As you may know by now, a key part of my philosophy and ethos behind my food and lifestyle decisions is the environmental impact that my choices have. There doesn’t seem to be much point to eating a so-called healthy, vegan meal if the ingredients have been sourced in an environmentally damaging way from all four corners of the globe. It is great to see more businesses that share this mentality, especially outside London and the really big cities. A friend of mine mentioned recently that she had started working for a new restaurant in York called Source, that aims to obtain all it’s ingredients from within a fifty mile radius, and I knew that I had to try it out. Tucked just off the centre of York in Castlegate, Source is really easy to get to. The space is decorated with reclaimed wood, patterned cushions and lots of green plants (which, as Stuart noted, is right up my street!). Our booking was timed right and gave Stuart and I a choice of tables, so we tucked ourself up in an alcove that let us watch all the goings on in the restaurant and street outside.
Source sells a selection of drinks from local brewers and distillers, so I could get my Mason’s gin and tonic fix whilst Stuart went for an ale by a Whitby micro brewery. The menu is split into starters and sharing dishes, slow cooked meats, superfoods and vegetarian mains, which made navigating the choices very easy. As I decided to have a whole roasted cauliflower for myself, I opted to have a grilled avocado and lime starter to balance out my fats and carbohydrates. This also marked Stuart finally trying and liking avocado, which was a definite win for me! I’ve made baked eggs in avocado before but the grilled avocado was a game changer for me -so simple, and seriously satisfying. Although it is fairly obvious which dish is likely to be a starter and which will be a sharing option, do check if in doubt. The avocado was a generous enough portion to share, but could have happily been eaten alone.
The thought of eating an entire cauliflower for dinner sounded a little odd, but the description of the tomato sauce had me sold. It came out beautifully cooked but not burnt, and the sauce was really well seasoned and garlicky (as was pointed out to me when I got in the car for a lift back…). Meanwhile, Stuart opted for pulled chicken served with homemade cornbread and a chorizo and sweetcorn salsa, which looked fantastic.
Unsurprisingly, we were a bit too full for dessert, but from what I have seen of the eton mess and tiramisu and their reviews, puddings follow the same standard as the mains. A couple across from us were given a complimentary dessert as a thank you for being the first ever customers a few weeks previously, which was really lovely. There’s a lot to be said for businesses that give back.
Throughout the evening, Stuart and I felt really well looked after, with Katie and the team all being warm and friendly. Despite the wide variety of food on offer, the menu felt cohesive, with something for everyone. Having been used to a single solitary vegetarian offering in many places, this was really appreciated by me. With so many other tempting dishes including BBQ pulled jackfruit (something I have never seen served anywhere else), shakshuka and a sharing nachos plate with a black bean dip, both Stuart and I were left looking forward to our next visit.