We stumbled across this little gem of a York restaurant a couple of days before our weekend in the city. I was having a bit of a financial stress about affording to eat over the weekend. Although I often sit on the budget-friendly end of food when I travel, I prefer to try out local joints rather than cheap-and-cheerful chains. As much as I’m (not so) secretly a fan of Spoons’ Fish Friday, when I visit somewhere new the foodie in me is keen to see what it’s got to offer.
Hook & Line is a fish and seafood restaurant on York’s Swinegate street, close to the markets, boutiques and quirky shops of The Shambles and surrounding area. Our Groupon deal was for two courses each from the a la carte menu, for £21.95.
We were welcomed with a smile, and our Groupon voucher quickly scanned as we sat at a table by the window, able to watch the world go by as dusk approached outside.
The space itself featured nautical décor, perfect for the fish and seafood menu without being too excessive. Bright flowers decorated the table and retro music played over the sound system, bringing together the atmosphere of seaside and city.
I was definitely impressed by the choice of dishes available to us. Often, deals online have a set menu or restrictions, but other than the ‘all inclusive’ Haddock dish, we had free rein to choose a starter and main course from the usual a la carte menu.
The halloumi fries from the starter menu were, quite simply, AMAZING. I’ve heard people rave about halloumi fries, and if these are anything to go by, I know why. Crisp batter on the outside, the gorgeous halloumi texture on the inside. Bliss. The plentiful serving of rocket dressed with an olive oil and pesto dressing made this a sizeable starter, and really enjoyable too.
A mention also has to go to the Deep Fried Calimari Rings, which were just the right amount of chewy. If I was being REALLY picky, I’d say they could have done with a slight bit more crispiness on the outside, but when they taste this good, that’s totally forgivable.
Wanna know some of the other dishes on the menu that nearly made it to our table? The Melted Cheese & Beer Croquettes and Home-made French Onion soup were super tempting.
For our mains, we both had cod and chips. And, as a seaside girl at heart with pretty high standards on her fish and chips…
I was impressed.
The cod was exactly as cod should be – lots of crunchy batter, flaky fish inside that fell apart at the touch of a fork. As with all fish and chip dishes I eat, I pretty much coated it in salt and vinegar to create that authentic beachside taste.
The portions were impressively sizeable, a big ol’ chunk of cod and enough chunky chips to fill the rest of the plate. Okay, they weren’t QUITE spot on for seaside chip shop chips – but that doesn’t mean they weren’t delicious. I covered mine in rich onion gravy (because when in the north, right?), and they went down an absolute treat.
The Hook and Line restaurant in York offers excellent value for tasty dishes, and we definitely made the right choice in taking advantage of the Groupon deal to go there. I’d definitely pay full price to eat here too, though!