Review – The Dormouse, York

Yesterday I had the pleasure of enjoying a very gorgeous lunch with my lovely sister in law and fellow blogger Esther , (and a selection of our tribe of kids) at the Dormouse in York. Part of the vintage Inn family, it was most certainly a hearty meal, in lush surroundings that were oozing with the history one would expect when visiting York!

Located on Clifton Park Avenue in York (just off the A1237), this charming Inn boasts a fab selection of foods, from pub favourites (burgers and steaks) and vintage classics (Pies and Fish & Chips), to more “upmarket” choices such as the delicious feta and beetroot salad with salmon we sampled.  It is easily accessible from any side of York, and from both Leeds and Pontefract it took us only 40 minutes! Its rustic soul is reflected both in its interiors and food, and we enjoyed everything about it. I would say that its definitely worth the short distance for both the atmosphere and menu, and generally a lovely lunch or dinner out.

 Initially we were spoilt for choice which was most refreshing for a lunch menu, and after much deliberation and discussions, I settled on the prawn and lobster cocktail to start, and the Feta and beetroot salad for mains (with salmon on top). The sun was shining brightly and I was craving something fresher than the usual pie or Burger I would normally opt for. Esther had the garlic mushrooms and the Courgette, carrot & chickpea burger (though we did share as it was all so yummy). And then my nephew had the soup of the day (leek and potato) which he assured us was lovely too – whilst the babies picked anything and everything off of our plates!

The portions were a great size, presented in a classy way and service was impeccable (seasoned with a lot of humour)!


 Built on the site of the old Clifton Hospital, The Dormouse is perfectly situated to explore the delights of my favourite City – ancient York, before unwinding over a delicious, hearty pub meal. It has recently undergone a massive £250K internal and exterior makeover which has brought to it new enhanced lighting, plenty of traditional-style soft furnishings, and brand new carpets, which together create the wholesome, quaint feel we loved so much.

 “A pub with class”, this inn is a place I can see myself wanting to go for Mothers day and possibly even my birthday too.  It is charming and beautiful, reasonably priced, an excellent selection for all pallets and a cosy atmosphere that with or without kids invites you to pull up a chair and savour their vast menu whilst chatting the afternoon (or evening) away. It is very child friendly with a children’s menu available and crooked corners to hide away in and be in your own little space, So why not book a table for Mothers day and enjoy 3 courses from just £18.95, it really is a beautiful little spot to enjoy with family and loved ones. And if you find yourself in York be sure to take a look, it so lovely and tasty!

Thank you to Vintage Inns for their hospitality and providing us with a complimentary visit in return for our review. All opinions and pictures are my own. 

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