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York’s Best Bars & Restaurants This Summer

Nestled within its ancient walls, York transforms into a bustling gastronomic paradise each summer, offering an array of delightful dining experiences.

Whether you’re enjoying meals under the sunlit sky, toasting the evening away at a chic rooftop bar, or relishing a laid-back afternoon in a quaint beer garden, York makes for an ideal summer destination. Staying at our hotel in York positions you perfectly to explore the city’s top bars and restaurants.

Here’s some of the top bars and restaurants in York for you to try out this summer:

The Star Inn The City

Just a 15-minute walk from our hotel in York, The Star Inn The City, has gorgeous views of the Ouse and Lendal Bridge. It makes for the perfect spot to enjoy a drink or meal on a summer evening.

This contemporary restaurant serves traditional British dishes with a modern twist. Not to mention, the drinks list is impressive, with a great variety of local beers and ciders.

Now, doesn’t all the above sound dreamy?

Picture of the river Ouse in York

Forage Kitchen & Bar 

Forage is an eco-forward and sustainable restaurant located right in the heart of York and is just a 12-minute walk from our hotel.

At Forage, contemporary fusion dishes are cooked over an open flame, spotlighting locally sourced ingredients that celebrate the seasonal produce. The restaurant specialises in an array of small plates and snacks, thoughtfully designed for sharing. This encourages a communal dining experience where guests can indulge in a variety of flavours together, making it an ideal spot for social gatherings among friends.

The Fat Badger

One of York’s most popular inns in the city, The Fat Badger boasts one of the best beer gardens in York – it’s a must-visit, even if you just swing by for a leisurely drink.

In this traditional Yorkshire pub, they serve real ales and a gin selection that’s famously extensive – as they like to say, “a gin list as long as your arm”.

In their charming restaurant overlooking the city, they offer delicious a la carte pub food. Putting a new meaning to food with a view – what more could you want?

Sotano

A popular spot with York locals, Sotano is an independent bar and restaurant in York, serving Mediterranean tapas plates and classic cocktails.

Their menus are inspired by seasonal discoveries, promising a new experience with every visit.

More than just a dining destination, Sotano boasts a lively atmosphere where guests can enjoy live music in a welcoming setting. Whether you’re looking for a cosy spot for dinner or a vibrant evening out, Sotano provides the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable summer’s night in York.

Image of the Shambles in York

Shambles Tavern

Who’s up for a bit of live music?

No summer is truly complete without a bit of live music, especially when paired with refreshing drinks in the cheerful ambiance of a tavern.

Nestled in the iconic, historic heart of York Shambles, Shambles Tavern offers more than just a night out. Beyond the compelling live music lineup, this tavern boasts a great selection of drinks (especially beer) and delicious food, making it the perfect spot to unwind and make the most of those long summer evenings.

Fancy Hank’s

Cocktail anyone?

Known for its quirky cocktails, Fancy Hank’s bar and kitchen is tucked away in the laid-back-streets of the historic Minster Quarter – perfect if you’re looking for somewhere to escape the summer crowds.

Fancy Hank’s offers good mood food inspired by the owners’ (two brothers) travels through the 11 states of America’s Deep South.

If you’re looking for soulful, feel-good flavours as well as tasty cocktails, then Fancy Hank’s is the place for you.

Trio Kitchen & Bar

Trio Kitchen & bar is a unique Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with the option to dine outside on their rooftop. Located on the famous street in York “Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate”.

Serving delicious tapas dishes and perfectly paired wine, it makes for an intimate evening out. Why not try one of their funky cocktails off their drinks menu?

Their rooftop terrace is open until late and is heated by multiple pyramid fires, making it perfect for cooler evenings.

Dough Eyed

We couldn’t leave you out, so here’s one for the pizza lovers…

Dough Eyed is a “super casual” pizzeria and bar that serves contemporary pizza, alongside eight draught lines with local beers, as well as cocktails and wine.

It’s the perfect spot to unwind after a long day, or to kickstart your weekend. With an ambiance that mixes rustic charm with modern flair, it’s an inviting space where friends can gather over slices of delicious pizza.

Image of a couple at dinner at a restaurant

The Habit Cafe Bar

This cosy rooftop oasis in the heart of the city is the perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing. With a delicious menu of classic cuisine and a varied drinks list, there’s bound to be something to get your taste buds dancing.

Their rooftop terrace is open until late so you can enjoy the stunning views of York under the stars. Romantic and atmospheric, it’s one of our top picks for rooftop dining in York.

Forget about getting the last train home – end your evening with us 

Make the most of your summer trip to York by ending your evening in our York hotel. Our comfortable rooms and hearty breakfast options will ensure you start your next day feeling refreshed.

Book your stay with us today and get ready to explore York’s best bars and restaurants this summer! 

York’s Best Bars & Restaurants This Summer

Nestled within its ancient walls, York transforms into a bustling gastronomic paradise each summer, offering an array of delightful dining experiences.

Whether you’re enjoying meals under the sunlit sky, toasting the evening away at a chic rooftop bar, or relishing a laid-back afternoon in a quaint beer garden, York makes for an ideal summer destination. Staying at our hotel in York positions you perfectly to explore the city’s top bars and restaurants.

Here’s some of the top bars and restaurants in York for you to try out this summer:

The Star Inn The City

Just a 15-minute walk from our hotel in York, The Star Inn The City, has gorgeous views of the Ouse and Lendal Bridge. It makes for the perfect spot to enjoy a drink or meal on a summer evening.

This contemporary restaurant serves traditional British dishes with a modern twist. Not to mention, the drinks list is impressive, with a great variety of local beers and ciders.

Now, doesn’t all the above sound dreamy?

Picture of the river Ouse in York

Forage Kitchen & Bar 

Forage is an eco-forward and sustainable restaurant located right in the heart of York and is just a 12-minute walk from our hotel.

At Forage, contemporary fusion dishes are cooked over an open flame, spotlighting locally sourced ingredients that celebrate the seasonal produce. The restaurant specialises in an array of small plates and snacks, thoughtfully designed for sharing. This encourages a communal dining experience where guests can indulge in a variety of flavours together, making it an ideal spot for social gatherings among friends.

The Fat Badger

One of York’s most popular inns in the city, The Fat Badger boasts one of the best beer gardens in York – it’s a must-visit, even if you just swing by for a leisurely drink.

In this traditional Yorkshire pub, they serve real ales and a gin selection that’s famously extensive – as they like to say, “a gin list as long as your arm”.

In their charming restaurant overlooking the city, they offer delicious a la carte pub food. Putting a new meaning to food with a view – what more could you want?

Sotano

A popular spot with York locals, Sotano is an independent bar and restaurant in York, serving Mediterranean tapas plates and classic cocktails.

Their menus are inspired by seasonal discoveries, promising a new experience with every visit.

More than just a dining destination, Sotano boasts a lively atmosphere where guests can enjoy live music in a welcoming setting. Whether you’re looking for a cosy spot for dinner or a vibrant evening out, Sotano provides the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable summer’s night in York.

Image of the Shambles in York

Shambles Tavern

Who’s up for a bit of live music?

No summer is truly complete without a bit of live music, especially when paired with refreshing drinks in the cheerful ambiance of a tavern.

Nestled in the iconic, historic heart of York Shambles, Shambles Tavern offers more than just a night out. Beyond the compelling live music lineup, this tavern boasts a great selection of drinks (especially beer) and delicious food, making it the perfect spot to unwind and make the most of those long summer evenings.

Fancy Hank’s

Cocktail anyone?

Known for its quirky cocktails, Fancy Hank’s bar and kitchen is tucked away in the laid-back-streets of the historic Minster Quarter – perfect if you’re looking for somewhere to escape the summer crowds.

Fancy Hank’s offers good mood food inspired by the owners’ (two brothers) travels through the 11 states of America’s Deep South.

If you’re looking for soulful, feel-good flavours as well as tasty cocktails, then Fancy Hank’s is the place for you.

Trio Kitchen & Bar

Trio Kitchen & bar is a unique Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with the option to dine outside on their rooftop. Located on the famous street in York “Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate”.

Serving delicious tapas dishes and perfectly paired wine, it makes for an intimate evening out. Why not try one of their funky cocktails off their drinks menu?

Their rooftop terrace is open until late and is heated by multiple pyramid fires, making it perfect for cooler evenings.

Dough Eyed

We couldn’t leave you out, so here’s one for the pizza lovers…

Dough Eyed is a “super casual” pizzeria and bar that serves contemporary pizza, alongside eight draught lines with local beers, as well as cocktails and wine.

It’s the perfect spot to unwind after a long day, or to kickstart your weekend. With an ambiance that mixes rustic charm with modern flair, it’s an inviting space where friends can gather over slices of delicious pizza.

Image of a couple at dinner at a restaurant

The Habit Cafe Bar

This cosy rooftop oasis in the heart of the city is the perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing. With a delicious menu of classic cuisine and a varied drinks list, there’s bound to be something to get your taste buds dancing.

Their rooftop terrace is open until late so you can enjoy the stunning views of York under the stars. Romantic and atmospheric, it’s one of our top picks for rooftop dining in York.

Forget about getting the last train home – end your evening with us 

Make the most of your summer trip to York by ending your evening in our York hotel. Our comfortable rooms and hearty breakfast options will ensure you start your next day feeling refreshed.

Book your stay with us today and get ready to explore York’s best bars and restaurants this summer! 

1st Anniversary – Indulge with Ice Cream 

First anniversaries can be intimidating, so why not keep it casual? Spend a summer’s day with a sweet treat and try one of the amazing ice cream parlours York has to offer. It’s the perfect opportunity to sit and reflect on the year you spent together without any pressure. Plus, it’s a unique alternative to the traditional first anniversary go-to’s of drinks or dinner, making sure it’ll be a memorable experience.  

The Full Moo  

For a really special anniversary date, why not grab an ice cream on a boat? Located next to the Star Inn The City, this adorable ice cream parlour serves delicious gelato and ice cream on sunny days from 12-5 pm. Just look out for the fun cow decorating the top of the boat. Embrace nostalgia and find out their favourite flavour. 

Diana’s Cafe  

If you and your loved one are a little adventurous, make a switch from the traditional ice cream with Diana’s cafe. Formerly The Nice Cream cafe, this adorable shop located in the city centre serves ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, adding a fun element and a unique texture to the chilled treat. Plus, with dairy-free options like the vegan Eton mess ice cream, it’s a safe bet that you’ll both find something to indulge in.  

LICC 

For fans of all things bright and colourful, you need to head to LICC. Take your sweetheart to the Luxury Ice Cream Company and support this small family business creating stunning desserts in the heart of York. Their gelatos and sorbets are made from 1000% Italian ingredients, offering you an authentic experience.  

Image of ice cream

5th Anniversary – Meander Through History at York Minster

Once you’ve spent a few years together, it’s time to take the next step. A 5th anniversary is all about an activity. Share a day exploring, visiting the sites, and sharing mutual interests. York is packed full of incredible historical sites from York Minster to the infamous city walls. If your love is a history buff or you’d like to take some time away from the bustle of the city, York makes the perfect setting for your anniversary.  

Built between 1220 and 1472. York Minster remains one of the most important Christian sites in the UK, housing collections and Gothic-style architecture. Explore the site and don’t forget to check out the dazzling stained glass of Chapter House. Swoon over stunning exhibitions together before grabbing a slice of coffee and cake to pour over your experience.  

If you’d rather take in the fresh air, invite your other half for a walk along the city walls. Follow the trail and see the whole city from the longest medieval town walls in England. Or step into a setting straight out of a romantic comedy in the York Museum gardens. Stroll through the flowers and take a snap to frame forever.  

 

Image looking up at the York Minster

50th Anniversary – Buy a Ticket at York Theatre Royal 

You’ve reached your 50th anniversary! Congratulations. So, if you’ve booked a relaxing weekend away in York, why not make the trip even more memorable with a trip to the York Theatre Royal? Whether your partner is partial to poetry, dance, or musical theatre, there’s guaranteed to be a show for you. It’s like the more mature version of your treasured teenage movie dates. Get dressed up, get nostalgic and giggle like kids talking over your favourite moments afterwards. With a trip to the theatre, you can share that childlike wonder, no matter your age.  

This summer the circus comes to town when Around the World in 80 Days-Ish hits the city. From the 18th of July to the 3rd August, you can witness the marvel that is the story of Phileas Fogg and his thrilling race across the globe. If you’d rather have a more intimate and impactful show, Haydn: The Creation is now available to book for the 22nd of June, hailed as one of the most joyful and life-affirming choral works ever written.  

York Theatre Royal front entrance

Fall in Love with Yorkshire

Whether you’re planning your 1st anniversary, 5th anniversary, or 50th, York is full of wonder. Plan your trip now and make the most magical memories. Contact Hotel Indigo York right now to book your stay. Get ready to fall further in love this summer. 

 

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