Last week Mr Tearoom took me on a jaunt to the lovely city of York for my birthday. Over the next few blogs I will share with you our food and drink highlights from this visit, and there were many! Firstly though, I have to rave about St. Denys – the absolutely fab boutique hotel that we stayed in for a couple of nights.
St. Denys is in a great central location and is as stylish and full of character as they come. Set in a Victorian rectory in the ‘merchants quarter’ this small hotel is bursting with colour, art and enviable interior design.
Owned and run by sisters Maria and Sophie, they really have thought of everything. With a Nespresso coffee maker in every room, organic tea, a communal fridge freezer for fresh milk and filtered water and luxury organic toiletries from the Sedbergh Soap Company to preen yourself with. They organise your parking fees, try to carry your bags, leave out spare pods if you’ve got giddy with the coffee machine and have umbrellas to hand when it’s raining, and all the staff are friendly and welcoming.
I was particularly smitten with the breakfast bar (as you do). Before you’ve even ordered up your smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or full Yorkshire there is a delectable offering of homemade poached pears and raspberry compote, strawberries and yogurt, that can all be topped off with a perfectly displayed selection of nuts and seeds, dried fruits and chocolate nibs. I could have just hung around that combo all day.
To top it off, St. Denys is smack bang in an area full of independent cafes and restaurants that are part of the ever growing food and drink scene that York has to offer. With a huge range of artisan coffee shops and vintage tea rooms to choose from by day and plenty of characterful world food restaurants by night, we literally did not stop eating and drinking. But that’s what birthdays are all about right?
So if ever you’re taking a trip to this historic city then there’s ‘nowt’ place better to lay your head than St. Denys hotel. Its a ‘reet’ treat.