The Café at Field & Fawcett
After a decade as a successful wine merchant and delicatessen, in summer 2016 Field & Fawcett opened a new café. Located at Grimston Bar on Hull Road, close to the A64 from Leeds to Scarborough, it is perfectly positioned for some luxury en route dining.
Having to walk through the shop to reach the café gets you in the mood for a drink, with over 1,000 bottles of wine and spirits to pore over. We were greeted by attentive staff who were confident in answering our questions.
The Tart of the Day – leek and blue cheese – was flavoursome and served with the three salads I had chosen: apple, celery and walnut; couscous; and lemon-dressed courgette with pumpkin seeds and chilli. Throughout my visit I couldn’t take my eyes off the cakes (owner Cathryn Fawcett is the proud recipient of a Great Taste Award for her Christmas cake), and I eventually decided on the pistachio and chocolate Battenberg.
Many ingredients are locally sourced, with trusty M&K Butchers of ‘Bishy’ (Bishopthorpe) Road in York supplying the meat. The excellent Haxby Bakehouse delivers the bread.
The service is lovely and the food is certainly above normal “café” expectations in terms of the menus offered and quality. The interior design is also fantastic, especially the copper nightshades that perfectly complement the serene grey-toned colour scheme, as well as the beautiful vintage-style crockery.
You have to walk back through the wine and spirits (including more than 400 whiskies and 150 gins) to reach the deli, where you’ll find cheese, breads and meats – all from Yorkshire.
By Ann Fugler, Yorkshire editor