Food and drink
Relax with the newspapers at the start of the day and tuck into cooked and continental breakfasts, through to deli sandwiches, salads and cakes (the recipes sometimes borrowed from the owner's mum) for lunch. From 6pm the menu shifts to heartier options such as French onion soup, savoury cheesecake, Moroccan swordfish and lamb shank with caramelised onion mash.
When I last visited I went for the warming tiger prawn, chorizo and chick pea hotpot which was outstanding. Signature dishes include chunky tomato and pesto soup and the frittatas with ever-changing fillings.
Café Concerto is an example of shabby chic in the best sense - the old wooden floorboards lead through a long shadowy interior of mismatching furniture, scattered instruments and sepia sheet music lining the walls. By day it’s a rather calming café, by night the lights go down and the mood swings to bustling bistro.
Staff are dedicated to the cause, friendly and extremely helpful, but be prepared to queue for a table at peak times.
In the city centre, just around the corner from the Minster on Petergate.
For dinner expect to pay £6-£9 for an appetiser and £10-£16 for a main course. Prices for a bottle of wine start at £20.
Tables to book
By day or night, a table by the window overlooking historic Petergate is the most rewarding.
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Seasoned travellers
- People watching
- Design and architecture