Address: The Refectory Kitchen & Terrace,
Station Road, York, YO24 1AA
Open every day from midday 10:30pm.
The Refectory Kitchen & Terrace, a new addition to The Royal York Hotel open its doors to hotel guests and York residents.
The restaurant has been developed by one of London’s most respected restaurateurs, Des McDonald and is set to add to York’s healthy appetite for eating, drinking and socialising. With over 20 years’ experience of running some of the city’s most high profile establishments, Des has shaped every aspect of The Refectory, including the concept, design and menu to bring a new dining experience to one of Yorkshire’s oldest cities.
Helping Des to make his mark in Yorkshire is Executive Chef Nick Evans. Nick will oversee the menus for the 161-cover dining room, all of which celebrate the wealth of flavours and tastes of God’s Own Country.
“Yorkshire has some of the finest produce on offer, so it makes complete sense to use some of the best of them in our dishes.” says Nick. “It becomes a much more exciting offering; the menu will change according to the seasons and will be packed with dishes that we know our guests will enjoy. We’re proud to be championing local suppliers so that we can create the ultimate Yorkshire dining experience.”
Nick, who lives in Acomb and has joined the restaurant from Middlethorpe Hall Hotel, will serve up breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. He’s particularly proud of short rib & Theakston’s Old Peculiar cottage pie, Yorkshire curd tart and stem ginger parkin with vanilla custard.
“It’s been a great experience working with Nick and his team. They’ve worked hard to create a menu that is bursting with flavour,” says Des. “Collaboration is key here: I’ve been able to share my experiences but learn a lot about what Yorkshire has to offer. We’re all looking forward to welcoming guests so that they can see the results of months of hard work.”
The light-filled dining room has been designed by award-winning architects Michaelis Boyd, whose clients range from London’s Groucho Club and Soho House Group through chef Tom Aikens to the Byron restaurant chain. It sits next to the new Chapter House bar, which opened on 26 October.
Tel. 01904 688 688
Sample menu (pdf)
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