The Hairy Fig

Address: 39 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TF, England
Telephone: +44 1904 677 074

- Budget

4.3

One part cafe, three parts deli this is an absolute treasure trove of artisan ‘fine fodder.’

A wonderful place to either take a break or put together a picnic and head for the lovely riverside. Anyone like me with even the remotest interest in food will be besotted with this speciality food shop and tiny cafe.

Food and drink
4.4
90%
Service
4
90%
Food and drink
4.4
90%
Value for money
4.4
90%
Ambience
3.7
90%
Location
4
90%

Food and drink

Sourced from near and far, aside from probably the best collection of cheeses in town, the vast menu of oils and vinegars on tap; the olive varieties, cured meat and speciality York baked breads in the shop; soups, stews, sandwiches are also on offer in the cafe. Speciality teas, coffees (I like their cappuccinos) and hot chocolates help to wash it all down.

Recommended dishes

Their outstanding and local constructed pork pies are a winner for me as is their delicious Mr Moo’s ice cream.

Ambience

Cosy in the cafe to say the least, if you haven’t been introduced to anyone in York before, the tiny confines mean you soon will.

Service

Despite working in cramped conditions, staff provide a delightful combination of care, friendliness and knowledge of food.

Location

Close to all the city centre attractions, this is an early member of the burgeoning ‘foodie’ establishments along Fossgate.

Price advice

A top quality light lunch either in the cafe or as a picnic shouldn’t cost more than £8.00, though if you’re hungry it is difficult to leave the shop without spending much more such is the allure of shelves.

Tables to book

No bookings taken just get here early to grab one of the four inside tables or if it’s sunny and warm, I like to sit outside by historic The Merchants Adventurers Hall next door.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Singles
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • History

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