Last year, on one of my ventures into York, we’d called into Judges Lodgings for food and had been very impressed with the delicious food as well as the cheery service and atmospheric venue.
It was with great sadness then that on my last few visits to the city The Judges Lodgings were closed for refurbishment.
But thankfully, refurbishments don’t take forever, and all the new works have been completed! I learnt that last weekend would not only give me my first opportunity to visit, but that to celebrate their grand re-opening there was also 50% off food! It was all the excuse I needed to head on over.
The place is looking lovely for its new makeover – not lost any of its old Yorkshire charm but is looking distinctly lighter and brighter. Little miss was hugely impressed with the doggy cushions and I think one or two of these from empty tables might have found their way to our seating area (apologies to whoever had to put these back in the right place after we left!)
A selection of board games was a nice touch, giving the kids (and adults!) plenty of distracting entertainment while we waited for our food. A very tense connect four tournament ensued!
We visited on a Sunday which was a smooth move as it meant a Sunday Roast was available in addition to the regular menu items. I couldn’t resist the pull of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, and ordered myself one of these. It was completely amazing. The beef was up there with the best I’ve ever had – so juicy and tender, it was an absolute joy. The crispy-on-the-outside-fluffy-on-the-inside roast potatoes were just as impressive, and I don’t think I’ve ever meat a Yorkshire pudding I didn’t enjoy!
Little miss got a kids version of the roast dinner (though it came with a full-sized Yorkshire pudding that she refused to share!) and we got a generous amount of vegetables to share between us. I didn’t get a look in with the cauliflower cheese as the kids devoured it between them in no time. I was left all the green beans though!
Being newly-opened, they hadn’t quite got their children’s menu organised when we called in, but were happy to provide child-size portions of any of the main menu dishes. Little miss polished off all her dinner in no time, and the little fella seemed to enjoy his fish and chips just as much. We also had a adult-sized gammon which I am assured was amazing too!
I’m always excited by dessert though, and after everyone I was with quickly declared they were having the Sticky Toffee Pudding I thought I’d be the odd one out and try something different. In the end it had to be the Strawberry Daiquiri Eton Mess – strawberries infused with Bacardi and lime with meringue and whipped cream. Once again, amazing. It was so sweet and creamy that I struggled to finish it all – but somehow I soldiered on! It was very special and delicious!
I can gather from the smiling faces and empty bowls that the sticky toffee pudding went down very well too!
I’m really glad to have this place back on York’s food scene. They also offer rooms if anyone is looking for somewhere to stay in York, it’s right in the center and I can only imagine how good the included breakfast would be!
The Judges Lodgings is one of Thwaites Inns Of Character – you can find details of their other inns here, and I’ll look forward to visiting some of the others in the future if any of this one is anything to go by!