York is full of places to eat but I’m often flummoxed when trying to decide where to go. There is so much to choose from and too many Trip Advisor reviews to read. My own favourite is Goji, the vegetarian cafe and deli on Goodramgate, but not everyone wants to be confined to veggie food. Lucky for me, a working lunch saw lovely PR and events person, Georgie Pridden, choose her own favourite, Partisan at 112 Micklegate.
She found it by accident and fell in love and now I know why. The food is delicious, eclectic and interesting. I had a chick pea broth, which was tasty, filling and served with sourdough and salted butter. It was also very reasonably priced at £6.
Main courses start at about £8 and have their roots in global cuisine – everything from Scandinavian-style open sandwiches on rye to Bibimbap – a Korean beef, rice and vegetable dish.The coffee is sublime (and you know how fussy I am about coffee!) and there are lots of homemade cakes to choose from.
The food is fantastic and so is the decor. That’s because the building belongs to Stephen Hazell – owner of The French House – and he fitted it out. Since the mid-1990s, he and his son have been sourcing and selling antique and vintage treasures from France.
They have stores in Huntington, York, and in London and customers range from those who love gorgeous and unusual homeware to top interior designers and film stars.
Before he moved to bigger premises, his shop was on Micklegate and so knows this pretty street very well. When an old Indian restaurant came up for sale he bought it, knowing he could work wonders with the historic building. He has converted the upper floors into holiday apartments and lets the ground floor and lower ground floor to Partisan. Best of all, he fills it all with his wares so almost everything you see is for sale – from the chandeliers to the coat stands. This also gives the place a freshness as it looks slightly different every time you go.
Exhibitions have the same effect and, at the moment, Yorkshire artist Julia Burns has her paintings on the walls.
They’re bright and beautiful and will be on display and for sale until May 1. Too see more of her work visit Red Hen Originals.