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Meltons Too, York

A bit further afield than usual but I had a meeting in York and we had dinner in Meltons Too (there is a Meltons but I’ve never been there). They do tapas plus conventional starters and mains. They try to use local ingredients and tell you where they came from on the menu. My starter was lobster and baby tomatoes on garlic herb toast, followed by trout with samphire and spinach. The starter was better than the main but both were good. Bowls of chips were on the table but they were overcooked and soggy so I suggest you order the potatoes. Reasonably priced – not sure exactly as our hosts at York paid.

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The Olive Branch is part of a small chain and it took over the space from the Bistro des Arts (a sad loss). We visited in July 2008 and were first shown to a table in the basement which was not good. However, the people there were very helpful and found us an alternative by the window. My starter was sardines followed by liver. Liver is a good test of a restaurant – get it wrong and its pretty grim. I asked for it rare – it was not quite rare but nevertheless very good. Good atmosphere and friendly service – we will be back. About £30/each, which included a bottle of wine and pre dinner drinks.

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Toast, Marchmont

Toast is a local Marchmont bistro that we’d heard good reports of. We walked there on a fine summer evening and I had the classic goats cheese salad followed by sea bass. The food, atmosphere and service were all good. About £25 each with wine. If we lived in Marchmont, we’d certainly go more often but if you have a local place available (e.g. Grand Cafe or Olive Branch Bistro in Brunsfield) then its the same kind of place.

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