We sent our writer Rachel McAlley on a mini staycation for couple of nights in the historic city of York. She stayed at budget hotels, dined at a gastro pub, and had street food at an American Deep South restaurant.
Day One: ibis York Centre
My first port of call was the ibis Hotel on The Mount, 10-minutes from the train station and 20 minutes from the city centre. It was just out of the main hustle and bustle of the city by foot.
The hotel was fully covid-safe with hand sanitizing points in the reception, restaurant, and next to the lifts. Each hotel room had a ‘cleaned and sealed for your protection’ sticker on the door.
I was in room 001, which boasted a large open planned living space with king sized bed and two single bed. There were plenty of open rails to hang clothing, and a dressing table with excellent lighting. The shower room was contemporary in design and had an exceptionally good power shower. This room even has its own door to enter/exit the hotel.
Tables in the restaurant were set up at more than 2m apart, and all food and drink was behind plastic shielding. Guests walked to the serving hatch, ordered food, collected it, and returned to their respective tables. The hotel definitely worked hard to keep guests safe from covid.
Room 001 was priced under £70 (for 2 guests) for 1-night and breakfast was an extra charge on top at £8.95 per person (prices vary). The hotel offers a private car park; cars are charged £9 per night.
All in all, the budget hotel ibis York Centre was reasonably priced for 2-guests, they served a good hearty breakfast, and it was immaculately cleaned.
Day One: Lamb & Lion Inn
Dinner on our first evening was at the Lamb and Lion Inn on High Petergate opposite the historic city walls. An amazing location just a stones throw from all central attractions, retailers, and the magnificent York Minster.
This independently owned inn has taken covid-safety to the next level. A one-way system to enter and exit the pub, and sanitising stations dotted around each corner and walkway.
The high-end pub classics that are served on the menu, accessed via a QR code online, boast everything from fish and chips, to sausage and mash, and lamb shank to name just a few. We opted for chicken lollipops and camembert to start, followed by sausage with mash plus lamb shank and chips. Dessert included sticky toffee pudding and homemade lemon cheesecake.
Really good quality food, served in quaint surroundings. There is a secret hidden garden with views of the York Minster. This is a great place to dine in.
Day Two: Hotel Indigo
Nestled along Walmgate, Hotel Indigo is an ultra modern, fashionably designed hotel, and offers covid-safety from the moment guests enter. Once in reception, the foyer lounge, bar, and restaurant each have accessible sanitising stations.
My 2nd floor room had carpet stickers marking places to walk along the corridor floor so that guests can stay 2m apart.
The Hotel Indigo rooms are full of character. With comfy soft furnishings including cushions and pouffes, double bed, large flat screen TV, and contemporary shower room.
Breakfast was served in the restaurant, where orders were taken at each table, and delivered by the front of house waiting staff. Cereals and juices were available for guests to pick up themselves. The breakfast is one of the best in York, with good quality bacon and sausages, which made all the difference!
Checkout was easy, with no interaction needed as everything was settled upon arrival. Hotel Indigo doesn’t have car park facilities, however there is a nearby car park, priced at £13 for 24 hours. The double room was priced under £85 (for 2-guests) and breakfast was charged at £15 per person.
Day Two: Fancy Hanks
Firstly, Fancy Hanks serves seriously good mood food inspired by the 11 states of America’s Deep South. Secondly, Fancy Hanks is super trendy and has some of the coolest people dining in the historic Minster Quarter of York. Thirdly, Fancy Hanks’ soft tacos are some of the best street food I have ever eaten.
This York independent restaurant is located on Goodramgate within the city walls, and The Shambles, an architects old-worldly dream street is just a couple of minutes away.
Fancy Hanks is one of those unique finds that you return to time and time again because the food is so good. Like previously mentioned the soft tacos are insane, and on Taco Tuesday they are priced at just £2 each. We opted for a Mexican chicken, a blackened cod, and a pulled pork taco – all were divine. The burgers are pretty spectacular too especially with a glass of homemade lemonade on the side!
For more information about the above follow each link below:
Ibis York Centre / Lamb & Lion Inn / Hotel Indigo York / Fancy Hanks
Thanks to Visit York for arranging the H&N Magazine visit, and to each hotel and restaurant for their generosity during such turbulent times.
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