It’s not all history and sightseeing in York – they have some fabulous eats, too. I was pleasantly surprised at how veg-friendly this ye olde city is.
On a stroll around town – near the famous Shambles – I came across a regular market with art, clothing, souvenirs and fruit and veg stands – tomatoes, oranges, bananas, grapes – so locals and visitors can stock up on fresh produce.
Ma had recently stayed in York and recommended a trip to Betty’s.
“You MUST visit Betty’s for an afternoon treat!” she insisted.
I arrived by a fast train early afternoon and without even looking for it, I came across the busy cafe with a line of people out the door, waiting to be seated for high tea.
I stepped inside to order a treat and the counter housed a display of beautiful cakes, slices, biscuits and macarons, making it difficult to decide. I went with the pear and almond tart with the glorious tip of a pear poking out.
Thanks to the friendly world of Instagram, another hot tip I received was vegan and gluten-free restaurant El Piano which has a Mexican / South American feel. As soon as I sat in the courtyard and was greeted by a beautiful and friendly fluffy black cat, I knew that I was in the right place.
El Piano’s menu has a focus on organic, local and sustainable food (a love that is shared through their seasonal cooking classes) and they offer diners a variety of vegan beers and wines.
Something I found quite interesting was a legend on the menu showing the percentage of ingredients for each dish that are sourced within 30 miles. What a fantastic idea – I wish all eateries did this!
I enjoyed a lovely dinner of veg tempura for starters followed by the moussaka with croquetas and mexislaw for main. Only some of this (unfortunately I couldn’t get through it all) was washed down with a lovely Sauvignon Blanc from Chile.
The specials menu outside Goji Cafe caught my eye so I headed inside for lunch. Goji is a lovely vegetarian and vegan deli and cafe with seating inside and a sunny courtyard out the back.
If the menu was enough to entice visitors in, the tempting homemade cakes and slices in the window would do it!
At Goji I sat out back in the sunshine and enjoyed a soy hot chocolate, an open mushroom and haloumi burger with chunky sweet potato fries and a sneaky (and very light) slice of chocolate cake to take away for an afternoon snack. Delightful!
On my last night I decided that a pub meal would be the best way to top off my stay in York. I did a little online research and found out that The Golden Fleece was said to be York’s most haunted inn. Ooooooh.
After reading the spooky newspaper clippings hanging on the wall in the main area, I walked through to the back bar – a small, dimly lit room with dark wooden furniture – and ordered a beer and asked the barmaid for a menu. It impressive to see a pub with separate menu sections for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes.
I ordered the roast vegetable lasagne that came with garlic bread, chips and salad. This was SO MUCH BIGGER than I expected – excellent value and quite tasty too.
Before I left I made a point of asking the barmaid to let the kitchen know how impressed I was with the amount of veg options on the menu. Always give props when props are due.
Hats off to you, York. You were dang delicious!
Next up: I travel south towards London to spend a few days in Richmond upon Thames.
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