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Breaking the mould in the heart of Selby

The new bar and bistro breathing new life into Selby’s social scene.

When Kate Dawson was asked to take over the running of No1 The Crescent last summer, she wasn’t sure what to expect. Having previously run a family focused public house on the outskirts of Bridlington for several years, she felt it was time to step up to a new challenge. Since taking over No1 The Crescent, she has managed to completely transformed the perception of socialising in Selby – could Selby be the new York?

Inside, No1 The Crescent oozes an effortless style; rustic worn features blend seamlessly with modern accents, creating a truly relaxed and comfortable ambience. It’s just a stone’s throw from the stunning Abbey and the place easily rivals some of the coolest, trendiest bars in York.

Kate, who took over management of the venue last July, said: “I absolutely love living and working in Selby! I was a little apprehensive about moving here, but it feels very up and coming and there are some really nice bars opening. I have to say, the people that come in here are lovely, we never have any trouble and it’s such a great atmosphere to work in.”

The bar and bistro, which is owned by Old Mill Brewery, a family-run, independent brewery based in Snaith, is already becoming well known for its welcoming ambience, good food and wide range of good quality drinks.

Kate said: “We have developed a fantastic cocktail menu, which is going down a storm. I think it is important that we serve cocktails correctly, with a touch of class and with proper ingredients, rather than just throwing them together! We also have a wide selection of gins, wines, beers, ales and hot drinks. I’ve found that the people who come in here just want to come out and have a nice time, not cause trouble and fight to get to the bar. Equally, people want to walk into a bar and feel comfortable and welcome and we have received a lot of praise for just that.

“I’d love for people to start to see Selby as an alternative night out to York. It’s had a bad reputation in recent years but I’m hoping that we can start to change that view a little bit. Pubs nowadays have to be forward thinking and step it up a gear. People want more but have less, so you have to move with the times and ensure that the choose to spend their time and money with you.”

The bar opens during the day from 10am and is becoming a popular spot for office workers, ladies who lunch, couples and families to sit back and enjoy a delicious homemade lunch in a chilled atmosphere. While the menu is constantly changing to ensure ingredients are fresh and in season, burgers, sharing platters and salads feature heavily on the menu year round, as well as a selection of gastro pub-style dishes for bigger appetites. Children are welcome making it an excellent choice for families.

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