Growing up outside of Seattle, Washington, I have become used to the overabundance of fresh, local, organic food stores that seem to pop up out of nowhere. Picking up something to eat or drink that I know is delicious and fresh was a extreme luxury. My summers consisted of freshly pressed juice made at home from organic, farmers-market produce that was so earthy you could practically taste the air and sunshine. In short, I was spoiled with my food options.
Moving to England, it is much more difficult to find such food, especially in York. English food is vastly different from what I am used to and it’s been an adventure trying things out (note: do not try black pudding). I’ve had an amazing time wandering into the city and trying various restaurants and cozy cafes. There is so much food and life here in York, I worry I won’t be able to absorb even a fraction of it before I have to leave.
That being said, sometimes I find myself craving a little taste of home. In the midst of amazing, hearty restaurants and pubs, I found Filmore and Union. F&U prides itself as being a health restaurant through and through. The York branch provides a quaint downstairs cafe area, and an upstairs restaurant if you fancy yourself a proper sit down meal. I usually stick to the smaller downstairs bit, which is equipped with lovely white and grey tones, complete with lush greenery that truly does give off the whole health vibe.
Not only can you literally taste the freshness from the food and drinks, but F&U offers an extremely wide range of gluten free products (100% of their evening menu is gluten free!), as well as vegan. The founding couple truly commit themselves to an overall healthy lifestyle, drawing upon their time spent in California for inspiration.
Everytime I walk into F&U I feel an immediate sense of ease and comfort. They tout that they use farmer’s market fresh ingredients in their recipes, and new and exciting monthly additions can be found on many of the menus. My current favorite juice of the moment is called Raw Energy and includes apple, spinach, cucumber, broccoli, lemon and ginger. Absolutely delicious and sweet to taste! Their gluten free granola is also popular as well, which is pictured above. I do not get to F&U as much as I would like, but each time I go it is a magical treat. I love to grab a fresh juice to go and take a walk around the Minster, which is right around the corner.
Does anyone else love to explore different food options? What are some local favorites of yours? Share in the comments below!
**This is not a sponsorship, but true and honest opinion from my experience