New 1920s-style ‘Speakeasy’ bar and restaurant coming to York city centre

Speakeasy background: travelingnorthagency on Flickr. Mary Pickford cocktail: Will Shenton on Wikipedia
12 Feb 2020 @ 7.35 pm
| Food & Drink

A 1920s-style Speakeasy bar is coming to York city centre.

Yorkshire Soul Bar & Kitchen is applying to open a restaurant and bar in Feasegate.

It will feature a ground floor traditional American-Italian restaurant “done in a classic 1920-1940s theme, serving traditional Italian fayre the way mamma used to make”.


And in the basement, you’ll find a “back room ‘secret’ bar and restaurant done in a speakeasy style so you can experience the prohibition style of food and drink”.

A licence application has been approved by City of York Council.

Live music

It will be found in the shop now covered by a York BID vinyl. Photograph: Richard McDougall
Yorkshire Soul is planned to open at number 10 Feasegate, which has been empty for some years.

Owner Charlie Hudson started Yorkshire Soul in 2018. She says their first city centre venue will be “dedicated to the education of food and drink, served consistently with excellent service, creating a true five-star experience for our guests”.


The restaurant will have breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper menus, and open from 9am to midnight, with alcohol served from noon.

They are also planning live music: “This could be a fiddle or accordion player in the restaurant, acoustic musicians in The Hi Ho Club, lounge singers or no more than a three-piece jazz band”.

Yorkshire Soul have more than 35 years experience between the team, and say “their passion and commitment creates an inclusive atmosphere full of spirit and plenty of Yorkshire Soul”.