Mr P's Curious Tavern

4.2
329 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tapas
  • Casual
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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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
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Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.3
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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good place - staff were very helpful and friendly, cocktails lovely and food interesting and well presented. lovely evening.

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TB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I reserved a table several days in advance, stating that it was for a birthday celebration. We were offered a "perch" in the window - not ideal - which we declined and were instead offered a cramped table in the far corner at the back, under the stairs. My husband had to be careful not to pull his chair back too far as there was s step down right behind his chair. We ordered one of the very expensive sharing plates for our pre-theatre supper. It looked a lot smaller than on the picture. The cheese was oily and sweaty, and not in a condition I would have served at home if using up left overs, and the salad, such as it was, had definitely seen better days. Overall a disappointing experience. On the plus side, the place was atmospheric, and the staff friendly. I would probably stop by again for a bowl of olives and a glass of wine, but couldn't recommend the place for any kind of celebratory meal.

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable...loved the small plates format

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HM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Brilliant little gem, great staff, fab menu, reasonably priced. Will definitely come again.

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BW
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I took my partner here as the start of his 30th birthday celebrations and we both absolutely loved it! The food was outstanding and the atmosphere was lovely! The only criticism is that although we got asked how are food was, we didn’t get offered a drink after our first! We had to try and attract someone over, even after placing our empty glasses at the end of the table with our empty plates. So I think for the price you are paying service could have been more attentive. However saying that I will certainly be good back!

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AR
Lancashire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Service poor - place very unkempt - food good - need to get act together to attract repeat custom.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We received a phone call whilst on our way to the restaurant to inform us that our booking (which was booked online via open tables) could not be honoured due to Mr P incompetence with their staff who rang to confirm the booking only to ring later to cancel it as they did not have a table. If that’s the booking line service I don’t think we will bother having a meal. Staff could not care less. Had good meal at rattle Owl. I would suggest you try there.

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ST
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We were offered a window table but quickly declined as there was a picture on the floor leaning against the chair/stool, attempting to hide a plug socket/multi socket adapter. We were seated and the menu explained, unfortunately at that point a 'local food tour guide' arrived and waited for his friend, he asked the waitress for a short cocktail, to only then complain that it was tiny and how he knows Andrew Pern and £7.5 was too expensive, this man essentially ruined our evening by complaining at every opportunity.

The meal itself was great, there was a hair in the ratatouille the waitress apologised but was quite busy dealing with the "connoisseur" on the other table to say anything else.

The seafood platter was great, oysters delicious, although had to ask for more toast as 1 slice of toast between 2 people seems a little tight for the amount of food offered.

The summer sundae was nice maybe a touch too sweet, but the affogato made up for it!

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SM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

On a rate date night, we shared 5 dishes between the 2 of us - for a pre-theatre meal this was a good size.

Highly recommend the food here, 4 of the 5 dishes blew our socks off with their awesomeness! If we had more time we would absolutely have dived into the extensive gin menu too.

Setting: casual and a little trendy. I rocked up in shorts and a polo and felt comfortably part of the scene. Will definitely return!

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LC
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Delicious interesting food. And great there is a kid's menu, which our two enjoyed.

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JC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good- the service however was disappointing

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LM
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Had a really great evening. The food was delicious but the service was a little slow which was probably due to the fact that the place was very busy. Would definitely go back again.

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WT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant food, staff and atmosphere. Highly recommend if you are after something a bit different to the boring.

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KK
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunate experience was seated straight away but after over 15mins of been ignored we left i approached a member of staf to explain why we were leaving and told they had had a power cut. Very confused by this and extremely dissappointed

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R
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Full of curiosity! Great food wine and friendly staff

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EG
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We booked reasonably far in advance for dinner, and were about to be shown to a table upstairs, when after a "misunderstanding" the host showed us to what may have been the worst table in the restaurant. The menu and the food were nice, and the atmosphere was good too, but it was let down by the service which seemed patchy and unprofessional. We were served the wrong drinks, and then sometimes not served at all. I watched the man behind the bar wipe his nose on his hand and then carry on with what he was doing, which made my stomach turn. It was like a good restaurant and kitchen had been left at the hands of inexperienced staff who didn't quite know what they were doing.

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a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding the service was brilliant. Loved the shop also. Had calamari and meat platter was lovely this place if for people who appreciate good food.

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AT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good food, which is the point. Furnished as if from finds at a car boot sale, mismatching. Chairs not that comfortable. Service very good, efficient, friendly and knowledgeable. Loved the small plates, lots of fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Recommended for something a bit out of the ordinary.

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HG
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding. We couldn't decide on any of the menu as it all looked tempting so we went with the Chef Surprise menu & enjoyed the Pernshire Malbec that came with it that we ordered a bottle. Couldn't fault any of it. We will be back again soon.

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P
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Selco is food and wine , knowledgeable service, nice atmosphere, the meat platter is awesome , the addition of hot dogs is inspired !!

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SB
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal, creative quality food and fun lively atmosphere.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening with delicious food. Highlights were the lobster tacos, devilled chicken wings, black pudding balls and beef fillet. Live music on a Thursday night was good. Staff were great and helpful in recommending gin.

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MW
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Didn't know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised. 7 plate tasting surprise package is a real treat.

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good, but should have ordered more. Menu was good but limited desserts. Enjoyed but could have been better

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HW
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We booked a table for 7.30pm on Saturday 4th August. We arrived promptly, to be told that someone was sitting at our table and had not yet finished. We were offered an alternative table upstairs which we accepted and followed the server upstairs to find that there were no available tables upstairs either. We were taken back downstairs and offered a drink at the bar, the space in the downstairs room was very tight, packed with tables and there was very little room to stand comfortably and wait. Lots of the tables (including the one that was reserved for us but not available) were high up bar type tables with stools which I feel are not really acceptable or comfortable for eating dinner from especially when you are looking at a £50+ per head dining experi nice. We decided to leave at this point and find an alternative place to eat.

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DD
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent array of small bites. Limited seating so book ahead.

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DM
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true gem in historic York. Another one of Andrew Pern's establishments and you can tell that the menu and food has been crafted by a chef who holds a Michelin star. Fantastic tapas, great staff and fantastic value for money when compared to how much you'd spend at a "chain" establishment.

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A
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We met our friend for dinner there who we do not see very regularly. We all enjoyed our meal very much, but our friends had to request that the music b turned down a little.
Appreciate need a nice atmosphere but experiencing loud speakers above table not v good for conversation!

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KR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food not bad but expensive for what it is. Meats and cheese not much prep or cooking involved. Over priced.

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S
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Tapas type menu which, although not extensive, was very interesting. The specials of the day were also good. Service was exceptional. This really was a good tavern type restaurant with more emphasis on the food than the drink, even though the overall appearance was pub like. Good fresh ingredients were used to deliver food of a high quality with some very good seafood dishes. The sharing plates were a great idea and the broccoli tempura was exceptional. We loved it and it was a welcome change from the bog standard chain restaurant type fayre available in York as everywhere. The chef has a Michelin started restaurant elsewhere so I guess the quality of the food here reflected this fact but at more affordable prices.

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GW
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent and unusual food with local produce. Friendly and helpful staff. Good selection of wines. Do not over-order as Taps plate meals are very good portions. The ambience of the place is very quirky. Price is about right for the experience. Set in old historic part of York. Even has its own ghost.

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CD
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Initially sat on a table in the corner upstairs which you couldn't even get your legs underneath. Staff were helpful in moving us to a more suitable table. Ordered 7 course taster menu which was good except offered same course twice, and the risotto must've been sat on the pass for 30 mins as was very stodgy. Wine included in the price was only small glasses but adequate. Service for us personally was fine but we saw 2 couples leave without receiving their orders as they got fed up of waiting. We love the other Star Inn restautants but this one left us a bit unsatisfied.

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AD
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food excellent esp the tempura brochalli and the crab. Service friendly and quick. Wine reasonable. Looking forward to going back

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DD
Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great, delicious sharing plates in a convivial atmosphere. Excellent service.

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SW
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

First time visiting Mr P's and it was a nice experience. The service was really pleasant and friendly, and the staff knew the drinks menu and food menu inside out, which was really useful and a good sign! The food was good - not outstanding and a little bit same-y.

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YF
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As good as the rest of his *star* restaurants Good food good service friendly staff

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JA
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was great, unfortunately the service was appalling. We booked a table for 20.45, by 21.00 the restaurant started to quieten down and at this point I think all but 1 of the staff wanted to go home. No one was interested in taking additional drinks orders, our table was left uncleared of all used plates and glasses for the entirety of the meal. This is not a cheap place to eat we spent over £100 (we would of spent more but the time spent waiting to order drinks meant less drinks ordered) for 2 us to eat and although the food lives up to this the service certainly doesn’t, I left feeling ripped off really.
One of the waitresses was more interested in counting the tips jar on the bar next to our table rather than waiting on tables, needless to say I didn’t add to her collection. Definitely won’t be going back.

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BG
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A great tapas experience for cheese board lovers. Wine options are limited, that being said we found something we liked. Service was fantastic and food beautifully presented. The curried scotch egg is a must! Will definitely be back.

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently good.

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OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, staff were brilliant. All plates of tapas were delicious. Price was not too bad. Ended up being about £30 a head including wine.

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