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The Bow Room

Restaurant - Contemporary European

Grays Court, Chapter House Street, York, YO1 7JH

Tel: 01904 612613

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Afternoon Tea at Grays Court

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About us

Dating back to 1080 and nestled in the heart of the exclusive Minster Quarter in the centre of historic York, Grays Court is the original hidden gem. Boasting a stunning half-acre garden with direct access to the famous city walls and an ancient cobbled courtyard lined with trees, the amount of outside space is quite extraordinary for such a city-centre location.

Grays Court has eleven beautifully-appointed hotel rooms, each individiually furnished in their own style and all with fantastic views of the garden, the courtyard or York Minster itself. Our in-house restaurant - The Bow Room - offers classic afternoon tea and relaxed platters in the day and an exquisite a la carte menu in the evening with a wine match available.

Grays Court is a well-established venue for intimate weddings, private dining and meetings, and also offers an exclusive use option for either private or corporate events.

Guide Prices

Our Daily Menu-

Served from 11am to 9pm

Something Savoury
Homemade Soup of the Day, Chunky Bread & Croutons £7.00
Balsamic Glazed Field Mushrooms & Yorkshire Blue Cheese £8.00 on Home Baked Granary Bread
Helen’s Boozy Pate, Pear Chutney and Toasted Brioche £8.00
Roasted Fig, Crispy Prosciutto & Shaved Pecorino Salad, Walnut & Raspberry £8.00 Vinaigrette
Langoustine and Samphire Gratin, Miniature Dill Pikelets £9.00
Rosemary Baked Camembert, Garlic Crostini and Homemade Pear Chutney £9.00

More Substantial
Pan Fried Sea Bream, Chili Prawns, Croutons & Shellfish Bisque £16.00
Duck Confît, Sweet Red Wine Jus & Roasted Plums £18.00
Roast Fillet of Pork, Wild Mushroom & Sage Fricassee £19.00
8oz Beef Fillet Wrapped in Pancetta, Glazed with Tarragon Butter £22.00
Moroccan Spiced Tomato & Three Bean Ragout (v) £15.00
All of the above are served with a selection of seasonal vegetables
& your choice of potato (fondant, dauphinoise or thrice cooked chunky chips)

Grilled Aubergine, Roquette & Harissa Dressing £8.00
Pulled Pork, Sweet and Smokey Apple Chutney £9.00
Prawn and Guacamole £8.50
Grays Club Sandwich (Bacon, Chicken, Lettuce, Tomato & Mayonnaise) £10.00

Side Dishes & Bar Snacks
Grays Court Side Salad (Rocket, Red Onion, Pine Nut & Parmesan) £3.50
Mixed Leaf Salad £3.00
Homemade Chunky Chips, cooked in Duck Fat £3.50
Mixed Olives £2.50
Roasted Mixed Nuts £2.50
Bread & Butter £2.50

Something Sweet
Chocolate, Chili & Cashew Torte, Tangerine Syrup £7.00
Vanilla Crème Brûlee, Homemade Shortbread & Fruit Compote £7.00
Fruitcake with Wensleydale & Ginger £7.00
Amaretto & Coffee Cheesecake £7.00
Apple & Seasonal Berry Tarte Tatin £7.00
Cheeseboard, a Selection of Four Cheeses, Chutney, Grapes & Biscuits £9.00

Old Favourites
Cream Tea – a homemade scone with jam and clotted cream, and a £9.50
pot of loose leaf tea

Grays Court Afternoon Tea – a selection of dainty sandwiches, homemade scones £18.50
with jam and clotted cream, homemade desserts and a pot of loose leaf tea
Why not add a glass of fizz to your afternoon tea? £24.00


Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups - By prior arrangement
  • Coach parties accepted - By prior arrangement

Property Facilities

  • Smoking not allowed


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Chef
  • Covers - 22
  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments


  • Parking with charge - £15 per car per night - available only to hotel guests due to limited space

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Free broadband internet in bedrooms
  • Grounds for outdoor activities - By prior arrangement
  • Mobile phone coverage
  • Sole use of venue - Available by prior arrangement
  • Venue approved for civil marriage
  • Wedding receptions


  • Facilities for groups - By prior arrangement

Road Directions

Located near York Minster.The nearest railway station is York, which is 1 mile away.

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
  • Atmosphere
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