If you’re looking for a pub and wine bar in York’s city centre without the, well, plonkers, head to Cumberland Street, sidestep the manacles of York Dungeon and step inside Plonkers, a stylish watering hole and restaurant on the riverside that’s perfect for a meetup with friends and colleagues. The cellars are stacked to the rafters with wines, spirits, beer and ale, and the menu is equally stacked with Thai, European, and British cuisine, with Sunday lunches being particularly popular – plus most Sundays sees Plonkers mic up live music.
When you enter Plonkers’ handsome two-storey premises from Cumberland Street you’re faced with a bar whose diverse tipples have earned the pub a reputation around York as being one of the city centre’s most comprehensive. Plenty of beer on tap and in bottles, red, white, and sparkling wines, Champagnes, cocktails – you name it, Plonkers can drop it down in front of you. As for the food, most of the action happens upstairs in a second bar with more of a restaurant atmosphere. It’s here that Plonkers Sunday carvery takes place, as well as a la carte dining with plenty of Asian, European, and British dishes on offer.
Plonkers menu takes in breakfast, snacks and light bites, and full meals. Grab a vegetarian platter or meat and cheese platter for two before tackling main courses like classic British beer-battered haddock and chips, Italian lasagne, Mexican burritos, Thai curries and more. If you’ve got a real appetite after taking in the sights in and around York city centre, go for something from the grill. Burgers and steaks are popular options.
All staff was lovely and friendly. Good service and was checking we we’re happy. Food was lovely had Sunday roast. Good portion size for good appetites 😂. Would recommend
Great food, great service, great location & great atmosphere. Welcoming staff and friendly atmosphere with a great selection of tasty food at good prices. Will definitely go again.
Really good service food was very good , just a bit noisy with people packed drinking stood up next to your table but that's the hazard of a small narrow area.
Great value for money, fantastic food, amazing staff, very welcoming, nothing was too much trouble. Good atmosphere, great selection of drinks, fab location. Well worth a visit.
Realising I was on my own for the weekend as hubby was away with work I made a reservation at Plonkers for Sunday lunch just for me. A little later I had a phone call to check that my table was for one and not 11. This mistake had happened before apparently. I arrived just before 1pm. My table was waiting with menu so I sat down and immediately was asked if I would like a drink. The lady explained the Sunday carvery was also available with a selection of meats. I chose the beef carvery which came with a selection of vegetables potatoes stuffing gravy and an enormous Yorkshire pudding. The meal was delicious and the service fantastic. I have been several times to this restaurant on an evening but never for Sunday lunch. I will definitely be back and next time maybe take my husband
On entering Plonkers we were quickly seated at our reserved table. The young waitress who came to take our order was very attentive and ordered our meals and drinks in no time at all. She returned later to enquire about further drinks and surprisingly, despite the large number of customers, she was able to repeat our order from memory. Unfortunately, although the meals were well presented when delivered to our table, once we tasted them they had obviously been very much over salted in the kitchen. This related to both the meat in the ale pie and the gravy served with it. The crust on the pie was hard and any attempt to chew it was a lost cause. All in all the evening was spoilt by the inefficiencies of the kitchen staff.
Really great atmosphere and brilliant, attentive helpful staff. We arrived later than expected due to traffic but staff were aware we were seeing show at opera house and got our meals cooked to order and with enough time to eat comfortably before show. Returned back after show and atmosphere still good with good music being played from the dj behind the bar. Saw some of the crew from show and enjoyed people watching and a good few gin/ tonics. Will definitely recommend and return when back visiting York.
A great welcome from the staff who provided friendly and attentive service throughout our visit. The chilli was hot but very nice and the lasagne was lovely. I can totally recommend Plonkers and I would definitely visit again.
Very accommodating waitress who arranged a larger mezze starter to share and made us welcome. The fish mezze starter was very good and the main a hanging chicken kebab was also very tasty. The only negative was a male staff member who served the food and appeared defensive bordering on aggressive when asked a couple of questions I. E. Have you forgotten the glass of wine? This was asked because the rest of us had received our drinks several minutes earlier. His unfortunate manner resulted in a reduced tip.
Having been to Plonkers a couple of weeks ago for the Sunday carvery I treated my husband and granddaughter. It didn't disappoint. What a lovely way to spend a Sunday. Will be back very soon