Mr P's Curious Tavern

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405 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Tapas / Small Plates

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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
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Pumas49Baabaas31
London
3 reviews
Reviewed on 25 June 2019
Overall3foodserviceambience

Not bad, but not brilliant either. Can no longer just pop in for a drink. Prefer the Star Inn the City or the Star Inn the Harbour. Or the Star Inn Harome.

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davidr
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant with excellent well prepared food. Good and inexpensive wine list from the owner’s private stock.

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ElspethT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food
I think they might have been short staffed the night we went as service was slow and the staff seemed a bit fraught/tense

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Missselfridge
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third visit. As always delicious food and drinks particularly the gin menu! Service excellent. Can’t fault anything that’s why we keep coming back.

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LeeW
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Really great food if you can ignore the crazy decor.

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Starbar
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Booked as Star in the City was closed and pleasantly surprised. The place is a bit quirky and the menu has just been revamped to make it easier to follow. We had chicken wings and crab as starters both of which were very good, followed by Hake. Whilst £20 sounds expensive it was a big bit of fish and really tasty. We closed with a cheese board between us which was great. Nice wine and overall great service - would return.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Not much to choose from the evening menu. Expensive for you get.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The room upstairs felt out of the way with limited decoration and ambience, the menu was limited especially for vegetarian choices.
And the food was bland & uninspiring, the curried chips and mayo were good, experience generally ordinary and over priced for what it was.
The staff however were friendly.

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MCPi
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

I ws so looking forward to visiting Mr P's having checked the menu (I have allergies so needed to know there was a choice of things I could have). The decor also looked fun! When we arrived however we were presented with an unrecognisable menu and overheard another waiter tell their diners 1st Feb was a new menu, the first time it had been changed and was therefore reduced as the chef got used to it. There was 1 thing on the whole menu I could eat. Never mind let's move on - my husband and I were out for my birthday and I didn't want to make a fuss. When it did arrive the food was delicious but my goodness so so overpriced!! I don't know where Mr P's is trying to pitch itself but I will not be going back. They have a 'small plates' section to use as a tapas collection where most of the dishes are over £10. They recommend you have 3 or 4! My goodness so expensive. Finally ambience. It was bloomin' freezing. I mean ridiculously cold to the point it really impacted our enjoyment - and we were sitting away from the door. The couples near the door were eating with their coats on! Come on Mr P, if you're charging the earth don't scrimp on the heating and install a door closer! One lady got very upset when for the 5th time customers came in and left the door to swing shut but it just stopped halfway back letting in the bitterly cold wind. I do not recommend this restaurant. Spend your well earned cash somewhere better value for money with more choice and heating!

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GrahamK
Cheshire
11 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Not our cup of tea at all odd menu sorry won’t return

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Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Nice enough place for a meal but I thought it was well over priced for the dishes, I had a small cauliflower tagine which was £10 😮 and we had about 5 other dishes which all come out as they are ready, which we didn’t mind. All the furniture is mismatched tables and chairs and the table we had was VERY wobbly every time my boyfriend put his elbows on the table I had to hold on to my wine glass.

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Cass
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Servers were excellent, very friendly. We had a lady with ginger curly hair (Apologies I cant remember her name) she was fantastic: v friendly despite being so busy.

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LynneP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a lovely lunch and the service was great but unfortunately it was a really cold day which made the whole place seem cold we had to ask to be moved to a seat near the back - maybe a few more heaters would be a good idea - we will return but probably wait until the summer.

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DeborahD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great atmosphere in a wonderfully old building in central York. There was an outstanding choice of food and the quality was excellent . We were almost spoilt for choice with the range of gins -must try to work through the list !
Overall a thoroughly enjoyable lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Went for a quick lunch with my sister , decor was cute and comfortable . Ordered two glasses of wine , one of which didn’t arrive and I had to ask again . Food was tasty and would recommend this place for the food . Ordered some olives which never arrived , we weren’t asked at any point by the servers if we were okay or if we needed anything else , the plates sat on the table for a long time before they were cleaned off and some servers even looked away while walking past . We were sat next to the bar and three of the staff kept huddling and talking about a mobile phone . When I pointed out the olives that never arrived was still on the bill (to the same server who I had to remind about the wine) they were taken off the bill but there was no further apology or attempt to make up for the errors which was disappointing considering the price tag isn’t cheap.

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KateyD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a really enjoyable evening here catching up after not having seen each other for a year. The food was delicious and we were given good advice on how much to order. The only slight downside was that we were seated at the bottom of the stairs and so felt a little perched at the sides of the table rather than opposite each other and this location was also a little cold. However, that said I would not hesitate to recommend this venue as the food and service were fabulous.

DE
DavidEthanB
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The restaurant was very cold due to the front door being left open by customers coming and going

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Took the family, everyone gave it a full 5 out of 5.

CK
CraigK
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here on New Year’s Eve and the food and service was outstanding!!!! We ordered several small plates and they came really quickly one after another. Gorgeous place, amazing food, unvbelievable value!!! Thank you

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PaulP
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

What a fantastic little find - random restaurant but a great atmosphere and some fantastic dishes amid the tapas-esque choices can be had. Great wine, great beer - but bear in mind it’s generally fairly expensive across the board.

CB
CarolineB
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Nice food, went in for lunch time special as advertised on the web site. Waitress didn’t seem to have any knowledge of it!
The back of the restaurant looked positively scruffy and needed a good hoover. We visited in between Christmas and new year so that could be why. Was nice enough but probably won’t go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food
Attentive team
Great building

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FionaG
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

A disappointment sadly. The food was fine but not stunning. The menu was short on the advertised ‘small plates’ and some of the staff were to be polite uncaring. Just a poor experience overall mainly down to the staffing. Could be so much better with a little training.

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SoniaP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic quirky little place. Excellent food. Would defiantly return

DC
DavidC
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our visit on Christmas Eve was our first and was a great experience.The staff were helpful and attentive throughout and the food was delicious and creative.We would certainly return on a future visit to York.

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GlenS
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pretty excellent all round - nice staff, delicious food - slight let down at the end - the coffees were made with a “pod” machine which was a poor end and then there was no facility to make us Liqueur Coffees, no Sambuca, no Amaretto - all of which was a surprise given the excellence that preceded this.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall very good but didn’t like having a begging dog at the table next to us. I don’t feel dogs should be in this calibre of place especially on a wet day when dog fur smells.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food great friendly service comfortable atmosphere

NH
NeilH
Glasgow
5 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A most enjoyable menu for sharing socially, would happily eat there again

CB
ClareB
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food great service good atmosphere all round wonderful evening

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Lovedyork
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were really looking forward to a well deserved night out, came recommended and there was nothing bad with anything we had (special set menu for 2 &£70) but honestly, I just don’t think there was £70 work of food. What we received was very different to what is on the menu unfortunately (2 vegetarian dishes) and therefore a tad disappointing. Lovely place but slightly over priced!

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Justine
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food was ok not as good as our first visit a couple of years ago, not enough staff to serve all the tables as we had to ask numerous times for drinks etc. Felt very forgotten due to not enough staff for all the tables. Sat near the door with a continual cold draft from the door being left open

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent!

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

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Iloveholidays
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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 .

PB
PhilB
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Expensive for what it was and surroundings not the best

TF
TracyF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience1

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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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

SM
StewartM
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience3

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.

LT
LornaT
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Mr P's Curious Tavern is rated 4.2 stars by 405 OpenTable diners.