Eating Out: The Refectory

Situated at the foot of the historic city walls, The Refectory in York focuses on the finest produce from ‘God’s Own Country’, serving seasonal produce from specialist Yorkshire suppliers in it’s all-day restaurant and outdoor terrace.

Being local at heart is the order of the day at the Refectory Kitchen & Terrace, with seasonal dishes that are bursting with flavour, whilst championing the world-class quality of ingredients found throughout Yorkshire and the Yorkshire dales.

The a la carte menu includes dishes such as Anglesey sea bass with brown shrimps and sea vegetables, rump of Nidderdale lamb with broccoli, caramelised onions and mint sauce, and East coast Halibut with white cabbage, treacle cured bacon and ale mustard sauce.

The Refectory adjoins the new Chapter House bar, that is part of the multi-million-pound investment in The Principal York hotel.  The main bar and next-door snug are warm, welcoming and comfortable – whether you are a local looking for something a bit different, travelling to and from York by train, or a guest staying at the hotel.
The bar sports a fine selection of wines, spirits, craft ales and cocktails. Pre-dinner tipples also take a distinctively local stance, such as the Duke of York (Lanson Père et Fils Champagne, suffused with mandarin liqueur and grenadine) and the Yorkshire Twister (rum, maraschino, grapefruit and ginger), and in case you just can’t wait until dinner it also serves a wide range of nibbles for you to try.

Situated next to York train station, the Refectory Kitchen & Terrace sits comfortably in the Grade II listed Principal York hotel which dates back to 1878, with the latest addition, which includes an outdoor terrace, coming from award-winning architects Michaelis Boyd, whose previous work includes London’s Groucho Club and Soho House Group.

Both the Refectory and the Chapter House Bar are open 7 days a week, and for more information please head on over to their official websites here and here.