Review: Lunch at Cosy Club York

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Just when you thought Fossgate couldn’t get any cooler, along came Cosy Club. Located in the impressive surroundings of York’s first cinema, this magnificent bar and restaurant has just opened its doors. While it looks like a great place for a date or grown-up night out, how would it fare when it comes to lunch with the kids? We headed over to find out.

The concept

Quirky, eccentric and playful, Cosy Club offers informal casual dining, drinking and lounging in a homely and family-friendly environment. It’s open all day, from breakfast to cocktails and everything in between. The decor’s an eclectic mix of dining tables, battered old club chairs and sleek vintage 1930s sofas. The vibe is chilled and, well, cosy.

The lowdown

We booked for lunch after seeing a few enticing pictures on Cosy Club’s Twitter feed and arrived to discover that the  interior is as incredible as the photos. It’s a vast open space that pays homage to the building’s heritage as a former cinema with are lots of vintage touches. It manages to have a very “cosy” feel in spite of its grandness.

We were ushered towards the “fancy” section upstairs which was as fancy as the name suggests, with sumptuous and stylish decor. After ordering drinks, we checked out the food choice (or rather the grown ups did, as the children were too busy completing the huge variety of activities on their menus – word searches, dot-to-dot, search and find, acres of colouring in and even origami!). They tore themselves away momentarily to choose sausage, chips and beans (a reasonable £4.95) from the varied kids’ menu. One adult opted for avocado and bacon salad and the other the Cosy Club breakfast.

The food arrived quickly and was declared delicious, although we’re not talking Yorkshire portions: the eldest declared her lunch to be “very small but very yummy.” The grown ups’ food was beautifully presented and went down a treat: the breakfast was a triumph and the slide was very tasty. As both children were still slightly hungry after they’d finished, dessert was inevitable. There are just two pudding options on the children’s menu – both based on vanilla ice-cream, which neither of them are keen on. The youngest was unimpressed but spotted her “favourite dessert in the world ever ever ever” – sticky toffee pudding – on the grown ups’ menu. At £5.95, it was more expensive than her main course, so we asked the waitress if it was possible to have a smaller slice of said pudding. It wasn’t, so we ordered one for her anyway, and an ice-cream option for the other, with the idea we would all share. What naive fools the grown ups are! The one bite of sticky toffee pudding that we managed to scavenge was delicious but the remainder was gone in seconds. “Heaven on a plate” according to the seven year old, who inhaled it!

The verdict

The atmosphere at Cosy Club is cosy indeed, and the staff are warm and welcoming. The space is incredible and there’s a breathtaking chandelier that defies gravity. There’s also a stack of board games available to borrow and play and you get the feeling that you’d be welcome to stay and while away whole day there should you so choose. The food is wonderful, but a choice of main course portion sizes for kids would be helpful. What would fill a toddler’s tummy won’t touch the sides of a 9 year-old’s stomach!  In the words of the children “the food was amazing – we would just like more of it.” A great addition to the York food scene and a future date night destination.

York Cosy Club, 19 – 22 Fossgate, York YO1 9TA – visit the Cosy Club website for more details

Thanks so much to Molly and Phil Newton and their little Vikings, Kate and Hattie, for visiting Cosy Club and writing this review for us.

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