RESTAURANTS: Rustique, York & The Punch Bowl, York

Facade: Ancient, historical

Decor: Dark and cavernous, smelled amazingly of mulled wine when we were there.

Dress Code: Chilled out, relaxed but cosy. Think woolly jumpers and knee-high boots (or hotpants if your name’s Rosie).

Snap: I had flat mushrooms grilled with Cheddar cheese and rocket. It was nice enough but uninspiring and a little bit cold. Mr P had fish and chips. The fish was a battered hake which was gigantic. The chips were a bit on the tepid side but he enjoyed his more than I did mine.

Good For: Decent pub grub, or just a drink.

Facade: Not the most exciting facade, it reminded me of a modern church built in the middle of a housing estate.

Decor: Relaxed, casual, typically French, and much more appealing than the frontage.

Dress Code: We were overdressed in a black dress (me) and suit (him) but, hell, it was Mr P’s birthday. The other diners were very casually dressed, despite the dapper waiters. I suspect weekends might be classier affairs though.

Snap: I had a flavoursome seafood fricassee with crusty French bread which was hearty and tasty. Mr P had venison which he said was the best meat dish he had ever eaten. Praise indeed from the carnivore.

Good For: A taste of France in the north of England.

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