One gift that the boyfriend and I received over Christmas was a Hotel Du Vin voucher, so we decided to put it to good use last weekend and have a weekend break in York.
After a three hour drive from the Midlands (for which I stayed awake for about 40 minutes!), we arrived at Hotel Du Vin which was based in a beautiful building on the outskirts of the town. We were lucky enough to get the Suite at the top which was amazing; there was a huge king sized bed, a roll-top bath, a chaise-lounge and a long walk-in shower, as well as a proper coffee machine and Bose speakers.
After jumping on the bed and Instagramming the room to my heart’s content, we headed out to do some exploring. York is an old, medieval city and we had actually visited during ‘Viking Week’, so there were plenty of casual Vikings walking around adding to the vibe. We started by having lunch at the famous Betty’s – unfortunately there was a huge queue for the main Betty’s (which had a beautiful Easter window display NOM!) so we decided to try the smaller, more vintage Betty’s café down the road. This had more of a ‘granny chic’ vibe about it but a much smaller queue; after waiting for about 10 minutes, we were shown to a cute little table in the back where I ordered poached salmon & prawns on sourdough bread and the bf ordered the chicken club sandwich. Both meals weren’t super special but were tasty and good value, though they were both trumped by the gorgeous caramel egg that I bought from their shop downstairs! Apparently their chocolate is handmade and it tasted SO. GOOD.
After lunch, we spent some time walking around the quaint Shambles streets, full of old, wonky shops, including an INCREDIBLE fudge shop which I would highly recommend, if just for the many free samples! We went inside the Minster, climbed up onto a little castle and toured the city walls before heading back home to freshen up for dinner. We had a drink in the hotel’s lovely conservatory area before heading to eat at Loch Fyne. This is a small chain seafood restaurant with plenty of dinner options for decent prices; both of us chose the option to have a fish of our choice, cooked to our choice, with a sauce of our sauce and two sides, all for £15. After dinner we went for drinks at the cool cocktail bar Evil Eye and All Bar One.
We started the next day with the hotel’s breakfast – I took full advantage of the ‘Pantry’ table which was piled high with fruit, pastries and most importantly, an incredible home-made sticky fruit flapjack. (I may have sneaked one into my bag too, shh)! After wondering around the town’s markets, we met my bf’s brother for lunch at the pub that he works at called ‘The House of Trembling Madness‘. This is actually next to the smaller Betty’s and is a shop selling all kinds of artistan, rare and local alcohol downstairs with a very cosy, rustic pub upstairs. Though we probably didn’t need anymore food, we decided to share one of their popular platters which came with olive bread, marmite bread, pork pie with black pudding on the top, salad, chicken and duck, amongst other things. Advice: if you want to get a seat, get there early!
After stuffing our faces yet again, we decided to call it a day and head home
for another meal with my parents. All in all, a great weekend!
Have you ever been to York? Is there anything else you would recommend seeing?