FOOD & DRINK
Los Moros was first established in the Shambles food court in 2015, and since then Owner Tarik Abdeladim has lead Los Moros on to win multiple awards, and in 2017 Los Moros beat every other eatery in York – including high end restaurants – to become the number one rated eatery on TripAdvisor. After years of ongoing success with their kiosk in the Shambles food court, Tarik was able to permanently house a new restaurant of North African cuisine on Grape Lane in 2018. Differing from the kiosk’s menu of Moroccan and middle-eastern cuisine, at the Los Moros restaurant Tarik has put a focus on using the restaurant to develop the food in new directions and play with different techniques and ingredients.
Mr Chippy: The Hook & Line
Mr Chippy fish and chips was established over ten years ago by York locals and husband and wife Andy and Rowena. With over thirty-year’s experience between them in the catering industry, the pair took the plunge to open their takeaway Mr Chippy on Swinegate; and following year after year of successful trade and excellent customer feedback, Andy and Rowena jumped at the chance of opening their very own fish and chip restaurant when additional space became available in the neighbouring building. Their restaurant, The Hook & Line now sits alongside Mr Chippy and has also proved to be a hit amongst York punters and locals alike. As a traditional business, the pair are keen on using as many homemade products as possible, tartare sauce and all!
LICC, which stands for the Luxury Ice Cream Company was founded almost a decade ago and now sits on Back Swinegate; during that time, the team and so called ‘flavourologists’ have been able perfect their extensive range of over 150 flavours of ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yoghurt. The team at LICC are always coming up with new combinations, incorporating British staples like custard creams, Bakewell tarts, and for one day only even fish and chips into their ice cream.
The Cheese Trader
The Cheese Trader sits quaintly on the cobbles of Grape Lane and has done since 2018. Here, they pride themselves with their extensive selection of British and Irish cheeses, and quite rightly so. You can find a Gubbeen cheese from County Cork, to a Blue Monday cheese from Thirsk. Their range of award winning chutneys and pickles, freshly baked artisan bread, and selection of wine, port, gin, and beer displayed in the window has seen many York punters be lured in at not only the sight, but the smell! Cheeses are really selling hot here, and we mean literally; from camembert to toasties, you can take out one of the choices from the menu to eat on the go, or you can make use of their heated courtyard at the back!
Tucked away in one of what is arguably one of York’s most picturesque café locations, Wildes café sits on the end of the quaint Grape Lane. Wildes has been in the same family for over twenty-five years, and is now owned and run by Matthew Tunstall, who is from the same family. Over the years Wildes has become a hotspot for locals who are keen to keep this gem hidden as well as tourists eager to have stumbled upon such a treat. As a successful combination of café and bistro, Wildes are known for their homemade chilli, proven to be a hit with punters, which is sold alongside an all manner of cakes, sandwiches, drinks, and slightly stronger drinks.
SHOPPING & LIFESTYLE
Old Sole founder Louis Smith fell in love with traditional handmade shoemaking whilst working in the fashion industry in London. In order to get an apprenticeship in authentic shoemaking, Louis moved to Florence where he was taught by renowned shoemaker Roberto Ugolini, and soon became a master craftsman. As his time working as an apprentice under Roberto Ugolini’s brand, Louis already had the desire to move back to Yorkshire to create his own brand of shoes. Louis describes his brand of shoes as “bespoke Italian shoemaking expertise combined with great British style”.
Year Dot is one of Swinegate’s most recent additions; joining the street in 2018, this store showcases an independent brand of menswear which has been built up over a number of years by owners and designers Richard Kitching and Sarah Wall. The brand began at home, screen printing T shirts and Hoodies with their distinctive logos and being sold on their website; after years of growing success, the pair have now been able to fill out the shop with a range of other items from their own brand including bags, hats, socks, alongside hoodies and T shirts.
Winstons of York
Established in 2016 on Swinegate, owner David Skaith opened his shop of menswear and accessories with the intention of creating a destination shopping experience, which differs from the usual high-street retail experience. Clothing styles and brands are hand-picked by David himself, allowing him to provide customers with extensive knowledge of his products, and creating a somewhat bespoke style of customer service. Winstons sells a range of both well-known brands including Farrah and Edwin, alongside their own range of clothing.
Also bringing a bespoke style of customer service is Giselle; this ladies wear company has been established for over thirty years. Their shop, housed on Swinegate, is run by a small team of highly experienced fashion advisors. Selling both continuous collections of designer clothing brands as well as stand-alone pieces, the team at Giselle are familiar with their stock as well as their customers. They strive to get to know their shopper’s individual styles so they can put their expertise to work and pick out pieces perfect for every occasion.