F & U instantly became one of our favourite places when we discovered it soon after it opened a year ago. It’s amazing what they’ve managed to shoehorn into such a small space. Downstairs has a takeaway counter and a few tables, upstairs opens up into an attractive dining room. Not flash, just tastefully comfortable with scrubbed top tables, French country chairs, fur throws and giant rococo mirrors. The USP is healthy eating, but don’t take that to mean dull and worthy - the food is fresh, seasonal, inventive and delicious.
You could be tempted by a warm pear and goat’s cheese tart with honey and served with an apple and tomato chutney or slow cooked lamb tagine with orange and sweet potatoes followed by a plum and apple crumble with granola topping and cinnamon yoghurt.
So it’s not veggie, just veggie-aware and the menu is marked with a selection of dishes that are wheat free, gluten free or dairy free. Naturally, Mandy and I eat everything, but for those with dietary preferences, a place like this comes heaven sent because Adele Carnell, the brains behind F & U, and her chef Will Pugh have worked hard to make a menu that is appealing to the eye and utterly tasty.
Besides lunch and dinner they serve breakfast, taking in the likes of porridge with fresh berries or scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and crème fraiche. And tea, with cakes, muffins, scones and bagels that come not loaded with buttercream and icing, but still satisfyingly gorgeous by the use of fruit, nuts, chocolate, coconut and the like, proving that you can have your cake and eat it.
Look out, too, for their branches in Leeds, Harrogate and Wetherby and their kiosk on Platform 8 of York station. What with that and the multiple real ales of the York Tap off Platform 3 we predict a suspicious outbreak of missed trains.
62a Low Petergate, York, North Yorkshire YO1 7HZTel 01904 654123
Review by Jill, 17 January 2013blog comments powered by Disqus