The Fossgate Social (25 Fossgate York) Lives up to its name

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


Leeds Beer Festival

Wierd Beard Bourbon Stout

Our hearts sank when we approached as the queue was long, and frustratingly the cash on the door was moving faster and but thankfully the organisers started to get things flowing.  We paid £7.00 entrance including a branded glass with beers/ales/ciders between £3-4 per pint.

I spotted a banner with Five Points Railway Porter but sadly they did not have any  – I hope that this was due to overwhelming demand rather than lack of planning. So onto Cloud Water Brewery a new brewery formed in February of this year; I have had their Cream Ale before and was thrilled to see this was available and was my first pint of the evening.  Boddingtons you have lost your crown.

My next drink was not something I expected –  a cocktail made with beer; a Black Russian made with an Imperial Stout and Vodka by the fabulous North Bar.  It was dangerously good and I will certainly be having a go a mixing this delight come Christmas.

This night was mainly one of familiarity as Magic Rock’s Highwire was next on the list – this brewer can do now wrong but this imitation of an American West Coast Pale Ale really floats my boat – just so refreshing and fruity.

My final beer of the evening Alechemy…..unfortunately after one too many I genuinely cannot remember which one I had – but it was good.

Oops nearly forgot about the food.. there were two burger stalls, fish and chips, charcuterie and asia street food from Bundobust but today food was not on my menu.

Overall I enjoyed exploring the town hall during the Festival but I do not think ticket price is fair especially as the prices were on the high side. If I we had a diary clash next year I would think twice about going as there are some many other options which are not has hard on the pocket.