The Old Liquor Store is a brand new restaurant on Bishopthorpe Road in the old Terry’s building.
They serve an Italian inspired menu and are open Wednesday to Sunday serving an all day menu and small plates. They also do a Sunday Brunch and Sunday Dinner. Check their menus and opening times here.
The restaurant itself is beautifully decorated and gives a cool but cosy vibe. Pause for a while in the doorway as there are some interesting old Terry’s photos to look at.
I lived in South Bank in my twenties and would have loved to have had this so close by. Mind, it was still Terry’s Chocolate Factory then. One of the friends who came with me used to work on the production line, so it was especially interesting for her to return. I imagine a lot of people in York will feel the same.
I would recommend approaching the restaurant from the Bishopthorpe Road entrance as here you will find dedicated parking for the restaurant (otherwise it is private for the residents and their visitors).
The Old Liquor Store is dog friendly and we also saw parents meeting up with babies. There are steps down into the restaurant but it is accessible via a lift at one end.
We stayed for a nice relaxed lunch and tried one of their stone-baked pizzas:
They also do a lunchtime range of sandwiches. We tried the Caprese – mozzarella, vine tomato, basil leaf, pesto, EV olive oil, sea salt on as seeded sub.
A generously filled sandwich for a good lunchtime price. I plumped for the Cheese Sharing Platter (no, I didn’t share it!). You can choose two, four or six types of Italian cheeses, so perhaps could share if you were so inclined!
I chose the Taleggio (mild but tangy – a little like a Brie), and the Smoked Scamorza – both of which were delicious. As you can see they were served with a cherry tomato & basil chutney, radicchio, aged balsamic onions, music bread and foccacia. The music bread was new to me, it’s so called because it is so paper thin that a sheet of music could be read through it. I didn’t try – but it was lovely and light and tasty!
The Old Liquor Store is also growing a deli counter and wine shop which looked very interesting. Definitely worth a wander over after lunch!
It’s definitely a restaurant to put on your ‘must try’ list in a gorgeous old historic building that works really well for a cosy restaurant and bar.