Grays Court

Address: Chapter House Street, York, YO1 7JH, England
Telephone: +44 1904 612 613

- Budget

4.3

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
3.9
90%
Service
3.9
90%
Food and drink
3.9
90%
Value for money
3.9
90%
Ambience
4.6
90%
Location
4.7
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Art
  • History
  • Design and architecture

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