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Grays Court
Grays Court,
Chapter House St

01904 612 613
In a city as renowned for its historic relics as it is its superb
selection of afternoon tearooms, it is difficult to decide on the
best. However, right up there must be Grays Court - a building
dating back to 1080, first commissioned by the original
Archbishop of York, and now claiming to be the oldest
continuously occupied house in the country. (We now know of 3
other such tearooms making the same claim...)

Nonetheless, the current proprietors seamlessly combine the
beautifully preserved surroundings with what must be some of the
best homemade cakes in York. Truly a tearoom for all occasions,
light, airy rooms with tables for families and friends are
juxtaposed between alcoves perfect for a romantic tryst. The
service was speedy and charming, with excellent knowledge of
their different blends of loose tea available. Hidden away behind
large formidable gates yet in the very centre of the city, it is easy
to escape for an hour or two.

On a final note, we feel obliged to warn you of the multiple alleged
"other wordly" sightings. The subtle suggestions made by the
staff were made certain in Lilly's mind when, upon returning from
the bathroom she found only half of her chocolate brownie
remaining and a totally baffled Amos.