Review - The Terrace **

New review now online, here’s the summary:

The Terrace is situated on the busy corner of The Stonebow and Fossgate, an unassuming building which is home to a pretty standard and traditional sport orientated bar. The décor is rather dated and their long bar stretches almost the entire back wall with booths situated opposite, despite the large bar there were just four very standard real ales available, all be it for a pretty reasonable price. This is more the kind of bar that would attract the sport loving lager drinkers, as can be seen from slightly threatening warning notices about swearing, chanting and excessive noise. There’s plenty to keep you entertained though and lots of big screens throughout, including one tucked away in the side yard. A rather grim concrete walled area looking out onto the 1960’s monstrosity of Stonebow House. This bar looks pretty much unchanged for years, catering well for sporting events obviously, but really does need improvement as there are plenty of other much nicer sports bars. It’s all pretty basic and functional, nothing that would tempt us back even if we did like sport.

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Sutlers bar and restaurant to open in former Army and Navy Stores (From York Press) by Alex Ross

WORK is under way on a new bar and restaurant to replace a well-loved family-run shop in York city-centre.

The former Army and Navy Stores at the top of Fossgate is being turned into Sutlers, a venue with a ground floor bar and first floor restaurant with room to cater for 150 diners.

The store closed in the summer of 2012 after 93 years in the city, and builders have now moved into the empty space.They hope to be open by the end of the year.

Andrew Moller, of P.E.B Architects, the firm behind the plans, said: “The existing shop fronts have been removed and we are in the process of getting everything finalised through the planners to get three new shop fronts, but retain one which is part of the listed building.

"At the moment we think there will be about 130 in the restaurant but it can accommodate up to 150.

"We are hoping to be open before Christmas."

The plans are being spearheaded by Cleethorpes businesswoman Rachel Greaves, who submitted a planning application to City of York Council with the hope of altering the premises last year.

Richard Beal, the owner of the bar, said: “Working with the council and taking into consideration the historic nature of the building, we are investing heavily into bringing what was once a popular store back to life.

“Having spent a great deal of time designing the internal layout we started work on the renovation of the property in August and hope to be open before the end of this year.

“Our goal is to create a welcoming environment for anyone who would like to take time out for a coffee, good food or a drink to enjoy with friends.

“We are really excited about this development and are looking forward to sharing more details about our offering and opening over the coming weeks.”

Sutlers will be the latest in a string of new bars or cafes to open in Fossgate in recent years. City-centre councillor Brian Watson has voiced concern that too many businesses are being turned into pubs, bars or restaurants, and police have also said that York city-centre has reached saturation point for licensed premises.

This is probably going to be one of the last new bar/restaurants in York now that licensing has been restricted, but we have been waiting for further news on this site for some time, so nice to see development has started. Fossgate really is developing into a wonderful little area of the city and I look forward to visiting Sutlers once it opens.