York is one of our favourite British cities, with delicious cafes, tearooms and restaurants hidden on every quirky cobbled street. The most famous of these is Betty’s, which became a regular family haunt during our university years, when one half of the greedy sisters was studying and living in York.
We’ve since visited the beautiful city countless times and recently discovered a new foodie favourite; Filmore & Union. With beautifully calm yet individual decor we felt at home here from the very first visit, and that’s before we even looked at the menu. Their healthy take on hearty food is so refreshing, and we particularly love trying a mixture of their ever-changing sides from the salad counter to accompany the mains. As we’re both known for being indecisive with our orders (in an ideal world we’d be able to sample a portion of every dish on the menu!), this is a great way to get a bit of everything on your plate.
On our most recent trip we started with a refreshing glass of their juice of the day, containing beetroot, ginger, acai berry and cucumber. With the cake counter in close proximity, we bypassed the starters and went straight for a main course of butternut squash, feta and spinach filo tart. To avoid any arguments we each selected the same two side salads; roasted aubergine with pomegranate and a crunchy cabbage slaw topped with toasted macadamia nuts.
After clearing every last crumb, we deliberated over the cakes, eventually deciding to share the lemon polenta cake and pistachio loaf. Both were served with tangy crème fraiche, berries and mint on the side; simply scrumptious.
The best bit about Filmore & Union is that we always leave feeling full but never guilty; the ingredients are all wholesome and nutritious – even the cakes don’t seem too naughty. With another branch now in Harrogate, Filmore & Union is firmly on our failsafe list of lovely lunch locations – just make sure you book ahead, as this little gem won’t remain hidden for long.