Most weeks I like to take a half day on Friday, my reasoning being that it makes up for every evening where I usually do a couple of extra hours work between 7-9pm.
I have to say that this is a somewhat flexible rule. Sometimes emails need answering, or I want to talk to clients at a time which suits them. On these occasions I always stay in the office and crack on, taking my time back during an evening the following week. (You have to carve out time for yourself or you will burn out, I learnt this the hard way!)
Often I will use my Friday afternoons to meet friends for coffee, hang out with Des or go for lunch. This usually takes place in the centre of York, which can be tricky at the moment, as the city is at full August tourist capacity.
It's often a rather good strategy to escape the hustle and bustle and head outside the city walls to try somewhere new. I was therefore very happy to oblige when York on a Fork got the invite to come and check out the new Field and Fawcett cafe one Friday afternoon.*
For anyone who has tried to source fine wine in York, Field and Fawcett is the obvious destination. After a decade as a successful wine merchants and delicatessen, they have decided to add a cafe offering to the shop, as good wine and good food is obviously quite a winning combination.
So with a Friday afternoon clear and our curiosity piqued, Grace and I went down to check out the new cafe offering and see whether it lives up to the high standards and reputation of the existing shop.
First impressions were very good. The staff were extremely inviting, as was the cafe interior.
After a small glass of champagne to start off our meal in style, Grace and I got down to the tricky business of choosing from the well balanced lunch menu.
As I had skipped breakfast, I decided to go for something a bit more substantial in the belly pork, which came with pea puree, mustard mash and caramelized apple.
The portion was spot on, if not on the rather large side! I would be very happy to be served this at dinner in all honesty. The pork belly was full of flavour and melting to the touch. The mash and caramelized apple added spice and zing, cutting through the fatty pork nicely.
Grace, being slightly less greedy than myself, went down the Hot Deli Sandwitch route with a Spanish Chrotizo and Mahon cheese medley. Her feedback was very positive - a good sandwich, but better.
The best advice I have ever been given is to never refuse cake when it is offered, so accordingly, we were obliged to sample a slice of Pecan Tart, served with lashings of cream.
Made in house, the tart had a lovely texture, with nice big pecan chunks and crisp pastry. All of the cakes looked pretty delicious in all honesty, with a selection of pastries available also.
Overall, Grace and I were very impressed. The service was lovely and the food was certainly above my normal "cafe" expectations (in terms of what the menu offered and the quality.)
Field and Fawcett is very well placed for people looking to stop off on the A64, as it's literally right off the Grimston Bar roundabout.
It's also worth considering if you are having a meeting at the University of York, as it's about a 5 minute drive from both campuses.
I will undoubtedly start using the cafe as a base of operations for meetings over the eastern side of the city, as it has free parking and free wifi!
Of course I couldn't leave without picking up a bottle to go with dinner! Faced with an extremely expansive collection, it was hard to know where to start! This actually provided an apt opportunity to ask for something that I have been unable to find on the supermarket shelves.
I was specifically looking for a Galician white to go with seafood and whilst I couldn't remember the exact name of the variety, the staff knew exactly what I was talking about from my garbled description - "It's white, very salty, from Galicia, yeah... very salty and dry!"
The Cafe at Field & Fawcett,
Bingley House Farm,
Grimston Bar, York
*Our lunch was complimentary, my review is honest as always.