Weekend in York
Following other weekends away around the country, this weekend we decided to travel just 80 miles to the town on York.
York is a beautiful and very historical city with a wealth of activities to keep absolutely everyone occupied.
We opted to stay at The Churchill Hotel, just a short 5 min walk outside the walled city. The hotel is a beautiful c1827 Mansion, that was once owned by the War Department, hence its name and British Bull Dog Décor.
I loved the bathroom with its Bull Dog Shower, and the bedroom was also decorated to a high standard, although fairly small.
The Hotel also has a 2 AA Rosette Restaurant attached, which also doubles as a breakfast room for the hotel. I have to say that the service at breakfast was quite disappointing.
Food was varied also and hugely depended on which Menu you order from. The food from their Al A Carte evening menu was definitely worth a try though.
When leaving the hotel, you walk down what would have once been the main Roman Road into the City that leads directly to Bootham Bar, one of the main gateways into the walled city.
The Walls are a great walking activity, the entire circuit only takes approximately 2 hours, with many great sights along the way.
We also stopped off at Gatehouse Coffee, located in the Walmgate Tower this is a very homely coffee shop. To be fair we could have spent an hour or two relaxing here.
We were also very lucky to be walking on a day that Fishergate Postern was open, this only happens 26 days a year (25 days in 2015). This is a well preserved tower in which you can climb the very narrow stone spiral staircase, fitted with its very own Stone Toilet.
Halfway around you also get to visit Clifford’s Tower, which as part of an original Mott and Bailey Keep, has outstanding views of the city as well as a rich history.
For lunch we popped into a Pub/Restaurant called Guy Fawkes Inn, said to be the actual birthplace of Guy Fawkes himself.
Despite having a proper restaurant, we were allowed to order a sandwich and eat in the Bar Area (Not the norm apparently).
This was a beautiful inn and great for a pint or two.
York is also home to a couple of Betty’s Tearooms, although the queues for these can get big at peak times, thankfully we have been to Betty’s in Harrogate and so we opted for a more adult venue called Evil Eye Lounge.
Evil Eye is advertised as a restaurant on Trip advisor, however we did not see a single person eating, having said that the Indonesian Menu looked very tempting.
Instead we stuck to the cocktail menu, which was extensive to say the list.
Cocktails being professionally poured by the friendly bartender named Stefano (A Chatty Sicilian ), it was great to get an authentic tasting Caiprioska, that I find hard to get outside of Brasil.
A few cocktails later, we also had to try a few shots (Obviously) – this place is well worth a visit, just two doors away from the smaller Betty’s and easy to miss as looks like a small shop from the front.
Inside the walls you can wander around the narrow streets of The Shambles.
Described as one of the best preserved medieval shopping streets in Europe Very picturesque you can choose between traditional sweet shops, tourist keepsakes, or like us try an authentic Italian at Bari Restaurant.
A little Italian Restaurant which oozed authentic, with its Italian speaking waiters and décor that you would expect in a back street restaurant in Italy. The food was also full of great flavours and highly recommended.
Whilst in York we also walked to the National Railway Museum next to the train station. The displays here are incredible, and despite not being a majorly interested in trains, I found the Museum a great and worthwhile visit. Free to enter (With recommended donation of £5)
Overall I rate the visit York very high, Great Sights, History, Food and Bars. I shall definitely be returning.