Food and drink
A combination of Rustic British and French choices cosy up to one another on a menu fashioned by Yorkshires finest and most seasonal produce. Presented with panache; pork lamb and beef form the menu foundations alongside a small choice of creative vegetarian pickings such as halloumi cheese and winter vegetable brochette accompanied by cassoulet and beetroot crisps. The wine menu is far from daunting and is made easy for me by the options categorised in brief summaries, light, heavy etc.
The last time I was there, I went for the perfectly cooked and lovingly presented roasted breast of guinea fowl with oyster and shallots accompanied by truffle mash. Mrs C went for her perennial favourite; a bowl of moules mariniere accompanied by enough frites to sink a battleship and duly declared them terrific.
Classy and refined without being overly stuffy; this is a popular ‘somewhere special’ rendezvous for York citizenry. Mutedly elegant in browns and creams, tables are well spaced, crowned by fresh flowers, candles and to my never ceasing amusement, napkins shaped into wing-collar shirts. During the day, business executives out to impress and ‘ladies who lunch’ are the restaurants mainstay.
Switched on, the predominantly young staff here will take the edge off the grand formality (if you want them to) with some cheery and engaging chat.
Part of the centrally located Dean Court Hotel (See [node:176682]), overlooking the magnificent minster, D.C.H is no more than a 15 minute walk to York’s other hotels, bars and attractions.
In the evenings, prices for an appetiser range between £6-£11 and £16-£24 for a main course. During the day, a choice of la carte lunches can be a good deal and start from £12.50. To accompany, wine from the well chosen cellar starts at £17.50 a bottle.
Tables to book
To get the full experience table nine has the most prized vista and needless to say is the most popular and extremely hard to secure. That said most window tables do offer a view of the imposing edifice.
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
- Design and architecture