The Blue Bicycle

Address: 34 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TA, England
Telephone: +44 1904 673 990

- Expensive

4.2

This reputed former bordello now offers intimate gastronomic pleasures instead.

I promise to try and resist the comedy pun and innuendo gold available when an alleged former brothel and restaurant share the same building.
Part of York’s dining scene for quite some time this restaurant has made a very reputable name for itself amongst York’s nosherati. Though quite pricey, tasty and creative fish and seafood temptations dominate the menu and it’s certainly worth booking well in advance to get a table.

Food and drink
4.2
90%
Service
4
90%
Food and drink
4.2
90%
Value for money
4.1
90%
Ambience
4.6
90%
Location
4
90%

Food and drink

Sinful but delicious, fish is the stock-in-trade here although those like me who prefer a little flesh for their mains will also find something to please. Each dish vies for attention with choices such as roast loin of east coast cod with a Wensleydale crust parmentier potatoes, button onions and cider & apple reduction drawing on the fine local produce to hand.

Recommended dishes

A perennial favourite of mine is tempura king prawns which here comes with chicken & coriander sausage alongside a chilli ginger dressing. Followed by a meat feast of char-grilled sirloin of beef with roast banana shallot, beef & ale pie with pink peppercorn mash and a braised shin croquette all accompanied by a tomato & onion chutney.

Ambience

Despite its quite voluptuous size over two levels, the rustic styled dining area has been made more intimate with shadowy lighting, rich colours, heavy wood tables, cosy booths and a score of mirrors. There’s also something of the boudoir Baroque about this place that more than hints at its supposed past of illicit naughtiness. The quite high prices and reputation makes this a popular eatery for special nights out and it can get extremely busy.

Service

Overall charming and engaging, though the attentiveness factor can get somewhat stretched when busy, which it is whenever I visited.

Location

Within the city walls on Fossgate by the bridge over the River Foss, just less than a 10 minute walk from the minster.

Price advice

Expect to pay anywhere between £6.00-£11.50 for an appetiser and £16.00-£23.50 for a main course. The considered wine menu starts at £16.50. For ‘extras’ you pay around £3.00. I also understand that the 10% service charge added to the bill does not go to the waiting staff. Check with them and the manager and if this is still the case tip them at your discretion directly with cash and deduct the service charge from your final bill, it’s not obligatory to pay it.

Tables to book

For me it’s either a table by the window overlooking Walmgate, or one of the internal cosy booths (better known here as beds).

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Trendiness
  • Art
  • Design and architecture

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