If you’ve never been to either, take my advice and go. The Minster is awesome, and I do mean awesome, and Bettys takes an awful lot of beating for an excellent meal.
The Minster itself is the second largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe, with an outstandingly beautiful set of Stained glass windows, the East Window being the largest in the World. The church there dates back to c 300 AD, but the present building was started in 1220, and “declared complete” and consecrated in 1472.
Admiring the building through my untutored eyes, it is incomprehensible to imagine what an average person from Rural England must have thought the first time he saw it in the Early Middle Ages. Even today, the size is intimidating.
The other immediate impression is the quality and quantity of the detailing. It is all of the highest quality, and ranges from 13th Century effigies to a magnificent Astronomical Clock installed in 1956, commemorating the Airforce Crew who were stationed around the area in the Second World War.
STAINED GLASS WINDOWS AND VAULTING - CHAPTER HOUSE
DETAIL OF THE CHOIR SCREEN
This remembrance of the Second World War jumps out again in Bettys, where the inner man benefited from a Seafood Linguini, a steamed Ginger Pudding, and a cold lager.
There are 600 names there. Quite moving.