“Innovative local food by the River Ouse” - AA Inspector
YORK, NORTH YORKSHIRE
Our Inspector's view
Set in a characterful 19th-century building on Marygate in the heart of historic York, Roots is sister restaurant to The Black Swan at Oldstead. A high-end operation offering seasonal farm-to-table tasting menus, diners eat in a spacious room illuminated by leaded windows and an open kitchen. Tommy Bank's family farm supplies much of the produce destined for dishes such as beef tartare with horseradish pannacotta and charcoal oil, which could lead on to perfectly timed lamb saddle with mint, lovage emulsion, kohlrabi and pickled ramsons. Strawberry, elderflower and woodruff is a typical way to finish.
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- Closed: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
- Cuisine style: Modern British
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About the area
Discover North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.
The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.
York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.
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