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.
Check out our blog from September 2020 with more detail on some great Breakfast places HERE
The award-winning farm shop and café specialises in locally grown produce, including fruits, vegetables, and rare breed meat. Their in-house bakery provides homemade scones, cakes & traybakes for the shop and the café, with their chefs providing a range of delicious meals, sandwiches and seasonal specialties for the café.
The Balloon Tree is a great day out for all of the family – their Pick Your Own seasonal runs throughout the Summer, giving you the opportunity to hunt for the biggest strawberries, raspberries, and even pumpkins in the October season! Don’t forget you can even come and find your perfect locally sourced Christmas Tree in December.
Entertain the children in the play area, situated in the securely fenced café garden, so you can enjoy a cup of coffee & homemade cake, whilst they burn off some energy.
Their delicatessen counter serves a wide range of sausage rolls, quiches and sandwiches – all from local businesses. They even have a hot counter where you can grab a warm luxury black pudding sausage roll, or if you’re really hungry a hot pork sandwich with apple sauce, stuffing and crackling!
Open seven days a week with seasonal variation on opening times.
Stamford Bridge Road (A166), Gate Helmsley
YO41 1NB (One mile west of Stamford Bridge)
Lockdown update 13th January 2021
Rowntree Park reading cafe will be open 7 days a week 9-4 for takeaways. So if you are walking through the park taking your exercise, do call by to pick up a coffee to keep you warm.
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
Grab & Go Afternoon Tea and Takeaway cafe food & cakes. Collection or delivery available (delivery charges apply). Ready meals will be made available. If you have requirements for small children, please ask us.
Afternoon Tea – A full Afternoon Tea comprising sandwiches, savouries, scones with Jam & cream and mini cakes & desserts. Adults £15.95, Children £9.95.
52 Moor Lane, York, YO24 2QY
Are you free range at heart? We love to welcome free range kids to our farm – with acres of space and lots of animals to see, the whole family will have fun. Come and see our hens, pigs, pygmy goats and alpacas, climb our straw bale mountain and explore the vegetable garden – all for free during opening hours!
Yolk Farm is the UK’s best spot to experience amazing eggs. The restaurant features fun swing seats and brightly painted crate light shades. The farm shop offers a wide selection of fruit and veg, locally made goods and has a zero waste station. Eggs, freshly collected from the farm each morning, are the stars of the breakfast menu and you can find them in a selection of goodies including beetroot and potato croquettes, sweetcorn fritters and pancake hay stacks!
Baby change and high chairs are available, Pre-booking for food is essential.
Minskip Farm Shop, Boroughbridge, YO51 9HY
Plush Café is the most instagrammable café in York!
Located on Stonegate, this independent family-run business offers a delicious brunch and lunch menu (with great vegan and gluten-free options!), as well as coffee, tea, cakes, ice-cream, freakshakes and more for both sit in and takeaway.
They have 3 themed dining rooms – the gorgeous Garden Room with flowers all over the walls and swings for seats, the luxurious Bohemian Room full of floor cushions and low tables, and the eccentric Neon Room, which is also dog friendly.
Plush has some amazing and unusual ice-cream flavours to choose from. Go crazy with a bright and colourful ice-cream selection on a rainbow cone or choose the Black Coconut ice-cream with a black cone and wafer for something really different!
While you’re there, have a look at the fab and fun homeware on offer in the Plush Boutique Store. Who doesn’t want flamingo salt and pepper shakers or a teapot shaped like a cat!?
Don’t forget to show the Plush Team this Mumbler post to get a free Electric Lemonade worth £2.95 when you spend £10.
6 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AS
The Poppleton Social is back open! We have reopened our coffee shop with a breakfast and lunch menu, speciality coffee and cakes all available to sit in or take away. We have also reopened our bar on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights until 11pm. On these nights we will be serving our New York style stonebaked pizzas – available for takeaway or eat in! To book a table you can call during opening hours. We now have a temporary heated outdoor seating area to enjoy your food and drinks.
We are also pleased to see that the children’s playpark has reopened so you can come down and grab a coffee while your little ones run free in the park!
Monday: still closed (but will be opening soon)
Poppleton Community Centre, York
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
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.
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.
Calm Slate Farm, Bolton Abbey, BD23 6EU (6AD closest for SatNav)
T: 01756 711826
Explore coffees from around the world as well as bagels and toasties.
Bison is still open 7 days a week for takeaway and click & collect. We also have outdoor seating available.
Opening times are:
Monday to Friday 9am-4pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm
17 Heslington Road, York, YO10 5AR
T: 01904 637607
Independent restaurant serving traditional polish Cuisine
34 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TA
T: 01904 672474
Cafe serving both breakfast and brunch with a variety of coffee, loose leaf teas and cakes. Chocolate survival boxes, coffee and Afternoon teas available for collection and delivery. Bakeshop open Monday-Sunday 9-4 and Cafe open Monday-Sunday 9:30-4.
5 Museum St, York YO1 7DT
T: 01904 647420
Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as having dedicated kids, vegan and gluten free menus.
19-22 Fossgate, York YO1 9TA
T: 01904 395056
Open from Monday- Saturday, This is a neighbourhood cycle repair shop selling bike accessories. They are also in association with Angel on the Green cafe-bar, providing great food and superb local beer.
The cafe has secure bike parking.
2 Bishopthorpe Road, York, YO23 1JJ
Now open serving breakfast, hot & cold snacks and a variety of freshly cooked meals.
9am – 4pm (Last food orders at 3.30pm)
Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm (Last food orders at 3.30pm) on Sunday.
See our menu on our website.
The Bothy, Deans Garden Centre, Stockton Lane, York, YO32 9UE
T: 01904 400141
Sweet/savoury pancakes and other Dutch treats. Available for takeaway as well.
7 Church Street, York, YO1 8BG
T: 01904 658728
Goji Cafe’s food is vegetarian, wholesome, nutritious and lovingly prepared from start to finish with many vegan options. We are passionate about the quality of our dishes.
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm.
36 Goodramgate, York
We offer afternoon tea and a range of deli products. Dogs welcome in the courtyard.
Opening Hours: 9.30am – 3.30pm
We operate a walk in only policy and don’t take reservations.
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. Open 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday & 10am-4pm Sunday. Plenty of vegan/vegan options and all dishes on main menu can be made GF on request.
‘Osborne’s @68 on Gillygate – lovely people, great coffee, and the cakes are delicious and enormous!!’
SF Sept 18.
68 Gillygate, YO31 7EQ
T: 01904 627939
We are an independent speciality coffee shop/restaurant situated in York’s most elegant street.
We have an all day Breakfast/Brunch menu and a few lunch dishes. We cook everything to order using the best quality fresh ingredients.
Open Monday to Sunday, 9am to 3pm
112 Micklegate, York YO1 6JX
T: 01904 629866
Open 8-5pm every day at either of our York locations with a wide range of seasonal coffee, teas as well as breakfast and lunch options and cold drinks.
45 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF/21 Lendal, York YO1 8AQ
T: 01904 633998
CURRENTLY ONLY OPEN FOR DRINKS ONLY – REOPENING FULLY IN FEB 2019
Simple Yorkshire cooking with a taste of the countryside!
Star inn the city was great. Shows off the river
NF, May 2018
Star in the city in the museum gardens do a really nice afternoon tea
KR, Jan 2018
Lendal Engine House, Museum Street, York, YO1 7DR
T: 01904 619208
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 coffee shop and tea room selling home bakes and much more. Open for takeaway and dine-in.
5C Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LJ
Now open with children’s facilities and great food options to choose from, activities such as outdoor slides/climbing frames for kids of all ages so there is lots of variety.
We are open from 9am till 4 pm, 7 days a week.
Come visit us at: Willow Farm Cafe, Wigginton Rd, York, YO32 2RH
T: 07399 959220
YHA York café and grounds are back open! Our facilities are Covid secure and our menu is delicious. We guarantee lovely coffees, fabulous cakes and friendly faces with plenty of space for the little ones to run around.
Water End, York YO30 6LP
T: 01904 653147