A family gathering meant that I had to spend a long weekend in York last weekend. Usually family gatherings are a little hit an miss but this weekend was amazing. A weekend of good food, great locations and ok company..!
Firstly we stayed at Blossoms Hotel which is an easy 15 minute walk from the centre of York. It’s a lovely wee hotel in a Georgian townhouse on a leafy street. Free wi-fi was also a bonus for the member of our group who had to stay at the hotel and study.
The accommodation was reasonably priced but excluded breakfast (a point I had missed when booking) but the 15 minute walk into town just served to build up an appetite for some of the lovely cafes along the Shambles.
York Castle Museum
We spent one morning ambling round the York Castle Museum. Having not been there since I was 10 it seemed dramatically smaller that it used to but was still worth a good few hours and has a great toy and 60’s section (the photo of the transformers went down a treat when I got back to my office on Monday!)
Food and Bars
As a lot of the weekend was a 60th birthday celebration there was a fair percentage spent in restaurants and bars. For food we went to Delrio’s Restaurant for Italian. The portions were massive and the food was very very tasty (apparantly they know how to cook a steak properly!) They also stuck a candle in the birthday girls pudding and had the whole restaurant singing along which was a nice touch. Also, as the restaurant was packed out it was quite impressive that they could find time to do this. In terms of cost five 3 course meals with wine cost in the region of £130 which I thought was a bargain.
For bars there are three that I fell in love with.
1) The Guy Fawkes : Great setting both in summer and winter. They have loads of local ales, friendly staff and is a brilliant place to while away a few hours (without intending to).
2) The Golden Fleece : Love this for the beer garden. While everyone else was crammed along the edges of the river and queuing to get into the riverside pubs, we went back a few streets to the Golden Fleece and relaxed (with all the ghosts) in their flower filled beer garden.
3) The Lamb and Lion : Massive beer garden but unfortunately we were just a little late in getting up there so had to sit inside!