The Whippet Inn is a bit of a hidden gem on North Street, opposite the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel in York. The quiet exterior belies the quirky and cosy rooms that await you inside.
The restaurant has a no-children policy and does feel more grown up with an air of an old fashioned private club. They are a dog-friendly restaurant.
The decor is stylish and quirky, but more than anything, it is comfortable. The staff are personable and friendly and you can just feel at home there.
The menu is really interesting with lots of more unusual items. Sara, who came with me tried the pressure poached mackerel fillet (Glazed in Blackberry with Fermented Apple & Beetroot finished with a Hemp & Kelp Emulsion). She seemed very happy with her choice.
While I chose the Green Pea Panna Cotta with Whipped Yorkshire Goats Curd, Dry Cured Egg Yolk & a Salad of Dill, Young Peas & Buttermilk in a Lemon Oil Dressing. This was a delicious concoction of green delights, and so beautifully presented!
The Whippet Inn specialises in quality and unusual steak cuts like the Picanha, a 32 day dry aged, triple cooked chunky chips, garlic and thyme confit vine tomato, with a green peppercorn and brandy sauce. They also have sharing boards of cote de boeuf, chateaubriand and T bones.
The Whippet Inn Review
For my main course I tried the Galician steak. Now you might be a steak connoisseur and recognise this term immediately, or you might, like me, need to Google. To save you that arduous task, I can tell you that Galician steak comes from cows that are over eight years old and from Galicia in northwestern Spain, and is quite a delicacy. If you have read any of my other reviews, you will know that I love a good steak, and this was a really excellent steak. Perfectly cooked to my liking (medium), it was juicy, tender and flavoursome with a great chargrilled edge to it. The Mojo Rojo sauce added a fresh piquancy that went well with the smoked paprika fries.
The Whippet Inn also does a mean line in seafood and fish dishes. Sara chose the Tandoori Spiced Roast Monkfish, Bombay Potato Rosti, Preserved Cucumber and served with Tomato, Red Onion and Beetroot Raita. Another beautiful dish, just look at those colours! She said it was delicious.
Lastly, we indulged in desserts. Sara chose the Belgian Dark Chocolate, Cornish Sea Salt & Yorkshire Rapeseed Delice, Chocolate Crisp Base, Bitter Chocolate Dentelle and Double Chocolate Ice-Cream. Now, I tried a little of this and it was divine!
I plumped for the Yorkshire Gin & Tonic Glazed Lemon Tart, Macerated Greek Yoghurt, Meringue Shards & Mango Sorbet. This was very light and fresh and tasty.
The Whippet Inn should most certainly be on your foody radar. We had such a lovely relaxed evening, fab atmosphere and marvellous, quality food.