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As local residents and food-lovers, the Pick & Mix team love trying new places to eat and drink in York. Give us an independent serving great food and tasty cocktails and we’ll be there!

With so many amazing places to choose from, the team have tried (it’s been a tough) to narrow it down to our top 10 places to eat and drink in York…with a few additions from further afield and some places still to try. Here goes…

Local favourites


Neil and the team at Skosh make it a pleasure to visit every time, with fantastic food, friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere, Skosh really has earned its reputation in York for being one of the best restaurants.


If you like seeking out hidden gems when visiting new places then Dyls should be at the top of your to-do list in York. With quirky hidden rooms, a spiral staircase and stunning sun-trap terrace overlooking the river, Dyls quite simply is one of York’s best cafe bars, and to make things even better, they serve delicious local dishes for breakfast, brunch and lunch!


With two venues in the city now, the House of Trembling Madness has established a reputation for being at the forefront of the beer scene in York for a while now. Serving unusual one-off craft ales, rare beers from local British brewers alongside hearty portions of homemade “madness food”, the House of Tembling Madness is definitely up there as one of our favourite places in York!


Step into Italy in the centre of York. This small, independent Italian has gained an unbreakable reputation for its welcoming service and great food. It may be small, but the cosy atmosphere makes the whole experience feel as though you have stepped into a traditional pizzeria off the streets of Rome. Just make sure you book a table to avoid disappointment!


A relatively new addition to York, Phranakhon serves a revolutionised style of Thai food in the form of tapas. Combining European indulgence and authentic Thai tastes, this little higgledy piggeldy building based just off Stonegate is a great escape in York if you are searching for the taste of the Orient.


Unwind overlooking the river in this beautiful restaurant. Enjoy a hearty Yorkshire Sunday lunch, or even just over a great bottle of wine. The Star Inn the City combines high-quality dishes with Yorkshire hospitality, bringing an air of elegance alongside a relaxed, friendly service. It’s a wonderful place to eat and drink in York.


Did someone say cocktails? With an abundance of chain-culture in York, it is always refreshing to step down into the basement bar and escape the hoardes over a cocktail or glass of wine in York’s Spanish inspired bar. Why not enjoy a delicious Mediterranean platter for the full Spanish experience?


The city centre has a lot to offer but take a step outside of the walls and you will discover little hubs of community activity. Bishy Road has become established as one of York’s favourite “streets” and has even been named one of Britain’s “hippest” streets by Travel Supermarket! On this street, in prime position, you will find the Pig & Pastry. A quirky, family-run café, serving an array of homemade baked sweet treats as well as some proper Yorkshire grub. The perfect pit stop for breakfast, brunch or lunch!


With fine wine, delicious platters and a friendly welcome, what’s not to love? We are lucky to have such a high-quality, independent wine bar on our doorstep. Plus with a team that are dedicated to sourcing the best of the best and foregoing the “norm” and usual expectations, they don’t disappoint. They introduce new, undiscovered wines to their menu regularly.


Sometimes finding the perfect Sunday lunch can be a challenge, yes, even in the land of the Yorkshire Pudding! However, Walmgate Ale House gets it spot on every time. So, if you fancy a proper ”York” pub feel, serving great food, Yorkshire ale, an extensive wine list and maybe a ghost story or two, this is the place for you! Whether you are looking for a drink and decent bar snack or somewhere to host a party or celebration, this place caters for a range of needs and is definitely worth a visit!


Further afield

Wanting to eat and drink outside of York? Here are a few of our further afield favourites…


1) Issho – Leeds

2) Bettys – York & Harrogate

3) Konak Meze Turkish Restaurant – Harrogate

4) The Crown –  Roecliffe

5) Alice Hawthorn – Nun Monkton

6) The Wild Plum – Harrogate

7) The Pheasant – Harome


On our list still to try

Let us know if you’ve made a visit to these hotspots!

  • The Park Restaurant
  • Arras Restaurant
  • Partisan
  • Le Cochon Aveugle
  • The Press Kitchen


Wondering what we do when we’re not wining and dining? Take a look here.