No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

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.

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

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. 

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

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.

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

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 

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

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. 

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

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.

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

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.

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

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)

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

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.

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

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.

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

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! 

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

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!

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

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.

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

No. 88 Walmgate, York Review

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.

TOM

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4 Comments

  1. 19th October 2016 / 10:00 pm

    Crispy chips with a fluffy inside is our weakness and those freakshakes look amazing! Will defo be putting this on the list when we visit York! Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica & James
    Foodandbaker.co.uk

  2. 20th October 2016 / 2:33 pm

    The chips were incredibly good and those freakshakes… definitely not to be attempted on your own!

  3. Caroline
    24th October 2016 / 2:36 pm

    OH MY! I've just been editing/sifting through pictures from my Sunday Lunch tour yesterday and thought my mouth was watering.. BUT NOW!.. Now.. I need a milkshake and a steak.. and a crumble.. Oh I love a good crumble!.. 🙂
    Fab review and pictures. Heard great things of this place.. Definitely need to take a trip myself! Be rude not to!

    Caroline,
    http://www.carolineelgeywhite.com

    • 24th October 2016 / 2:52 pm

      Steak is always one of my favourite main courses, especially fillet steak! With a few minor alterations to the menu, I think it definitely has potential to be a nice place to eat in York.

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