Following a great weekend of racing at the fabulous York Racecourse and breaking even despite our best efforts, we wandered around York city seeking a independent eatery for our late luncheon. Our wandering around was soon rewarded when we came across The Fossgate Social.
The venue was buzzing, perfectly volume for a lazy Sunday. Ts and the looming black clouds we avoided the rear terrace and headed upstairs to the first floor and secured a table for two.
David was quick to chose after short discussion but sadly our neighbours broke the news the meatball sandwich was sold out – good going for 1:45pm We were tempted by the Mountain Valley Brunches (see board above and I would ask for this you go) but after the weekend’s excesses we played it safe. David ordered the Ham & Cheese Toasted Sandwich with full grain mustard served on Haxby Bakehouse with beetroot and juicy gherkin on the side. I decided a Bacon Sarnie with Tomato Relish was going to hit the spot. I placed our order at the bar, the staff were instant to acknowledge me and let me know they’d be with me soon and they were. They took the order and asked if we could wait 20 minutes for the order. This to me is always a comforting sign, as any good food is always worth the wait.
When our orders arrived on first look neither of us were disappointed, despite going for the less decadent options. The bacon was thick and just salty enough and had been cooked well done, as requested. The tomato relish was divine – as much as I love tomatoes I never have really enjoyed them in relish form until today. My only mistake was not asking the sociable team where the relish came from or what it was made with.
Cost for 2 drinks (Fentimans Ginger beer and Magic Rock Grapefruit Highwire) and our snacks came to a reasonable £16. I would comment Highwire is a premium craft beer and this pushed the price up, the food would have been about £11.00)
Fossgate Social is a fabulous independent cafe /bar and I am not concerned I did not ask about the relish as it just gives us another reason to return