ANCIENT cuisine is on the menu at four York bars this weekend as part of the city’s Roman Festival.

From Saturday to Monday, Evil Eye Lounge, Stonegate Yard, Kennedy’s Café Bar and BoBo LoBo will be serving delicacies such as Roman sausages, marinated chicken wings, egg and bacon flan and Roman-style pizza as part of a Roman food and drink trail.

For £5, customers will be treated to one Roman dish and a glass of wine – and everybody who completes the trail will be entered into a prize draw to win a meal for two at one of the outlets.

To take part, pick up a trail card from the Visitor Information Centre, in Exhibition Square, the Roman camp in Museum Gardens or from any of the bars.

Meanwhile, every primary school in York has been sent a DVD showing how the Romans lived, fought, kept clean and used the toilet.

The aim is to inspire pupils to get involved with this weekend’s festival by making a Roman shield.

Children are invited to enter their shield into a competition, which will be judged tomorrow, by the Lord Mayor of York.

The 30-minute film stars local Roman centurion Keith Mulhearn and his two sons, Conor and Danny.

It was originally made for schoolchildren in York’s twin city of Munster, where Keith and the two boys have been giving talks on York and Romans.

“As the boys were getting bigger I realised that it was very unlikely that they would be helping out any longer,” said Keith.

“It seemed a shame that future kids in Munster would miss out so we decided to make a film of the presentation.

“It then seemed natural that it would also benefit York schools so I just made another 40 copies.”

Details of how to make a shield can be found online at