Grays Court

Price guide: Budget

Chapter House Street, York, Yorkshire, YO1 7JH

Price guide: Budget

Front entrance to Grays Court

By David Cawley, your York expert

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#10 of 20
expert-rated restaurants in York
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
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Ambience:
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Service:
3.9
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Location:
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Value for money:
3.9
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Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Singles, Art, Design and architecture, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, History

Best for Outdoor dining - Expert review of Grays Court

Even by York’s historic standards this for me is one of the most beguiling settings for tea.

Dating back a 1,000 years, a catalogue of kings, queens and dignitaries were once entertained here, now one of England’s most historic private homes hosts a lovely cafe radiating informal charm and gracious style.

Food and drink: 

Traditionally British in conception and Yorkshire in provenance, the one or two French influences add a certain twist to the soups, salads, sandwiches, cakes and daily specials board.

Recommended dishes: 

It’s quite expensive but I still go for the traditional English afternoon tea made up of dainty sandwiches, scones, cake and pastries.

Ambience: 

Through the magnificent cobbled courtyard I head directly upstairs to the wood panelled long gallery. Running its length are comfy sofas and a mishmash of sturdy wooden tables and chairs to relax amongst the classical music and calm atmosphere. Local art works contribute to the furnishings, though if the weather is clement I like to take a table on the lawns of the charming walled garden.

Service: 

The staff here can sometimes be a little elusive but once found they bring a cheery disposition to the table.

Location: 

In the heart of York’s centre, it takes just a short walk from the minster, or can be accessed directly from the adjoining city walls close to Monk Bar.

Price advice: 

Afternoon tea costs £20.00 per person while the price for lunches averages at around £9.00.

Tables to book: 

No bookings taken here, but the best place in the house for me is in the bay window alcove at the heart of the long gallery.

More information on Grays Court:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Café, Tearoom
Food:
British, Snacks, Traditional
Address:
Chapter House Street, York, Yorkshire, YO1 7JH
Telephone:
+44 1904 612 613
Website:
http://www.grayscourtyork.com/
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea
Opening times:
Daily 10am-6pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary
Free tags / Keywords:
history, historic, walled garden

Have you been to Grays Court? Would you recommended it?