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RECOMMENDATION | My Top 3 Places to Dine Al Fresco in York

By Laura Shepherd – 24th June 2020

Al Fresco Dining in York

Make the most of the lovely weather and enjoy dining in the great outdoors this summer. There is nothing quite like dining al fresco especially once the evenings are lighter and the weather is getting warmer.

York is one of the ultimate destinations for foodies and you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding somewhere nice to eat. Offering just about everything from fine local cuisine to international delicacies and as well as providing a take out and collection service local bars and restaurants are now starting to reopen to the public and are advertising al fresco dining as part of their offering.

With a wealth of fantastic places to choose from serving up a range of classic dishes, casual pub food and fine dining experiences, I have chosen a few of my favourite places that I can’t wait to visit in York from July 4th.

The Star Inn the City

The Star Inn the City, headed up by Michelin- starred chef Andrew Pern is a stunning development with an enviable riverside position on the edge of York’s Museum Gardens. Situated alongside Lendal Bridge, The Star Inn the City is a brasserie style restaurant with fantastic views onto the River Ouse. You can access the Star Inn from either along the river or through the Museum gardens.

Head chef Andrew Pern offers the best of local produce with “a little taste of the countryside in the city”. With a range of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes available, they offer something for everyone. Also designed with children in mind, aged 10’s and under can choose from a variety of tempting dishes from the “Starlets” menu or they can choose to order a smaller portion from the main menu. Located between the train station and York Minster and casually overlooking the river, you won’t find a better setting for lunch and/or dinner.

Star Inn the City, Museum Street

www.starinnthecity.co.uk | 01904 619208

The Lamb and Lion

Opening its doors again to the public on the 4th July 2020 the Lamb and Lion, situated on Petergate just beyond the entrance at Bootham Bar and only a stone’s throw away from the city walls, boasts “The Best Beer Garden in York”.

With unbeatable views of the Minster, they serve food outside all year round and welcome well behaved dogs. With a mix of modern pub classics and a fine dining selection, all produce is fresh and locally sourced.

If you’re making a day of it why not stay in one of their 4-star AA en-suite bedrooms. It is the ideal location for a short break.

There’s everything you could want to eat from Steak and Ale Pie, Beer Battered Haddock and Steak amongst some delicious vegetarian options on the Restaurant menu. With an extensive wine list and a range of regional real ales from local breweries to choose from the Lamb and Lion is the perfect place to unwind.

The Lamb and Lion, High Petergate

www.lambandlioninnyork.com | 01904 654112

The Judges Lodging

A Grade I listed Georgian townhouse The Judges Lodging is situated in a prime position within the city centre, offering authentic Yorkshire dishes which can be eaten outdoors on a hidden upstairs terrace or in the front courtyard overlooking the street.

Perfect for wining and dining, enjoy AA rosette award winning food whilst watching the world go by. Choose from a range of classics from their seasonal menu whilst you have a socially distanced catch up with friends and family.

Featuring stylish and comfortable bedrooms, you are guaranteed a good night’s sleep at The Judges Lodging. From rooms full of character, a terrace room with it’s own front door and right up to the Judges suite, you will enjoy a night of luxury. And of course you will have wonderful views over the Minster.

The Judges Lodging will reopen on the 4th July.

The Judges Lodging, 9 Lendal

www.judgeslodgingyork.co.uk | 01904 638733

Looking forward to seeing you in a beer garden soon!

Laura x


This is a Girl About recommendation. This means that it was not gifted in return for a review.  We only recommend places we absolutely love, and places that we know you’ll love too!

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