When Jamie’s Italian asked me if I’d like to visit their restaurant in York, it didn’t take much time to consider. Though I have known about Jamie’s in Leeds and more recently, Harrogate, we still had not eaten there…why? I think it’s a case of ‘go with what you’ know but as you may be able to guess from the recent blog posts, now my little lady is growing up, exploring new places whilst eating out more has been something we’ve enjoyed doing this summer.
Jamie’s, York, is tucked away down the very historic slope to Lendal Cellars… we did not know there was a courtyard there so were delighted to find out we could sit outdoors as the day was hot and we wanted to soak up as much of the sun as we could (we are at the back-end of a poor-weather Summer lets face it!)
What followed was a dining experience that surpassed all our expectations.
Maisy looked after us ⇑, she not only knew her food but was quietly enthusiastic about it (seemed only right she should be the face of this post). The other staff we encountered were warm and friendly and each we spoke to seemed ‘switched on’ to delivering not just a great meal but CUSTOMER SERVICE – it makes such a difference!
The food was delightfully different – (seems such an average term for what we ate) but by that I mean, it wasn’t just same dish, different name. The food collaborations that were clearly well thought, tasted amazing and what one knows of Jamie Oliver, trusted that it had most likely been sourced locally following the ethos of all that Jamie Oliver stands for…. just guessing!
Though we had three courses, in the middle of the day, none of us felt ‘stuffed’ – which is always good when you want to try the next course!
The industrially warm decor was everything you’d expect if you’ve at all watched Jamie Oliver on TV – the presence of the man himself is felt everywhere and fans can take home a piece of the action!
By the time desserts had arrived, the sun had also and we all wished we didn’t have to be elsewhere quite so soon!
As we settled the bill and walked back up into the street, we agreed that a new bench-mark had been set. That we might just have found ourselves a new favourite… time will tell.
Miss P and I shared this experience with LIFESTYLE YORKSHIRE’S biggest fans, my parents – both great with a camera! Photographs have therefore been taken on the same camera but by myself, them and Miss P! I managed to whittle 160+ images down to the few selected here and was interesting seeing what we all captured.