The 15 best restaurants in York
12. Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms
A York landmark in Place Sainte-Hélène, the decorative and glamorous interiors of Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms are inspired by the Queen Mary ocean liner. An institution since 1936, Bettys, while famous for its pretty cakes, delicate confections and delicate afternoon teas, the lunch and dinner offerings are equally impressive – opt for a mighty Swiss breakfast rosti or a chicken cutlet with apples matches – served on the best silverware. The gooey rascal sundae is a terrific mix of crumbled chocolate cookies, ice cream and fresh cream served in a fancy tall sundae glass – a lesson in restraint if you will. With Bettys, it’s all about the little touches and attention to detail, from the cutlery to the impeccably crafted vanilla slices to the teapots – the coffee comes with a little pot of creamer for extra panache. Its winding queue is a sign that the old-fashioned refinery is truly special: eating lunch here is a joy and watching the world go by from the wraparound windows too.
Address: 6-8 Place Sainte-Helene, York YO1 8QP
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13. Los Moros
Owner Tarik Abdeladim started Los Moros in a small shed in Shambles Market and never looked back. The street stall continues to this day, but the innovative North African restaurant – ‘The Moors’ in Spanish – has gone from strength to strength. Located in the town’s winding lanes on Grape Lane, local produce is the name of the game: meat and poultry from the Yorkshire Dales, halloumi from Huddersfield, bread from Haxby Bakehouse and the team make their own pickles and preserve their own lemons. In the beautiful dining room with white tiled walls, there is all the flavor of an Algerian souk. Inhale the mouth-watering chicken tagine with saffron, candied lemons and potatoes or the fiery merguez sausages: Los Moros’ zinc-coloured shakshuka is the perfect winter warmer when the city’s autumnal hues fade – transporting you to more exotic climates. Wash it down with a cold Los Moros pale ale, made by Brew York, another example of Tarik supporting locals all the way. Go now.
Address: 15-17 Grape Lane, York YO1 7HU