The Garden Bar at Grays Court - Opening 4th July 2020

An English Country Garden Experience in the Heart of York

Escape into the sumptuous surroundings of Grays Court and indulge in a drinks menu featuring a selection of craft beers, wines, spirits and cocktails crafted using seasonal ingredients grown in our own garden. All in the shadow of York’s city walls.

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of our guests and staff we have installed a series of social distancing measures in line with government advice. For more information, including how to access The Garden Bar at Grays Court, please see our FAQs below.

The Garden Bar at Grays Court is open every day from 12pm to 8pm - weather permitting.


When is The Garden Bar at Grays Court open?

We are awaiting final advice from the government, however, we aim to open on 4th July 2020. Operating hours are expected to be from 12 noon until 8pm every day - weather permitting.


How do I access The Garden Bar at Grays Court?

Access will be via the double gates in the courtyard car park of Grays Court. There is currently no access via the city walls.


How do I know which direction to go on entering The Garden Bar?

There will be signs directing you to tables and the bar when you enter the garden area at Grays Court.


Do I need to pre-book my visit to The Garden Bar at Grays Court?

There is currently no requirement to book your visit in advance of your arrival. We will be implementing social distancing measures on arrival to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all our guests. There may be a need to queue at peak times, and we thank you in advance for your patience.


Where can I sit in The Garden Bar at Grays Court?

You will be able to select a table in the garden area, based on availability when you visit.


Will tables be located in accordance with government Covid-19 guidelines?

Yes, all tables will be placed in accordance with government guidelines for social distancing.

A full risk assessment has been undertaken to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to, including the placement of tables. We gratefully request that tables are not moved by our guests when visiting The Garden Bar at Grays Court.


How do I purchase drinks at The Garden Bar at Grays Court?

Drinks will be available for purchase from our bar, located in the right-hand corner area of Grays Court’s garden, opposite York’s City Walls. A queueing system, in accordance with social distancing guidelines, will be in operation and plastic screens separate bar staff from customers.

Will staff be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE)?

Grays Court staff will be appropriately dressed in accordance with government Covid-19 guidelines, wearing a visor and gloves where appropriate.


How do I pay for drinks purchased from the bar?

Drinks can be purchased using contactless payment methods (incl Apple & Google Pay).


Will there be food available for purchase?

Bar snacks, including gourmet crisps and nuts, will be available for purchase from The Garden Bar at Grays Court.


Do you have toilets I can use?

Yes, there will be a one-way system, with social distancing, directing customers to the toilets on the 1st floor of Grays Court.


How will I know that the toilet areas are clean?

A toilet attendant will be on site to ensure the toilets are cleaned on a regular basis in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines.


Will sanitisation units be available at Grays Court?

Yes, sanitisation stations with hand sanitiser dispensers will be available at various locations in Grays Court garden area and building.


When will Grays Court open as a hotel again?

We continue to follow the government’s advice and currently this means that the hotel will open Friday 17th July. Please sign up to our mailing list so that you get the latest news on our reopening and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Grays Court Hotel, Chapter House Street, York, YO1 7JH