Bettys, York

I walked through the centre of York last week on a brief visit, and could tell that tourist season had well and truly kicked in. How? The long queue of people outside of Bettys. When the line on a Tuesday lunchtime is as long as it would usually be on a Saturday, you know that tourist season in York has arrived. For anyone who doesn’t know, Bettys is a tea room which first opened in Harrogate in 1919. There are now six café tea rooms in Yorkshire and the Bettys brand is famous worldwide.

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Rustique, Castlegate, York

Most people who are familiar with York are familiar with the delights of Rustique. If you are not, or if at some stage you are planning to visit this beautiful city, then I suggest that you become acquainted with this wonderful restaurant. It is so good there are now two in the city and if you want to go at the weekend then you need to book in advance otherwise you just won’t get a seat.

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When in Scotland… Eat Haggis!

You’ve probably gathered by now that I really like food, and so it will come as no surprise that in the lead up to my trip to Edinburgh I spent a reasonable amount of time researching places to eat. However, we ended up going to none of the places that I had looked at – choosing instead to follow our stomachs on the day, rather than plan everything in advance.

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Sometimes… a night in is better than a night out can ever be

My boyfriend and I have done quite well during the time we have been at university, often going out once or twice a term together and each time trying to go somewhere new. As a result, when our friends want recommendations, they often come to us because we dare to try places beyond Nandos and Wagamamas (for the record, I think both are highly overrated!). However, sometimes it can be nice to stay in. You don’t have to go anywhere and it’s a lot cheaper, although the washing up afterwards can be a bit of a pain!

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Thomas’s of York Pub and Kitchen, York

Thomas’s of York Pub and Kitchen claims to be York’s quirkiest pub, which is no small claim given the large number of pubs in York (there’s supposedly one for every day of the year!). However, I think they might be right. I’ve certainly never been anywhere quite like it!

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