Mr P's Curious Tavern

4.2
371 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Tapas
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Amidst the smart shops in this corner of historic York is the location for Mr P's Curious Tavern, AKA Andrew Pern's quirky 80-cover venture at 71 Low Petergate, which offers something for everyone: small, larger and sharing plates using produce from Yorkshire and from further afield to taste along with a glass (or two) of something different and ambience by the barrel load, to sate your curiosity and appetite.
Mr P's Menu encourages you to pick and mix from our offer of fresh shellfish and seafood, locally shot Game, cured meats and tasty cheeses to put together your own meal as your appetite, humour and curiosity allow. For a robust meal, we have more substantial offerings and for liquid refreshment, Mr P's offers small, medium and large vessels of wine, spirits and other beverages, some fortified, all fantastic.The ladies who like to lunch are more than catered for - fizz by the glass or a generous selection of gins available in our Gin Parlour overlooking the street below
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, English, Contemporary European
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday- Friday 12pm to 11pm
Saturday 11am to 11pm
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Phone number
01904 521177
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Andrew Pern
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Special Events & Promotions
We regularly hold special events and promotions. Please refer to our website for further information
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 371 People Are Saying
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Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent!

Just hoover up outside the toilets and little more frequently.......it is a mess!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went with a group of friends , loved the atmosphere , liked the oldy / worldly feel . Really enjoyed the tapas style dishes and sharing platters but might not be to everyone's taste . It was very busy so service was a little slow , but we did not mind as plenty to chat about . Waitress was very pleasant and helpful with explaining the menu . It's not cheap eats if you want to make a meal of the various dishes but we thoroughly enjoyed our evening .

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PB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was I a bit confused by the reviews but was very glad we went would go back

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OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Expensive for what it was and surroundings not the best

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TF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Staff were not attentive. Dirty glasses and plates left on our table. We were first sat in the back room upstairs which lacked any atmosphere no decorations or anything compared to the rest of the restaurant but we were moved after asking, however we also had to ask for cutlery and napkins/side plates once all the food had arrived... when we arrived at our booked time, our table was not ready, the waitress asked us to go for a walk and come back- it was raining! so we asked if we could wait at the bar, which she obliged. But the young lad behind the bar was having a bad day clearly as he dropped the honey then proceeded to boot it across the bar area in his anger. We waited a while for drinks and stood there holding our coats etc and after 20 minutes had to actually ask someone if we could hang our coats to free up our hands to enjoy the drink, which came eventually.
A shame as we brought some friends alon with us after a Christmas shopping day, and having been here a number of times before was very much looking forward to it, yet this time has left us not wanting to return really. The food was very good though and the menu had a great variety. Shame about the staff who seemed to be lacking any initiative or real care on this particular day.

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food in a quirky setting. Service good and nice atmosphere. Advisable to book at busy times as lots turned away. Glad we booked.

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SM
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Wasn’t that impressed on this occasion, I’ve eaten here several times this year - always really enjoyed, but this time the food was pretty poor.

We opted for the ‘taster menu’ which was a pretty sparse and random selection, none of which was particularly exciting. I think it may be due to the restaurant having been flat out busy and the usual quality had run a little dry.

Wouldn’t put me off going again, but an impossibly hot (heat, not temperature) cassoulet, Sickly/bizarre risotto, bread and ham and some pasta is pretty poor for a £100+ meal.

I’ll try again after the festive period, as this experience wasn’t reflective of the usual quality.

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LT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thought the serving staff were wonderful and accommodating our needs. The food was skittle different and something for all.
We had a short stay in York overnight and it was also my sister's birthday and she loved the experience. We tried to get back into the bar later after an event but there were no seats. Next time we shall have the cocktails we missed. Great work and service.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Quirky unusual local dishes, well prepared and presented. Great place to visit for any occasion

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RH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was very well prepared and tasted good. There were plenty of menu options. The service was slow partly because the restaurant was busy but also noted staff standing around chatting rather than showing awareness of customers or engaging so we ended up leaving without ordering our hoped-for desserts and coffees. Will return to see if anything improves as hopefully this was not the usual standard of service.

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MG
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and second time we have been. Fab service and advice on what to have

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HC
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Poor service. Our final bill i found 2 additional bottles of wine. Luckily i saw them and this was eventually corrected. Damp walls, grotty smell and loud dance music do not create a good ambience

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IL
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Have visited this restaurant before and really enjoyed it. However recent experience was not as favourable I am disappointed to say.

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JL
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, great service. Make sure to book.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Came along on Saturday but you were too busy so booked for Sunday instead. We came for plates/tapas not realising this isn’t available on a Sunday. We weren’t aware you aren’t usually open Sundays. Lovely place but didn’t want Sunday lunch so had a starter and cheese. Staff were helpful and accommodating. Been to The Star @ Herome, The Star and now Mr P’s. All great places. Well done.

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E
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Bad service part from the lady who greeted us as was lovely and help full.
Food wasn’t great drinks took ages. Bread never showed up.

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OT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Good atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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DE
Edinburgh
15 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Curious menu curious uncomfortable seating food poor returned 2 of 3 plates!

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n
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm welcome, amazing service from every waiter/waitress we met, delicious food, great wine, cozy atmosphere. I asked them if they could organized a little surprise for my boyfriend as it was his birthday and they pulled out two slices of lemon cheese cake presented beautifully on a plate with candles and just made our visit that bit extra special. Calamari with squid ink aioli is a MUST. Would recommend and cant wait to go back :)

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

The food was overpriced and very greasy. We paid £6 for cheesy chips, which were dripping in grease and quite frankly revolting. The service was slow and the venue musty. We will never be back.

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BC
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect dining experience. We loved every second in this restaurant. We will definitely go again.

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KM
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Charcuterie and cheese board were very good, as were the drinks. We got forgotten towards the end of our meal when attempting to get another drink and then the bill

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NI
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked a table last minute for our first night in York. What a great choice! I can not recommend the food enough! The selection and quality was amazing.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found it on website of top places to eat in York and it didn’t disappoint!!!
Lovely, friendly place with unusual unique combinations of food , definitely added to our excellent weekend in York !
Live music first class.
Looking forward to a return with some of our friends

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PB
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Great food but half of it arrived 15 min late.
Diligent and friendly staff.
Music was too loud but we were right under a speaker.

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CC
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I have eaten here before and the whole experience was excellent. Unfortunately the same cannot be said this time. We were seated upstairs and the carpets en route where absolutely filthy. Off putting to say the least. I know that it had been really busy all day but surely a quick clean up. The food was not at its best perhaps because it was getting to the end of a long day and many items too were no longer available. The waitress was delightful and service excellent

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T
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Lively restaurant in the centre of beautiful York close to the Minster. Hard working staff who deserve praise for being super friendly. Quirky venue. Tapas style food. Yummy.

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NW
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The place was very quirky and cosy. We were given a table upstairs that faced out of the window sat next to each other, which seemed unusual at first but it was nice to people watch from above. It was busy but not rowdy. The lighting was nice and the atmosphere was pleasant. We ordered gin and tonics and to be honest they took a little longer than expected to arrive, around ten, fifteen minutes. But again the place was busy/full. We then ordered our choices from the fancy tapas menu, some average prices, some above average prices. We did not take long to make out decision and order food but again food took a long while to come out. Around 50/60 mins wait in total for all dishes. The way it works is depending what you order, each small dish will come out at random times one after the other rarely ever together, so if you are very hungry it can be a little frustrating as you are not sure how long you will wait for your next bite. If you are sharing each tapas dish like we were It doesn’t take very long at all to finish each dish and then your ready for your next. Don’t let this put you off, as the experience, personally was worth it and the food was delicious! And in the end we were full and content.

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RS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and attentive service. I love it here and will definitely be back when next on York.

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HS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great service and the sharing platter was delicious. I’d also highly recommend the small plate with crab in it - I couldn’t pronounce it there or remember it now but it was absolutely delicious!!

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NH
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Looking at the menu online was very much looking forward to Mr Ps. Had been given 2 menus when we sat (one was an old one so we'd picked dishes that weren't available).

Had ordered numerous dishes (10 in total), a number of which were meat or fish. Weirdly the oysters which were the appetiser were brought out first with the chips... previously when we have been we've been asked the order usually grouping and bringing out all the meat and all the fish dishes together, was a complete mix mash, things that were supposed to be sides brought at the very end we we'd finished all the other food.

Drinks were very slow.

Napkins approx 20cmx20cm so not suitable to put on your lap to cover anything up.

The general appearance of the upstairs where we sat was quite untidy; loads of boxes and wrapping everywhere outside the kitchen, carpets could do with being hoovered as looked like they had not been done in days, toilets as always could do with some attention (so can the ones at Star in the City).

Had a lot of potential, over all quite disappointed with Mr P's, shame as the menu looked very good.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was excellent and innovative, we really enjoyed trying the dishes. The salmon and mushroom macaroni were wonderful. Unfortunately, we had booked for the middle of the afternoon and were placed at a long table running parallel to the front window. This meant it was difficult to talk and when the window was opened because the rooms was becoming ‘stuffy’, we ended up chilly. Asked three times for a plate to eat the first dish and ended up using the serviettes. Finally got plates when the second dish arrived. Waited over 30 mins for drinks. Was informed there was a problem with the till receipt so order had been lost. Dishes came one at a time with a rather large wait between each one. This meant we got the side dish last and fifteen minutes after the other dishes and only after we had asked. People around our table seemed to be getting several dishes, drinks and immediate responses to requests. It didnt make for a relaxing meal because it felt awkward asking for basic service requests.

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KF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I read the website and the Chef's vision pulled me in. Restaurant pedigree bodes well - willing to pay and experience this one. Sadly, the experience fell well short. Service was poor and the food mediocre. Trying to be like a tapas bar but don't think of trips to Spain or even to La Tasca; an average, overpriced pub is more apt. Food nothing special just the stuff one buys from a supermarket these days presented on a board. Not impressed.

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MI
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed an evening here for my birthday, the food was great with a very good atmosphere! The service was excellent with great staff, we went with the Taste surprise which was very good value for money.

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JN
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

We were really looking forward to eating at Me Ps. But were really really disappointed. Bad service and way over priced. Wouldn’t recommend

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HR
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Reading about Andrew Pern’s other restaurants I thought this place would be pretty good. For anyone thinking of booking this restaurant, I would advise them to read up as much as possible. If you are a foodie take the Guardians review as a honest review. We read this review and still went ahead with the booking. Food really isn’t up to standard. Fried food, weird flavours. Clearly surviving off the name of the chef. We didn’t have a sharing platter, they did look very nice but it’s not really hard to just put meat and cheese on a board however they were pretty over priced for what you got, the most expensive £35.
We ordered a combination of small plates. Non particularly memorable. The mushroom macoroni was tasty but I would say served too al dent. We also had the calamari with squid ink aioli - not horrible but just your standard deep fried squid. The scallops and pork belly was over cooked - sauce was flavorless and pork belly was dry and tough. Black pudding scotch egg was ok but it was served with shop bought apple sauce!! Yuk!
We had the voulevant which was last to come - filled with seafood with a lobster bisque. This was possibly the worst dish I’ve ever eaten in my life. The bisque was horrendous, tasted really strong of vinegar it was also cold. We complained politely about this dish and they removed it from the bill. Apparently the dish gets mixed reviews and it’s supposed to be a hot/cold dish but it was just weird. They told us the sauce had been over reduced which is why it tasted of vinegar, I’d have thought the chef should have tasted the sauce before sending it out of the kitchen.
To top it all off we split the bill between each couple, paying on card and as we were leaving the waitress came over and asked us to pay 20p as the spilt hadn’t been worked out properly. We didn’t have cash so she wanted us to put 20p on a card. The transaction charges would have been more than 20p to process this payment! We told her we weren’t going to pay it.

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MA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was well prepared and, on the whole, very good quality, with some really interesting dishes, such as beetroot risotto and cauliflower tagine. Less successful were the black pudding scotch egg and the devilled kidneys, both of which lacked real flavour. The fishmongers platter was delicious but a little overpriced for the quantity provided.

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L
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Very disappointed after hearing good things about the food here. Difficult to make menu choices, needs more clarity on the menu. Asked waitress for help. Ordered the platters and a few extras. The vegetarian platter was very poor and on mentioning the poor value to the waitress she agreed and said the chef was embarrassed to send it out !! So why would you send it out?? She deducted 50% off the platter price, but that didn't really make up for a poor meal - real shame as I thought this place would be a find!

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D
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Hubby, daughter and myself thoroughly enjoyed our early evening meal at Mr P’s, lovely welcoming staff who patiently explained the food menu and gave advice on portion sizes and in what order it would arrive at the table
Food was delicious and will definitely visit again

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DF
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Well worth a visit.
A limited menu but food is extremely well cooked and tasty. Compliments to the chef.
Some good deals on drinks.
Cosy with good ambiance.
Staff are attentive and helpful.
Would attend again on a Thursday evening when there is live music.

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