Biltmore has established itself as one of York’s prominent hangouts – luring the serene and sophisticated, as well as the rowdy weekend crowds. It generates a heady atmosphere, fuelled by a commendable wine list and an exhaustive Champagne selection – as well as a cracking selection of mojitos, martinis, negronis, daiquiris and other classic cocktails. Food-wise, the kitchen delivers a familiar assortment of pizzas, pasta, grills, ‘glamburgers’ and other international favourites; more ambitious cooking is also available in the Vintage restaurant (Fri and Sat evenings only). Occupying what was the Elim Pentecostal church, Biltmore’s action revolves around the large, well-staffed bar, complete with a high ceiling and impressive, heavy-set beams, while the mezzanine above is a great spot to host a party. If you’re not keen on queuing, it’s best to arrive early.