As I live in York I often have the chance to sample one the many cafes there. In the last year I have found my self returning to de'Clare several times, most times for a coffee half-way through a strenuous shopping trip! I have taken both my 20 something children for a catch up breakfast when they are back in York, went for scones and tea with my husband on a Sunday afternoon and I must own up to a couple of solitary yet soothing lunches there: the homemade soups are different and delicious. Off the beaten track yet central, de'Clare is welcoming despite its stark, contemporary interior (white trendy tables and chairs, pale grey walls). I normally would prefer somewhere with rustic character but, actually, I find this bright and airy place quite restful. It never feels cramped, the tables are round and large and in fact, it oozes character: Whether you want a drink, a snack or a meal the menu is succinct but appealing and it does not pretend to be everything to everyone!
Lately there has been a growing Spanish / tapas feel to the place but what first attracted me to what is initially a non-nondescript space in a forgotten street was the window. .beautiful and inviting homemade whole cakes and gigantic meringues sitting on random piles of random cookery books. . just loved that and missed that window shopping element yesterday when I popped in for a yummy coffee. I look forward to tasting the evening fare at de'Clare!
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