Review: Carluccios York – St Helens Square – Grand Opening

I was lucky enough to recently be invited along to Carluccios York, for the grand opening and a special event to celebrate the wonderful Antonio Carluccio’s 80th birthday. After having a stunning refurbishment of the old Terry’s building on St Helens Square in York, I knew I was in for a brilliant evening of entertainment, canapés and other treats – all within the largest Carluccio’s restaurant to date.

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Arriving at an event where you know that a big majority of attendees would be wanting photo opportunities with the man himself, I wondered if it would be a little too much for Antonio. I was very wrong – Antonio Carluccio was definitely up for the challenge.

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Almost every event in York where I’m allowed to bring along a plus one, I end up asking Kiel if he would like to come with me (perks of dating a blogger! haha). As we entered the building, Kiel and I were greeted by welcoming staff who crossed our names off the guest list and directed us upstairs to the party. Downstairs was open for business as usual with paying customers.

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Our evening began with a hell of a lot of canapés – beautiful canapés might I mention. There was quite a variety to choose from, from a choice of different meats, to delicious sea food.

Alongside prosecco and the canapés, guests were also treated to bespoke cocktails created at a pop-up bar inside the restaurant. One cocktail in particular which wowed guests was the Chocolate Orange Negroni cocktail.

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The evening concluded with a short speech from the CEO of Carluccio’s, who praised the hard work of Antonio Carluccio. Next, it was time for the birthday man himself to blow out the candles on his 80th birthday cake. The whole room sang Happy Birthday to Antonio Carluccio, which was a super lovely experience and I’m thrilled to be able to say I was there for it.

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Exclusive to the York Carluccio’s restaurant, Terry’s Bar has been launched, which is a new Italian cocktail and wine bar. It has undergone a detailed but incredible refurbishment, it doesn’t actually feel like you are even in the UK (especially if the sun is shining).

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The new Carluccio’s restaurant in York is in a prime location which since opening, has always been busy when I’ve happened to walk by. It’s amazing to see this stunning building be used again, to deserve delicious food whilst people have a good time. I couldn’t recommend Carluccio’s enough, I would suggest a visit even if its to enjoy a drink and soak in the atmosphere and stunning surroundings.

Disclaimer: I was invited to the opening night of Carluccio's, York in St Helens Square, in return for a blog post. All opinions, thoughts and photographs are genuinely my own.
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