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[York] Food shopping and local treats (We're coming from the US)

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[York] Food shopping and local treats (We're coming from the US)

Morganna | May 8, 2010 02:47 PM

We are three somewhat adventurous adults traveling across the ocean from Vermont (New England, Northeastern US, in case it matters) to attend a wedding near Manchester the end of June. We decided to spend a week in York prior to going to the wedding, so we've rented a flat there.

We'll have a kitchen so we plan on buying some food and cooking some of our meals, but we'll also be doing a lot of museum visiting, so we'll be eating out a fair bit, as well. We will not be hiring a car, but will be relying on public transport and our feet. I don't have the address of our flat yet, but it is on the river near North Street inside the old city walls.

I'm looking for thoughts from local folks about:

Restaurants
Fish and chips. Any really good spots to get them?
A solid English breakfast (a "fry up"?), not looking for touristy, really, but more than a ploughman's bread, cheese, and pickle.
I've read about Akbar's, Red Chilli, and Melton's for ethnic and uhm, what I'd call upscale dining. Any other ethnic foods that are well-done in, perhaps, a "hole in the wall" sort of place?
What other local favourites are there? For instance, if you were to come to Vermont, I have several solid recommendations for local food, what would you recommend for local food in York?
Pubs? Over-rated? Is there such a thing as "good pub food"? What would it look like and is there anywhere in York that does it? Or am I being hopelessly touristy in my asking that? :)

Groceries
Over here we have farmer's markets (usually on the weekends) where local meat and veg producers have stalls they sell out of. Is there anything like that in York?
Are there any great bakeries, pastry, cheese, or other food shops not to be missed?
This doesn't need to be gourmet. We're hoping to try things that aren't readily available or common in Vermont.

Any other thoughts about things I might simply not know enough about to ask?

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