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Introducing Legacy – A night at The Grand York

Review Grand York Legacy Restaurant

Is there anything better than getting all dressed up to eat out at a fancy restaurant where you overindulge in delicious food and wine? YES. Doing so knowing you can roll straight into a plush bed immediately afterwards! 

The Grand York

Last Thursday evening I the pleasure of trying the brand new restaurant at The Grand York, Legacy

Just a two hour train journey from London, historic The Grand is a luxury hotel with classic values and top class service. From meeting guests at the station with an umbrella to leaving cute hand written notes in guest rooms, though you may not have left the country, you sure do feel like you’ve ‘escaped’ the life you lead before walking through the lobby doors. 

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With distinguished interiors, dramatic lighting and the perfect volume and style of music, Legacy has a charismatic atmosphere that sets the tone for a sensory heightened experience. Head chef, Ahmed Abdalla has created an innovative menu showcasing classic Yorkshire produce with a modern twist. 

As standard the restaurant offers an eight course tasting menu, being a vegetarian I enjoyed the following menu:

Cultured butter, goats herb butter
Oak Smoked Cheddar
Buckwheat, Ponzu
Black garlic, truffle  
Sunchokes, Watercress
XO Sauce
Lavender, chamomile
Yuzu, elderflower  

On top of the listed dishes we were also served frame-worthy snacks and finished our meal with a selection of cheeses and local honey,  all the while with the most exquisite wine pairing chosen by Legacy’s expert Sommelier, Derek Scaife. 

At Legacy the ingredients are sourced locally and sustainably where possible and I loved the immersive experience of each course as it was served with a story of not only what we were about to eat but the history and whereabouts of the produce.  You can see that those working within the restaurant are very passionate about what they are doing. This on top of the culinary excellence is what made Legacy so special to me, it was great to feel that familiar Yorkshire warmth from every member of the team as well as through the food. 

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Make it a Staycation

The Grand York

Whilst the restaurant alone is well worth the journey, if you are traveling to York from outside of the dales it’s a great idea to make your fine dining experience a Staycation. That’s exactly what I did 😉

My hotel room was super spacious for a city suite and gorgeously decorated with a large marbled bathroom and all the luxury amenities of a five star hotel. The Grand also boasts a fantastic spa where you ca pre-book treatments, use of the pool, steam and sauna.

Breakfast is quite the feast, served in the main restaurant with buffet options and A-la-Carte and there’s also a gym for us crazy cats who enjoy a workout during a vacation 😉

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Location Location Location 

One of the best things about The Grand York is its prime location, based within the city walls the hotel is a hop skip a jump away from the beautifully cobbled streets of the city centre. You can marvel at York Minster just moments after finishing your breakfast. 

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Side by side this soaring historic architecture are windy lanes filled with traditional bakeries, book shops and sweet stores. Strolling through The Shambles had me feeling like I’d stepped foot inside a classic British novel and we were quite simply spoiled for choice when it came to sampling the goods 😉

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As I only had the morning in York I managed a spa and stroll only but both were enough to give me a taste of what I believe to be a perfect UK Staycation.

Speaking of taste, we travelled back with a bag full of baked goods larger than our overnight bags and let me tell you……..every bite was worth it!

This trip was a press visit, I was invited to stay as part of a content collaboration. All opinions are my own

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