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Celebrate Christmas in the beautiful city of York.

We have a full range of events this coming festive season, from private dining in the run up to Christmas, a full board break to stay over Christmas itself, a great fun New Year’s Eve celebration with a residential package plus a grand Christmas Day lunch service.

Christmas Dining. Celebrate with friends or colleagues in the run up to Christmas with a refined meal in our 2 AA Rosette awarded restaurant. Download details here: Christmas Dining Brochure

Christmas Breaks in York. Come to stay over Christmas and let us take the strain. We offer a full board package with some entertainment too. Download details here: Christmas Breaks Brochure

Christmas Day Lunch and New Years Eve. We have limited spaces to join these two occasions so don’t delay: Download details here: Christmas Events Brochure

New Year’s Eve in York. Stay with us for two or three nights on a half board package including our successful New Year’s Eve Celebration. Download details here: New Years Break Brochure

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Our Head Chef has written a tempting Tastings Menu for this coming Valentines Day.

This menu is available on both the 13th and 14th February this year between 5pm and 9.30pm with an Early Bird offer for those booking between 5pm and 6pm.

Valentines Menu 2015


We have always sold gift vouchers in multiples of £50 but we’ve thought hard about how to make it a bit more interesting to give than simply a voucher within a card.

Within our WW2 style ‘Emergency Ration’ Tin your loved one will first find a handmade Chocolate ‘Churchill’ Cigar and a small traditional bag of Yorkshire mix. Underneath these they’ll get to the ‘Ration Card’ entitling them to a welcome glass of Prosecco, free Coffee and Petit Fours when dining, a late check out plus an offer code giving 10% off the best available room rates for 2015. At the bottom there’s then the voucher to discover with a simple card explaining how to book their chosen bedroom or meal with us.

Including P&P (within the UK) we’ll send out the tin containing a £50 voucher for £59, with a £100 voucher for £109, then £150 for £159 etc.

We hope you like the idea and hopefully it’s also well received!


Just give us a call on 01904 644456 or email us at to order.

We were featured in the Scottish Sun’s travel section last Sunday (although we’ve only just spotted it). The journalist loved York and was complimentary about the hotel.

We’ve downloaded the article as a pdf here for your information: Old York, Old Yorkscottish sun

Debbie & NeilDebbie and Neil McGroarty got married with us on the 31st May this year. Unfortunately they have subsequently had some bad news that a close family member has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of Breast Cancer. At short notice Debbie has signed up to run in the 10k Race for Life on York’s Knavesmire this week-end in aid of Cancer Research UK.


We feel for this lovely couple and think what Debbie is doing is great, even more so with such little time to prepare plus she says ‘I have a bit of a Phoebe from Friends run (rather embarrassing) so this will be quite difficult for me’.


In support of Debbie’s efforts we’re delighted to donate 10% of all advance purchase bookings made through our website plus 10% of all extras, ie breakfast and dinner, booked when reserving your room. We’re going to do this for all bookings made over the next week but as an incentive to keep Debbie going we’ll extend this period to a month if Debbie completes the run.


Please enter ‘Donation‘ as an offer code when booking so we can more easily track the amount to donate at the end of this period.


NB Please note that this offer has ceased, view our Facebook page or the special offer section of this website for current offers.


Should you wish to make an additional donation Debbie’s Just Giving page is

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We’re now selling House and Grounds admission tickets for Castle Howard to our residents and we can make you a saving:


£12 per adult (rrp £14)
Concessions £10 (rrp £12)
Children over 5 for £6.50 (rrp £7.50)


If you’re staying with us these can be purchased from the front desk or when making an online booking on our website.

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We’ve started serving York Brewery Guzzler from in the Piano Bar as we think you’ll all enjoy have the chance to sample a truly local ale. You’ll also have the choice of their Terrier and Ghost ales in bottles.

This is an exciting first for the hotel as we’ve never offered a hand pull ale before.