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Russells of York
Member Name: harryuk106
Date: 07/12/00, updated on 07/12/00 (138 review reads)
Advantages: Fine food, fine value
Disadvantages: Carvery style, nothing fancy
Russells of York has two branches in York- Stonegate and Coppergate. Having had our house Christmas meal there last year I found the food and price to be pretty reasonable.
They pride themselves in being very traditional - and attempt to be very Yorkshire. While this doesn't really do much for genuine Yorkies, or even English people, foreigners are sure to find the alledged idiosyncracies of English culture quite entertaining.
The most important thing to note is that it's a basically a carvery. Although deserts get served, for the main courses and starters you have to get off your feet and go to the counter and choose yourself. This has the obvious advantage of having a greater say in what you get on your plate - and you also get to see the food before you choose it. However, some people including myself would, at the end of the day, rather have it bought to my table. After-all, part of the point of going out is not having to do anything yourself.
Having said that the food itself is fine. It's nothing fancy - standard roasts, standard vegetables - not exactly nouvelle cuisine. But what they cook they cook well. The prices are quite reasonable - around £12 a head including drinks when I went, although prices may have changed.
Access for the disabled is fine in both establishments - although there are tables downstairs when booking you can simply ask for a table on ground-level. Children wise it's not perhaps ideal - for elder kids it would be OK, although it may be a chore for a parent to carry two or more plates at the Carvery while trying to wheedle out what their child wants - it would be simpler to have it plonked in front of them really.
The atmosphere and decor is fine, again going along with the 'Traditional English' theme. Basically this is a very middle-of-the-range restaurant with nice touches - not somewhere you'd like to go on a reaaally special occasion to splash out, b
ut for a simple no-frills meal then they're a solid bet.
"Wine is available by the glass or the bottle. We also offer a selection of cheeses, Port and Brandy together with fine cigars.
York's only pre-theatre Restaurant dinner served from 6.00pm prompt"
York Tourism Bureau.