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Middletons Hotel, York – A hidden gem at the ‘other’ side of the river

Middletons Hotel in York, part of the Daniel Thwaites group, reopened their doors like many restaurants on April 12th to offer al-fresco dining.

The hotel is located in a quiet residential area, unusually for a York city centre hotel, just a 10-minute walk from the Minster. The riverside is a hugely popular area in York, with many people heading there on a sunny day for a few drinks and something to eat. However, not many people tend to venture to the other side of the river, but you are definitely missing out!

Our features writer, Ellie Atack, headed over to find out more about the restaurant and what was on offer.

We arrived at 5pm and the sun was still shining. The outdoor dining area is spaced out including a terrace and a stunning out bar serving up a selection of gins and cocktails. Even though it was outdoor, everywhere had a very cosy feel to it, supported by cute lighting and quirky seating areas. The gin garden is a must-see, serving up local company York Gin and delicious cocktails.

Straight away the staff made us feel very welcome and ensured everyone was warm enough offering a blanket to keep us wrapped up as the sun went down. Booking is not essential either which is great, just come along and the team will do their best to accommodate you.

We started with an espresso martini and mojito from the cocktail menu which went down a treat! It felt so good to finally be sipping on a cocktail made perfectly for you whilst having a laugh with your loved ones. For starter, we opted for the soup of the day which was cream of tomato. With a slight hint of chilli, the soup was the perfect starter to not only help keep our bodies warm but partnered with the homemade bread, was utterly delicious.

For mains, we went for the honey and garlic glazed chicken hanging kebab and the Middleton’s burger. The kebab was elegantly served with tender pieces of chicken, mushroom, onion and tomato. The honey glaze added a sweet, tangy taste which then added into the roti bread with garlic butter was scrumptious and so juicy!

The Middleton’s burger was again beautifully presented with a juicy beef burger sat on a toasted sourdough bun with Monterey Jack cheese, burger sauce, baby gem lettuce, sliced beef tomato, red onion and served with skinny fries. Accompanied with a caramelised onion chutney, the meal was the ultimate feel-good grub that we have all missed visiting a restaurant for!

As the sun began to set, it was inevitable it was going to get a little chilly as after all it is April! However, we had our blankets, and I knew just what would warm me up… a dessert! I went for the sticky toffee pudding, my all-time favourite dessert and just… wow. The rich toffee sauce melted in your mouth and put me in a food-coma. Served with ice-cream, the hot and cold combination is an all-time winner and was the perfect treat to finish off a perfect date-night we have waited so long for!

My partner could not manage a dessert however, the dessert selection had a little something for everyone. The same for the whole menu, due to being outside only the menu had been slightly adapted and cut down, however, the selection was perfect for either a light snack to refuel or even a mid-afternoon treat!

We would definitely visit Middleton’s again and would love to see the hotel in full action once restrictions are lifted and people can dine inside and stay overnight.

So, next time you are in York, why not head over to the ‘other’ side of the river and visit Middleton’s, you will certainly not be disappointed!



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