Restaurant Week breaks records

Building on the success of previous events, York Restaurant Week has just had its most successful event yet, breaking all previous records.

The seventh York Restaurant Week organised by the BID has substantially smashed their previous best figures which were achieved in March 2022. 

A total of 15,473 offer vouchers were downloaded during this event, worth a monetary value of at least £234,730 to the York hospitality sector. That’s 4,300 more vouchers than March 2022 and works out at an average added value of £2,898 for each of the 81 city centre businesses who took part.

York Restaurant Week showcases the quality and range of food and drink experiences the city has to offer. Diners are encouraged to try out new venues, and the fixed-price menu’s make it excellent value.

When the offers launched on the website, the demand proved to be so great that the website crashed. The York BID are planning on launching a new website for the next Restaurant Week which takes place in October.

Businesses benefit from raised awareness of their business, increased footfall and new and repeat customers at a traditionally quiet time of year.

Chris Bush, Business Manager at the York BID said, “We are really pleased with these results and we’re extremely grateful to all of the fantastic hospitality businesses that make Restaurant Week great, as well as all the people who turned out to enjoy the event and support local businesses.”

81 business who took part in the latest Restaurant Week event. 67 was the largest number of businesses previously participating, which is in indication that businesses are reaping the rewards of taking part.

Adam Johnson, owner of IZAKAYA Restaurant said, “What a great event! We’ve seen a significant increase in lunch bookings. Thanks for putting on such a great way of promoting independents in York.”

David Macdonald, General Manager of Galtres Lodge said, “ It’s a great event that we feel delivers value and much needed custom during a quiet period.

Restaurant Week will return 9-15 October 2023.