After a decade as a successful wine merchant and delicatessen, this week Field & Fawcett opened the doors to a new café. Located at Grimston Bar, on Hull Road, and close to the A64 from Leeds to Scarborough, it is perfectly located for some luxury en route.
Having to walk through the retail area to reach the café is an excellent marketing tool, with over 1000 bottles of wine and spirits to pore over. On first impressions the interior is cool and simple, leaving the details to shine through with the beautiful, convincingly vintage-style crockery. We were greeted by attentive staff who were confident in answering our questions.
The Spanish Chorizo and Mahon Hot Deli Sandwich was flavoursome, and the suitably messy melted cheese made this into true comfort food. To be frank, I felt somewhat self-conscious forgoing cutlery to hold it with my fingers in such a nice venue. However, it was the most pragmatic option when it came to the satisfyingly crusty ciabatta. Throughout my visit, I couldn’t take my eyes off the display of cakes. (Owner Cathryn Fawcett is the proud recipient of a Taste Award for her Christmas cake.) I eventually decided upon the pecan tart, which came with lashings of single cream.
Many ingredients are locally sourced, with the trusty Bishy Road’s M&K Butchers as the meat supplier. Haxby Bakehouse delivers the bread. Cathryn explains “We’ve really enjoyed the process of devising menus that reflect our passion for quality and seasonality”. This is exciting news, as a repeat visit won’t mean repeated dishes.
Business owners should certainly consider the Café at Field & Fawcett as an ideal location for meetings, with wifi and free parking, banishing finding a parking space in town to the past.
As someone who has tried to hold meetings over by the University of York without much luck, I can certainly understand why the addition of the Field and Fawcett café will be very welcome for people over this side of the city. Especially as food options beyond the campus are thin on the ground.
Free parking and free wifi are two very valuable commodities on offer here for the modern meeting goer. The café is also open from 8:30, which makes it ideal for a quick catch up over breakfast.
It also helps that there is a large selection of wine on hand if you feel the need to indulge in a celebratory tipple. The future aim is to allow you to pick a bottle from the extensive collection to drink in the café for a small corkage fee.
As for the food, I can only say good things. I decided to try something slightly larger from the specials menu, eventually deciding upon the belly pork which came with pea puree, mustard mash and caramelized apple. The portion was generous and the quality was well beyond my usual café expectations. In all honesty, I would have happily been served the dish in a restaurant as part of an evening meal.
After such a hearty plate, I couldn’t really face anything sweet, which is a real shame, as the cakes looked excellent and were displayed on a rather lovely counter along with a good selection of pastries. Of course I had to try a tiny bit of Grace’s pecan tart, after all it would have been rude not to!
One thing that really struck me about the café was the lovely interior design. I am now lusting after the copper lightshades, which perfectly complimented the cool and serene grey toned colour scheme.
For a special treat, take along the voucher in the picture gallery or show it on your mobile device to receive a discount until the end of August 2016.
Disclaimer: while this meal was complimentary, all opinions are genuine.