York is a wonderful small city in the north of England, it’s the centre of Yorkshire, and becoming increasingly popular.
Since the Viking times York has stood strong, collecting beautiful buildings and cobbled streets, a real pleasure to wander around. Even though it is a small city, you can explore the centre in an hour or two, it’s still a challenge to find a really good place for a quick and cheap lunch, even for someone who has always lived here. So I took it upon myself to try a few places.
First of all I headed to Gillygate, an unlikely street, leading out of the centre of town and with a fair bit of traffic. But in recent years a number of really nice places have started popping up here. As it was lunch time, I started off in the deli –‘Tarts and Titbits‘, a bit of an institution in York.
The man behind the counter talks to everyone like friends with a kind of slightly eccentric warmth, my kinda place that! I ordered an onion Bahji burger – olive bread, wonder crispy onion Bahji, mango chutney and yoghurt – and thoroughly enjoyed it! Best £3 I spent all day!
After such a tasty, and enormous, lunch I was all set for a good coffee. There are several choices just on the same street so I chose the closest, ‘The Perky Peacock Coffee Shop’.
With a stylish colour scheme and a pretty casual interior it was a great place to sit for 20 minutes and enjoy a latte.
After a good go at Gillygate I wandered about town a bit, a favorite place of mine is ‘Licc‘– a pretty good ice cream shop on Little Stonegate.
They make all their own ice creams in lots of whacky flavors which is just what you need after walking around stone streets in the sunshine. Today I went for a mango sorbet but the strawberry and kiwi is pretty good too.
If if you were coming to York for a more leisurely afternoon, rather than jamming in a sandwich, coffee and ice cream in an hour, head to Mannions & Co. on Blake Street. Huge sharing boards and platters of cheeses, pickles and meats with a healthy balance of cake and coffee too. But a word of warning, it’s always full!
So here we are, a really quick guide to lunch in York!