Good Evening everyone,
I hope you have all enjoyed your Easter break and ate plenty of chocolate. I feel like I have been quite good this year…although I am seriously craving a chocolate nest surely it is never too late to have one?
Living in York over this past year whilst on my placement even though I am technically still a student I have not found myself on many nights out on the weekends. Instead I have been catching up with old friends and having brunches.
York I feel over this past year has undergone a transformation with many incredible cafés and restaurants opening their doors. Today in fact we have just had the Cosy Club open down Fossgate the ‘go-to’ spot for coffee & lunch in York.
In need of some inspiration for your brunch catch-up with family or friends in York then take a look at these:
- Robinsons, Bishopthorpe Road
I had my first brunch experience on Monday with my boyfriend at Robinsons and oh lord that food is absolutely incredible. It opened in April last year by Will Pearce and Rebecca Toppin; it is family run and they work hard to use the best local produce possible. They even serve Voakes’ sausage rolls which are the best you can get!
The coffee is absolutely incredible and the menu has great variety with the Breakfast & Brunch items being served 08:00-16:00pm so no matter how late you get up and need food you will always be spoilt for choice. I had the ‘Creamy Truffle Mushrooms & Poached Egg on Toasted Sourdough’ the portions are big and I really struggled to finish but I tried my hardest!
I will definitely be going back and make my way through the menu so take a wander down to ‘Bishy Road’ trust me you won’t regret it.
2. Spring Espresso, Fossgate & Lendal
This coffee place is just down the road from my work and is my ‘go-to’ place for lunch with my mum and friends. I have almost tried everything on the menu…which I am thinking is a good thing. I was recommended this place by colleagues at work and I have spread the word throughout many of my friends. Now I wish to spread it out to all of you!
I have to say one thing; every single member of staff at Spring Espresso are amazingly friendly and I always feel welcome and sometimes I forget I only have 1 hour for lunch as I could just sit there all day. They serve Square Mile Coffee which is the best coffee I have ever had and they give you loyalty cards with each hot drink and I would not like to think how many I have gone through…
The Fossgate Spring Espresso is so successful they opened a 2nd on Lendal and they are open from 08:00-18:00 7 days a week, perfect any time for a relaxing brunch.
(Psst…they are currently hiring so if you want to be a part of an incredible team I would definitely contact them: http://www.springespresso.co.uk/we-are-hiring/).
These last 2 are quick little recommendations as I have not been to these places but they are extremely highly recommended and are next on my ‘Brunch List’.
3. Brew & Brownie, Museum Street
This wonderful contemporary coffee house comes highly recommended to me by many of my friends. I have tried to get in here once before with my mum but it was pretty busy so I am going to try again very soon!
If you are having a craving for something sweet or need something to indulge on from a hangover there is a reason why they are named ‘Brew & Brownie’. From just popping my head in the window I know that when I go in I will have to stop myself from ordering 1 of everything.
4. Pig & Pastry, Bishopthorpe Road
This highly praised family run café opened in 2008 on the brilliant Bishy Road. They pride themselves on their local produce and rightly so! Their bacon is sourced from just down the road at M&K Butchers.
They have had some outstanding reviews from many sources including:
“Top 25 places to brunch UK” – The Times
“A winner for Eggs Benedict, Bacon Sarnies and more” – The Good Food Guide 2017
I have tried on many occasions to meet friends for lunch here but it is always super busy which is an amazing sign, I just need to keep on trying and I am sure it will be worth the wait.
They also have something wonderful and different going on called ‘The Cookbook Exchange’ it is simple just take a book and leave one. Go on go and get it involved or why not buy theirs and help to support Candlelighters a Children’s cancer charity? (http://thepigandpastry.com/cookbook-1/).
Just from exploring over the menu I have my order ready: The Shroomalloumi Butty (Halloumi & Herby Mushrooms) sounds like heaven…or any of their baked goods will do.
Have I left you hungry for more?
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Thank you so much for reading (now I am going to go and plan some Brunch for Sunday),