The hidden gem of York is revealed; an unprepossessing Polish restaurant recommended by locals

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By Rosanna O'Donnell

Credit: Julian Rivlin
Credit: Julian Rivlin
Restaurant: Barbakan Address: 58, Walmgate Prices: Main Course PS8-PS13 Rating: Barbakan is York's hidden gem. Located on Walmgate, the small, Polish bistro is a short stroll from the city centre, and well worth the walk. First enticed by the restaurant's offering of gluten-free cake, and a passer-by's recommendation of the restaurant as "the one place to visit in York", as I once peered in the window, I have certainly become a regular. The bistro offers delicious, authentic food and perhaps the friendliest service in York. Leaving the city behind you as you cross the threshold, the mouth-watering smells of the kitchen envelope you. Breakfast offerings of Walnut and Coffee Cake and Blueberry and Walnut cake (both gluten free) were very welcome to us hungry tourists. Please note, a Barbacan Cappuccino + Walnut and Blueberry cake = perfection. So delicious were our portions of heavenly Polish delicacy that we returned to the bistro for a lunchtime enjoyment of a Feta Salad and one of Barbacan's delicious sandwiches, accompanied by a light salad tossed in a dill dressing. Both were delicious and nutritious. No doubt that a speedy return for dinner is inevitable, to try some of the restaurant's popular Courgette fritters, or a drop of Beetroot soup, and washed down with a glass of the restaurant's house rose.