Bow Room at 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 Gray’s Court, a gorgeous hidden gem tucked away down the cobbles of Chapter House Street.
The stunning Jacobean manor house is steeped in history and it’s stunning with a long gallery, oak floors, yards of panelling, an oriel window, a winding staircase. Look out for the priceless painted sun dial in one of the window panes by the last 17th glass painter in York, one of only a handful left in the country.
For a beautiful setting and eleven 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. It’s a delightful place for a cup of tea (they no longer serve afternoon tea) or a cocktail and now they have the Bow Room restaurant to match the setting.
There’s been a chef change at Gray’s Court since lockdown. Out goes Joe Clapham who gave us a stunning multi-course menu in 2019, out goes Paul Cosgriff to open his own bakery in York, in comes Adam Jackson formerly of Marmadukes in York, latterly of the Feversham Arms in Helmsley and now here. We have yet to report on Jackson’s menu, but we can confirm that this hidden gem is worth a visit no matter who runs the kitchen.