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.
Joe Clapham was brought in after time served at the Box Tree and the two Michelin starred Moor Hall all of which gives you a clue to the kind of food he produces. Yes you guessed, it’s a multi-course £70 menu with all the bells and whistles. Despite our claim not to go for tweezered ‘squidbeaky’ food, we admit to loving Joe Clapham’s menu, from snacks with our drinks including an outstanding langoustine broth, through to cured halibut with elderberries and smoked cream, a beef tartare, venison various ways and a fabulous sweet potato tart with brown butter ice cream. A hidden gem that deserves to be better known.