Food and drink
Very much dedicated to meat, the 28 day matured steaks are the feature of the ‘vintage’ menu, though vegetarians are accommodated by a small selection of dishes such as
polenta cake with Yorkshire blue cheese, wild mushroom fricassee, spinach and chive butter. Peppered tuna, cod fillet with chorizo and lemon sole with capers offer a main course seafood alternative. The new world dominates the manageable wine list, while house cocktails and bottle beers from across the globe give plenty of alternatives.
On my last visit I opted for the pan fried scallops accompanied by local black pudding and pea puree followed by the monkfish wrapped in prosciutto atop herb risotto. Both were perfectly well presented and proportioned with the monkfish particularly succulent.
The former mission hall has retained much of its cavernous layout and original features that combine well with luxuriant Art Deco inspired fixtures and decoration. I’ve only visited at weekends when the place is heaving downstairs with drinkers surrounding the island bar and diners tightly packed in upstairs on the 3 sided gallery. The restaurant demure is smart though the noise from below keeps the ambience informal, especially after 10pm when the sound system gets cranked-up.
One of York’s most popular hot spots, stylish staff dressed in black buzz around the tables with attentive friendliness.
In the heart of the city, The Biltmore is on a small side street known locally for its collection of bars and restaurants.
During the evening expect to pay £6.50-£8.50 for an appetiser, £12.00-£23.00 for a main course and from £18.00 upwards for a bottle of wine. Early bird pizza and pasta specials are available at £20.00 for two people including a bottle of wine, while the bar has happy hours from Sun-Fri with drinks at nearly half normal prices.
Tables to book
Aim for a table upstairs next to the balcony to witness the good times rolling amongst the thronging masses surrounding the bar below.
- Families with teenagers
- Stag / hen parties
- People watching
- Design and architecture