The long-awaited full public opening of the new York Minster Refectory restaurant is set for Thursday, April 20th.

The new accessible-to-all brasserie-style restaurant - at Minster Yard, Deangate, York - will have daytime and evening dining along with a mixture of smaller function, lounge and private dining options and a daytime takeaway element.

"It has been quite the project to get to this stage," said Mike Green, a lead partner in York Minster Refectory with restaurateur Andrew Pern.
"That we are this advanced in the project timeframe is totally down to a massive team effort on the part of staff at GEM Construction, York Minster, and all our amazing suppliers who have been working on the new restaurant since before Christmas.

"Our suppliers have been absolutely incredible - we have had contractors quite literally running around the country to source supplies, materials and equipment to make this happen. Everyone has really bought into the idea,that they wanted to make it happen."

Andrew Pern oversees the York Minster Refectory's menus, food sourcing and hospitality functions with executive head chef Joshua Brimmell.

Joshua said: "We have put the final touches to the menus by letting the seasons write them; all our food goes hand in hand with the seasons. We have a brilliant pantry of food here in Yorkshire, and we'll certainly be flying the White Rose flag for our producers.

"With the volume of tourists and visitors we have here in York, we will be able to show off our skills, the very best of British cooking and the very best of British produce."

Spring seasonal dishes will draw on foods such as asparagus, rhubarb, wild sea trout, wild salmon and shellfish; summer dishes include fresh Bridlington and Whitby North Sea dressed crab and lobster, monkfish, berries, and, from August 12th, game.