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I’ll have eccentric with a side of homely please.

One of York’s most iconic buildings will re-open in a new incarnation on Thursday, April 20. That’s when the Cosy Club opens its doors in the former Macdonalds store on Fossgate.

It is a restaurant and bar but not as we know it. Filled with stuffed animals, oil paintings and a mad chandelier at the centre, the venue will be ever so slightly bonkers.

Historic home

A sneak look inside the York Cosy Club reveals the eccentric interior taking shape. Photograph: YorkMix
Owners of the Cosy Club chain the Loungers Group has sunk £1 million into turning the huge former furniture store into a day and nightspot.

As home to York’s first purpose-built movie house, the Electric Cinema, the building with its ornate arch opened in 1911.

After years selling tables and chairs with a large cuddly hippo as its mascot, the building will now seat drinkers and diners.

Some of the paintings on the wall

“We’re delighted to be opening Cosy Club on buzzing Fossgate, in the heart of this beautiful city,” said Paul Alexander of Loungers.

So what can we expect?

At Cosy Club, we serve up a sense of being somewhere special with a hint of nostalgia. From a lazy breakfast to family lunch or a night out in your glad rags, we’re set apart by the character of our team, elegance of our design and quality of our food and drink.

Our purpose is simple: every customer leaves feeling splendid.

Food, drink and decor

Some of the cocktails, as sent out by Cosy Club York on Instagram
The new venue will offer a variety of food including classic comfort food, a wide-range breakfast menu and a selection of tapas.

Their décor strays from the norm with 1950s artwork, family portraits, flags, banners and even taxidermy all dotted around on flock wallpaper.

The mix-matched furniture includes dining chairs, vintage armchairs and 1930s sofas.

Included on the menu are a choice of sandwiches and paninis such as halloumi, pulled pork and fish finger.

Impressive – the old Electric Cinema which will house the new Cosy Club
Some of the lampshades in the window

There is also a variety of burgers and main dishes priced from £7.50, from pan-roasted salmon fillet to bangers and mash.

Gluten free and vegan options and kids’ menus are all available.

Drinks range from cocktails (Parma Violet Delight – £6.75), beers, ciders and spirits, as well as tea, coffee and hot chocolate.

Sam Preece

Sam Preece

Sam is a 21 year old with a passion for both local and established music. Loves all things entertainment in York and always interested in things that affect the city.

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