I love the concept of locally sourced ingredients, there’s something you appreciate more about food when you know its origins are local. This is one of the concepts of No. 88 Walmgate, a relatively new restaurant within Hotel Indigo in York. I was recently asked to review their evening menu, so one Sunday we took a trip over to York to see what they’re about.
Hotel Indigo is located in the historic area of Walmgate in the city and is about a 10 minute walk from the railway station. It is a boutique hotel with 101 different bedrooms and boasts a mix of new and tradition throughout, including the restaurant, No. 88 Walmgate.
On arrival, we took a seat in the great looking bar area whilst we waited for Tristan, the Manager of the restaurant, who welcomed us and gave us a brief introduction and history of No. 88 Walmgate and provided some food and drink suggestions.
The bar is stocked with an impressive selection of craft beers. I couldn’t resist trying ‘Yorkshire Lager’, it had a nice crisp and refreshing taste. Sam decided to go for an iced tea cocktail, which I understand was
We were invited to take our seats in the dining area and found a cosy spot next to the quirky looking imitation fire. The waiting staff brought us some fresh, warm bread rolls whilst we studied the menu. The bread came with herb infused oil, for me, the flavour was a little too overpowering.
For starter, I chose Yorkshire rarebit (£7) and Sam went for the healthy roasted beetroot with Swaledale cheese (£7). My rarebit was presented well, however, I was half expecting cheese on toast with maybe a twist, not just plain old cheese on toast The leafy salad portion size was rather large in comparison to the cheese on toast, perhaps a little too large for a starter.
The presentation of the roasted beetroot was a little bit odd, served on a slate with the various bits of beetroot lined up and colour coordinated. Perhaps a traditional salad bowl may have been more appropriate for presenting this dish.
For main course I chose West Riding fillet steak with chunky chips, watercress and bearnaise sauce (£28). The dish also came served with some grilled vine tomatoes I’d also requested a side of red cabbage, cucumber and onion coleslaw (£3)
My steak was cooked medium rare as requested and seasoned well. It was beautifully pink and tender in the middle. The chips were soft and fluffy inside, and had a nice crisp outer later. The hollandaise sauce was tasty, but perhaps a little on the cold side, I would of expected it to have been a bit warmer.
Sam tried the ‘Pie of the Season’ which was chicken and chorizo (£15). It came served with mash, buttered carrots and peas. The dish was presented well, however, the portion size appeared quite large for one person. The filling was tasty, but, was quite oily in the bottom of the pan which you could only imagine is down to the chorizo and cooking oils used.
I’d heard a lot about the milkshakes at 88 Walmgate and received a recommendation to try one of their freak shakes (£7). I absolutely love milkshakes, so this was the perfect opportunity to indulge, the only downside, I was feeling a bit full by this point. so I knew trying to finish it was going to be a monstrous task!
The freak shake is one beast of a milkshake and not for the feint hearted! It contains a mix of ice cream, milk chocolate sauce, raspbery cooli and strawberries. It was topped off with a Kit Kat and mini donut and decorated with mini marshmallows and more chocolate sauce. It was incredibly sweet, but delicious. This is certainly an ideal dessert for sharing!
Sam chose the classic dessert of strawberry and rhubarb crumble which came served with clotted cream. The rhubarb perhaps required a little more cooking, but was a good seasonal dish, ideal for an autumnal evening.
I really like the ethos of 88 Walmgate having many of the ingredients locally sourced seasonal ingredients. I’d have to say I think the prices are a bit on the high side. With a little bit of work to the menu, I think it has the potential to be a great restaurant. I would return to try out some more of the wide range of local ales. If you’d like more information about 88 Walmgate or their menu, you can check out their site here.
*Food & drink was complimentary for review purposes