Home to some of York’s fest slow-cooked meats, superfoods and vegetarian delights, Source offers a dining experience unlike any other in the city. This restaurant isn’t just for the health-conscious, it’s also for any person who happens to love seriously delicious food. From their 48 hour beef brisket or free-range pulled pork – sourced from regional British farms - to unique meat-free options like whole baked cauliflower and BBQ-style pulled jackfruit with cornbread, Source is leading the charge for great food on Castlegate. Plus, it’s conveniently located in the city centre just steps from Cliffod’s Tower, York Castle Museum and more of the city’s finest attractions, perfect for visitors and locals alike. Make a reservation to secure a table at this one of a kind restaurant.
Fantastic! Friendly service and amazing food. We had a lovely night. I was especially surprised by the southern fried “chicken”. Nice vegan wine too, although i was unable to buy it by the glass (white wine).
Totally top marks for Source. Very good food, delicious menu, locally sourced ingredients, freshly cooked, comfortable seating, warm atmosphere, very pleasant service - all 100% authentic, and with sight lines into the team of chefs' kitchen. Hurray! no taped music. Human voices and conversation, and relaxed environment. Family party of health conscious adults and burger-and-brownie-loving children all had a good time.
Great meat and vegetarian bbq-style food. Beautiful place, with a laid-back atmosphere and a variety of excellent wines (even a few vegan ones!) on offer.
Excellent choice for vegans, vegetarians AND meat-eaters. Very accommodating to dietary requirements, with lovely, warm service. If you've never envisaged such a thing, the vegan fried chicken is a must!
Source is a pretty unassuming restaurant, no big sign or lit frontage on Castlegate but ive been wanting to try this restaurant since i read a review in the Press. We werent disappointed, the restaurant has a really efficient booking system via Quandoo with reminders and guest sharing options. When we arrived we were greeted friendly and offered an option of tables, unfortunately nowhere to put our wet coats and umbrella but this isnt uncommon. The decor is really good, lots of wood and charm. There is an open kitchen but its not too noisy or smokey. The staff were excellent, there seemed to be 3 waiting staff and 3 chefs and they really did a great job since the restaurant rapidly filled to capacity at around 8pm. We had a relaxed time, never felt rushed or waited too long. The food, I had cauliflower florets with rocket and pomegranate: really imaginative but i did expect a bit more flavour, particularly from the dip, which was a bit bland. My partner had the grilled avocados, which were lovely. For main my partner had the chicken burger, which again contained avocado, shredded chicken and a very generous amount of haloumi. Everything looked homemade, the ketchup and mayonnaise included. I had the souce slow tray: a mixture of all the meats as i didnt want to miss out on trying any! Again, really good food and good portion size, not overwhelming but certainly full afterwards so we didnt try the deserts. A good range of wine and beers complimented the menu. Overall, a very good evening: well done all at Source!
A warm, friendly greeting; relaxed, informal surroundings; comfortable, cosy seating with cushions; and all of this BEFORE we considered the variety of menu options! With something for everyone, we chose to start with the spiralled potatoe (warm, delicately fried slices of potatoe on a skewer... ) and freshly made humous (more chickpea than tahini - if any - low on garlic and lemon, so the emphasis is on freshness and chickpeas) with warm flatbreads. “YUM!” To drink, a rare opportunity for a “glass” of Gavi rather than the usual “bottle restriction” in other restaurants! And Yorkshire Blackout; a chocolatey, treacley, malted dark beer - one of the best! For our mains... Ratatouille (circular slices of veg in a rich tomatoe sauce presented in an earthenware bowl), which was perfectly balanced, and Tabbouleh (bulgur wheat grains, broccoli, toasted almonds, goji berries, pumpkin seeds, to name a just a few ingredients). We shared a Yorkshire Halloumi, gently fried in honey to offset the saltiness. All of this left no room for dessert or coffee, much to our disappointment! The open kitchen added to the honest warmth of this eaterie, and with attentive and helpful service from Amber, “Source” at Castlegate is now one of our favourite York restaurants, and we’ve tried dozens! Looking forward to our next visit... Anthony & Andrea :-)
Source is a hard place to categorise. I've never been anywhere quite like it with a strong focus on vegetarian and to a lesser extent vegan food while also having excellent meat dishes. Decor is kind of rustic modern minimalist with excellent informal service. We were booked to eat at 18:00 and the last of our party didn't arrive until 18:30 but it was no problem. Only one of our party went for a meat tray and thoroughly enjoyed it. The rest of us went for veggie or salad dished. My Shakshuka, a kind of eggs in purgatory dish with more vegetables, was brilliant. Great flavour and just a little chilli heat. Also, make sure you try the cornbread which is beautifully light. No one could manage a pudding but the menu was interesting. Finally, the bill was very reasonable.
We took our 2 grandchildren aged 4 and 7 years before a panto. They chose from children's menu. One had pasta which went down well but the other had pizza which didn't. My husband had risotto and I chose haloumi from the starter menu and salad. Both were good. Disappointedly tea came in a MUG! at £2.50! Come on Source you can do better. Tea must always come in a teapot unless you are in a takeaway or transport cafe! The children then had ice cream. It was an OK meal but did not go beyond that. Total was £40.
This was our first visit to Source on the recommendation of a friend. We had the nachos to start with olives and bread. The bread was lovely and soft and the nachos really tasty. For main course the children had pizza and we had the pork burger and halloumi stack. All was delicious! Fantastic food, great service and a hit with the children!
Had a lovely evening at Source. The waitress was very cheerful and welcoming. She explained about GF diets as we were with a friend who required this. The menu is very good for all kinds of diets and we enjoyed the starters more than the mains but perhaps we might order something different next time! House wine very reasonably priced and easy to drink. All in all a very good experience. Thanks