Two weekends ago the fam and I met in York to celebrate Daddy Warsaw’s 60th birthday. As he was working on a long term shoot nearby we wanted to meet somewhere close to celebrate so the rest of us took the train and we reconvened in York station!
We had a hotel for Saturday and Sunday evenings, and Mum had planned all sorts of fun activities which was so exciting as Dad had no idea what was in store! First stop was straight to the hotel for gifts, cards and bubbly – followed by a very short walk ACROSS THE ROAD to York Brewery which Dad had already scouted out earlier in the day.
That Saturday night we headed to Ate O’Clock for a fabulous meal – the menu literally had all my fave food on there. Rach, Dad & I opted for the Pork Belly (mmm) and Mum had the Duck – prosecco, white & red wine later we were all feeling a full and happy. Dad had even managed to stick his elbow in the Happy Birthday Dessert he had received from the restaurant (I was literally crying laughing at this situation, that’s what wine + the Warsaws does to you, literally lost it). Rach and I headed to a bar across the road from the hotel (next to the brewery) and danced solidly for a good hour to some decent 00’s tunes – that was until all the York students joined us and we decided it was bed time ha (oldies).
On Sunday we had a walking tour around the city, seeing the sights including the York Minster – at 200ft tall, and taking 252 years to build, it is the 2nd largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe. The city has an incredible history including invasions and influence from both Romans and Vikings, impacted by King Henry VIII’s the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and in more modern times became a key railway city connecting the midlands to the North East (you can’t say you never learn anything in my blogs haha).
Later than day we headed to Betty’s tearoom for a classic afternoon tea in their Belmont Room upstairs from the main restaurant. We had a fabulous menu including a delightful range of sandwiches (as a savoury girl these were naturally my fave), we actually had the chicken & tarragon one again as it was amazing.
As a coffee lover, it was a tricky choice picking a tea, but I settled on Betty’s Blue Sapphire, described as ‘a deliciously smooth Ceylon tea with a honeyed character‘ – it was so nice I had about three pots of it! The cakes were gorgeous, in particular the Pistachio & Chocolate Dacquoise slice – which I’ve seen made so many times in big trays on the Bake Off: Creme De La Creme!
We were SO full after that – we had to have a lie down. Later that evening we took a boat ride down the River Ouse, and we viewed the sights we’d seen earlier on the tour from the river!
We couldn’t take a trip to York without a trip to the National Railway Museum on the Monday morning. Handily close to the train station, we spent a couple of hours exploring the huge warehouses with trains from times gone by – including one on a turnstile and some examples of how Ambulance trains were used during WW1.
An amazing few days with the family, and here’s some photos to prove it!