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Impossible York Announces Opening Date

Impossible York has announced its opening on Saturday 12th December, bringing a totally new drinking and dining experience set across its three floors in York’s St Helen’s Square.

Located in the historical Terry’s of York building, Impossible York will breathe new life into this incredible property, complete with a ground floor tea room and brasserie, and opulent first-floor cocktail bar.

The ground floor tea room and brasserie will enchant guests with its stunning original chocolatiers feature window displays, and of course, plenty of nods to the original occupiers of the building, Terry’s of York.

Impossible York cake and cocktails

Indulgent afternoon teas and sweet delights

The exceptional York tea room will serve indulgent afternoon teas and sweet delights, championing local suppliers, alongside show-stopping specially imported coloured coffees, with chocolates and coffee also available to purchase for takeaway.

The brasserie complete with an open kitchen will serve British-Bavarian dishes to suit all occasions, the all-encompassing menu champions local produce with local butchers and local bakery, Bluebird Bakery. A beautifully crafted central island bar will serve classic cocktails, all with added flair to tantalise the senses.

Solita York Bottomless Brunch

impossible York Burgers

Yorkshire Meets Bavaria

Where Yorkshire meets Bavaria, the hearty brasserie menu features winter warmers with scrumptious mains, flatbreads, shears and topped fries.

Highlights include Yorkshire Venison Burger, pretzel bun, smoked cheddar, treacle bacon, celeriac slaw, The Wurst, Frankfurter, Jagermeister pulled pork, gherkins, sauerkraut, mustard cheese, currywurst sauce, Butternut Squash & Spring Onion Strudel, bird-eye chilli pesto, sesame and spinach, Spicy Nduja Sausage Flatbread, chorizo, mozzarella and chilli oil and Frankfurter Sausage Topped Fries, mustard cheese sauce, caramelized onions.

Impossible York Sharing Platter

Perfect for sharing, guests can indulge in Fondue, Frankfurter bites, chipolatas, jalapenos and flatbread, all served with smoked cheese dip and a Whole Camembert, served with rosemary bread, celeriac and truffle slaw, juniper and red onion chutney.

Sumptuous desserts include Black Forest Choux Bun, cherries, chocolate, mascarpone, smoked syrup, Berliner Donuts, served with a choice of sauce (chocolate orange, raspberry & salted caramel) and Yorkshire Parkin, poached pear, rosemary caramel, walnut and stem ginger custard.

On the first floor, a glamorous cocktail bar complete with plush booths and horse-shoe stage for entertainment, serving an inspiring drinks menu with signature Impossible York cocktails.

Impossible York Ceiling

The interiors of Impossible York have been designed with the heritage of the building in mind, complete with original wooden panelling, made in the same wood that created the stunning interiors of the RMS Titanic, striking glass-domed ceiling, antique gold details and luxurious fabrics.

The menu itself will also add nods to its former life, with Terry’s Chocolate Orange desserts and drinks.

Supporting local drinks suppliers, Impossible York will also work closely with York Gin to supply premium gins of the menu, including the Chocolate & Orange, inspired by the World-famous Terry’s of York.

Impossible York is phase one of a £3m investment

Chris Bateson, Operations Director at Impossible York said: “We’re thrilled to finally announce the date we’ll be opening our doors and welcoming in guests. This has been a tough year for hospitality in general, and we’re proud to be opening Impossible York during these testing times, helping to bolster the city’s economy and providing 150 jobs for locals.”

Stephanie Powell, General Manager at Impossible York added: “It’s been a real labour of love to restore this beautiful building and also pay homage to its incredible past. We hope once more it can become a well-loved establishment within the York community offering a place to drink and dine all year round.”

Impossible York is phase one of a £3m investment project by Aaron Mellor’s Tokyo Industries, with a hotel, multiple roof terraces and speakeasy in the pipeline for 2021. Impossible York will open under Covid Secure Tier 2 restrictions.

Impossible York, 3 St. Helen’s Square, York YO1 8QN


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