On the cusp of funky Camden and swanky Regent’s Park, this boutique hotel, bar and restaurant (part of the Gordon Ramsay empire), set in a magnificent stuccoed Victorian pub, fits the latter better. The spacious, soigné bar area serves superior snacks like truffled chips, burger and pizzas at fairly well-upholstered prices.
The restaurant – an equally airy space with a Mediterranean-style courtyard behind (and plush basement overflow room) – seems constantly packed, with diners clamouring for zesty dishes like dill-cured salmon with fennel and orange salad or lamb with courgettes and mint gremolata. The decently priced and spritely set lunch is especially light on calories – and sometimes on advertised ingredients: legumes were scanty in a rocket-packed pea and broad bean salad with goat’s cheese. Estimably gamey chicken with broccoli and pasta lacked the promised hazelnuts, but was nonetheless intensely satisfying; bream with sweet, sticky, meaty juices was beautifully paired with puréed and sliced artichoke. Refreshing desserts might include a cool, creamy rice pudding with morello cherries.
Y&A is perfect for lunching ladies and better for leisured classes than business: service is not paced for those rushing back to work. In the evening it’s understandably popular for well-heeled north London family occasions. The adjoining former stables is a rustic-looking deli and pizzeria serving top-notch thin-crust pizzas.
|Venue name:||York & Albany||Contact:|
|Opening hours:||Breakfast served 7-11am Mon-Fri. Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Saturday. Dinner served 6-11pm Mon-Sat. Meals served noon-9pm Sun. Bar open 11am-midnight Mon-Thu; 11-12.30am Sat; 11am-10.30pm Sun.|
|Transport:||Tube: Camden Town|
|Price:||Main courses £15-£22. Set meal (lunch, 6-7pm Mon-Sat) £18 2 courses, £21 3 courses|
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3 courses for £27
Enjoy 2 courses for £23 or 3 courses for £27 from a seasonal set menu created by head chef Will Stanyer.Offer valid until Aug 31 2016