Review: Little Vikings Eat at The Rise at The Grand Hotel & Spa York

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What with all the picnics (and an attempt to make it through to September still solvent), our summer holidays seem to involve eating a lot of homemade cheese sandwiches. So when we were asked to go along to review lunch at The Rise, the new restaurant at The Grand Hotel & Spa, we were delighted.

The Rise is new to the York eating scene, and it’s absolutely stunning. The dining room, with its open kitchen, cocktail bar and heated garden terrace, is a joy to behold. It’s spacious but intimate, and comfortable but modern. Everything, from the crockery to the cutlery (and cutlery blocks), is lovely to look at and even nicer to use.

Although you can have a big plate of something delicious all to yourself, small plates are at the heart of The Rise’s menu, so we ordered a selection of veggie and meat dishes for the adults to share, including heirloom tomato salad, avocado and smoked rapeseed oil (£7.55) and dressed whitby crab, apple and pickled cucumber (£7.50). The standout dishes for us were the fried duck egg, wild mushrooms, spinach and truffle dressing – just the right balance of rich, salty and crisp – and the rack of ribs that our seven year old pinched most of. He also devoured the mac and cheese from the kids’ menu while the girls demolished a junior charcuterie plate and fruit skewers.

Children are warmly welcomed at The Rise – and The Grand in general (it’s a member of the Little Vikings Club, no less) – and the staff couldn’t have been more accommodating. The kids loved their food and really enjoyed working their way through the activity packs they were given. It was great to be able to eat out as a family in a relaxed way in such fabulous surroundings. We ended our meal with freshly made churros with cinnamon sugar and caramel chocolate sauce which were as good as they sound – the only problem was stopping the children from drinking the leftover sauce from the pot.

Thanks so much to The Rise for having us for such a fantastic lunch. If you’d like to try it for yourselves, they’re running a Kids Eat Free deal during August. See below for the terms and conditions, and bon appetit!

The Rise at The Grand Hotel & Spa, Station Rise, York YO1 6GD – Visit The Rise’s website

Terms and conditions: One child per one paying adult dines free throughout August. Three small plates or one larger plate to be ordered by the adult to allow for one child free meal . Subject to availability. Child is classed as 12 years or under.

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