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Refectory Kitchen & Terrace

The Principal York Hotel, York, YO24 1AA

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  • Refectory Kitchen & Terrace - York
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  • Refectory Kitchen & Terrace - York
  • Refectory Kitchen & Terrace - York
  • Refectory Kitchen & Terrace - York
  • Refectory Kitchen & Terrace - York
  • Refectory Kitchen & Terrace - York
  • Refectory Kitchen & Terrace - York
  • Refectory Kitchen & Terrace - York
  • Refectory Kitchen & Terrace - York
  • Refectory Kitchen & Terrace - York
Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 14:00 & 18:00 - 22:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 15:00 & 18:00 - 22:00.

Gorgeous meal my husbands steak was lovely I had the fish which was also delicious the waiter over heard it was our anniversary and brought us a cake to share on a platter with Happy Anniversary wrote on it what a beautiful touch x

John 02 September 2019
from Bolton

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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 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.

Refectory Kitchen & Terrace

The Principal York Hotel, York, YO24 1AA

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4.1 ((((* (based on 54 reviews)
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  • dinner (38)
  • lunch (22)
  • trendy (20)
  • romantic (19)
  • afternoon tea (16)
  • business (14)
  • luxury (13)
  • child friendly (10)
  • large parties (10)
  • private dining (7)
  • value (7)
  • al fresco (6)
  • breakfast (6)
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  • ((((* 14 October 2019 by Ron from EASINGWOLD

    Very nice three course lunch which was a birthday gift from family. Really nice roast, just a wee comment that we would have liked the cauliflower and broccoli cooked a little more - gigantic Yorkshire puds.

  • ((((( 5 October 2019 by Martin from York

    Good food
    Great service

  • (((** 2 October 2019 by Laura from York

    The food was ok. Service was good the staff look after you but don’t pester you. Restaurant has a good atmosphere. But it was expensive for what it was.

  • ((((* 2 October 2019 by Samantha from Leeds

    Lovely food and very tasty and fresh, we asked for a variation of the draft in the menu and it arrived. Friendly and helpful staff. The room was a little cold

  • (((** 18 September 2019 by Venice from London

    We dined here for two nights. The first night we all ordered starters and fish and chips. My starter was few rolled pieces greasy aubergine, with pine nuts and uninteresting leaves. No dressing....£7.50. Our fish and chips not great, kno flavour, had to wait for one meal yo be revoked as it had been dropped in the floor. The chips had seen better days, over cooked and soggy.
    The second evening was a different story, lovely food, enjoyed by us all.
    Breakfasts were excellent.
    Afternoon tea served with reluctance by a nonsmoking couldn’t be bothered waitress.

  • (**** 12 September 2019 by Karen from London

    I was in Yorkshire with my parents. We chose to meet my godfather for dinner at this restaurant as he lives in York, but doesn't like driving in the dark. It seemed an obvious and convenient place to go.

    Sadly the service was poor. The food took a very long time to arrive and may have taken even longer had I not gone and spoken to the gentleman I took to be the manager. After that, it magically appeared in less than five minutes. The food was disappointing when it did arrive, particularly the fish ordered by my parents. There was no flavour. I'm afraid that I cannot give a rating to the service or value as both were so poor.

    We felt that such an attractive hotel was let down by it's restaurant. We will not be returning.

  • (**** 3 September 2019 by Se from Liverpool

    We were trying to change the appointment time with the hotel receptionist but was told that it’s not possible due to the restaurant fully booked, which we later discovered that was not the case.
    The service at the restaurant started well, but towards the end we seemed to have been forgotten!

  • ((((( 2 September 2019 by John from Bolton

    Gorgeous meal my husbands steak was lovely I had the fish which was also delicious the waiter over heard it was our anniversary and brought us a cake to share on a platter with Happy Anniversary wrote on it what a beautiful touch x

  • ((((* 30 August 2019 by Alison from York

    Lovely evening catching up with 2 old friends who came to York by train so very convenient. Lovely surroundings, very pleasant staff both in restaurant and Chapter House where we enjoyed pre-dinner Prosecco. Food and wine in restaurant all very good and reasonable prices. We shall definitely return.

  • ((((( 27 August 2019 by Jayne from Durham

    Food and service were excellent. A perfect pre race day lunch in a lovely setting.

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