Thirklewood House

Bank Top, Oswaldkirk, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5YL, United Kingdom
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Romantic quiet restaurant

by banana70

Hello
We are going to York for a night away from the kids in July. Have got the hotel sorted but thought it would be nice to step out to a restaurant in the centre for a lovely quiet romantic meal. This is the first time in 4 years we have been away for a night so don't want to get it wrong. What are your tips. We eat anything, the ambience is the more important thing! Looking forward to hearing from you.

Re: Romantic quiet restaurant

by Sjalen

Hm...it is the quiet aspect I'm trying to think about...For me, most places are romantic since I met my husband in York, but somehow I doubt that you will want McDonald's brunch after a night out pubcrawling together, nor head to the suburbs for a curry :)))

This is a well known one:

http://www.grangehotel.co.uk/dining/ivy_introduction.shtml

Another top one is this (with French influences since the owner studied with Roux):

http://www.meltonsrestaurant.co.uk/

Pubs are hardly quiet but the best pub food is probably served at the Royal Oak which also has cookery classes (see my York page).

The Lime House is a prize winning one:

http://www.limehouserestaurant-york.co.uk/home.html

Apart from that, St William's College which belongs to the Minster is a very cosy place if the weather is good and you can dine in the lovely courtyard:

http://www.yorkminster.org/visiting/conferences/restaurant/

Re: Romantic quiet restaurant

by Britannia2

St. Williams is very good - I was there last month.Slightly expensive but classy.

Travel Tips for York

feel history beneath your...

by Pegasus74

feel history beneath your feet. The city is skirted by its 2.5 mile medieval wall, interrupted by the impressive battlements of the four gates, on which the heads of traitors were once displayed. York streets are as confusing as what they mean. In York, gate means street and bar means gate. Too old is this city perhaps today's Yorkers still refuse to buy what's defined in Webster.

Anywayz, you might want to climb the city wall, starting at Bootham Bar and walk north-east along the wall to Monk Bar, where you will catch a good view of the spectacular York Minster. Get down here to explore this city's treasure, the largest medieval cathedral in Northern Europe. If you are adventurous enough, you might want to climb up the central tower to capture York's unsurpassed views. While its interior is extensively decorated with stained glass, its facade and the other fronts are exquisitely embossed with medieval carvings.

My trip to York was planned to coincide with the Viking Festival. To give you an idea what's it about, it was the Vikings who gave York its name (derived from Jorvik or Yorwik) and in this special festive week Yorkers dress like the Viking warriors as if taking on a Jorvik odyssey. One evening they will march to battle, and if you happen to show your squeamish self to them, you will most definitely be pounced on.

From the Minster, enter the many south gates to experience the liveliness inside. I hope you know what I'm talking about. Have you not remembered gates are synonym to streets in York? Alright we've got a common understanding now. Go along Petergate to reach the Shambles, a medieval butcher's street.

At Shambles's south end, make a right into High Ousegate then Castlegate to arrive at the Jorvik Viking Center. This place transport you back in time into a Viking settlement, where the sights, sounds and even the smells of village life are recreated. Castlegate joins Tower Street, along which the Clifford's Tower sits on its prominent mound. This was where the Jews of York were slaughtered many years ago, and where the faked Vikings fought their battle that night. Did I mention 'street'? Like I've said, the network of streets can be confusing. If you go a little south along Tower street, you'll see the York Castle Museum, which contains artfully reconstructed streets and shops of the past. The fascinating collections of crafts and costumes, furniture and machinery, toys and weapons are meant to recreate the atmosphere of everyday life in Britain during the past several hundred years.

Go west along Tower Street to cross the Skeldergate Bridge over untroubled waters of River Ouse. It was this waterway that enabled the city to become a busy port and trading center. Today I reckon its job is to flood the city. Ohyah, I have read about serious floods in York.

There are not many attractions on the west side. The other half of the walls which encircles the town starts not too far away from the bridge. I'd suggest taking a slow walk along Skeldergate which runs parallel to and beside the river. You'll see the path changes its name, from Skeldergate to North Street to Wellington Row, then to Leeman Road. How more confusing can this get?

The National Railway Museum is located along Leeman Road. It chronicles the rich railway heritage and displays automobile engines and carriages from the 19th century to the present day.

Perhaps the best way to experience York is to join one of the many grisly ghost walks conducted in town. But tread cautiously along the passageways deep below the York's gates, otherwise you may never be seen again.

That's almost about York. Although its walls are nothing compared to the Great Wall, they certainly are less strenuous to climb.


From York, I went to Scarborough to seek parsley sage, rosemary and thyme. There are plenty to discover in this town, which is surrounded by dramatically beautiful coastline. The main attraction is the Scarborough Castle. Built in the 12th century it houses many figures of Kings and Queens, and provides spectacular walks with sweeping views over the sea. Unfortunately or fortunately I had only an afternoon in this town. Since I could have fallen into nostalgia of reminiscing she once was a true love of mine.

York floods again...

by CandS

This was in November 2000 when we visited York...we had heard about the flooding on the news so we were lucky to still get in and out of town without a problem...we later heard that the road were cut off at some stage during the floods.

going for tea

by elsebeth

I always thought the term " going for tea" meant to have 5 o' clock tea , but here it means to go for dinner ..there ya go !!

I was complaining that I was hungry and he said we were going for tea in a sec..like it helps on my hunger!

York's longest street name but shortest street

by barryg23

What a great name for a street. I wish more streets had great names like Whipmawhopmagate - it's rather more interesting than Castle St. or High St. Only 32 metres long, It's very easy to miss this street, which starts at the end of Colliergate and ends at the junction of Pavement and Stonebow.

Despite the plaque on the wall claiming the street name derieves from "What a street", Historians are divided over the true origin of the name. Some believe the "What a street" derivation, others believe it is related to the annual (in medieval times) Whip Dog Day, while another group believe the public whipping post on nearby Pavement may have been the inspiration.

Country House Visiting

by yooperprof

Take a day-trip to see Castle Howard. It's especially beautiful in the full glory on an english springtime, but the house is open year-round. There are regularly scheduled buses that go to Castle Howard, leaving every morning from the rail station. Ask at the tourist info office for schedules.

I have more tips and photos about Castle Howard on my North Yorkshire page.

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