Pairings Wine Bar

Pairings Wine Bar

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Hours
Sun
12:00 - 22:00
Mon
12:00 - 23:00
Tue
12:00 - 23:00
Wed
12:00 - 23:00
Thu
12:00 - 23:00
Fri
11:00 - 0:00
Sat
11:00 - 0:00
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5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice Best of the Best 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
Wine Bar
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
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About
Award winning independent wine bar and deli run by sisters, passionate about pairing wine and food. Serving fine wines, beer and cocktails alongside sharing boards packed full of local produce. Offering pre-booked bespoke wine tastings. Takeaway and picnic boxes available for collection. Kids and dogs welcome until 6pm.
CUISINES
Wine Bar
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Dog Friendly, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available

Reviews

5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles1,607 reviews
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Pairings Wine Bar has garnered acclaim for its exceptional selection of wines and cheeses, with guests frequently lauding the impressive quality and presentation of its offerings. The service at Pairings stands out, with staff who are not only knowledgeable but also attentive, offering personalized recommendations that enhance the dining experience. While the value is generally celebrated, with patrons appreciating the good value for money, it's advisable to book ahead to avoid wait times. The ambiance of Pairings is described as cozy and inviting, though a few patrons suggest the decor could use an update.
Food
Delicious
Atmosphere
Relaxed
Service
Knowledgeable
Value
Exceptional
Wait time
Busy

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5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles1,607 reviews
Excellent
1,385
Very good
164
Average
29
Poor
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Terrible
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David W
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 none
Well we were really after something warm and cooked as today was a tad cold but decided to pop in here and try a sharing platter of hams and cheeses. Absolutely gorgeous. Well done girls (I believe two sisters own it) you have hit the nail on the head. The bread is excellent and fresh every day. This is something every restauranteur needs to learn; At the end of last service throw all your bread in the bin or GIVE IT AWAY! Lots of choice of hams but be sure to order the Montanegra Iberico Bellota - even with a £6 supplement it's great value and melts in the mouth. Surprise cheese was the Wookey hole cheddar - would hold its head up in any competition with the French. Thanks for the great service to the lovely lady who served us today - so knowledgeable and friendly and we will be back soon.
Written 16 September 2020
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JAD
United Kingdom231 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
This wine bar is stylish and offers an interesting concept. You can book a table, which we did and is advisable as it gets very busy. We shared a deli platter made up with our choice of cheese and cold meats from well thought out and varied list. The food was very enjoyable. But, surprisingly we were a little disappointed with the wine list. The quality of wine was only average, but expensive. We like Ribera del Duero, but this one lacked the depth and flavour it should have had for the price. So, overall enjoyable and good, but could be great with better wines.
Written 25 February 2020
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Pairings
Hello ‘JAD’ Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review. So pleased to read that you enjoyed your visit to Pairings but more than surprised at your comments about the quality of our wine. With over 900 reviews on TripAdvisor we have great feedback about the quality, and affordable cost, of our chosen wines from our extensive wine menu. Our highly qualified and experienced in house Sommeliers are constantly reviewing and tasting many wines from all over the world to ensure they are of the very best quality for us to serve at Pairings. However, the world would be a boring place if everyone had the same tastes and opinions and we always take all comments, positive or otherwise, on board. Thank you. We do hope to have the opportunity of welcoming you once more in the not so distant future. Best wishes Kelly and Kate .
Written 12 March 2020
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Julia C
Stoke-on-Trent1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 none
My partner and I came here for dinner last night (21/09/2020) and booked the six course food pairing experience. My partner is not very familiar with wine so I booked this experience, following reading many excellent reviews, in an effort to show him what he has been missing: the plan worked. We were greeted by Beth who explained how the evening would unfold and double-checked our requirements and requests. She then presented us with six wines and food pairings (charcuterie meats and cheeses, and a delicious slice of brownie for the final course) over a duration of two hours, which converted my partner into a wine lover and provided me with some firm new favourites. The atmosphere throughout was relaxed and inviting (and very covid-safe) and Beth was knowledgeable and attentive, without being intrusive. Beth's expertise and passion about her subject really shone through and left my partner and I excited to discover new wines, based on her recommendations, and determined to revisit Pairings the next time we are in York. This was our last night away and we definitely saved the best for last: this was a highlight of our trip and an experience that we will remember for a very long time. Thank you.
Written 22 September 2020
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leahry20
Flintshire92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 couples
Having read such great previous reviews I decided to book here for my partner and I as we are both foodies who enjoy a glass of wine. We were not disappointed. We ordered the white wine "flight" which was 3 wines each accompanied by an item of food to match. We also ordered the deli platter to share which came with 3 cheeses (the Yorkshire blue was amazing) 3 meats, a pork pie and olives and breads etc. All of the food here is absolutely delicious (the chilli chutney was that nice I bought a jar) and I would highly recommend a visit. Beth our waitress was super friendly and the atmosphere here great. If I lived in York I would be here every weekend!
Written 29 February 2020
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Pairings
Hello ‘leahry20’ Thank you so much for such a wonderful review. Absolutely delighted to hear that you both enjoyed your visit to Pairings and I shall pass on your lovely remarks to Beth. Not being a local to York we do hope that the next time you visit this beautiful city again you will call into Pairings. We look forward to welcoming you once more. Best wishes Kelly and Kate
Written 12 March 2020
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El Judson
Darlington82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 couples
Came for a drink this afternoon with my boyfriend and our puppy (dog friendly which is a bonus)! We got the Fruit Led Gin Flight (tasting gins and tonic) and a bottle of Moretti. We found it really reasonably priced and a lovely experience getting to taste the different gins. The waitress that served us (I think she was called Ellie) was lovely and helpful and kindly brought us over some complimentary tasters which were gorgeous. Will 100% be returning on our next trip to York.
Written 16 August 2020
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BuzzardSpotters
Chester43 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 couples
Rang to reserve a table, but couldn’t. They only book 50% of the covers and keep 50% walk-in available, which is fine. I tried to establish the chances of being able to get a table but got a confused response which was vague, but we decided to chance it. Arrived at 6.30pm to find no tables until 8 except the window bench or sharing with other couples. Not really ideal if you’re out for a romantic meal so we opted for the window bench. This is fine for a drink, but not suitable for eating at all because of the height. We were left with the menus for 10 minutes before our drinks order was taken, which then took another 10 minutes to come. The Three Cocked Hat red is outstanding and worth selecting. After another interminable wait our food order was taken. We shared the Yorkshire and French platter, both exceptionally good. The delice des gaves charcuterie was the highlight of the french, with the Yorkshire blue cheese the best of the other. We finished our first drinks and again had to wait another 20 minutes for the staff to realise, take out order and finally bring it over from the bar. We even had to stop eating because we’d been without a drink for so long! Lovely platters and wine, but the experience was poor due to the service and tables.
Written 5 March 2020
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MISS ALH
Denton8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 none
We have visited Pairings on a few occasions we have visited York. Each time we have been met by the lovely Kate, On arrival we have been seated given menus and told who our waitress/ waiter will be for the evening. The lightening and decoration is so chilled/ calming. All the staff we so well trained to provide the answer to any questions/ recommendations you may have with wine etc. Once you order your drinks you get a lovely little canapé snack. They offer a beautiful Artisan menu with home made or locally sourced produce. The toilets are down stairs we beautifully decorated and smell amazing!! Well worth a visit, perfect bar!
Written 9 August 2020
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Gallop Around The Globe
Shrewsbury103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 none
Really lovely relaxed atmosphere and friendly, accommodating, helpful staff. My friend and I weren't sure about which wine to go for and one of the staff members brought out three or four for us to try samples of before deciding, which was very much appreciated. The only thing I will say (it may be our tastes so I won't mention this as a negative comment) is that we tasted a few recommended wines up to £33 a bottle and we didn't like any as much as the £23 bottle of Primitivo we'd ordered in a restaurant the night before. In our humble opinions, they didn't taste as good as their price tag dictated they should. I also thought that the hummus I had on my cheese plate did not taste like it was home-made, so that was a bit disappointing. But otherwise everything was wonderful. The cocktails were great value for money considering how much some restaurants charge.
Written 6 July 2021
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Helenka S
Harrogate263 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 none
The atmosphere is lovely, and the bar is nicely set out. We had a wine tasting paired with food. Excellent service a young man who I believe was named James, very knowledgeable about our wines, excellent selection of food paired with them and needless to say delicious wine. One person in our party doesn’t drink but ordered some food which she thoroughly enjoyed. Be aware there are no disabled toilets, the toilets are down a flight of stairs which was a bit of a struggle for the disabled member of our party but in fairness we hadn’t enquired when booking. Would definitely go back, loved the experience.
Written 1 March 2020
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Pairings
Hello ‘Helenka S’ Thank you for taking the time to write and post a review, and a wonderful one too, much appreciated! Delighted to hear that you all enjoyed your visit to our Wine Bar and your Premier Wine Tasting experience. Unfortunately the layout of the building does not allow us to provide diasabled facilities, if we owned the building it would be a different story. I do hope the disabled member of your party was not too upset by the struggle downstairs. We look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you once more, hopefully in the not so distant future. Best wishes Kate and Kelly
Written 12 March 2020
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kenmlove
Glasgow281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 couples
Came here this evening with my husband to use the Eat out to help out scheme. It's a lovely venue and has a really welcoming feel to it. The manager was our waitress for the evening and was delightful. The menu was just full of really nice little dishes and platters and we were really excited to taste them. We had the Yorkshire Platter and a Spanish one along with some duck Rilletes. When the food came it was huge and plenty of nice little additions, chutneys, honey, amazing pickles etc. Every single item was just delicious and really complimented the other food on the plate. My husband also had the wine pairings and said each of these were fabulous and good value. Even before the £20 government discount it was fantastic value, and afterwards it was an out and out bargain. Will definitely go back again and highly recommend this place to everyone. Such a nice ambiance and all the staff seemed to be really enjoying their jobs.
Written 19 August 2020
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Laura0780
England29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 none
Though we had pre-booked we arrived a little early and were seated immediately, with no hesitation. Service was incredibly friendly and attentive, and the atmosphere very welcoming, exactly what was needed on such a cold day! We picked out our own selection of meats and cheeses - the options available were varied from a number of regions around the World, and to have Pata Negra on the menu at such a reasonable price is quite the treat! The wine menu is so extensive it took us a while, but finally settled on a bottle from Ribera del Duoro - delicious! Overall we had a perfect experience and would return frequently, if we only lived in the area. We will however for sure be back as soon as possible!
Written 24 February 2022
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margo62
Alnwick10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 none
Love Love Love this place. Every time we visit York Pairings is a must for us Great wine Great food and Brilliant Staff We enjoyed lunch on the 20th March just a few hours before all bars and restaurants were told to close , our waitress was great we had a chat about Croatia where her holiday was planned for. Even though things were looking bad for everyone with what was going on in the current situation the Staff were an absolute credit the owners as they were so positive . We promised we would be back and we will be, Table already booked for Friday 10th July Looking forward to Great Wine and Food
Written 1 July 2020
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Pairings
Hi Margo Thanks so much for the review, we're very proud of our amazing team! We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes Kate & Kelly
Written 21 July 2020
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Foodle
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 friends
I came to pairings last night with a friend and it was fantastic, plus very relaxing with their live music on that evening. Our waiter was excellent with very good knowledge on wine/helping me choose. I've been needing to buy a wine for a wine tasting event (black or gold label), I didn't know where to buy one from or how to tell if they are black/gold label. I really enjoyed one of the wines on the menu so asked about it and the waiter knew straight away it was gold label. I wanted it but was worried it may be quite expensive, the price to take away was very reasonable and I'll definitely be doing that again as saves postage costs buying from other wine shops etc :). The cheese was delicious too, thank you!
Written 2 February 2020
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Pairings
Hello ‘Foodle’ Thank you so much for your lovely review and our award of 5 stars is very much appreciated! Delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Sunday evening with us and that you discovered a new wine too. Hope the wine tasting was a success and we look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you once again in the not so distant future. Best wishes Kelly and Kate
Written 21 February 2020
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Kat Griff
Chester96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 couples
We visited Pairings last night for some wine and a sharing platter. We had visited a year or so ago when we were in York and I was so excited to return. Pairings has a really lovely atmosphere and the food and wine is delicious. We had one of the white wine flights and accompanied them with a deli platter which includes a variety three meats and cheeses, bread and oils, olives and a pork pie. Lovely! We loved it and will definitely return. The staff are really friendly too. Location is in the centre of York. We would recommend you pre-book as it was full on a Wednesday evening.
Written 8 October 2020
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Tish B
York65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 none
Ordered Deli platter with bottle of red phantom. Delivered on the Saturday, lots of little containers with olives, churtney, balsamic oil, chilli gerkins, pork pie, 3 meats & 3 cheeses we chose from the Deli platter. Loaf of artisan bread - did a brilliant job thank you made fathers day pleasurable.
Written 22 June 2020
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Pairings
Hi Tish Thanks so much for the 5* review, delighted you enjoyed it. We have decided to continue with the takeaway alongside re-opening so hope you will order again soon. Best wishes Kate & Kelly
Written 21 July 2020
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