Top foodie destinations in York

One of our favourite things about visiting new places is exploring new places to eat out, and it is safe to say that York did not disappoint Eve when she recently visited. Read all about her visit and top recommendations below.

York offers an exciting food scene – I left feeling inspired, and thoroughly nourished, albeit a little full as I didn’t want to miss out on anything! All three of my recommendations are passionate about creating delicious and beautifully presented food, are independent (eating out at independent is far more exciting), and endeavour to use locally sourced and fresh produce – and therefore resonate closely with Balance and Glo’s foodie mantra. Based on my travels, I have provided my top recommendations for an afternoon pick-me-up, evening meal, and brunch.

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Top recommendation for an afternoon pick-me-up: Source Deli

Research prior to my trip had already identified the Source Restaurant as somewhere I definitely wanted to visit. However, I was surprised and lucky enough to stumble upon the Source Deli - having only reopened a few days before I arrived. With a large wooden table in the middle of Deli acting as a host to an array of tasty goodies including vegan blueberry muffins and bowls of fresh fruit ready to go straight into the smoothies, the informal, social environment was definitely very inviting. The table also acted as the preparation area for the kitchen, enabling guests to see and engage with Adam (the owner) whilst he was preparing the food. Adam was ever the enthusiast about the food, and completely sold me the brunch menu at the Source Restaurant for the following day…. (more about that later!). The Deli offers an exciting range of reasonably priced juices, fruit and veg smoothies and smoothie shakes, as well as a selection of light bites and tasty goodies.

With lots of hype around celery juice lately, I was keen to give it a go. I opted for the Apple and Celery Juice which I found to be refreshing light and thirst quenching– perfect after exploring the streets of York.

Location: 7 Jubbergate, York YO1 8RT

Instagram: @source_deli

Website: There isn’t a specific website for the deli, but you can find out more about the source ethos on their restaurant website - http://www.source-york.co.uk/

Top recommendation for an evening meal: Filmore and Union

For dinner I can highly recommend Filmore and Union – I found myself being even more indecisive than usual in trying to pick from the menu, there were so many things I wanted to try (from the jackfruit pie, to the bench press bowl, and Moroccan tagine of the day)! I loved that they had a little barbell symbol next to the dishes that their inhouse nutritionist recommended for post-workout. My main course was absolutely delicious – sweet potato Lentil ‘veatballs’ in red pepper and tomato sauce, served with courgetti and sprinkled with an almond parmesan. The sauce was rich with a little chilli kick, the perfect accompaniment to the balls which were moist (despite my reservations that they might be dry) and held their shape  – I am desperate to try and recreate this recipe! Roberto, our waiter, was very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu and keen to ensure that all dietary requirements were met. The real star of the show was dessert – I can safely say that the chocolate orange brownie with a pistachio crumb was hands down the best vegan gluten free dessert I have ever eaten. In fact, I may have to revisit York especially, look into whether they offer a postal service (please!/fingers crossed!), or bribe them to share the recipe …The peanut butter cheese cake with a salted caramel sauce (also vegan and gluten free) was also on the heavenly scale.

Location: 62a Low Petergate, York, YO1 7HZ

Instagram: @filmoreandunion

Website: https://www.filmoreandunion.com/locations/york/

Top recommendation for brunch: Source Restaurant

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Having been completely sold the Source Restaurant brunch menu (which had recently been revamped) the previous day, I just had to taste it for myself. First challenge – should I go for the vegan brunch stack, the scrambled tofu, or the Dutch baked pancake…? Preferred option would be to go for all three, but ended up with the second best, order two and share! The vegan stack was a feast for the eyes and did not disappoint on taste either. The well-composed and sturdy stack, consisted of a sweet red pepper, a vegan sausage patty, hash browns, a portobello mushroom, and spinach – finished with a beautifully presented and perfectly ripe sliced avocado (the stuff avocado dreams are made of). Whilst I would go as far as saying that the scrambled tofu infused with turmeric was revolutionary, served on a chunky slice of sourdough with a generous base of smashed avocado this is sure to have people of York flocking!

Location: 1 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN

Instagram: @source_york

Website: http://www.source-york.co.uk/

One last recommendation…

If you want a snack on the go, be sure to check out Tullivers, an independent health food store which has been in York since 1983. I am always on the look out for a snack that I have not yet tried, so Tullivers was like an Aladdin’s Cave for me. I can recommend the ‘Kookie Kat’ Cacao nibs and walnut cookie.  

Location: 1-2 Colliergate, York, YO1 8BP

Website: http://www.tullivers.co.uk/

Jenny Stewart