Filmore and Union, York Station
On Platform 8 at York Station, you’ll find Filmore and Union, a refreshingly healthy café which takes its inspiration from the streets of San Francisco. Wave bye-bye to pasties and cardboard sandwiches and say hello to smoothies, soups and seasonal salads.
Eating healthily when you’re travelling is always a challenge so it’s fantastic when inspiring places like Filmore & Union buck the trend. If you’ve over-indulged in the City of Chocolate, come here to get a healthy and delicious dose of vitamins. Everything they sell is perfect to take with you on your journey or to take back to your hotel room after a long day’s sightseeing. It’s delicious too.The Foodie Travel Guide
- Healthy eating on the go
- Enjoy a delicious lunch
- Themed supper evenings
- Exercise classes
From the Streets of San Francisco to York
After a trip to San Francisco in 2011 – the land of healthy eating and great service – Adele, a former wellness clinic owner, and her nephew Wil, a Michelin star chef, came up with the concept for Filmore & Union. They wanted to use delicious whole foods to create nutrient-rich meals, simple seasonal dishes they could prepare from scratch in their own kitchens.
Eat Good Food on the Move
If you find yourself bleary-eyed and waiting for an early morning train at York station, you can pick up a pot of their freshly made organic porridge to kick-start your day. Their café may be bijou but it churns out delicious food. If you’ve got time to kill, sit down and enjoy some train spotting as you savour a wholesome wrap, seasonal salad, soup or tagine. There’s organic coffee too and fresh juice blends. Add a shot of aloe vera, wheatgrass, hoodia or acacia for an extra kick.
First World War Buffet
Visitors to York’s Castle Museum, will discover that this is all a world away from how life was in York when the First World War broke out. In 1915, a Committee of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Buffet was opened in York Railway Station. Run by a group of volunteers, it provided food and drink to servicemen for a small fee. The canteen lasted over 3 years and served a staggering 18,000 men a week. It seems impossible to imagine now.
Be a Lady Who Lunches in York
If you fancy a longer sit down lunch, visit Filmore & Union’s second café in York at Lower Petergate (they have six more in locations including Harrogate and Wetherby). Try dishes such as chicken and date tagine or haddock fishcakes. Don’t miss their delicious Blondie Bite served with natural yoghurt and a berry compote. With its open kitchen, shabby chic interiors and wine list, it’s definitely one for the ‘ladies who lunch’.
- Check the Filmore & Union website for their regular tapas nights and themed brunches
- Train enthusiasts can grab a bite to eat and then walk up the road to York’s Railway Museum where entry is free
- Buy their nut-free pesto and spread it on toast with eggs for brunch
- Check out their yoga and exercise classes available in locations such as Leeds
Did you know that kale contains more iron per calorie than beef? Eat it raw in salads or sauté it for a warm addition to your evening meal
WHERE TO STAY IN YORK
The Bar Convent
Situated in the heart of York, The Bar Convent is just over 300m from York Railway Station.
Rooms from £38 a night.
Hotel du Vin
In the Mount area, the Hotel du Vin features elegant boutique rooms and a bistro-style restaurant.
Rooms from £94 a night.
This is my favourite place ever. They welcome me, make their own dog treats and host special ‘Doggie Brunches’. I’m hoping when I visit, they make me ‘Dog of the Week’.