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The Hairy Fig

#55 of 652 Restaurants in York
Certificate of Excellence
International
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Fossgate, York YO1 9TF, England
01904 677074
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Coffee & Tea, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Hidden gem !!!!!

We had walked past the hairy fig on a number of occasions and thought we would have a look inside and what we found was a little gem of a cafe. The menu is small and simple full of delicious home cooked food and local produce. This place is tiny and only sits aprox 10 people. If you can't get... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
Anthony N
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English first
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We had walked past the hairy fig on a number of occasions and thought we would have a look inside and what we found was a little gem of a cafe. The menu is small and simple full of delicious home cooked food and local produce. This place is tiny and only sits aprox 10 people. If you can't get... More 

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

A must. Only 4 tables in the back of this café/deli but what the two ladies produced was excellent value for money. Pot of tea for 2, oinky pie which came with minted mushy peas, slices of new potatoes, green beans, broccoli, fennel and a side salad was great. My husband had the meat plate which consisted of lots and... More 

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Tiny but very large welcome, unique, excellent choice of delicious funky food ! Fabulous choice of balsamic vinegars, oils, teas, coffees, chocolates, salamis ...... The list is endless - very friendly, knowledgeable staff ?

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Warragul Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

It is tiny inside but also has a garden setting behind. The food choices are really different and beautifully presented. Delicious flavours and unusual combinations of flavours and the delicacies are sourced from the adjoining deli. Great coffee too. Friendly service. Great value for not too much money!!

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London
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43 reviews 43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Walking through the back streets of York there are loads of small independent cafes, this place is very quirky hidden in the back of a delicatessen with just 4 tables, the ladies who prepare and serve the food have a great creative thinking to provide some interesting twists on exotic sandwiches and cakes, even better seeing wine ! All food... More 

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Harrogate
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We were lucky to get a table in the cafe- there are only four! The potted shrimps were delightful with an imaginative, well dressed salad. My friend had the spring pie which she found delicious. Coffee is of good quality and in generous sized cups.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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72 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Such a wonderful little gem, i dont really want to share this with anyone.. This is a lovely deli with a sweetie shop beside that sells coffees.( part of the same business) But behind is the most quaint garden where you can eat, or choose to go in the sweetie shop where there is a small cafe. Now that ive... More 

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This is a tiny eatery which we visited for lunch and the kitchen is of comparative size. The kitchen serves snacks and full size meals which are delicious and home cooked. The adjoining shop is also quaint and displays unusual food to tempt the taste buds.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Great shop for all kinds of homemade bread and a great selection of pork pies etc, if you are in York you must pay this shop a visit .

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North Yorkshire
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23 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The eatery here, behind the shop, is tiny. The kitchen would not look out of place in a bedsit, but the food is delicious. All home cooked, rustic, tasty and unpretentious. You will have to strike lucky to get one of the few tables but it's worth it.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Fossgate, York YO1 9TF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  York
  • Phone Number: 01904 677074

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: International

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