Filled history, culture and charm; York has always been one of my favourite cities in England. Matt actually went to university there so it has a special place in his heart too so we both decided to pay a visit for a lazy weekend break.
We arrived on a miserable Sunday morning and checked in at the Travelodge* on Micklegate. We have previously stayed here before and enjoy that it’s just a short walk to the city centre.
After dumping our bags we headed out to wander around the streets window shopping. I always enjoy walking around aimlessly taking in the wonderful historic buildings and quaint little shops. After a few hours of walking my stomach was telling me it was time for some lunch so we headed to The Judge’s Lodging.
Located just around the corner for the world famous Betty’s Tearooms in the city centre; The Judge’s Lodging is a actually a very stylish hotel with a fantastic bar and restaurant. It was very busy when we arrived but we managed to grab a table in the cellar bar which is filled with cosy little corners, quirky details and mood lighting. Matt and I ordered a number of small dishes to share – the Duck Spring Rolls and the Maple and Mustard Chipolata Sausages were amazing! It was a shame that the weather wasn’t better as there was a fantastic sun terrace at the back of the hotel which I would of loved to have enjoyed a glass of Prosecco in – but hey there’s always next time!
After lunch we meandered back to our hotel to rest our feet before dinner and drinks in the evening. The bed in our room was insanely comfortable… so much so I nearly fell asleep! It turns out that the Travelodge have invested in new bed which have 950 individual pocket sprung mattresses – not quite as comfy as my bed at home but still impressive for a budget hotel!
For dinner we popped into La Tasca for some tasty Spanish food and wine before heading out for plenty of cocktails at one of our favourite bars – Evil Eye.
Evil Eye is a bar that you wouldn’t know existed unless you were told so. From the front it looks like a off license – a very fancy off license with a fab selection of booze, but just a little shop none the less. However through the back of the shop is the bar which has the largest range of cocktails I’ve ever seen. Now it’s no fancy Alchemist with people sipping on champers – this is a proper bar where you can visit in your fancy frock or in your jeans. Filled with a mixture of ages it’s a popular haunt for students – for obvious reasons! The bar is modelled on those in Brazil, Haiti and Morocco so has a very unique interior. But the reason you come here is for the cocktails! I really can’t recommend this bar enough is you love your cocktails!
After an evening filled with cocktails we headed back to our hotel for a soundless slumber. In the morning Matt and I had spotted Bill’s not to far from the hotel and decided to head there for Brunch.
Now I’m aware that Bill’s isn’t a unique restaurant – in fact I’m sure it’s a favourite of many of your, however I’ve never been! So Matt took me for their Blueberry and Buttermilk Pancakes which were very naughty, filling and yummy!
We said a sad goodbye to York after a lazy couple of days and promised to not leave it so long until we visit again.
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