OPERATORS of York's newest hotel have revealed plans for its new Asian fusion tapas and cocktail bar where diners can enjoy live performances into the early hours.

Malmaison York, which is opening in the former Yorkshire House in Rougier Street following a multi-million-pound transformation, has announced that it will be opening the doors of its rooftop dining area, 'the seductive world of Sora', on May 19.

Diners visiting the seventh floor restaurant will be able to sit above the city, enjoying the panorama including views of York Minster, and sample mix and match small plates from a selection of sushi, Robatayaki and pan-Asian style tapas dishes along with a cocktail.

The 150-bedroom hotel's website states that this 'dining concept to elevate the senses' will be 'paired with exquisite entertainment from resident DJs and guest musicians' in a bid to appeal to couples on romantic dates, relaxed diners, or friends meeting for a drink.

It will be the brand’s first Sky Bar – on the roof, with 'luxurious and comfortable loungers, lanterns, beautiful trees, Champagne and food platters'.

Entertainment will be provided every Friday, Saturday and bank holidays from 9pm until 1am, with live performances from DJs and saxophonists.

The venue will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but will welcome guests from 12pm until midnight on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and from 12pm until 2am on Friday and Saturday.

The build - originally scheduled for 2019 - has faced major disruption caused by Leeds-based Broadley Group going into administration, and the Covid-19 crisis.

The hotel will also include a Chez Mal Brasserie, a spa, gym and on-site Starbucks. 

A major recruitment drive is currently underway ahead of the opening, with vacancies including a number of chef roles, including a head chef and sushi chef, as well as a barista, Starbucks Assistant Manager, receptionist, accounts assistant and stock controller.