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)
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
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 a local coffee shop open Monday-Sunday serving speciality coffee, breakfast, brunch & homemade cakes. On evenings we serve stonebaked pizzas alongside our range of premium beers and wines! We have a fantastic children’s play park on our doorstep and plenty of parking.
Poppleton Community Centre, York
Pizza drive-in available Thursday-Saturday 5-9pm. Pre-order by email. All payments will be collected via phone prior to collection. See image for details and pizza menu!
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
Update: Cafe remains closed until September
Chocs Away is a cafe at the Rufforth Airfield. You can go along for a very reasonably priced breakfast or lunch and your mini mumbler can watch the gliders and planes on the runway from the large, safe balcony. They also do parties.
Open 10am – 2pm
T: 07885 810189
Rufforth Airfield, East Rufforth, York, YO23 3NA
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
Reopening 17th July
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
Explore coffees from around the world as well as bagels and toasties. Offering click and collect Thursday-Sunday 10am-3pm. Order on their website.
17 Heslington Road, York, YO10 5AR
T: 01904 637607
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 Thursday-Sunday 9-3 and Cafe open Wednesday-Sunday 10-3.
Please note there are no baby changing facilities here.
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
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 a 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
Reopening 11th July.
Serving breakfast, hot & cold snacks and a variety of freshly cooked meals.
‘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
Open for take-aways of your favourite pancakes.
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
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
Offering takeaway lasagne, parmagiano and deli products. Dogs welcome in the courtyard. Opening Hours: 9.30am – 2.30pm
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
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
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
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
Click and collect 8-3pm at either of our York locations with a wide range of coffee as well as breakfast and lunch options and cold drinks.
45 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF
21 Lendal, York YO1 8AQ
T: 01904 633998
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
Independent coffee shop and tea room selling home bakes and much more. Open for takeaway and dine-in.
5C Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LJ
Reopening 4th July 9am-4pm.
‘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
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
T: 0345 371 9051