Refectory Kitchen & Terrace

(84 Reviews)
The Principal York Hotel, York, Yorkshire, 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.

Restaurant description

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 short rib mac ‘n’ Swaledale cheese, shepherd's pie with 12-hour braised lamb shoulder, R&J Butchers game burger with red cabbage and beetroot slaw, and a selection of steaks, also 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.

Dishes displayed on a la carte menus are representative of the type of food available at the restaurant.

Customer reviews for Refectory Kitchen & Terrace
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  • dinner (53)
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  • lunch (32)
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  • By Danni jo F from Ashington
    6 September 2020

    Absolutely amazing

  • By Julie W from York
    30 August 2020

    This was by far the best meal I’ve had out for a very long time. From first arriving to such a lovely warm welcome from Oliver through to leaving all staff were wonderful. The starters were very tasty (bruschetta) and the main course was superb. The beef was so tender, vegetables cooked to perfection, mash was divine and roast potatoes so yummy. And the home made Yorkshire pudding fabulous. Additionally the portion sizes were generous and more than adequate...,hardly had room for dessert but squeezed in a gorgeous chocolate tart and very tasty raspberry cheesecake. We will definitely return and have no hesitation recommending this restaurant to friends and family. What a great meal ! All the staff wore face coverings too.

  • By Karen M from London
    23 August 2020

    Delicious meal and lovely waiter very welcoming

  • By Ravi S from Wirral
    20 August 2020

    Atmosphere and staff where great, but the new menu is awful. We were left very disappointed.

  • By Julie L from Sunderland
    9 August 2020

    Excellent 3 course Sunday lunch. All fresh produce, good flavours. Staff helpful and friendly.

  • By Kirsty S from York
    8 August 2020

    Food was average here. Not happy at all with the options of the reduced menu, along with the shocking prices. £18 for a steak ON ITS OWN. Then you have to add sides, at £3 each!!! This steak was just above Weatherspoon standard, not worth £18 at all. I had chicken with mushrooms, my mushrooms tasted like perfume, I could not eat them. Then when ordering drinks myself and partner request a gin and lemonade single and a rum and coke single. When receiving the bill we found that we had actually been charged £8.90 for a DOUBLE!! Thats £8.90 not including the mixer. This is the first time I have ever left a bad review. But honestly I was absolutely disgusted that the bill came to just under £80 when the standard was not there at all. We were past the point of mentioning it. We paid and left, neither of us will be recommending this restaurant to anyone.

  • By Clare C from York
    6 August 2020

    Excellent from start to finish. We were seated at a lovely table by the window and served delicious cold drinks. Both my partner and I had chicken breast with mash, carrots and greens, it was delicious. The chicken was cooked perfectly and the mash were creamy and very tasty. Our son had a burger and said it was the best burger he’d ever had, which is quite an accolade. The restaurant is light, airy and non pretentious, we found the menu prices very reasonable. All in all a great meal out, we will definitely visit again when we’re next in York.

  • By Julie F from York
    2 August 2020

    Our booking was a present from family - we were excited to be able to eat out again after lockdown. The Hotel, The Principal, is gorgeous and the Refectory Kitchen is lovely, modern space. The downside was that it was too hot and uncomfortable to eat around midday as the ceiling is glass and the blinds were not used. I am sorry to say that the food was not well presented and at the first course my partner found a piece of wet blue kitchen roll in his Ceaser Salad. We aske the staff what it was. We were offered apologies and a complimentary drink but as our meal was pre-paid for this was of no use. It was off-putting, to say the least, to be told that the blue cloth in his salad had previously been used to clean the kitchen surfaces. My partner is a major-organ transplantee and has to be very careful about bacterial infections. My partner's main course, a pasta dish with chilli was not wel presented or unusual in any way. A bit like a canteen meal. My main course, a beef dish was better. The pressed beef was delicious, but there was a strange mix of soggy cabbage and cress that was not nice. The roast potato and yorkshire pudding were hard and crusty. I know its difficult to serve roasts fresh but it was very disappointing. The staff were lovely and helpful but unless the food improves and the air con is used or the ceiling blinds drawn I would not return or recommend the Refectory Kitchen, at York Prinicipa Hotel to anyone. I am sorry to be negative about our experience.

  • By Christine W from York
    28 July 2020

    Warm welcome, friendly service. Salmon starter very good, my curry just right on spicing. Chose the right place for birthday meal for my husband. Only downside slightly chilly but in time of Covid felt airy.

    7 March 2020

    Our visit to The Refectory was a Christmas present from one of our sons as we are frequent visitors to York. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience there. The food was lovely and the staff were very attentive. We went on Saturday lunchtime and the only thing I would have liked was to have a little more choice on the menu.

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Refectory Kitchen & Terrace
The Principal York Hotel, York, Yorkshire, YO24 1AA