8 top places to eat near York train station

27th February 2023

Whether you’re travelling into York or venturing out and feeling a little peckish, there is no shortage of choice for places to eat within easy walking distance of the city’s station. We’ve rounded up 8 of the best. Check them out below – and happy eating! 


Fish & Forest 


Fish & Forest is a stylish, cosy restaurant serving up fresh, seasonal and very Instagrammable dishes made from sustainably sourced local ingredients. There isn’t a fixed menu, which is part of its charm, but you can always expect top seafood and game. Past dishes have included pan-fried skate wing, pheasant pithivier and grilled megrim sole. Do book in advance. 


Distance from station: approximately a 10-minute walk 

Opening times: Wednesday–Thursday 5.30pm–9pm; Friday–Saturday 12pm–1.30pm and 5.30pm–9pm 


The Rattle Owl 


Looking for a fuss-free, high-quality and low-key dining experience? Then head to the Rattle Owl on Micklegate. You’ll find plenty of classics here – think wild bass, roasted cauliflower and rib of beef –as well as more creative options, such as a poached oyster or a sea trout rillette. A top restaurant for those not in a rush. 


Distance from station: approximately a 10-minute walk 

Opening times: Wednesday 6pm–9pm; Thursday–Saturday 1pm (just 1 sitting) and 6pm–9pm; Sunday 12pm–3.30pm 


Dough Eyed 



Whether you’re a diehard traditionalist or you have more adventurous taste buds, Dough Eyed is a welcoming pizzeria that caters to all. Keep it simple with a reliable margherita or a napoletana, or opt for a pizza that features hummus, pea and mint cream, or  potato purée. There are plenty of drinks and desserts to choose from, too. 


Distance from station: approximately a 16-minute walk 

Opening times: Wednesday–Friday 4pm–11pm; Saturday–Sunday 12pm–11pm 





Based in a Grade II listed building, Skosh is all about snacks and small plates, which you can pick and choose from at your leisure. While the menu is often updated – it’s described as British with an international influence – expect snacks like Fujisan bread, tataki raw plates, okonomiyaki veggie dishes and venison meat bites. 


Distance from station: approximately a 10-minute walk 

Opening times: Wednesday–Saturday 12pm–2pm and 5.30pm–10pm 


Zaap Thai 


As soon as you step foot into Zaap Thai, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to the very heart of Bangkok –  the authentic decor and bustling atmosphere make the restaurant feel almost like you’re actually dining outdoors in southeast Asia by a street food stall. The menu is extensive, with an abundance of signature Thai dishes to choose from. It’s extremely veggie-friendly, too. 


Distance from station: approximately an 11-minute walk 

Opening times: Monday–Sunday 12pm–10pm 





For an authentic taste of Italian cuisine,  Delrio’s Restaurant beckons. There is a big emphasis on tradition at the family-run eatery, from the homemade approach to cooking to the meals on offer – the menu features an enormous selection of quintessential Italian dishes that are made using locally sourced ingredients. It’s the ideal spot for a romantic meal or a crowd-pleasing family dinner. 


Distance from station: approximately a 7-minute walk 

Opening times: Tuesday–Saturday 5pm–10pm 


Refectory Kitchen & Terrace 


As close to York station as it gets, Refectory Kitchen & Terrace delivers hearty dishes that will put a smile on your face, whether it’s the roast corn-fed chicken for the meat eaters or the roasted squash risotto for vegetarians. There’s a dedicated menu for children – which should satisfy even the fussiest of youngsters – and a well curated cheese menu. 


Distance from station: approximately a 2-minute walk 

Opening times: Monday–Saturday 6pm–10pm; Sunday 12pm–2.30pm and 6pm–10pm 


Bonus: York Tap 


Set in a charming Edwardian building and conveniently located in the station itself, York Tap is a good choice if you’re after a small bite or a well-earned drink. The nibbles are provided by the York Pie Company, while the beers behind the bar are extensive. Our tip: ask their knowledgeable staff for their menu recommendations. 


Distance from station: 0 minutes 

Opening times: Sunday–Thursday 12pm–10pm; Friday–Saturday 11am–10pm 


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