In the centre of York is a handsome Georgian townhouse with a strikingly luxurious interior. In the cellar: vaulted rooms, cool tunes, stone floors, Farrow & Ball colours, quirky mismatched furniture. Upstairs: a pair of dining rooms, grand, elegant and eye-catching. Vintage grey-blue panelling, tall sash windows, semi-circular sofas, illuminated sculptures. All is cosy but classy, and the service is informal but attentive. The food is impressive too, and packed with flavour so tuck into the likes of slow cooked beef and Thwaites ale pie with clapshot potatoes and buttered kale, or a warming helping of moules frites. The wines are wide-ranging and the beers are Thwaites. Join the punters on the galleried decked terrace and unwind, then treat yourself to a stay in a room with feature wallpapers and fabulous beds. The garden rooms in the courtyard are small and can be noisy, so pay more for the smartest and quietest at the top of the house, one with an original marble fireplace and a York Minster view. Breakfasts are generous.