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York Restaurant Festival returns

York residents are encouraged to go into the city to support restaurants and cafes as the York Restaurant Festival returns for the second time this year.

From 12th-18th October, people will be able to attend over 50 eateries, collectively offering over 80 deals on a variety of set menus.

Manager of the initiative, Chris Bush said: “Restaurant Week aims to attract the local market back into the city centre at a time of year where crowds can be avoided.” 

Fish and Forest, image courtesy of York Bid

The initiative has been organised by the York Business Improvement District (BID) and will aim to bring more people into York and allow them to try places they may not have previously visited.  

Many restaurants used the Government ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme during August but say they still require support.

Manager, Chris Bush, said: “We’re thrilled with the support and enthusiasm we’ve received from businesses despite the challenging times.

“Businesses who took part in previous events fed back that Restaurant Week has noticeably boosted their trade and helped to attract new and repeat customers.”

Kennedys, image courtesy of York Bid

Restaurants are anticipating demand but are working at limited capacity. Due to social distance measures in place, people are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment.  

Chris Bush said: “York businesses have done a remarkable job in responding to the challenges posed by coronavirus and making their premises Covid safe.

“Despite the additional challenges posed by Covid, we’re optimistic that the Restaurant Week will attract a lot of attention. The voucher scheme works in the same fashion as last time so it will be easy to get involved.”

Visitors must comply with Government guidelines when visiting hospitality venues:

  • Follow limits on the number of people in your group, no group larger than 6 will be permitted.
  • At least one member of every party must provide their contact information or check in using the NHS QR code.
  • Wear a face covering (except when eating and drinking).


The Larder Club, image courtesy of York Bid

Having debuted in 2019, the event has been popular with York residents. In March, £107,000 was generated with over 9,000 voucher downloads. 

Vouchers are free to download off their website.

Varying from street food vendors to restaurants and pubs, a variety of set menus will be available for price ranges of £5, £10, £15 or £20.  

ZAPP, image courtesy of York Bid

For updates and vouchers visit York Bid or visit their Facebook or Instagram.