Celebrating 30 years in York | The Judges Court

Martyn has recently celebrated his most dreaded birthday – his 30th (his words, not mine). Because he rarely gets any time off, #ChefLife, I wanted to be a good girlfriend and get us out of Manchester for a weekend to actually catch up and spend some much needed time together!

Martyn and I are all for our mini-breaks away when we can. I sound really old here; okay so I mean more Blackpool and Chester rather than tourist trips to the Cotswolds, so we decided to head to York – quirky bars and restaurants, quaint city and of course some of the most haunted places in Britain!

York | City Breaks |

Although we could only stay away for one night, I wanted to find us something a bit different to our standard Premier Inn weekends away- and I did just that! If you’re looking for something quirky, unique and eccentric, The Judges Court is ideal.

The Judges Court | York | Hotel

A townhouse turned boutique hotel, the judges court once hosted some of Britain’s most senior judges.

The hotel is tucked away down a fairy-lit alley way off Coney Street – or opposite the big Next shop if you are rubbish at directions!

As a Georgian Grade II listed townhouse, the decor throughout was beautiful. Maintaining its historical features; fireplaces, iron safes and brass lighting, married with modern decor- it was something from a Pinterest board, let me tell you.The Judges Court | Luxury Room

Luxury Bedroom | Double Room | The Judges Court

We stayed in a luxury double room, four posted bed included! What stood out for me was the bathroom- It was bigger than our front room! Inclusive of his and her sinks and a drench shower that you could do laps in, it was ultimate bathroom goals.

The Judges Court | Bathroom | His and Hers | Drench Shower

The Judges Court | Bathroom | Quirky

The hotel itself couldn’t be more convenient to all that York has to offer. Although there is no parking spaces, you’re located right on one of the main shopping streets. Just around the corner is the famous Betty’s Tea Room, which we unfortunately couldn’t go to due to the queue – next time!

Wandering through the quaint, windy streets, you find yourself surrounded by some of the most amazing bars and pubs. We tried out Evil Eye, House of Trembling Madness, Pivni – just to name a few.

We also walked down The Shambles, the inspiration behind Diagon Alley, which is home to a dedicated Harry Potter shop – The Shop That Must Not Be Named. Again, due to the high visit demand, we weren’t able to go in and explore.

The Shambles | York

The Shambles | York | Diagon Alley
I discovered probably my new favourite soap shop – The Yorkshire Soap Co. I’ll be posting a blog dedicated to that shortly!


I’d highly recommend a weekend away to York. There’s so much to do, yet it’s such a chilled out city. Regardless of whether you visit with friends or your partner, get it in the diary!

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