Refectory Kitchen & Terrace

(87 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
(based on 87 reviews)

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  • afternoon tea (22)
  • al fresco (6)
  • breakfast (7)
  • business (14)
  • child friendly (13)
  • dinner (53)
  • entertainment (4)
  • large parties (13)
  • lunch (33)
  • luxury (14)
  • private dining (9)
  • romantic (22)
  • trendy (23)
  • value (11)
  • views (3)
  • By Hannah M from York
    7 November 2015

    Excellent service, friendly staff.

  • By Tim R from York
    6 November 2015

    Fantastic surrounding, the lamb was cooked to perfection and the trifle to die for. Made to feel very welcome.

  • By Aimee B from York
    6 November 2015

    Food was fantastic. Very tasty and very well presented. Waiting staff were attentive, very polite and well presented also. Had to wait a while for our food but I feel that was maybe just a teething problem of the new restaurant. However we were apologised to so not a problem after all. All in all a very nice experience with a intimate atmosphere and good food.

  • By Jean P from York
    6 November 2015

    We dined at the new Refectory Restaurant at the Royal York, the whole experience was brilliant, lovely ambience & really good friendly staff. The menu gave you plenty of choice for everyone's taste. The crab starters & soup were superb. The mains very good but thought a different steak rather than Ribeye, however, steaks are a personal choice. The puddings really good, the yorkshire curd exceptional. Overall a very pleasant experience & could recommend this new restaurant.

  • By Valentin G from York
    6 November 2015

    all dishes is perfect ,ambience very friendly and luxury very good restaurant.

  • By Shona D from York
    6 November 2015

    Loved everything!

  • By Michelle D from York
    5 November 2015

    Overall dining experience was good, lovely atmosphere & friendly staff. The lamb and chocolate pot were delicious and really well presented. Would definitley return and recommend to others. Great opening evening!

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