The Ivy St Helens Square York – Review

The Ivy St Helens Square York – Review: January 2019

The Ivy York city centre, located in the hustle and bustle, within the St Helens square hub is a sophisticated relaxed dining spot ideal for a delicious dinner date evening.

Warmly welcomed by manager Will and all of his team, who provided prompt professional and personalised service throughout.  We relaxed and settled into our corner booth and admired the cosy, contemporary décor while encompassed York’s historic past with the amazing artwork adorning the walls.

Super starters included the brilliant Buffalo mozzarella Crispy artichokes, pear and truffle honey. Also, the lovely roasted scallops Grilled chorizo and ras el hanout roasted butternut squash.

Mouth-watering mains included the show stopping Grilled whole lobster Garlic and parsley butter with watercress and thick cut chips.  Also, my fav dish was the vegan roasted butternut squash with grains Buckwheat, chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, sesame and pomegranate with crumbled bean curd, harissa sauce and coriander dressing with an extra added on side of thick cut chips.

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Luxury York Guide with Visit York and The Judge’s Lodging – Review

Luxury York Guide with Visit York and The Judge’s Lodging– Review: January 2019

Founded at the confluence of the rivers Foss and Ouse, with an eclectic mix of Georgian, Medieval and Victorian characteristics, the wonderful walled city of York, with winding quaint, narrow streets and snickleways, has been perfectly preserved making it a picturesque location which combines historical heritage with sophisticated, contemporary amenities.

Known as Eoforwick to the Saxons, Eboracum to the Romans and then invaded by the Vikings who coined the name Jorvik, York is a city steeped in history and charm, an architectural Aladdin’s cave of all things historic, but is an ever-evolving city which offers a range of exciting events, activities, museums and restaurants.  Take on the wonderful wall walk and see if you can complete the complete circuit.

Where to stay

The Judges lodging

Think relaxed luxury, charm and elegance, the Judge’s Lodging located in an enviable postcode in the centre of York, in north-east England, perfectly situated in the main hub for easy access to all the city’s main attractions.

A gorgeous Grade I listed building, a Georgian townhouse steeped in charm and history, whereby the building’s origins date back to 1710 when it was built as a private residence.

Eventually, after the passing of the owner, the building became the residence of judges attending the Assize court sessions and remained so until around 1976. This stunning residence has a restaurant, two bars and some super special character rooms.

The Clifton was a super sensational cosy classy room rich in detail and historic charm.  Décor a mix of subtle neutral shades, quality furnishings, fine fabrics with a touch of chic added with the fab vintage telephone.

Immediately, walking into a lovely lounge, well appointed, with some super scrummy shortbread, water, tea, coffee and also fresh milk.

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Bills Breakfast York Review

Bills Breakfast York Review: May 2018

Bang in the heart of historic York, Bills restaurant is the go to place for a hearty home cooked breakfast, to start your York Adventure the right way.  Beautiful fixtures and fittings, with a shabby chic rustic rich theme give the place that extra relaxed feel which allows you to sit back, chill and enjoy the atmosphere.

Katie our server made her introductions, and we both loved her. Quirky, cool, super chilled and relaxed, yet Katie still managed to deliver super service.  A genuine lady, with great chat and a real asset to the brand.  In fact all the York team were super stars as always!

Bills just got even more brilliant with their breakfast bonanza! Continental or classic, they have you covered.  We opted for a two-stage breakfast approach, beginning with a lovely large orange juice and a watermelon, peach and raspberry juice.

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Carluccio’s St Helens Square York Lunch Review

Carluccio’s St Helens Square York Lunch Review: March 2018

Escape the hustle & bustle and lavish in some lovely lunchies Italian style at Carluccio’s which was once home to the iconic Terrys chocolate shop.

Interiors mix traditional and contemporary styles, with lovely romantic seating with views across St Helens square, to people watch, soak up the ambience and atmosphere. Combined with the fabulous food offerings, you can grab your own slice of the dolce vita lifestyle.

Our fabulous foodie feast, came in three courses, with a range of amazing alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinkies to wash it all down.

Super starters included the Insalata Caprese dish with brilliant buffalo mozzarella, sliced beef tomatoes, basil, lashings of extra virgin olive oil and black olives.  Off the specials opting for the beetroot and ricotta tortellini served in a creamy goat’s cheese sauce, topped with crushed walnuts.  Washed down with the refreshing non-alcoholic Crodino – light, but with a bite, ideal served with ice and a slice.

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