York, Castles, Vikings, Betty’s, Dine about York…
A couple of weekends ago I was whisked away by my lovely friends for a belated birthday treat. It’s no secret I have now hit the big 30 but it was a special surprise trip to York for the day and night. Here’s some of the highlights food wise of the trip, visiting Betty’s and having a fondant fancy birthday cake or our Dine about York, food walk and tour..
We visited the popular Betty’s based in York centre, a cafe tea room, very grand feeling on entering this establishment, you walk into the shop selling Betty’s sweet treats. We are led to our table in a light, relaxed setting, a man on the piano, ladies all trim walking around with their cake trolleys..
Dine about York tour, another surprise, we met a guide outside the Biltmore Bar and Grill in York, Swinegate, where we had a good old cuppa and introduction before heading for our walking tour around York eateries.
Our tour guide has experience in the food industry and was happy to answer many questions regarding the places to eat, history of restaurants we were visiting.
First stop was to Dean Court Hotel at their restaurant..
A mini game burger presented on a slate with horseradish ketchup..
Seabass, with mussels and saffron cream sauce. Great simple flavours, creamy sauce and flaky fish.
Meltons Too is cafe/bar/ bistro in York, wooden interior and cosy environment. Passionate about seasonal and local produce it shows in the food you order here. Michael is the ‘hands-on’ Chef/Proprietor of both restaurants. He works very closely with the Chefs in both kitchens to influence menus and create recipes.
You can also see him serving the dishes or wandering about the restaurant which is great to see the chef actively involved, it also gives it a more personalised feel.
The Nineteen restaurant is a walk away from the minster and is situated in the oldest house on Grape Lane. With a side door entrance you feel like your going into the back entrance of a friend’s house. The dessert sound intriguing with the likes of the Terry’s Chocolate orange homage, which is what I went for!
A naughty chocolate brownie on a base of orange jelly with a chocolate mini pot and white chocolate ganache, it’s a sugar heaven. Very rich, but different dimensions of flavours related to Terry’s Choc Orange.
Pear and Armagnac souffle with ice cream, sweet tart pears flavoured in this light and fluffy dessert.
That was the end of our walking and eating tour of York, a great idea to discover places to eat and with the breaks in between it helps!