Just a short stroll from York’s city walls and train station, The Rattle Owl sits on Micklegate within a restored listed building that is larger than it appears from outside. The interior is cosy yet classy, with wooden beams and crystal lamps.
This modern British restaurant boasts a variety of excellent wines, with vegan, organic and biodynamic options. The menu has a tempting selection of meat dishes, vegetarian options and fish courses, and we sampled a range of these during our visit.
I plumped for the butternut squash and almond pastry starter, topped with Parmesan foam and a crispy sage leaf, while my partner opted for the smoked stone bass ceviche. Both were perfectly presented and incredibly tasty. We were also delighted with our seasonal main courses: Yorkshire duck breast with spiced red cabbage, and guinea fowl with a velvety parsnip purée, both complete with delicate confit leg meat. I concluded my meal with The Rattle Owl’s assortment of puddings: a tantalising selection including a smoothie and a delicious miniature Eccles cake. My partner selected the mouth-watering dark chocolate dome – a real triumph. The Rattle Owl provides a relaxed and welcoming ambience, with wonderful food served throughout the week. Pop in from Wednesday to Friday for lunch or dinner, brunch at the weekend or a top-notch Sunday roast. An exciting foodie destination for York visitors and residents, The Rattle Owl is a venue not to be missed.