Refectory Kitchen & Terrace

(75 Reviews)
The Principal York Hotel, York, YO24 1AA
British
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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
4.1
(based on 75 reviews)

85%
of diners recommend this restaurant

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  • afternoon tea (20)
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  • dinner (49)
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  • lunch (29)
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  • By Mary O'MALLEY O from PONTEFRACT
    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.

  • By Tara V from York
    6 March 2020

    Delicious food and wonderful service and setting

  • By Samantha D from YORK
    22 February 2020

    Good service. Beautiful food, favourite dish was starter of parmesan and pesto flatbread. Portion size of salad could of been slightly larger. It was a party members birthday and we were brought over a desert with a candle and staff were very attentive. Many thanks it was a lovely meal.

  • By Alice H from Selby
    22 February 2020

    Lovely food and friendly staff, what more to ask for?

  • By Heather B from York
    16 February 2020

    The service was great but the quality of the food was very poor. The meat was very tough

  • By Matt H from Whitchurch
    1 February 2020

    Excellent service. Been to many restaurants throughout London so called top quality but this was above most.

  • By Fay B from York
    25 January 2020

    It was great. Food lovely. Really good value and excellent service.

  • By Michael S from York
    18 January 2020

    Food is nice.. Oliver very kind and very good establishing rapport with Diners..

  • By Peter D from York
    12 January 2020

    Excellent 3 crs Sunday lunch. £30 for 2 people. V tasty Ham Hock terrine & curried mayo. Excellent pink tasty roast beef & lots of veg. Double chocolate brownie & ice-cream to finish. All excellent food & well presented. Would go again with Yks Food Guide Voucher

  • By Patricia C from york
    12 January 2020

    it was lovely.as it always is. staff attentive food good

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