Food, Drink and More at ASFF 2017

York is a city that boasts a pub for each day of the year. In recent times, though, there have been a number of eateries and bistros that have opened up, making the city a foodie’s paradise.


As our official Bar and Resaturant as well as one of our more intiamate venues, and destination for the Friday Night Party, 1331 is one of York’s most loved venues. ASFF pass holders will get 10% off food and drink. The menu is extensive and it’s just an all around great place to be.


People all over the UK are raving about this restaurant. It uses local produce but with a twist through British cooking but with international tastes. This place has had reviews in the Guardian and other national papers. It’s a concept eatery, so you order tiny plates until your full, so like tapas but not quite.

El Piano

In the heart of the city’s Latin Quarter, El Piano serves vegetarian and vegan food. With big sharing platters and an emphasis on taste this restaurant has been going for a long time and it’s easy to see why. Choice for vegans and vegetarians is plentiful.

Evil Eye

If you like cocktails then you’ve met your match. Evil is renowned for it’s diversity of cocktails, excellent interior design, garden and bespoke nature. It’s a quirky, off the beaten path kind of place ousing with atmosphere. There’s usually a queue to get in, so make sure you arrive early.

House of Trembling Madness

Indepenent is one of the best ways to describe this place. It’s housed in a building that is over 800 years old and as such the atmosphere is cosy. Quality is another word to associated with this wonderful place. The food is amazing, and with craft beer and friendly staff, it’s a perfect location to sit and read through the programme or discuss with friends the day’s films.

Brew and Brownie

This delightful little café is charming and with a great menu of soups and sandwiches, as well as scrumptious cakes, it’s the perfect stop après les films. Located next to our festival hub, a stone’s throw from York Theatre Royal and across the street from our Videotheque at York Explore, this coffee shop is a perfect destination for filmgoers.

The Botanist

This unique eatery offers a diverse menu for the more adventurous pallet. With salads, deli boards, barbeque and comfort food, this hidden gem is worth dropping into. Located on Stonegate and boasting a secret garden, The Botanist is a fantastic stopping point in a busy day. Also, sign up to their newsletter and get a free bottle of wine when you dine.

Fossgate Social

York’s answer to hipster. This bar has the right vibe and from the minute it opened people have been flocking there. From it’s shabby chic decor to excellent choice in wines and beers, Fossgate Social is an ideal location to meet other film festival attendees and it’s en route to National Centre for Early Music, meaning that you can pop in for a quick tipple in between screenings.

The Hop

Who wouldn’t want a pizza with their beer? Great pizza, a beautiful building and pumping atmosphere, The Hop is always top of our list of places to visit. There is something special about the concept of this place. From the minute you step in, it’s obvious this a place for great food and conversation.

Victor J’s Art Bar

This quirky bar has just celebrated its 20th anniversary. Family run and intimate, VJ’s Art Bar was one of the first independent bars to open in the city. Andy and the staff will always make you feel welcome from the minute you step foot inside. Located on Finkle Street, it’s in between 1331 and City Screen.

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1. Courtesy of Jim Poyner, from the 2016 Friday Night Party at 1331.