The Old House Restaurant in York, Review – Recently I visited one of York’s newest restaurants – The Old House on Low Petergate. It’s from the people behind the very popular and award winning, ‘Shoot the Bull’ restaurant in Hull. The building itself is beautiful and set in the shadow of the Minster. They serve locally produced meats, including Warrendale Wagyu which is farmed about two miles from where we live near Pocklington. The Old House serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has a comfortable bar area and outdoor seating too. The decor is cosy and comfortable with dark wooden panelling and colourful pictures.
We visited on a sunny Thursday lunchtime and chose to sit in the window to watch the world go by. There is further seating toward the back of the restaurant and a lovely mezzanine area overlooking the rest of the restaurant.
As it was lunchtime, we skipped starters and went straight into some rather magnificent mains. Though, before they arrived, we were brought this delicious bread (I am not usually a crust eater – I had very curly hair as a child and it put me off – but the crusts on this bread were the best bit – so nice!)
My friend ordered the Rare Breed Beef Pie, served with truffle mash potato, peas and a red wine gravy from the bar menu.
While I indulged in the 10oz Warrendale Wagyu rib-eye – and it was absolutely divine! Such a tender and flavoursome steak – the best I have had in a long time. It was served with a grilled tomato, garlic mushrooms, beef dripping fries, a rocket and parmesan salad and a peppercorn sauce (you could also choose a blue cheese or
chimmichurri sauce). The fries came in a cute little pot just after this photo was taken.
What can I say? I loved it. The steak was so tender and flavoursome, with just the right amount of fat marbling through it for a rib-eye. It came with a peppercorn sauce which was equally delicious, but felt a bit sacrilegious to put on such a fine steak. However, I contented myself with dipping my beef dripping chips into it, and that was marvellous too. I know I am gushing – I was just really impressed!
Anyway, moving on – we then ordered desserts. My friend ordered the Rich Dark Chocolate Brownie, with caramelised white chocolate and vanilla ice cream. I tried some and can report that it is very rich and very chocolately indeed. I would recommend sharing it with someone (don’t worry, you can order two desserts and share half of each – I am not suggesting you stint here – just that it’s very rich!).
I ordered the Old House Tiramisu, served with chocolate tuille – which was also rich and equally delicious. I was torn between that and the House Made Beignets. Given the choice again I would choose the brownie or tiramisu and then the beignets and share as a good combination.
As you can probably tell, I enjoyed our visit to The Old House and do recommend it. I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures of the bar and the outside space.
The Old House invited us to visit and review – as always all opinions expressed are my own.