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The Piano Restaurant

The Churchill Hotel | 65 Bootham, York YO30 7DQ, England
01904 644 456
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Ranked #154 of 671 restaurants in York
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $50
Dining options: Reservations
Description: With two AA Rosettes to its name, The Piano Bar and Restaurant available for dinner every night and open Sunday lunch, set within the beautiful Churchill Hotel just moments from the city walls, is undoubtedly one of York's finest. Overlooking the manicured lawns of the hotel, The Piano Restaurant is elegantly modern, its interior design utterly contemporary but without ignoring the splendid proportions and original features of the room's high arched windows, a curving floor and delicate coving just some of the Victorian features. Begin your visit with a relaxed tipple in the bar, a warmly cosy space with a slightly masculine feel worthy of the hotel's namesake, before taking a seat in the brighter, more spacey dining room. Here you'll enjoy that AA acclaimed food with its fresh,locally and ethically sourced ingredients and constantly changing seasonal flavour. Imaginative and but with a nod to traditionalism, The Piano Restaurant's cuisine is created through the use of cutting edge techniques employed by the kitchen's talented and well trained chefs. Enjoyed to the delicate strains of the baby grand that gives the restaurant its name, the food is as sublime as the setting.
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: With two AA Rosettes to its name, The Piano Bar and Restaurant available for dinner every night and open Sunday lunch, set within the beautiful Churchill Hotel just moments from the city walls, is undoubtedly one of York's finest. Overlooking the manicured lawns of the hotel, The Piano Restaurant is elegantly modern, its interior design utterly contemporary but without ignoring the splendid proportions and original features of the room's high arched windows, a curving floor and delicate coving just some of the Victorian features. Begin your visit with a relaxed tipple in the bar, a warmly cosy space with a slightly masculine feel worthy of the hotel's namesake, before taking a seat in the brighter, more spacey dining room. Here you'll enjoy that AA acclaimed food with its fresh,locally and ethically sourced ingredients and constantly changing seasonal flavour. Imaginative and but with a nod to traditionalism, The Piano Restaurant's cuisine is created through the use of cutting edge techniques employed by the kitchen's talented and well trained chefs. Enjoyed to the delicate strains of the baby grand that gives the restaurant its name, the food is as sublime as the setting.
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English first
York, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I ate for the third time here last night and had another very impressive meal, with excellent service and nice ambience. The food is modern cuisine, done very well indeed and there's a good choice on the a la carte menu for £29.95 for three courses. I preferred my starter and dessert to my cod main course, but then that's... More

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York
Top Contributor
137 reviews 137 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We came to this restaurant for the second time in a month, this time with friends. The restaurant is part of the Churchill Hotel a rather chic hotel just outside the city walls in York. The setting is rather plush with a circular ceiling with hidden lighting - very atmospheric, and splendid views onto the gardens. There was a wonderful... More

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Middlesbrough
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

My husband and I have been eyeing up the menu here for sometime, and we finally managed to get round to visiting last night. We had high expectations, and hoping it would be worth the 150 mile round trip, especially to visit. We definitely were not disappointed. The wine list is extensive, and is very reasonably priced, although our first... More

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Ben A, Head Chef at The Piano Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, especially one as positive and in depth as this one. I am delighted that you were so happy with your meal and will be passing on your comments to the rest of the team. Apologies for the small issues that you did have and I am glad to hear that... More

Caernarfon, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

The Piano restaurant is part of the Churchill Hotel, where I was staying. It's excellent quality food and good attentive service - I had quail followed by sea trout and was not disappointed by either. Only downside was some undercooked broccoli as a side order and the plinky piano music playing in the background which can get a little wearisome.... More

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Ben A, Head Chef at The Piano Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your food and will pass on your compliments regarding service to our front of house team. I am sorry that you found your broccoli to be undercooked, I shall look into this and ensure that mistakes are not been made here as... More

Sale, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

With the menu outside looking intriguing we decided to try the 3 course A La Carte menu. After placing our orders we were presented with a complimentary dish containg a scallop and crispy chicken skin which was divine and set the tone for the rest of the evening so thank you chef! There also followed a platter of bread with... More

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Ben A, Head Chef at The Piano Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us and we thank you for your positive feedback. From the tone of your review you clearly have a strong comprehension of food and what we as a fine dining restaurant aim to offer. I offer my apologies that... More

York, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Met up with some friends to celebrate our wedding anniversary. So glad we did. we had an excellent evening. The food was excellent. the staff were excellent. ( very friendly). The piano player was excellent. We all left feeling like we had a real treat. Thank you to the chef, the staff who made our anniversary special ;)

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Ben A, Head Chef at The Piano Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and congratulations on your anniversary. I am delighted to hear that your evening was a success and I shall pass on your compliments to the rest of the team. We look forward to your return and hope that we will match up to expectations yet again. Thanks again. More

Glasgow
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We liked the look of the menu outside the hotel so we booked a table on Monday evening - we think that may have been our first mistake. Our second was to ask to have an apperitif in the bar as there was a misunderstanding and we were left with our menus for a good ten minutes before someone finally... More

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Ben A, Head Chef at The Piano Restaurant, responded to this review

Apologies for not responding sooner to your review however due to the nature of it serious considerations had to be made as to a response. At the time of your visit I was on annual leave however I have spoken to all staff regarding this matter and would state that I have complete confidence in my team to perform to... More

Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

I went to this restaurant with my family, looking forward to a good meal and we were all extremely disappointed with the whole experience. The starter(onion salad)was a joke.One spring onion,four pickled onions,a bit of truffle and "egg nog" in a jar. No salad at all!!! Main course of goat cheese lasagne was inedible and has since been taken off... More

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Ben A, Head Chef at The Piano Restaurant, responded to this review

Usually I am writing to thank people for taking the time to leave a review. This is not the case here as I feel your review is frankly rather ignorant and falls slightly short of offensive, however I am assuming this is as you were possibly uninformed as to the fact we are a fine dining restaurant. I am not... More

Stamford, United Kingdom
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Visited for an evening meal, the service was brilliant, very friendly and efficient. The restaurant has a nice vibe with the piano in the background allowing you to be able to talk as well as enjoy the music. The food was amazing, very full of flavour and filling, I had veal which was cooked to perfection. Overall an excellent experience.

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Ben A, Head Chef at The Piano Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, I am very thankful that you enjoyed your meal with us so much. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to the rest of my brigade and to the front of house team. We hope you will join us again soon for what we hope to... More

York, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

Me and my friend had a special menu devised as we asked the head chef to choose our meal for us. Every course was stunning and all of equal quality. Pure class and on a par with 1 and 2 Michelin star restaurants that I eat at frequently. Defiantly worth a detour...

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Ben A, Head Chef at The Piano Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your kind comments, it is very satisfying for our hard work to be recognised and to be considered on a par with more highly accoladed chefs. We look forward to your return. More

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