Owl About Us

The Rattle Owl is an independent 42 seat casual dining restaurant housed in a restored Grade II* listed building set up by Clarrie O'Callaghan a first time restauranteur on her return to her home town after 20 years.

Head Chef Jamie Hall has created a seasonal menu that draws from Yorkshire’s abundance of produce. Jamie has worked for 2 our of Yorkshire's 5 Michelin starred chefs and now running the Rattle Owl kitchen his own food develops that pedigree.

Our wine list has been developed to complement our menu, introducing mostly organic and smaller producer wines. We also have Owlet Food & Wine – our microshop which stocks organic wine and local beers.

We are based on one of York’s most interesting and beautiful streets. It took two years to renovate our 17th century building and to bring an empty site back to life. We recently won a York design award for our efforts. In the course of the renovations we found the remains of a Roman building in our basement. Who knew? Let’s just say we now have one of York’s most interesting wine cellars.

We own the building and are proud to be using all of it for private dining and events – too many places in York and beyond stand empty and their upper floors underused. We care about our community and being a part of bringing our street back to life.

Critically we are also a living wage employer and all staff get a share in any profits. We are child friendly - you can never be too young to appreciate good food. And our building is wheelchair accessible. Finally our charity of choice is York’s Independent Domestic Abuse Services and we will match anything raised. In the space of two years we have raised £4k for the charity.

And the origin of The Rattle Owl name? Well, when, unknowingly, the same random toy is bought on the same day in cities 217 miles apart there really can be no other.