Food and Drink in York

Polly Checkland Harding

Our guide to the best food and drink in York not only covers this historic city, but extends east to the market town of Skipton and west to Hull, too. We think this is all to the good: here, you can read about French food served in a 16th century cellar in Skipton and the mysterious skull at a Grade II*-listed pub in Hull (the Ye Olde White Harte), as well as food and retail destination Spark:York. Each of these great places has something interesting to offer – read on to discover more.

  • 1. Skosh

    Skosh
    Courtesy of Skosh

    Skosh, 98 Micklegate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 6JX - Visit now

    Skosh is a popular restaurant in York that serves food in the form of snacks and small plates, meaning you can enjoy a variety of dishes.

  • 2. Le Caveau

    Le Caveau

    Le Caveau, 86 High St, Skipton BD23 1JJ, BD23 1JJ - Visit now

    Combining the recipes of regional French dishes with local produce, Le Caveau serves excellent meals underneath the heart of Skipton.

  • 3. Ye Olde White Harte

    Ye Olde White Hart
    Ye Olde White Hart. Image courtesy of Visit Hull.

    Ye Olde White Harte, 25 Silver Street, Hull, Yorkshire, HU1 1JG - Visit now

    A pub with two well-stocked bars and a large beer garden, Ye Olde White Harte is an incredible historic gem, constructed in 1550.

  • 4. Micklegate Social

    Micklegate Social
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    Micklegate Social, 148-150 Micklegate, York, North Yorkshire, Y01 6JX - Visit now

    Micklegate Social is a beautiful corner property overlooking the walls. Speciality coffee, ten craft beer lines and fresh food.

  • 5. Le Bistro Des Amis

    Le Bistro De Amis

    Le Bistro Des Amis, 1 Jerry Croft, Skipton BD23 1DT, BD23 1DT - Visit now

    Catering for light lunches as well as they can cater for three course meals, Le Bistro Des Amis is a charming French inspired eatery.

  • 6. The Old House

    The Old House
    The Old House

    The Old House, 5 Scale Lane, Hull, Yorkshire, HU1 1LA - Visit now

    The Old House by name, old house by nature – this award-winning gastropub in Hull Old Town is the city’s oldest domestic building.

  • 7. Ambiente

    Ambiente
    Courtesy of Ambiente Tapas

    Ambiente, 14 Goodramgate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 6LQ - Visit now

    Ambiente is a tapas restaurant based in a Georgian Grade II listed building next to Monk Bar, with food inspired by Spanish Tabancos.

  • 8. House of the Trembling Madness

    House of the Trembling Madness
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    House of the Trembling Madness, 14 Lendal, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8AA - Visit now

    House of the Trembling Madness is a medieval ale house with a quirky taxidermy animal collection. Parts of the building date back to 1180AD.

  • 9. Thieving Harry’s

    Thieving Harry's

    Thieving Harry’s, 73 Humber Street, HULL, Yorkshire, HU1 1TU - Visit now

    Thieving Harry’s is a community café in a converted warehouse with a down-to-earth vibe, overlooking the marina.

  • 10. Brew & Brownie

    Brew & Brownie
    Courtesy of Brew & Brownie

    Brew & Brownie, 5 Museum Street, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7DT - Visit now

    Brew & Brownie is an independent cafe in York, a hip coffee and tea shop equally famous for its take on classic café food.

  • 11. Craven Kitchen

    craven kitchen
    Craven Kitchen

    Craven Kitchen, Unicorn House, Devonshire Pl, Keighley Rd, Skipton BD23 2LP, BD23 2LP - Visit now

    Serving up bold flavours and nationally love classics Craven Kitchen is a firm favourite among local curry fans in Skipton.

  • 12. Hitchcock’s Vegetarian Restaurant

    Hitchcock's Vegetarian Restaurant

    Hitchcock’s Vegetarian Restaurant, 1 Bishop Lane, High Street, Hull, Yorkshire, HU1 1PA - Visit now

    Strange, but highly rated, Hitchcock’s Vegetarian Restaurant in Hull has been an unconventional spot for over 25 years.

  • 13. Roots York

    Roots York
    Courtesy of Roots York

    Roots York, 68 Marygate, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 7BH - Visit now

    Roots is a relaxed tasting-menu restaurant in the very centre of York. It’s the sister restaurant to Michelin-starred The Black Swan.

  • 14. Lamb & Lion Inn

    Lamb & Lion Inn
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    Lamb & Lion Inn, 2-4 High Petergate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7EH - Visit now

    Lamb & Lion Inn is a 4 star AA rated Inn rich in old English character. It’s grafted into the city centre walls, not far from York Minster.

  • 15. Elsworth Kitchen

    Elsworth Kitchen

    Elsworth Kitchen, 18-20 Coach St, Skipton, BD23 1LH - Visit now

    Elsworth Kitchen elevates the already high quality local produce of the Yorkshire Dales to produce innovative and hearty dishes.

  • 16. The Garden Room at The Principal York

    The Garden Room at The Principal York
    Courtesy of The Principal York

    The Garden Room at The Principal York, Station Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO24 1AA - Visit now

    With views across sweeping manicured lawns all the way to the Minster, The Garden Room is a beautiful setting for drinks and afternoon tea.

  • 17. Humber Street Distillery Co.

    Humber Street Distillery Co.
    Humber Street Distillery Co.

    Humber Street Distillery Co., 18 Humber St,, Hull, Yorkshire, HU1 1TH - Visit now

    This gin-obsessed cocktail bar in the heart of Hull’s Fruit Market area is the only bar in Yorkshire with a distillery on site.

  • 18. The Narrow Boat

    The Narrow Boat

    The Narrow Boat, Victoria St, Skipton, BD23 1JE - Visit now

    The Narrow Boat is in an excellent location and serves hearty home cooked comfort food alongside exceptional beers, ales and ciders.

  • 19. Spark:York

    Spark:York
    Courtesy of Spark:York

    Spark:York, 17 - 21 Piccadilly, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9PB - Visit now

    Spark:York is an all-new destination space in York, taking in street food, retail, co-working and entertainment.

  • 20. Butler Whites

    Butler Whites

    Butler Whites, 2-3 Humber Street, Hull, Yorkshire, HU1 1TG - Visit now

    This casual bistro occupies the transformed warehouse of a local fruit merchants, the functional interior given a sophisticated update.

  • 21. Bettys York

    Bettys York
    Courtesy of Bettys York

    Bettys York, 6-8 St. Helen's Square, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8QP - Visit now

    Bettys York is a traditional Yorkshire tea room with beautiful interiors inspired by the Queen Mary ocean liner, around since 1936.

  • 22. Gusto da Gianni

    GUSTO DI GIANNI

    Gusto da Gianni, 26 Newland Ave, Hull, Yorkshire, HU5 3AF - Visit now

    Multi-award-winning authentic Italian restaurant Gusto da Gianni showcases the finest produce and cooking techniques from across Italy.

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