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Ambience

40 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ, England
01904 652 500
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Ranked #48 of 680 restaurants in York
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: International, Café, Bistro
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Ambience has the most beautiful city walled garden with minster views! Inside is small and intimate with a very warm and friendly atmosphere. Out side we have a covered area with has heaters for the colder days and evenings also we have a graveled area and a garden area to relax in!You must come and have a look you will be very impressed
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English first
Pulborough, England, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

On a recent visit to York we chose to go here for dinner one evening as we could get a discount due to being Telegraph subscribers. It is a tiny restaurant and offers a menu with a few choices. Service is attentive and the chef is able to answer questions about the food. The atmosphere is relaxed and not frantic... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

With the best cheese scones for miles around. Quaint bistro underneath the city walls. Well worth a visit

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York, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I visited with my husband as he had spotted that it had a garden at the back and we fancied a quick lunch outside. The waitress greeted us and informed us of the specials and the soup of the day, she was very friendly and we took a seat in the garden. The York City wall is situated at the... More

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York, United Kingdom
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116 reviews 116 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Wanted to come here for the outside garden which faces the walls, with the sun out makes it a lovely place to sit out and eat. Good choice on the menu not too much and just enough. Great to see someone using Duck eggs, I had my own Ducks and love the eggs. Waitress,s first day but she was very... More

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Beverley, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Called in for coffee and cake on a lovely sunny day and sat in the garden, which in itself is a hidden gem, backing onto the walls. Came back for an early evening meal and thoroughly enjoyed the experience even though they were having a very quiet night. Had crab cakes then my husband had a steak, which was cooked... More

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York, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Had an excellent meal at Ambience over the weekend. Attentive service, great food and setting. Keep up the good work, will be back!

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Stamford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

Initially called in for morning coffee and found staff to be really welcoming and the menu looked interesting so decided to call back for evening meal. We were not disappointed. Beautifully presented and freshly cooked. Would go back without hesitation. Surroundings basic but comfortable.

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Gent, België
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Beyond expectation. I had to change my opinion on Brittish cuisine after dinner in Ambience. Nice and friendly place.

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North Yorkshire, UK
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

There aren't actually that many places in York that take much care about what food they offer up during the day. There are certainly a few nice independent places including Mannion & Co and Spring. Generally though it's stodgy paninis and chains; all quite dull. So it was nice to revisit Ambience during the day after previously going at night... More

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York, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

I arranged to take my mum out for lunch & we stumbled across this delightful eatery. Mum & I both had the small veggie breakfast & it was delicious! Excellent value for money. Their was a lovely girl serving. She was very Polite, respectful & friendly. Top marks A*

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