Gray's Court York

It's not exactly a state secret but thousands must pass by the Minster, the Treasurer's House and the city walls without discovering Grays Court a gorgeous hidden gem, tucked away down the cobbles of Chapter House Street.

The stunning Jacobean manor house is worthy of a banker's bonus and indeed once belonged to the money men. From the 12th century onwards Grays Court was home to the treasurers of York Minster and then a succession of Dukes and Archbishops. It is steeped in history - a long gallery, oak floors, yards of panelling, an oriel window with window seat overlooking the garden, a winding staircase and a priceless painted sun dial in one of the window panes. It was done by the last 17th glass painter in York and is one of only a handful left in the country.

It's a delightful setting for afternoon tea, especially in the garden and now they offer dinner in the Bow Room. We haven't inspected yet, so can't report on dinner, but for a stunning setting and seven stunning bedrooms Gray's Court is worth a punt just to sit in the grand rooms and enjoy a civilised retreat from the tourist/shopping round with views across the lovely garden, the only one in York with access to the city walls.

Gray's Court

Chapter House Street, York, North Yorkshire YO1 7JH 

Tel 01904 612613

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Type: Restaurant

Price guide

2 out of 5

Cuisine type: Cafe/Tea Room

Part of Eat York

Review by Jill, 17 November 2011

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