Eating out with kids can sometimes be something of a challenge (understatement of the year!) There are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants in the York area which really do welcome children and families so I’ve compiled a list of them here.
These places are not all ‘exclusively’ for families or children but they have all shown thoughtful touches or great facilities (things like pushchair access, changing facilities, highchairs and so on)
At York Mumbler we are always looking to ‘spread the word’ if we find out about any little gems, so if you know of a pub, restaurant or café that should be included in this listing then please contact us here.
The award-winning farm shop and newly expanded café specialises in home-grown fruit, veg, and local and rare breed meats, plus the finest homemade food including quiches, scones, soups and seasonal dishes. Pick your own in the summer. A great day out for all the family – entertain the children in the brand new play area and visit the animal corner with feeding platform, while you relax in the cafe garden.
Our superfresh homegrown asparagus crop is now ready. The asparagus crop thrives in our sandy soil, being a mediterranean crop, and the quality and taste of the yield benefit tremendously from this. Watch out for the asparagus specialities in the cafe and on the deli in the farmshop.
Our excellent delicatessen serves a wide range of delicious hot and cold goodies. The bakery and deli ovens are also on display so you can see the cakes being baked in all their glory. There is also a sandwich station where superfresh sandwiches will be made to order in front of the customers. We are making it easier for customers to eat on the go with take away tea and coffees from the deli, and a good choice of easy lunches with hot and cold sandwiches and pies to suit busy lifestyles.
Opening Times: Open seven days a week, Farmshop 9am-5.30pm, Cafe 9am – 4.30pm.
Stamford Bridge Road (A166), Gate Helmsley
YO41 1NB (One mile west of Stamford Bridge)
We are an independant cafe with family being the heart of our business. We offer homemade cakes, scones, sandwiches, all day breakfasts and afternoon teas. Food to take in or eat out. We have high chairs and childrens menu including smaller portions from the main menu, so your little one doesn’t miss out!
We offer a gluten free alternative for sandwiches and if pre-booked a dairy free option (scones & cakes). We have soya milk available daily as a dairy free alternative for our coffees/hot chocolate/teas.
Also available for venue hire, afternoon tea parties including baby showers
Opening times 0900-1600 Monday to Thursday and 0900-1500 Friday & Saturday
Cox & Co, Moorcroft Road, YO24 2RQ York
This café is a welcoming open place for you to come and enjoy a good cup of tea or fair trade coffee, as well as offering a fantastic range of sandwiches and homemade cakes to cater for all tastes. You can sit and read the daily paper, choose a book and have free use of our wi-fi whilst enjoying the vibrant ambiance of the building. We offer a friendly and relaxing environment that is suitable for all ages.
Opening times Monday to Thursday 9am- 4pm . Friday 10am – 4pm. Saturday 9am- 4pm. Sunday 11am- 3.30pm (Closed on Bank Holidays)
Please note that the cafe finishes serving hot food half an hour before these closing times.
Library Square, York YO1 7DS
Welcome to Harvester Clifton Moor, Harvester restaurant in York. Here you will find our famous grills and salads; we serve real food fresh, fun and
full of flavour. All of our main meals come with fresh, unlimited salad. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner every day of the week or order take-away from a family orientated pub restaurant near you. Our menu is great value full of tasty food dishes featuring BBQ plates and an award winning rotisserie chicken with plenty of vegetarian and vegan dishes – it’s safe to say that this restaurant near you offers something for everyone!
Opening times Sunday to Thursday 0900am-2100pm/ Friday & Saturday 0900am- 2200pm.
Stirling Road, YO30 4XY
We are an independent coffee shop in Haxby that have something for everybody. All food is freshly made, using local independent suppliers where possible. We try to cater for most tastes and usually have gluten free bread, quiche and cake available. Our food is freshly made and cooked to order and also, if you love the tea and coffee as much as we do, we sell them in retail bags to take home.
Opening times are 7:30am to 17:00pm Monday to Friday. Saturday 8:30am- 16:00pm & Sunday 9:30am- 15:00
8 Haxby Shopping Centre, Haxby York YO32 2LU
This youth hostel has a cafe and bar with a cosy atmosphere for you to relax in away from the bustle of the city centre (about a 15-minute riverside walk from the city). They offer a range of food and drinks and the cafe is open to both guests and passers-by. Great for the little ones with their play room.
Water End, York YO30 6LP
Independent restaurant serving traditional polish Cuisine
“Barbakan is lovely for breakfast and kids go free”
NM, Sept 18
“Barbakan the polish restaurant it’s amazing!!!! Great portions and good price“
APG, Oct 18
Barbakan, 58 Walmgate, York, Y01 9TL
T: 01904 672474
Whether looking for a cosy table for two, or celebrating with friends and family, Bill’s has something for everyone. Open all day and into the night, we’re well-known for our legendary breakfasts, veg-centric lunches, and a la carte dinners. Families are warmly welcomed with plenty of space for pushchairs.
‘Bills are great with kids and food is yummy.’
MJ, Nov 2018
‘Bills is very child friendly x’
JS, Feb 2018
12 Coney St, Yorkshire YO1 9NA
T: 01904 623548
Distance from York: 41 miles
Some folks call up just for ice cream treats; some stay awhile for the full 50’s belly-filling diner experience, most all the young ‘uns say Billy Bob’s play is awesome and early risers swear by our coffee and breakfast plates.
In short, Billy Bob’s Parlour combines a pretty awesome ice cream parlour with a 50’s American diner and amazing play adventures.
Awesome ice cream and has an outside play area in a massive barn.
MS, Feb 18
Has to be Billy Bobs near Skipton, there’s a play barn as well as the American style diner including yellow school bus
SG, Jan 18
Calm Slate Farm, Bolton Abbey, BD23 6EU (6AD closest for SatNav)
T: 01756 711826
Bistro, Cafe, Garden…Bring the whole family….We have a baby changing area, children’s play kitchen in the garden and high chairs.
Join us for craft beers and sourdough pizzas every Friday & Saturday night 6pm until late.
Sunday from 12pm – offers a woodfire pizza and a pint of craft guest beer or glass of Pimms for £10
To book, visit our website or Open Table.
40 Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ
“Bistro Guy is a really nice place for lunch or coffee. They are very accommodating, the back garden is lovely and they have a play kitchen for the little ones.”
MFV, May 18
Bistro Guy on Gillygate – enclosed garden; kids can round around!
AS, Sept 18
Mention Mumbler for 10% off breakfast and lunch
T: 01904 652500
Cafe serving both breakfast and brunch with a variety of coffee, loose leaf teas and cakes.
Brew and brownie had a delicious vegan chocolate cake in a few weeks ago
CL June 18
Brew and brownie do amazing breakfast pancakes
BDK Jan 2018
5 Museum St, York YO1 7DT
T: 01904 647420
Café 74 is all about providing a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy our sumptuous range of made to order food and drinks. Our light meals and decadent, award-winning cakes are accompanied by a range of artisan coffees and speciality teas. Our signature home-made soups and savoury pastries are constantly changing to tempt you back inside each time you visit York.
We’ve been here a year or so ago and was lovely x Cafe 74 The Lawrence on micklegate
HS Jan 18
Café 74 is open daily from 8.30 so you can grab a quick coffee or stay for an all-day breakfast, light lunch or afternoon tea.
Mention Mumbler to get coffee and cake for £3.55
Cafe 74 – The Lawrence, 74 Micklegate, York, YO1 6LF
T: 01904 239988
Located in Low Petergate, this bistro is kids friendly with stunning views of York Minster. There is a kids menu for anytime of the day.
Cafe rouge on low Petergate is fab highly recommend they couldn’t do enough for us it’s very family friendly x
TAB, Jan 2018
Cafe rouge has a lovely upstairs area or a separate dining room downstairs. Good kids menu too.
GH, Jan 2018
The Adams House, 52 Low Petergate, York, North East, YO1 7HZ
T: 01904 673 293
Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as having dedicated kids, vegan and gluten free menus.
The Cosy Club gets my vote too, they have menus for all dietary requirements, cocktails are really nice, price is great, staff are great and its a really lovely venue in town
LT, June 2018
I love Cosy Club. Spent loads of time here with mum friends in the first 6-7 months as the soft seating area is so feeding friendly and there’s a decent baby change. Pretty spacious too so suitable for groups of 5 or 6 with prams. As the babies are getting bigger it’s a lovely place to eat as a family, the staff are so helpful with the little ones. The food is good too and it feels more “grown up” if you want to feel like an adult for an hour! There’s colouring stuff provided for older kids too
FB, Sept 2018
19-22 Fossgate, York YO1 9TA
T: 01904 395056
This is neighbourhood cycle repair shop selling bike accessories and parts open Tuesday-Saturday. They are also in association with Angel on the Green cafe-bar. The cafe has secure bike parking and food is served 9am-late daily.
‘Highly recommend cycle heaven.’
LB, Jan 19
‘They have a lovely cafe too 😊’
VW, June 18
2 Bishopthorpe Road, York, YO23 1JJ
T: 01904 654183
Our food is simple, fresh and local.
We are family friendly with toys to play with and space for prams.
We bake everything in-house and often have gluten free and vegan cakes on offer. We also have soya/oat milk. We can’t guarantee nut free due to the size of our kitchen.
We discovered Daughter Cafe on Clifford st last week. It was great, toys, books and extremely child friendly staff. It’s lovely, would highly recommend it.
GC Oct 18
Recommended by Mumbler for being breast-feeding friendly
AR Sept 18
10 Clifford Street, York, YO1 9RD
T: 0781 716 2705
Serving breakfast, afternoon tea, hot & cold snacks and a variety of freshly cooked meals. There’s also a children’s activity area.
‘Dean’s garden centre is fab. There is a little play area in the cafe too. I run story times there every month.’
AT, Nov 18
‘We like Dean’s garden centre. The cafe is lovely with a little area of colouring, books and toys to one side. We liked their display last year.’
DY, Nov 18
The Bothy, Deans Garden Centre, Stockton Lane, Stockton-on-the-Forest, York, YO32 9UE
T: 01904 400141
The Dutch pancake place in town (Double Dutch Pancakes) has a lovely upstairs and the pancakes are amazing! My nearly 3 year old loves it and so do we x
LH, July 2018
Recommend Double dutch in town for pancakes x
TN, Nov 2018
Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am – 6pm Saturday, 10am – 4pm Sunday
Dogs allowed in the front window area
7 Church Street, York, YO1 8BG
T: 01904 658728
Vegan and vegetarian. Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and coffee. Walk-ins welcome and great for groups or parties and excellent food for children. Takeaway available.
Goji always have vegan chocolate cake! It is delicious
CJ June 18
Goji – their cakes taste delicious and I couldn’t even tell they were dairy free
KJ Feb 18
36 Goodramgate, York
Just had a lovely light meal, cake and coffee at La Bottega on goodramgate. Whole room to ourselves upstairs and yummy food. Crayons and books for children too. Very friendly.
RT Jan 2019
We’ve just had a fab meal there too. Yummy choc brownie 😍
DS Jan 2019
Dogs welcome in the courtyard
Opening Hours: From 8.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Saturday and 9.30 – 3.30 Sunday
La Bottega, 23 Goodramgate, York
T: 07856 149509
Long boat on blossom street is unlimited cooked and continental breakfast and is really nice.
LL July 2018
The long boat in town is a premier in and kids eat free. Lovely breakfast
MC, Nov 2018
28-40 Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AJ
Breakfast & Brunch Restaurant
Osborne’s @68 on Gillygate – lovely people, great coffee, and the cakes are delicious and enormous!!
SF Sept 18
Osbornes at cafe 68 down gillygate is fab!!
HM Sept 18
Open 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday & 11am-4pm Sunday
68 Gillygate, YO31 7EQ
T: 01904 627939
All our food is made from scratch so we can accommodate to most dietary requirements. Our vegan gluten free and vegetarian options are big and delicious using only best organic when possible ingredients. Our vegan cakes are not longer made with soya. We are a cafe/ restaurant.
We love the partisan on micklegate, breakfast was amazing, lots of choice and fabulous tea!!
Mumbler KMB, Jan 18
Partisan on Micklegate do a really good range of vegan cakes
Mumbler NM, Feb 18
Monday to Sunday 9am-5pm. Thursday – Saturday 6:30am to 10pm
112 Micklegate, York YO1 6JX
T: 01904 629866
There’s the Millfield, the food there is nice xx
ME, Oct 2018
Great, children eat free with a paying adult and it’s set out like a buffet so can choose whatever you want, they have things for a full English, cereal, yogurts, croissants, fruit, unlimited drinks. Mine love it there.
LL, Oct 18
White Rose Close, York Business Park, Nether Poppleton, York , YO26 6RL
Independent Vegan Cafe
Also we love True Story (used to be and Mrs fisher) exclusively vegan now
AG June 2018
Second this, been in a couple of times with the buggy and always made welcome. On Lord mayors walk where the bile beans sign is.
ST June 2018
Afternoon tea pre-booking only
Opening Hours: 10am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday
18 Lord Mayors Walk, York,YO31 7HA
‘Willow farm cafe get my vote as a grandma. Our grandaughter loves it there foods scrummy and well priced and she loves musical moo and the craft table which is free to use.’
WV Jan 19
‘Brilliant free children’s facilities and amazing food options. There is loads for the kids to do of all ages from covered smaller play items like ball pools and kitchens cars etc to outdoor slide/ climbing frames, sand section and a bouncy castle in the summer the variety keeps them entertained for hours the wonderful free crafts table inside means we always take a memory home with us x’
LM Jan 19
Willow Farm Cafe, Wigginton Rd, York, YO32 2RH
T: 01904 766822