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Refectory Kitchen & Terrace

The Principal York Hotel, York, YO24 1AA

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Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 14:00 & 18:00 - 22:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 15:00 & 18:00 - 22:00.

Great food and atmosphere good way to start the night.

Sion Jones 16 April 2017
from York

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The Refectory Kitchen & Terrace sits within the Grade II-listed Principal York Hotel which dates back to 1878. Adjacent to York station and just a short stroll from the historic York city centre, the restaurant sources the very best seasonal ingredients, with an emphasis on local Yorkshire produce.

Restaurant favourites include Moorland Tomme-crusted pork fillet with sweet potato, crispy shallots and sherry vinegar, Yorkshire ale cottage pie, short rib mac ‘n’ cheese and a selection of steaks from R&J Butchers. Finish your meal with a sweet treat – a modern take on the Yorkshire Parkin is the restaurant’s signature dessert.

On Sundays, the Refectory Kitchen & Terrace serves up a traditional roast with meat from R&J Family Butchers. The chefs also create weekly specials, so you’ll find something new every week. The modern, light-flooded dining room was created in partnership with leading London restaurateur Des McDonald, with further seating available on the outdoor terrace in warmer weather.

With York Racecourse just 10 minutes away by car, the Refectory Kitchen & Terrace serves brunch from 11am – 1pm on race days, with live music in the next door Chapter House bar.

Refectory Kitchen & Terrace

The Principal York Hotel, York, YO24 1AA

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Customer reviews for Refectory Kitchen & Terrace

4.3 (((() (based on 33 reviews)
90% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (26)
  • lunch (17)
  • romantic (15)
  • trendy (15)
  • afternoon tea (11)
  • luxury (11)
  • business (10)
  • child friendly (7)
  • large parties (7)
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  • ((((( 16 April 2017 by Sion Jones from York

    Great food and atmosphere good way to start the night.

  • ((((( 22 November 2016 by Ian Colley from York

    Excellent , service,quality of food and choice
    My partner and I attended for Sunday lunch
    No direct disabled access to the Refrectory,lift needed nearer the restaurant,
    Just a small issue not major

  • ((((* 13 September 2016 by Rebecca Bastow from York

    Meal was lovely! Restaurant was very quiet! Ordered strawberries & clotted cream for dessert but cream was tasteless!

  • ((((* 9 September 2016 by John Statton from York

    Very pleasant meal for a good value price. Just check bill at end as free wine with Summer Menu was included, but politely corrected. Happy to recommend the staff for very good service and restaurant for light and airy ambience in which to dine.

  • ((((* 8 September 2016 by Christine Woolcock from York

    2 course lunch was good. Nice restaurant.

  • ((((* 30 August 2016 by Geraldine Ferry from York

    Restaurant was not very busy when I arrived. The waiter was friendly and attentive, without being overly so. I had two courses - the cod fishcakes were excellent, very big, bit weird that only one of them had spinach under it, but they were delicious. Then I had Yorkshire cheeses - the cheeses were excellent (I got the names of them from the kitchen) and the biscuits with them were lovely, but the chutney was horrible and it was also served with black grapes which I don't like.

  • ((((* 28 August 2016 by Stephen from York

    Lovely, tranquil restaurant, food was fantastic (burger is wow!) Brilliant staff, very friendly and are so attentive to detail (they saw I eat left handed and my partner right handed) so once we finished our main the member of staff layed out our fork and dessert spoon according to what hand we eat with! Really impressed!

  • ((((( 22 August 2016 by Mike from York

    The staff were great, the atmosphere was great the food was great. I ate pressed ham hock & Burger. My partner ate Burger & choc tart. All dishes tasted great & looked great. Highly recommended

  • ((((* 22 August 2016 by Sally Croft from York

    The £17 two course deal is very good value for money.

  • (((** 20 August 2016 by Chris Reynard from York

    Restaurant was really nice and atmospheric. The staff were very attentive without being over bearing. The food was average. I am pleased that I didn't have to pay the full menu price even though the first bill presented was the full price which didn't please me. I had steak which was over cooked to my taste and dry. My partner was happy with her food despite the small portion.

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