15 October 2014

A York weekender

Husb and I have wanted to visit York for a while so we decided to time a weekend away with our actual wedding anniversary.

I know I know, we already celebrated that. But there's nothing wrong in eeking out a party, right?!

We hopped off our train and took a short walk to our hotel, where I got my priorities straight.

Throw luggage down. Run around room like an excited puppy. Champagne! 

After exploring our hotel, we walked along the old walls of the city as the sun went down. It turns out that York is a petite little lady which makes exploring on foot super easy.

We stopped for a traditional Yorkshire Wagamamas before boarding a boat for a late night cruise along the river.

With the boat practically to ourselves, we absorbed all the information from the friendly driver* and did a lot of this.

*I think I mean sailor?

The following morning, we stocked up on a ginormous breakfast before heading back in to see the city by day.

Obvs you can't go to York without seeing the majestic Minster. It's the crowning jewel, towering over the rest of the city and commanding your attention wherever you go.

Husb really got into the history of the place.

So did I.

Then we stumbled across a farmers' market (I love them), spotted a Viking popping into Boots and finally headed back to our hotel to get ready for supper.

We stayed at the Hotel Du Vin. It was my kind of hotel…

After an apéritif we were feeling decidedly peckish so we headed to the Star Inn The City.

As we settled in to peruse the menu, an actual flatcap was brought to our table containing whopping, doorstep-sized slices of bread.

I went for seared scallops and smoked eel to start. Husb also ate some food but I was too slow to snap it.

Then I had braised ox cheeks with a beetroot, blue cheese and horseradish risotto. Just LOOK at the accompanying carbs!

My dinner date went for shoulder of lamb with pearl barley risotto and a haggis fritter.

The food was delicious… A perfect autumnal feast.

Clearly we couldn't manage a pudding, but the lovely lady who was serving us brought out a celebratory plate of petits fours for us anyway. Very friendly and impressive service.

Full, we meandered back to HQ and I plotted which adorable mews house I'd like to buy. Love a mews.

On our last day, we pottered around the famous Shambles. Originally where butchers would display their meat, the street's timber-framed buildings are now packed with dinky shops and A LOT of tourists.

We peeled away from the hustle and bustle and found a cute little deli. Husb bought some of my favourite ever cheese biscuits. First year anniversary brownie points!

And after catching one last glimpse of the Minster from the city walls, we headed home.



  1. I think you mean captain...
    Looks beautiful. xx

  2. I love the Doyle blog...you always find the best spots!!


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