Gaze at the stars while feasting on warm winter treats just yards from York Minster…
That’s the experience being offered at a top city venue.
Forest, the restaurant at the Galtres Lodge hotel on Low Petergate, is opening its ‘secret garden’ for Star Grazing every evening from 5pm in November and December.
The walled garden, a lockdown project which opened in April, backs onto the grounds of the former Minster School.
Adorned with twinkling fairy lights and warming heaters, and with snuggly blankets and hot water bottles available on request, the cosy atmosphere promises a date night with a difference.
Among the treats on offer are:
- fondue made from baked Tunworth cheese complete with croutons and dippers
- Yorkshire puddings
- roasted celeriac and stilton soup with hot tear and share bread
- spiced mulled ciders and boozy hot chocolates
- giant marshmallows which can be toasted on a Cointreau flame.
Your melting marshmallows can then be sandwiched between homemade shortbread biscuits and finished off with a drizzle of hot chocolate sauce to make smores.
The package costs £45 per couple.
Rebecca Hill of Galtres Lodge said: “We are very excited about our new and exclusive Star Grazing experience.
“Having changed and adapted so many times throughout the coronavirus pandemic, one of the best things that came out of that difficult time was the development of our secret garden.
“We quickly converted a previously unused space into a beautiful courtyard that proved extremely popular all summer.”
The Star Grazing experience means the space won’t go to waste in the colder months.
“Visitors can now cosy up under heaters and blankets and enjoy a special winter’s night out with their nearest and dearest whilst grazing on delicious food from Forest,” Rebecca said.
More info on the Galtres Lodge website.