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Date night coming up? Introducing fine dining restaurant Legacy at The Grand, York

Elegance, extraordinary dishes and a culinary experience, here’s what to expect on a date night at Legacy at The Grand, York.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 22.07.2023

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When planning a date night, it’s only right to want to find somewhere special to spend some well-needed quality time with your other half.

And a date night at Legacy at The Grand, York, is more than just a meal. You’ll get the taste of luxury through a memorable culinary experience, with the indulgent signature tasting menu and taste of Legacy menus that have been carefully curated with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and three wine pairing options from new, old and French wines led by their in-house sommelier.

Inside this new fine dining restaurant in York, you’ll get the chance to experience new flavour fusions you’ve never tried before. But what makes this dining destination so romantic is the elegance, extravagance and extraordinary dishes served in a unique, historical and iconic setting.

Home in the heart of the UK’s top five-star hotels: The Grand, York and after just opening their doors last year, Legacy has already made it to the Michelin Guide and was featured in The Telegraph’s Top 10 Restaurants in York.

Here are 6 reasons why you should book your next date night at one of the newest fine dining restaurants in York…


As soon as you walk through the door you’ll be welcomed with a world-class glass of English sparkling wine and canapés. Before Head Chef, Ahmed Abdalla, will personally greet you and bring the delicious dishes to life by talking through some of the collaborations of flavours on the menu.

Expect a warm and welcoming service and a truly memorable fine-dining experience where you’ll get the taste of luxury as you explore unique flavours made with a range of local produce. This, alongside a combination of attentive Yorkshire hospitality, delicious fine wines and an intimate setting – a date night at Legacy won’t be on that you’ll be forgetting about anytime soon.


What makes Legacy unique is that the restaurant boasts innovative cuisine with locality, sustainability and great northern hospitality at its core. Ahmed has created a menu which is dedicated to local provenance and showcases classic Yorkshire produce with a modern twist. Made using a carefully curated collaboration of flavours and locally sourced ingredients, every detail in the menu is accentuated with a sumptuous wine pairing crafted by an in-house sommelier.

From tender spring locally reared lamb with lemon yoghurt, aubergine and tarragon to freshly caught Whitby crab paired with avocado, calamansi and apple, Ahmed has created ingenious bursts of flavour at every turn, ensuring that each dish is a taste sensation.


Legacy’s culinary decisions are all environmentally conscious and aim to showcase locally grown and locally sourced ingredients – such as their honey, which is produced by The Grand’s very own bees on the roof of this luxurious hotel. Ahmed is set to be working with Annabel Makin Jones who he says provides the best strawberries he’s ever tasted.

‘Being a city centre hotel, we haven’t got the luxury of having a farm or a massive herb garden,’ says Ahmed. ‘But this year we’re in the works of creating a small garden to grow our micro herbs and everyday use soft herbs, as we’d like to be as sustainable as possible. We’re trying to visit as many suppliers as we can and see things from their point of view and how to use the ingredients best to highlight their flavours.


Head Chef Ahmed Abdalla brings a fresh, creative flair that stems from over 12 years of experience in fining dining and contemporary cooking establishments, including York restaurant Skosh, Yorebridge House in The Dales, and stages at Restaurant Hywel Jones in Lucknam Park and Whatley Manor’s restaurant, The Dining Room.

A new addition to the team is Michelin-starred executive chef Kevin Bonello, whose leadership across the whole department is hoped to take the restaurant to the next level. Kevin worked at the Xara collection and was a head chef when they achieved a Michelin Star – De Mondion. Ahmed hopes his guidance will support the team’s vision to become one of York’s Michelin-starred restaurants – so watch this space.


When being served premium food it’s only right for it to be washed down with a range of delicious luxury wine. Legacy’s in-house sommelier, Derek Scaife, has expertly curated new wine pairing options to perfectly complement each course, allowing you to experience the maximum impact of both the food and the wine.



Inside Legacy, the décor is bold yet elegant – having been constructed by industry-leading interior designers, Faber, to reflect the Grade II listed building’s most iconic and historic features with, tellingly, some modern twists. We’re talking blueprint murals, oak panelling, sculptural lighting, industrial ironwork and crisp colour contrasts.

Legacy at The Grand York, Station Rise, North Yorkshire, York YO1 6GD

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