It’s swish and very contemporary. But can you guess where this is? The biggest clue can be seen by peering through the glass roof.
You could be forgiven for not spotting it straight away. A York landmark since 1878, its splendour has faded a little in recent years.
But now the Victorian edifice is being brought bang up to date with a multi-million investment featuring a new restaurant, bar and games room.
Owner Starwood Capital wants to bring back its glory years whilst creating new, destination restaurant and bar concepts for hotel guests and York residents.
And we’ll get to see the first fruits of this work next week.
New bar and games room
Food options will include black pudding sausage roll with HP Sauce, Fountains Gold toastie with Branston – made with Fountains Gold cheddar from the Wensleydale Creamery – and Bridlington scampi with tartare sauce.
Cocktails mix classics with some local flavour, such as
the Duke of York –Lanson Pere et Fils champagne, suffused with mandarin liqueur and grenadine, and
the Yorkshire Twister – rum, maraschino, grapefruit and ginger.
The wood-panelled games room will feature a half-size pool table, tables with a chess board decoration, cards and board games.
Both the Refectory and the Chapter House bar have been conceived and developed by London restaurateur Des McDonald.
Executive chef Nick Evans – who has joined The Refectory from Middlethorpe Hall Hotel – has worked with Des and his team to create a “moreish, seasonal menu that is packed with local produce”.
This will include Yorkshire Dales lamb and Whitby cod to Yorkshire cheeses and stem ginger Parkin.
The light-flooded dining room seats 126 guests with a further 35 on the outdoor terrace.
– Des McDonald
New garden room
The multi-million pound Royal York Hotel investment will also include:
- refurbishment of all 159 bedrooms and suites
- refurbishment of the hotel lobby, and
- the creation of a Garden Room looking out to York Minster.
The work is due to be completed in December, and has created up to 90 new local jobs.
Halifax born Stephen Carter has joined The Royal York Hotel having overseen a similarly ambitious, multi-million pound investment at Cameron House in Scotland.
“The city’s world-class heritage attracts visitors from across the UK and around the world,” said Stephen.
“We hope to put The Royal York Hotel ‘back on the map’ by working closely with local businesses, suppliers and cultural partners.”
The history of the Royal York Hotel
A five-storey building of yellow Scarborough brick, the Royal Station Hotel was completed in 1878, a year after the new station opened.
It featured elegant, high-ceilinged banqueting rooms and 100 large bedrooms for anyone who could afford 14 shillings a night.
A 27-room west wing was added in 1896, named Klondyke after the US gold rush of the time. The hotel was later renamed the Royal York.
Source: History Of York