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“Excellent evening with great food in a really quirky restaurant!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Blue Bicycle

The Blue Bicycle
34 Fossgate, York YO1 9TA, England
019-0467-39-90
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Ranked #121 of 712 Restaurants in York
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Halifax, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Excellent evening with great food in a really quirky restaurant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2011

I visited The Blue Bicycle with a group of 13 work colleagues for a Christmas Celebration, it was a fab evening. The service was excellent, the food was superb but the thing which will stay in my mind is the quirkiness of the place! Low ceilings, dark deep colours, a place I would like to visit again with just two of us, if only to sit in a small romantic alcove downstairs! Certainly a place to eat if visiting York, right in the centre as well.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Leigh-On-Sea
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Beautiful food and ambience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2011

We booked this restaurant prior to arriving in York and were not disappointed

The ambience of the place is spot on and the layout very good with a few tables set into the walls in our view giving the downstairs a slight moroccon feel and very private - probably need to ask for those tables when reserving

food and wine was excellent although we did mention that the main course could have had a little more sauce which was not a complaint and not taken as one but were still offered free desserts

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“taste is more important than appearance”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2011

Nice tables, nice atmosphere, but...there is a difference between cooking and food sculpture. I had 'north sea cod' (how distinctive) with carrot and ginger mash (minute quantity), black pudding pasty (quite nice) and the dreaded potato fondant. Now the humble potato, anywhere in the world, will taste perfectly good if you boil it or mash it with a bit of milk butter and salt and pepper. But it takes a special kind of talent to transform the potato into something that tastes of nothing and has the consistency of mustard powder. We were charged £18 for this nonsense.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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York
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Very good, but not quite excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

We booked at the BB for a special meal, as the restaurant has a very good reputation. Service was great, food was good, but there was just something missing from the experience, which I can't quite put my finger on.

Food flavour combinations were interesting, but I dishes were not quite punchy enough, and were a bit carb-heavy in places. NB. I was disappointed to hear the owners don't give the waiting staff a fair deal with tips.

  • Visited March 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“A shame we're unlikely to go back to York, we'd like to try it again”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2011

Because this restaurant is so far down the TripAdvisor ratings we hadn't noticed it when planning our four days in York. We spotted it when we ventured down Fossgate to look at the river, which runs alongside it. Looking at the variety of fish on the menu, we thought we should try it but getting in during St. Nicholas Fayre weekend proved difficult. Fully booked, except Sunday.
Our reservation held for the Sunday evening but the place was full. It's a pleasant location to eat in with scrubbed wooden tables and upright chairs, plus orange walls which give it a flavour of southern France. The food was well cooked or prepared for both starters, mains and puds. The bread comes up freshly baked in what's best described as an over-sized eggcup, accompanied by a baked whole garlic clove. Unfortunately, the base of the 'loaf' wasn't cooked.
The scallop starter was cooked perfectly and was excellently fresh in flavour; the aubergine and goat's cheese used a goat's cheese we'd liked to have bought. We both had stone bass for main which was cooked to expectations but the skin could have been crisper. Desserts were very tasty.
The wine list is very much more extensive than you'd expect from a place of this size.
They add a 10% service charge: it wasn't clear that this went to the staff so we deducted it. The service was, however, very good: friendly but not OTT, you get what you want when you want it.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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