Yorkshire's Independent Restaurant Guide

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 revolving door of chefs at Gray’s Court in recent years. Now it’s the turn of Ian Doyle who cooked at Cliff Hotel in Waterford before taking over the Bow Room restaurant in 2022. We haven’t yet reviewed it but have high hopes. We can confirm that this hidden gem is worth a visit no matter who runs the kitchen.


Bow Room at Gray’s Court

Chapter House Street, York, North Yorkshire YO1 7JH

Chapter House Street, York, North Yorkshire YO1 7JH

01904 612613


Price guide

5 out of 5 price guide

Area: York

Reviewed by Jill on 20 Jan 2020

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