Part of the newly branded ‘Minster Quarter’ Low Petergate and High Petergate may well be considered now as two of the most contrasting streets in York. Low Petergate, which now plays host to some of York’s most prestigious high street labels, has a rich history in trades such as bookbinding and tobacconists; made apparent by Georgian statues of devils and goddesses which indicate the building’s previous life. High Petergate on the other hand has for the last few decades been home to many of York’s most well-loved independents; two of which are booksellers, following in the footsteps of these street’s Georgian traders.
FOOD & DRINK
Café Concerto was established on the busy street of High Petergate in 1993 by husband and wife team Ian & Rozz Hancox. Both Ian and Rozz have a career history working in some of the country’s most highly-regarded restaurants, which is where the pair came to meet in 1990, and three years was all it took before they combined their passion for dining and music and opened Café Concerto. Ian and Rozz’s menu is an ode to their passion for quality local produce and here you won’t struggle to find the classic dishes like welsh rarebit or avocado on toast which we’re often hankering for come lunch time.
After much success with their two previous Lucky Days cafés on Church Street and Parliament Street, Owner Chris Holder along with his father, and business partner Nigel took a leap of faith onto Low Petergate which is where they opened their third Lucky Days café, and created a local chain in York. Over the years, this family-run delicatessen has gone from strength to strength selling menus of nourishing homemade treats. Here, they’re particularly known for their nutritious lunch options such as teriyaki salmon and vegetable quiche, both served with sides of their homemade salads and pastas.
The York Roast Co.
Founded by father and son duo, Wayne Chadwick and his son Stephen established the family run business in 2004. Although offering a whole host of other mouth-watering roast classics on their menu, here at York Roast Co, they are well and truly known for their speciality Yorkshire pudding wrap. This culinary masterpiece includes the full trimmings of a roast, vegetables, stuffing, and even gravy; and after huge success with this new addition to the menu, it has now gone on to have its own trademark as ‘The Yorky Pud’. Following the success of the Yorky Pud wrap, the pair have gone one to experiment even further; creating a slightly sweeter alternative to the Yorky Pud by filling Yorkshire puddings with chocolatey treats.
In possibly one of York’s most idyllic locations, Bennett’s café and bistro sits on the corner of High Petergate on-looking the minster. Owned by Mike Fisher, Bennett’s is probably best known for its daytime menu of sandwiches, coffee, and cakes which never fail to please. However, for a good while now Bennett’s has also served as a successful bistro in the evenings, serving the best of British food, all locally sourced and prepared fresh in house daily.
Everett’s coffee company
Everett’s Coffee Company is High Petergate’s most recent newcomer. Joining the street earlier this year, husband and wife team Colin and Rachel Everett previously lived in Singapore for ten years, which is where their love for speciality coffee shops began. They decided to then return home to what is Rachel’s home city to give their best shot at opening their very own coffee shop. Starting as a small kiosk in Spark:York, after a short stint of success the pair were able to permanently house Everett’s on High Petergate. Serving speciality coffee and selling beans and blends, the pair bring a great deal of expertise to York’s coffee scene.
SHOPPING & LIFESTYLE
Owned and run by the Braithwaite family, the gallery is renowned for its eclectic range of paintings of many familiar Yorkshire landscapes, many of which are on permanent display and are created by co-owner of Braithwaite Gallery, Mark Braithwaite. Alongside they also sell original paintings, limited editions and fine art prints from international and local artists. Mark can often be seen “on location” around York, and many of his prints of the minster have been used for fundraising by the cathedral. His remarkable portfolio has been nationally published, although Braithwaite gallery houses many of his unique works.
The York Shared Earth flagship store first opened in 1986 by Jeremy Piercy who, after leaving school, travelled to India and came back with a compulsion to help redress the imbalance of wealth in the world. To Mr Piercy, opening a fair-trade store was the most obvious answer, and with that he opened Shared Earth on Low Petergate and began selling a mix of fair-trade products from Asia, Africa, and South America. Also high on Jeremy’s agenda was addressing environmental problems, and he began stocking recyclable and reusable products as a way of publicising the issue and providing small but substantial solutions. The shop now sells a whole host of fair-trade and sustainable products such as homewares, fragrances, clothing and gifts.
The Cat Gallery
Established in 2001 by owners and cat lovers Peter and Alison Hanson, the Cat Gallery has long been a part of York’s diverse retail offering. Selling all cat related products such as cat ornaments, cat crockery, framed pictures and painting of cats, the pair established the gallery after several years struggling to find cat collectables themselves. And after many years of successful trade, the pair extended the Cat Galleryearlier this year, by opening a first-floor extension in their Low Petergate property which will house a range of pre-loved cat merchandise available for purchase.
Little Apple Bookshop
One of the longest standing businesses on High Petergate, Little Apple Bookshop has lived on this street for over 22 years. Run by Philippa Morris and her partner Tim Curtis, the pair consider themselves very lucky to be running their own bookshop in this historic city and over the years believe to have mastered the skill of bookselling; knowing their stock well enough to find specific books from a very vague description, and being able to pick out the perfect book for customers they have only just met. Little Apple Bookshop sells books new and old, and if what you’re looking for isn’t in stock Philippa, Tim, or any other member of staff will happily order it to the store for you to pick up.