If the sun’s shining (and even if it’s not), what could be better than a picnic by the river or just eating lunch in one of the parks? No need to worry about the children being too loud or making a mess! If you don’t have time to fill your bag with things from home, there are loads of places where you can pick up some treats to enjoy al fresco. Here are our top picks:
Bettys: For surprisingly good value (and delicious) sausage rolls, scones, quiches, mini pizzas and cakes; 6-8 St Helen’s Square, York YO1 8QP.
Henshelwoods: For all the usual deli favourites like sliced meats, salads, interesting drinks and more. They’ll also make you a delicious fresh sandwich or, if you want a proper old-style picnic, you can even buy a smart hamper packed with goodies; 10 Newgate, York YO1 7LA.
Hairy Fig: For a delicious range of deli foods, including pates, cheeses and, ahem, chocolates sourced from across the world. They’ll also do you a bespoke hamper; 39 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF.
Mannion & Co: For fab sandwiches, a delicious deli selection and huge meringues; 1 Blake Street, York YO1 8QJ.
Mr Chippy: Fish and chips (and more) from a city centre chippy that’s popular with locals; 39 Swinegate, York YO1 8AZ.
Goji: For inventive veggie and vegan salads, quiches, samosas, cakes and more; 36 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF.
Ye Olde Pie & Sausage Shoppe: The best pork pies in the city from a small, friendly, family-run shop; 45 Shambles, York YO1 7LX.
El Piano: Spanish-inspired vegan dishes with loads of gluten-free and allergy-friendly options; 15-17 Grape Lane, York YO1 7HU.
Shambles Kitchen: For healthy smoothies, juices, soups and hot dishes; 28 Shambles, York YO1 7LX.
Filmore & Union: Sandwiches, salads, juices, bagels and delicious cakes (try the brownies!) with a healthy slant; 62a Low Petergate, York YO1 7HZ and Platform 8, York Station.
La Cremeria: For some of the best artisan ice creams in York. Grab a cone or cup here and eat it in Dean’s Park (next to the Minster); 20 High Petergate, York YO1 7EH.
Pret a Manger: Okay it’s a chain so no prizes for originality, but Pret offers a good selection of tasty and fresh wraps, sandwiches, soups, salads, cakes, snacks and a whole lot more; 33 Parliament Street, York YO1 8RU.