicious afternoon tea, giving Betty’s a run for its money any day of the week.