Future Now: While in York

Aesthetica lists 5 Top Restaurants to visit after a long day of thought-provoking sessions at Future Now, soaking up the rich heritage and buzzing culture of the city; York has a dynamic range of independent local businesses offering unique places to eat, drink and shop within the ancient city walls.

El Piano

Founded in 1997, El Piano offers a delicious and award-winning plant-based, gluten, nut, refined sugar and palm oil free menu. The concept involves building your own plate from an appetising range of hot dishes, fritters, salads and much more sourced from local ingredients.

House of Trembling Madness

Below, a well-stocked beer shop, above, one of York’s most atmospheric bars, in the roof space of a medieval hall. Part of the building dates from Norman times, some of the beams were part of a ship more than 800 years ago, providing one of the best ranges of craft ales in the UK.

Ambiente Tapas

Serving gourmet tapas in one of our four vibrant, yet relaxed restaurants is what Ambiente is all about.  It’s inspired by tapas served in traditional Spanish “tabancos” and influenced by tastes and flavours from around the world.

Yak and Yeti

The Yak & Yeti (Gurkha) Restaurant is first Nepalese restaurant in York. The venue boasts a warm and friendly atmosphere, serving up some of the finest dishes that reflect ethnic diversity and cultural heritage, combining the many tastes that encompass all of the diverse regions within the country.


A piece of bohemian Paris tucked away in the atmospheric back streets in the heart of York’s fashionable The Quarter. This perennial favourite independent, family-owned wine bar also offers a bistro menu including burgers, mezze and baguettes to accompany the wine list and selection of bottled beers and spirits.

Future Now runs 25-26 May at York St John University. For more information: www.aestheticamagazine.com/art-prize/symposium-2017

1. Jim Poyner.