Café 21 Set To Open In York

Newcastle hospitality with a Yorkshire twist. Café 21 is spreading its wings to set up a new home in York. Elysia Fryer chats to Terry Laybourne about his latest 21 Hospitality Group venture...
Café 21 York

Terry is a familiar face in the North East. Foodies from across the region will have a lot to say about his honest, wholesome hospitality – something that has set the bar high in the Newcastle dining scene for some time now.

From a stylish Quayside bistro and a traditional ale house, to a wine-bar café, a refined department store diner, a seafood counter and a butcher-led steakhouse, the group has created a market of its own in Newcastle.

Not to mention the most recent project, 21 at Home, a kerb-side collection service that has been bringing the 21 experience to homes across the North East since spring 2020.

21 Hospitality Group has, over the years, built up a solid relationship with Fenwick Newcastle – housing two of their restaurants within the Food Hall, and one on the first floor.

Following the ongoing success of Café 21 at Fenwick Newcastle, Terry and the luxury department store have collaborated once again to introduce his fabulous food to shoppers, tourists and locals in the Yorkshire capital.

Café 21 is a department store café that dares to be different. It’s a sociable and effortlessly stylish space, serving crafted comforts, lunch bites and sweet treats. It’s a place for friends to catch up over good coffee, to meet for business or to indulge in afternoon tea.

It has settled incredibly well into its home in Fenwick Newcastle over the years – offering the perfect place to rest the legs and switch off for a mid-shopping-trip lunch. It’s sleek, it’s chic and it has a certain buzz about it.

Fenwick’s founder once described the department store as a place ‘to delight the thoughtful woman’ – a sentiment that continues to hold true today, and shares the same values as that of Café 21.

So, with the Fenwick York’s in-store café in need of a contemporary facelift, the deep-rooted charm found in Terry’s venues seemed the perfect partnership.

Introducing Café 21 York – a light, bright and modern dining space, offering ample space to drink, dine and relax in comfortable, curved booth seating.

York diners will enjoy exceptional food in a friendly, cheerful setting.

The restaurant will be open from morning until early evening, so visitors can take a break from shopping for everything from a quick barista-made coffee, to breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or an early, seasonal supper.

“This is an exciting time for 21 Hospitality Group,” says Terry.

“I’m delighted to be once again working with Fenwick to introduce our dining experience to another of their stores.

“We’ve already collaborated on a number of restaurant projects and it’s a partnership that works very well, so I’m looking forward to bringing our great food to locals and visitors to York.

“Many people from the North East visit York, so hopefully they’ll enjoy seeing a familiar brand, and eating familiar food while they’re on location.”

Neil Setterfield, Store Director at Fenwick, York, says: “Visitors to Fenwick Newcastle have been enjoying Terry Laybourne’s great food for almost 15 years and I’m thrilled that visitors to the York store will be able to indulge in the same experience.

“Terry is an expert in his field, and highly regarded in the hospitality industry, so we are privileged that he’s bringing his food to Yorkshire.”

Terry, who was awarded an MBE in 1999 for his services to the hospitality industry, alongside many iconic accolades for his teams, including a Michelin Star and Restaurant Industry Lifetime Achievement Award, is forever looking at ways to breathe new life into the food world across the North. It’s fantastic to see him venturing out into new territories. Yorkshire is no doubt in for a treat.

Terry on York >>

What do you know about York’s food scene?

A fair bit actually. I have a number of friends who operate restaurants and cafés in the city, plus I’ve been visiting quite a bit lately.

Where does Café 21 sit in that offering?

I’d like to think that Café 21 sits comfortably alongside what’s already on offer. The York restaurant scene is really vibrant and pretty diverse. What we do isn’t at all groundbreaking, we focus heavily on the simple things and try to do them very, very well.

What can visitors expect to see on the menu?

A range of simple dishes, designed specifically for daytime eating using the best produce we can find.

What Café 21 staples can existing customers expect to find in York?

A number of 21 favourites; from Cheddar Cheese and Spinach Soufflé to Bircher Muesli and Gateau Esterhazy. Crowd pleasers to a fault.

Three words to describe the look and feel of the restaurant?

Light, bright and relaxed.


cafe21york.co.uk

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