11:01 October 29, 2021
A Norwich pub is hoping to become the jewel of the thriving Golden Triangle food scene with a new chef and a new menu.
The York at Leicester Street has been run by Andrew McNeil since October 2019 and he initially wanted it to be more of a fine dining restaurant than a pub.
But when the nation was plunged into lockdown in March 2020, pubs were forced to close until July and even after those restrictions went into effect.
This meant that he had decided with his chefs to serve simple, crowd-pleasing dishes when it reopened, as the situation was so uncertain.
Mr McNeil said: “We wanted to keep it simple, we have a wonderful beer garden and a heated marquee, but someone who has a crispy pork belly or a miso mushroom outside on a bench isn’t. not ideal. ”
But now things are back to normal, he wants to mix up the menu and new chef Dominic Wilson has just joined the team.
Mr Wilson has worked at top restaurants and hotels in the UK and Europe for over two decades, including the Michelin-starred Neptune Inn in Hunstanton.
Mr McNeil said: “You can walk to four or five other pubs within walking distance of York and get pretty much the same drinks everywhere.
“It’s important to me that food is the most remarkable thing that makes a place different.”
The new menu includes fish, antipasti and meatless platters, slow slow paleron, pork belly with kimchi, tikka-marinated halloumi and sea bass served Monday through Saturday from 5pm to 9pm, alongside classics such as burgers and fish and chips.
There is also a lunch menu available Thursday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. which includes fried chicken sandwiches from rueben and the south.
New cocktails include a blueberry briar, made with The York’s own gin, and customers can get two for £ 12 of the same drink Monday through Sunday from 3pm to 8pm.
Mr Wilson said: “The concept is modern British and it’s eclectic cuisine with Asian and Mediterranean influences – I want to make fine dining accessible and informal.”