The Durham Ox

Westway, York, YO61 4TE, United Kingdom

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  • Overrated!

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    I was very let down with The Durham Ox, it definitely wasn't what I was expecting at all! I took my Grandma for her 70th birthday and she agreed the most the staff were extremely pretentious, and made us feel fairly uncomfortable. After waiting 20 minuets for drinks, a waitress came over to take our order, my Grandma asked the waitress a couple of questions about the food, the waitress then made two trips to the kitchen to ask about the food. Finally our food was delivered and it was average to say the least. The soup was watery and my chips were luke-warm! We decided to order dessert, which I regret as we had to be somewhere for 9pm and the service seemed to be getting slower. It took 15 minuets for our order to be taken. The waitress brought us the wrong dessert, however once it had arrived admittedly it was delicious! Never-the-less I definitely wasn't expecting to wait 35 minuets for one peice of Chocolate cake!

    Overall The Durham Ox is overrated and you definitely aren't getting value for your money.

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Free (Cheap) and tranquil places to relax in York this friday

by kirkmeister

HI all
I will be in York for the first time for just a day and would like to know places to sit and chill as I am 6 months preggers and will be kicked out of hotel in morning and not moving on til evening.
I would particulary like to know about green spaces, or watery spaces to chill, other types of chill out also good to know e.g. any good organic or veggie cafes, good people-watching cafes or places you can sit a while without pressure to move on as soon as you finish your drink/food?
Also any modern art museum in York?
many thanks
k

Re: Free (Cheap) and tranquil places to relax in York this friday

by hawkhead

There's the grounds and ruins of St Mary's Abbey, which is now is what is called the Yorkshire Museum Gardens. A very pleasant place to while away a couple of hours or so.

Re: Free (Cheap) and tranquil places to relax in York this friday

by hawkhead

Also York Art Gallery is well-worth a visit, even if it is not 'heavy' on modern art but it does have a very good collection. Also, it often has special exhibitions. Look it up on Google.

Re: Free (Cheap) and tranquil places to relax in York this friday

by leics

You will find that York has plenty of places to just sit awhile, both green and otherwise.

The green space (Dean's Park) next to the beautiful York Minster is lovely (I have eaten many lunches there). The Museum Gardens, a short walk down the road from the Minster, are also very pleasant indeed and contain the ruins of St Mary's Abbey as well.

The banks of the River Ouse are lined with trees and benches and shady spots (hope you have a sunny day!), so you can sit and watch the boats and ducks. There's a good Belgian (!!) cafe attached to Skeldergate Bridge.

York is a university town, so you'll find plenty of cafes etc which do not pressurise. I've always enjoyed the Evil Eye, on Stonegate near the Minster.....coffee etc, with an outside bit at the back.

There's a streetmap here to help you get your bearings. The Museums Gardens are about 10 minutes walk from the railway station, if you are arriving by train. Central York is very compact, and very walkable.

http://www.cityofyork.com/tourinfo/yorkstrt.htm

Re: Free (Cheap) and tranquil places to relax in York this friday

by leics

You will probably enjoy a visit to St Mary's, which is used each summer as a contemporary arts venue. This summer's installations is called 'Five Sisters':

http://www.yorkstmarys.org.uk/Page/Index.aspx

And it's free. :-)

Re: Free (Cheap) and tranquil places to relax in York this friday

by kirkmeister

Hi there
They sound great - do you have to pay to get into the museum to get access to the grounds? If so, do you know how much this is?
ta
K

Re: Free (Cheap) and tranquil places to relax in York this friday

by leics

The Museum Gardens are free.

So is the York Art Gallery:

http://www.yorkartgallery.org.uk/Page/Visiting.aspx

:-))

Re: Free (Cheap) and tranquil places to relax in York this friday

by leics

O..and there are organic/veggie cafes (and options) as well. Being a uni town there is plenty of demand

My veggie son recommends Lakehead bookshop and cafe on Micklegate.

Re: Free (Cheap) and tranquil places to relax in York this friday

by colin_bramso

The city centre is very small and easy to walk around, with plenty of green and river places to sit as the otheres have said.
There are many cafes in the central areas such as Minster and The Shambles so just choose one you like the look of.

Re: Free (Cheap) and tranquil places to relax in York this friday

by kirkmeister

thanks everyone - had an invigorating day in York. Ate at an excellent indian where they hung nan bread on skewers at the table (packed and justly so - good food and service). Wandered and explored and chilled and got drenched in a tropical storm! took up your ideas and really appreciated the hlep thanks again

Re: Free (Cheap) and tranquil places to relax in York this friday

by leics

Glad you had a good day. Am not in the least surprised about the tropical storm. Sadly.:-(

Travel Tips for York

Secret Walled Gardens

by tpal

As I have said, one of the most pleasant ways see York is by taking a walk along it ancient defensive walls. The wall offer some terrific views of the York Minster and the surrounding parks but also of some more obscure areas.

I have to admit to being something of a voyeur when it come to observing the "backyard" lives of the people in the places I visit and nothing is better than their secret gardens. In York as you wall along, several homes back up directly to the walls and you are allowed a wonderful arial view of many classic English gardens. Of course, they're not not really secret and surely they know they are on display...still it seems like a private showing.

York Tip

by Raquelle

This is just a thank you to my boyfriend, Gary, for surprising me with such a great holiday. I will always have great memories of the holiday and I am so happy we spent the week together. I look forward to many more holidays like this (hopefully!!).

Local accent.

by mwe

People talk about "the Yorkshire accent", however Yorkshire's accent is probably as varied as the American accent!
York people have a North Yorkshire accent, which sounds slightly softer & more northeast/Geordie than most Yorkshire accents. York has certain distinct pronunciations, for example "fourteen" is pronounced "fahrt-teen".
The West Yorkshire accent is more Mancunian in its sound & is typified by characters like Compo & Clegg on "Last of the summer wine".
South Yorkshire has a bit of an east-midland slant to it. Ted Bovis on "Hi-de-hi" has a South Yorkshire accent. "Tha", "thee" & "thou" are said instead of "you".
East Yorkshire has a slightly 'gritted teeth' sound to it. "Bloke" is pronounced "blerk" & "work" is pronounced "werk" (as it is in Liverpool).

the beauty of old things

by karibery

when I got off the train I just started walking and came across this old church, not far from the station. I also enjoyed the trip around the wall. York was very easy as there were signs on almost every corner pointing to the various places.

Yorkshire Dales.

by A2002

Drive to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales to enjoy the fantastic countryside scenery. Enjoy the vast greenery, and several small but quaint villages in Yorkshire Dales. Stop by a pub in the countryside to enjoy the local peaceful atmosphere and of course, traditional Yorkshire cooking...
Just relax and enjoy... Becareful of the running sheep within the National Park when driving. Watch the road drivers!

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Address: Westway, York, YO61 4TE, United Kingdom