My Top 5 places to eat and drink in York.

When we decided to take a road trip from London and head on up to York I had no idea what to expect and once I started telling friends and colleagues about our little getaway, without fail, they ALL said what a lovely, historic city it is with quality pubs, restaurants and bars lining the streets…. They weren’t wrong! I had a work colleague send me a list of places to try and so these places are based on those recommendations. We ventured into other bars too but these listed venues were our favourites.

1). Revolution York: This bar is an iconic building with an amazing view as it is right on the river. There are 2 levels and it is very spacious which as we saw on the Saturday night, is required because it can get so busy! There were hens parties everywhere! If you’re trying to meet a lady, it’s the place for you…. obviously don’t go for the women wearing the veils and ‘Hen’ sashes. The decor is trendy and hip and you can walk through the patio doors to wine or dine outside. We were in luck with the weather and everyone was out enjoying the warmth of the sunshine! On Fridays they have 2 for 1 cocktails and we had the best Espresso Martinis (in my opinion)! On the Saturday we had an Espresso Martini in a funky reggae bar, Turtle bay…. It didn’t compare with Revolution. The food at Revolution was very tasty too… We enjoyed a burger with fries/sweet potato fries. Overall, fantastic view, ambience and cocktails!


2). The Evil Eye: A lounge/bar specialising in my favourite beverage, gin, and they’re popular for their cocktails. I had a sensational gin (a double) and started giving Kurt the eye so we had to go. 😉




3). The Three Legged Mare: We stumbled into this pub on our way home Friday night for ‘one last drink’ and we were so glad we did! There was a group of locals casually playing the most epic folk music! They were amazing! We danced and we danced… Ok, I danced and I danced. So, I recommend heading along on a Friday as they have open folk music night every Friday.

4). Mumbai Lounge: an Indian restaurant suggested to us with impeccable service! The food was superb too. We shared some garlic and cheese naan as well as Chicken Tikka. When I saw another couple’s meals come out before ours I was concerned the one meal wouldn’t be enough but it was the perfect portion for us to be satisfied, full but not bursting at the seams needing to undo our buttons full.

5). Mannion and Co. Kitchen: A popular brunch venue which we found through Trip Advisor. We arrived at 9:45 to see they opened at 10 and there was already a queue! We took this as a good sign and they did not let us down! I enjoyed a yummy Eggs Benedict with ham and Kurt enjoyed a Yorkshire Rarebit (melted cheese and bacon on toast) as well as a sausage roll which was also very tasty. We took a slice of Rocky Road for ‘the road’ and ohhhh myyy goodness…. DELICIOUS!!


Please, do let me know if you go to these places or if you have been. York is such a beautiful, old city and we also loved the Museum Gardens (where they have the best little ice cream stand), walking the walls, seeing Clifford’s Tower and also admiring the York Minster. 

3 THINGS TO DO IN BRIGHTON

A ‘must do’ when you are in the U.K is put aside some time for a trip to Brighton. If you’re from Australia, think Byron Bay/Manly (QLD)/a ‘show’ (Ekka comes to mind)… yep, the Ekka!

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1. Stroll through Brighton Open Market.

There is plenty of bric-a-brac, antiques and collectables. Kurt was like a kid in a candy shop when he spotted a Tin-Tin book which is now sitting on his book shelf! Thankfully we ventured to Brighton with a British friend who was able to lead the way. Otherwise, I’m certain we would never have stumbled across it ourselves.

2. Visit Choccywoccydoodah

I L.O.V.E chocolate and this shop is a chocolate lover’s dream! Their bespoke cakes sitting in their windows are exquisite, intricate and just a glimpse of what is on show inside. I couldn’t help but feel I was observing a scene from ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Word of warning: it gets busy!

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3. Plan a trip to the pier

This pier is unlike any other I’ve seen before and I have seen a few! It is an experience in itself.  Dodgem cars, a bucking bull, a Merry-Go-Round, countless rides, a game arcade, hot dog stands and deck chairs to sit back, relax and admire the view of the ocean meeting the pebbly beach. It was typical, grey English weather for our visit but it sure felt amazing to be near the beach again!

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While you’re near the beach go and dip your toes into the water. Or, if you’re brave, go for a swim and enjoy a cold beverage on a Summer’s day at one of the many bars along the waterfront. If you’re like me, you’ll enjoy ‘people-watching’ here.

 Also, there are so many bohemian and quaint looking cafes and buildings. Get lost, pick a cafe and enjoy a good cup of coffee.