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Walmgate, one of the oldest streets in York, is an interesting jumble of buildings from different periods. It’s also home to innovative and traditional cafés, restaurants, delis and pubs, plus a brewery or two.

One small restaurant is Barbakan, which serves Polish food. We’ve only ever visited in winter where it’s just pure comfort food – eating here is like having a big warm hug.

The restaurant is small – around 45 covers – and booking is essential. Decor is quirky with signs, statues and paintings everywhere. Due to its size, the atmosphere is cosy – rather like going to a friend’s house for dinner.

For lunch we opted for a Polish starter – pierogi. It came with potato and cheese, crispy bacon lardons, salad and sour cream. It was amazingly delicious, without being too heavy or rich.

A main course of meatballs was served in a large bowl with wild mushroom tomato sauce and pappardelle pasta. Blissfully tasty.

There are also special boards and during the day Barbakan offers breakfast, coffee and cakes.

By Ann Fugler, Yorkshire editor

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58 Walmgate, York, YO1 9TL
01904 672474

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