Have you ever visited York and wanted to visit a restaurant that was not part of a chain and felt more individual? If so, Ate O’Clock might be the answer.
The restaurant is hidden away down a small passageway – though when we visited on a midweek evening the place was practically full, mostly of York residents and not tourists – always a good sign.
As you might expect with a name like Ate O’ Clock the name leads to not only good food but a succession of clocks all over the restaurant displaying eight o’clock! Rather than just being one big room, the restaurant has several rooms, each having a unique ambience and character- there is even a new cocktail lounge bar too – Social8.
Temptingly innovative choices
Even in mid-January, they were still offering the Festive Menu – two courses for £24.00 or 3 courses for £28.00, though we chose off the main menu.
The inventive menu had some extremely tempting choices that I have not seen before such as my starter choice of black pudding scotch egg served with apple and red onion marmalade (£8.00). Whilst that might sound expensive there was enough to share between two people.
My partner decided upon the selection of warm bread with oil and balsamic vinegar (£4.50) – what arrived was a few pieces of bread that were all identical. After a quick word with our waiter the matter was soon rectified with a more comprehensive offering arriving on our table.
My main of 10oz rump steak served with hand-cut chunky chips, coleslaw, vine cherry tomatoes and a thick peppercorn sauce (£22.00) was densely cooked to my liking – well done. Very enjoyable.
My partner chose the pan roasted chicken supreme served with garlic parmentier potatoes, creamed savoy cabbage with bacon and a red wine jus (£17.00) which was described as excellent.
I liked how the various mains were paired up with an accompanying wine – should you chose to do so.
Well worth the time
Desserts of sticky toffee pudding (£7.50) served with a rich butterscotch sauce and raspberries made for a guilty pleasure whilst my partner decided upon the Ate O’clock cheesecake (£7.00) which on that day happened to be passion fruit and came with a form base and indulgent topping.
They serve coffee though I think that they are missing a trick by not serving After Eight mints alongside, given the name of the restaurant. After all that it was time to leave – at precisely eight o’clock – though with so many clock faces displaying the same time, who could argue?
I do know, however, that I’ll take the time again to visit this homely and welcoming restaurant in York.
13A, High Ousegate, York YO1 8RZ