Works begin to develop York Minster refectory restaurant

Following extensive restoration, GEM Construction has begun refurbishment of the grade II-listed former Minster School into a refectory restaurant, and the creation of a new public space – Minster Park – in York.

Set to be completed by June 2023, GEM Construction chairman, Mike Green, is working alongside business partner, Michelin-starred chef Andrew Pern, and interior designer Rachel McLane, to create York Minster Refectory, which will be managed by award-winning chef Bex Toppin and Will Pearce of Robinsons Café, York.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors has advised The Star Group of Restaurants on its development of the restaurant.

The Star Group’s legal advice for a flagship lease, reflecting the unique location and nature of the building, along with the collaborative arrangement anticipated between landlord and tenant, was provided by a team including Helen Mellors, property partner at the solicitors firm.

Green said: “I am absolutely delighted that we are making great progress with the restaurant renovations.

“The painstaking interior work will ensure that we take in all of the superb original features while the four windows look directly onto York Minster’s famous Rose window, which dates back to 1515.

“Helen and the Andrew Jackson team have provided me with trusted, commercially astute advice for many years, including for the opening of The Star in the City in York.

“I had no doubt that we were in safe legal hands for our latest venture and I am grateful for the advice we have received throughout.”

Mellors added: “Mike and the rest of the team have ambitious plans to create a high quality, welcoming restaurant, which respects the site’s historic setting.

“I am excited to see that plans are well underway to create what will undoubtedly be a wonderful refectory in the heart of the city.”