When you’re in York, you’ve got to sample the many coffee shops on offer, haven’t you? On our last trip there, we opted for The Fossgate SOCIAL. Here’s our verdict:
Coffee at The Fossgate Social, York
In August, I ventured to York for a day out. One of the places I was itching to visit was The Fossgate Social. It’s dubbed a ‘coffee bar’. In the day time, it’s a coffee shop. Come night time, it turns into a fantastically snug bar.
I’d seen it scattered across Instagram, of all places. Pretty, and cosy, this York (generally tourist-free) haven stood out to me.
You can’t really miss it when you’re walking down Fossgate. It’s got a grey and orange exterior. When you walk inside, you’re greeted with unique decor, good music murmuring away in the background, and also the cosiest interior I’ve ever experienced in a coffee shop. In fact, ‘cosy’ is an understatement.
I was really sad we didn’t get to stay for a little longer, but it was our last place on the itinerary before our train was due. We got a little lost trying to find Fossgate too; so it meant we had less time to enjoy our cappuccinos nestled in the cosiness.
We sat in a little incove near the back door. Most of the seats are wooden benches, with plenty of plumpy cushions to keep you comfy. If I remember rightly, there are some tables and chairs near the front of the cafe. The Fossgate Social’s got an outdoor seating area too! (Although it’s probably not the right weather for al fresco coffee guzzling at the moment, is it?)
It’s situated in the city centre, but still quite well hidden to your casual tourist, like us. As I mentioned, we got quite lost and ended up walking aimlessly around York Minster a couple of times. Thanks to the assistance of Google Maps, we found it eventually though!
The atmosphere at The Fossgate Social
This is how they describe themselves:
“a small but perfectly formed licensed coffee bar, snuggled away in York’s foremost foodie quarter. Located on a street full of fellow independents, our relaxed, atmosphere makes us a little bit special…”
We went there at about 6pm; roughly the time that they’re transforming into more of a bar than a coffee shop – The time where customers who are seeking a caffeine fix, like us, are few and far between, and most are actually there for a pint in a laid-back atmosphere.
If you’re local to York, they also run an open mic evening each Tuesday, which I’d love to go to, but it’s a bit far to travel from Derbyshire! I’m sure it’s a lovely, intimate venue for open mic events!
Have you visited The Fossgate SOCIAL?
The Fossgate SOCIAL,
You can find more out about The Fossgate Social on their website.