Favourite York restaurant to get a new name – and a complete change of menu

5 Feb 2021 @ 6.21 pm
| Food & drink

It’s the restaurant that put some ‘ooh la la’ in York city centre.

But Rustique on Lendal won’t be French for much longer.

Owners are planning to change the name, the decor – and the style of food served.

But don’t worry Francophiles – the other Rustique, on Castlegate, will stick the cuisine of France.

So what’s the plan for the Lendal restaurant?

Well, the full details have yet to be worked out. But it will have a new name – Nola – and, as the name suggests, a new emphasis on New Orleans cooking.

Chance to rethink

How it looks now, and how it will look. Image: planning documents

The re-brand was revealed in planning documents lodged with City of York Council.

Rustique co-owner Daniel Broome said they had opened the Lendal restaurant because the one at Castlegate originally didn’t have enough room to meet demand.

But since then they had bought the Castlegate building and expanded upstairs.

Au revoir Rustique on Lendal… Photograph: Richard McDougall

That gave them the opportunity to rethink the Lendal site, particularly during lockdown.

They are now working on the interior design and menus, with more to be revealed later.

Rustique has become a firm favourite among York residents and diners down the years.

It has a 4.5 rating on TripAdvisor, with reviewers calling it ‘superb’ and ‘très magnifique’.