18th century pub friend The Three Tuns steps up the pub grub with sizeable chefy takes on classic dishes. The homemade specials are where it’s at, think toad in the hole, coq au vin, chilli, or whatever comforting joys take dinner fancies. Another traditional boozer thriving in the modern day is The Gillygate, on the street from which it takes its name. Alongside a strong music vibe and real ales are favourite foods like fish and chips, steak and ale pie, and a well-priced well-satisfying Sunday roast.
Speaking of which, there are plenty of York pubs doing a Sunday dinner, but it’s a vital weekend decision to find one that does it proper. Much enjoyed, The Mason’s Arms is a spot where you can’t go wrong, packing plates with your choice of meat, roast and mash potatoes, loads of veggies, lashings of gravy, and the piece de resistance Yorkshire puddings. In a more restauranty yet relaxed environment, The Rattle Owl produces a cracking refined Sunday lunch, where shallots are caramelised and apricots are stuffed, to add to the flavours of everyone’s usual favourites. Their standard dinner menu’s not half bad either.
More cooking excellence is on display at the lauded Whippet Inn. Much more than its name suggests, this is a food focused establishment, making a glorious chateaubriand, and ensuring vegetarians are looked after with joyous golden beets or vegan cauliflower steak dishes. And another modern bistro in a cosy pub setting, The Chopping Black at Walmgate Ale House has a menu that moves from aubergine to sea trout to guinea fowl, and is all the more delicious for it.
With an array of excellent pubs and eateries, this list could go on for long, but that’s plenty to be dining out on for a little while. I’m sure you’ll stumble into your own York discoveries too, whether in the time of its past or the time of its future, because somewhere here, it’s always dinner time.