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Exciting Chef to lead the team

Ben Allnutt

A York hotel has turned to one of the city’s most exciting young chefs to launch its new eating experience.


Ben Allnutt, who has worked in a number of AA Rosette establishments, will lead the BEST WESTERN Monkbar kitchen brigade when it unveils a new look restaurant and menu in a few weeks time.


The hotel is the final phase of a major £3m upgrade and expansion programme, which has seen the construction of a new extension boasting new function suites and bedrooms.



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Phase two of the extension

Graham/Nikki Steel

 A hotel in York’s multi-million pound extension and refurbishment programme has moved onto its second phase and is on target to open to the public at the end of the year.

Following three months of ground work, a three-storey steel frame, which will house an additional 27 bedrooms and four function rooms at the Best Western Monkbar Hotel, has been constructed.

Once the work is completed, the city centre hotel will be home to 125 bedrooms in total, seven function rooms, 98 refurbished guest bedrooms and public rooms, including restaurant, lounge and reception.

Tour de France

Tour de France

Monkbar Hotel Gears Up For Tour de France “Festival of Wheels And Meals”!Staff from a city centre York hotel are gearing up to mark July’s Tour de France in style - by hosting a month-long “Festival of Wheels and Meals”! In the run up to Le Grand Depart, The BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel will be offering incentives to customers arriving by bicycle and encouraging staff to come to work on their bikes, plus creating a special menu comprising of classical and contemporary French dishes and beverages.

'Good Night's Sleep Campaign'

Good Nights Sleep

Children’s Hospice Helped By Good Night Sleep At York Hotel. A York hotel is counting on the comfort of its beds to help boost the fundraising efforts of a children’s hospice. The BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel is one of a number of organisations and businesses in North Yorkshire which has got into bed with Martin House Hospice, to support its Good Night’s Sleep campaign – which is backed by BBC Radio York. The appeal aims to raise £120,000 which will go towards a planned respite stay for as many as 50 North Yorkshire families, who have a child with a life limiting illness.

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Le Grand Départ

Tour de York

York Hotel Staff Take Up Tour De France Cycle Challenge One year to the day that the world’s best cyclists descend on region for the Tour de France, staff from a York hotel will be undertaking their own “Grand Départ” challenge. Up to ten employees from the BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel will be aiming to cycle the entire distance of the legendary race’s Yorkshire heat – some 242 miles - in just one morning!

However, the task is not as gruelling as it first appears, as the team will combining their mileage to make up the distance, and they will be peddling along the relatively flat York-Selby cycleway...

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Wake up & smell the coffee


BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel Guests Wake Up, Smell & Enjoy The Coffee! Guests at a York hotel are being encouraged to not only wake up and smell the coffee, but quaff its unique flavour too! For the beverage being served up by the cup and cafétier at the BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel, is a blend specially created for the award-winning venue by Laurence Beardmore, of the York Coffee Emporium.The Monkbar Emporium Blend has now replaced the “household” brand served for the last 21 years, and is already proving to be a recipe for success with guests, visitors and staff alike.

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It's GOLD for the Green Team


York’s BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel has become the first in the city to win a prestigious national award for its ongoing environmental work. The 99-bedroom venue has been presented with the Green Business Tourism Scheme’s gold award – the highest possible accolade given by the organisation which promotes sustainability in the leisure and hospitality sector. 

The judges were particularly impressed with the Waste-2-Water filtration system, which transforms waste food into water.

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