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.
Come and visit our Cupcakery where we hold cupcake decorating tea parties (not currently running due to COVID restrictions), make birthday cakes to order, and serve afternoon tea (booking required).
We are super child friendly and offer mini hot chocolates, pink milk and mini cupcakes for the little people! We also have a changing table, high chairs and are breast-feeding friendly too.
We’re open 10am-5pm from Monday to Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sundays.
Afternoon tea is just £12.50 per person
Open for take-away and deliveries.
10 College St, York YO1 7JF
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
Henshelwoods Delicatessen ~ Est.1998 is a corner of foodie heaven in our historic York , nestled at the side of The Shambles Market .
Purveyors of Cheese , Charcuterie , Pate , Preserves , Chutney, Soup , Sandwiches , Freshly Baked Pies , Sausage rolls , Quiche , Scotch Eggs , Biscuits , Crackers , Loose Teas , Fresh Coffee , Cakes and our Signature Brownies .
Making us the perfect Delicatessen & Picnic provider , alongside our Henshelwood Hampers which we deliver all year round as the perfect gift full of sweet and savoury .
Our Delicatessen is overflowing with a blend of traditional , Yorkshire and local brands . Our selection of mouth-watering Antipasti will add vibrancy to any salad or nibble board making our ‘ Henshies Night In ‘ selection just perfect .
Our homemade specialities include our famous Crab and Chicken Liver Pates , Traditional Potted Beef , Seasonal Terrines , Soups and Quiches all using the best locally sourced and seasonal produce.
LICC is excited to be back in business and will be operating daily from 10am-6pm. They are adhering to strict social distancing guidelines by only allowing 2 people in the shop at a time, but will make exceptions for small babies & children of course.
Daily specials and deals are on their Instagram stories so stay tuned! They are serving ice cream, hot & cold takeaway drinks, ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes & takeaway tubs/pots. Gift vouchers are also available for purchase. With over 400 flavours and 24 on display every day, there is something for everyone to indulge in!
20 Back Swinegate, York, YO1 8AD
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
An Italian deli with a difference offering the very best in Italian and Yorkshire produce sourced from the finest independent producers.
Offering everything from authentic antipasti, wine and Italian gelato to speciality coffee, real hot chocolate and pastries all served either to eat in their welcoming restaurant or to takeaway and also offering a full deli counter for fresh Italian meats, cheese and olives to take home.
As well as offering mouth-watering Italian and Yorkshire produce, The Larder Club is a social enterprise supporting the rehabilitation of women offenders and working closely alongside HMP Askham Grange, funding work placements and employment opportunities for women offenders.
The Larder Club also offers barista skills training for women offenders, equipping them with the art of creating great speciality coffee, a skill that can help them build a new future.
Sometimes we all need a little TLC… from offering a welcoming space to treat yourself, through to working with ethical suppliers and supporting others in need, extending a little TLC is what The Larder Club is all about.
At York Cocoa Works we source cocoa beans from farms and communities around the world and import them directly to our manufactory on Castlegate, York. We process the cocoa from bean to bar and use them in our range of innovative & hand crafted chocolates, our chocolate drinks and cakes within the cafe and cakeaway service as well as teaching a range chocolate making techniques in our Cocoa Academy.
This Easter you can find a selection of hand crafted chocolate eggs, truffles and Easter gifts from York Cocoa Works. New to the range, we have created a 1kg Easter egg. It’s our biggest, ever Easter Egg! Hand made in our house 36% white, 45% Uganda milk and 75% Dominican Republic dark chocolate.
Those looking for a chocolate experience at home this Easter can find a selection of make-at-home kits for all the family including a chocolate lollipop making kit. It includes everything you need to make up to 8 lollipops and decorate with a range of sprinkles as well as a video tutorial on how to create the perfect lollipop!
Once we are able to open again you can come and enjoy one of our chocolate bar making workshops or enjoy a hot chocolate in our café and make a chocolate lollipop at your table! In the meantime we are open for takeaway hot drinks and cakes as well as click and collect.
Chocolate and cakes available for local cycle delivery, royal mail and click and collect at our shop in Castlegate. Cake away and chocolate fondue sets need to be ordered by 10pm Wednesday for post dispatches and York deliveries.
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Ambiente boasts two alternative takes on the tapas restaurant theme. With Ambiente Fossgate you’ll find a theatre kitchen and spacious groundfloor area with room for the whole family as well as push chairs. Whilst Ambiente Goodramgate is ideal for more intimate family meals.
Takeaway currently available.
14 Goodramgate,York,YO1 7LQ and 31 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TA
T: 01904 689784
Now open for eat-in and take-away. Serving Italian classic with a twist.
Ask Italian, Grand Assembly Rooms, Blake Street, York
Serving pizza, pasta and Italian classics.
‘Bella Italia is my girls’ favourite … love the fact there are two different sizes of kids’ meals and that they can order any pasta from the adult menu in a smaller size gives them a huge choice.’
RI Jan 19
‘Bella Italia are fab with my grandson especially at Clifton moor. Also had great Gluten free menu for coeliac hubby too!’
CM Jan 19
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
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
Offers a variety of sandwiches, paninis and jacket potatoes as well as serving breakfast and cakes. Still taking walk-ins where possible but calling and booking advised.
1 Peter Lane, York, York, YO1 8SW
T: 01904 863822
Remains closed due to COVID.
Burgers made from properly-sourced British beef.
Byron Burger, High Ousegate, York
T: 01904 634488
Nestled in the heart of the vibrant, world-class destination York – almost in the shadows of York Minster – we are a fun and friendly gathering place for locals and tourists. You will savour the rich flavours of authentic, perfectly prepared cuisine from Italy.
27-29 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LS
T: 01904 670914
The ideal place to enjoy anything from a cup of tea to a full meal.
13-17 Coney St, York YO1 9QL
T: 0871 902 5747
Open for coffee, hot chocolate, milkshakes and lots of sweet treats.
41 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LS
T: 01904 630325
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
A small family run cafe that operates from their converted horsebox, located in the Shambles Market, York. They offer a family-friendly menu with lots of homemade cakes and savouries available to take away. They pride themselves on their coffee and also offer a Gourmet Toastie menu.
Mention Mumbler for 20% off
5 Silver Street, Shambles Market, York
T: 07494 193858
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
Open for take-aways of your favourite pancakes.
7 Church Street, York, YO1 8BG
T: 01904 658728
Fresh food that is locally sourced. The menus change seasonally and monthly specials.
Good baby changing facilities and nice food for kids with kids cutlery. Games/toys/colouring stuff for kids. Also not judgy if you want a glass of wine with your lunch (which occasionally my friends and I enjoy!)
RS, Sept 2018
Our go to for good quality beer and wine and our little boy is always looked after. A absolutely child friendly pub that is still a pub. Great Sunday lunch too
SB, Sept 2018
Opening Hours: 11 to 11 Sunday to Wed, Closed Midnight Thursday to Saturday.
9 High Petergate, York, YO1 7EN
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.
36 Goodramgate, York
Roast dinners delivered to you or available for collection. Vegetarian and vegan options available too. Order online or email.
Kennedys, Little Stonegate, York Yo1
T: 01904 620222
Located on Walmgate in the heart of the historic city of York, Khao San Road is a warm and inviting Thai Bistro which serves authentic Thai cuisine.
50-52 Walmgate, York, YO1 9TJ
T: 01904 635599
Independent Artisan Street Food Crêperie using locally sourced ingredients. Open everyday 10-4 for takeaway and collection in the Shambles Market. Online ordering available.
Shambles Market Food Court, York, YO1 7LX
T: 07498 443211
Offering quality food made fresh daily. Currently offering takeaway and delivery via Just Eat and UberEats Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm.
2 Patrick Pool, York
T: 01904 641439
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
South American restaurant, vegan and vegetarian menus available.
21 Back Swinegate, York, YO1 8AD
T: 01904 521100
Offering takeaway menu Thursday-Sunday 12-8pm.
Nestled between York Minster and Monk Bar “Little Italy” was established by owners Andrea & Mandy Gaias in January 1992, and as a result of endless dedication have built up an enviable reputation as one of York’s finest Italian restaurants offering gourmet cuisine to satisfy the most discerning tastes.
12 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LQ
T: 01904 623539
Sells the best artisan cheeses from Yorkshire, the UK and Europe as well as carefully selected wines. You can also order your cheese and wine online!
Tue-Thu: 9:30 – 17:00 (takeaway food hours the same)
Fri & Sat: 9:30 – 17:00 (takeaway food: 9:00 – 21:00)
16 Gillygate, York
T: 01904 622967
Join us at Lucia York for delicious Italian, Mediterranean and tapas food by day and mind blowing cocktails by night.
13 Swinegate East court, York, YO1 8AJ
T: 01904 731599
Open Wednesday-Sunday 5-9:30pm. Booking essential.
Established in 1987, Mamma Mia has a long-standing reputation for excellent and authentic Italian food, freshly prepared in our kitchens.
20 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ
T: 01904 622020
Discover the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall: Home to York’s entrepreneurs for 660 years – and counting. Half price admission for York residents and free for under 16’s, come and explore its fascinating tales and awe-inspiring architecture. Also enjoy a tasty drink and freshly baked cakes & snacks in our Merchants’ Coffee House.
Fossgate, York YO1 9XD
Serving Middle Eastern food such as shawrama, falafel, grilled halloumi and kids wraps and salad boxes.
23 Lendal, York
T: 07889 648094
‘Nandos at vanguard. Always so friendly with my daughter and accommodating to us having two kids, needing pram space. They offer colouring, books to read and not to mention the children’s menu and meals are lovely xxx’
JLB Jan 19
‘We love it here’
CS Jan 19
Vangarde Shopping Park, Vangarde Way, Huntington, North Yorkshire, YO32 9AE
T: 01904 621563
12 High Ousegate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8RZ
T: 01904 679 103
Vegan Kitchen – Street Food including curries, cakes & lots more. Open 11.30am – 7pm every day except Tuesday.
10 Church Street, York, YO1 8BG
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
Panda Mami buffet restaurant chain has landed in York. Our chefs prepare over 150 authentic dishes from around the world every day and the Live Cooking Stations provide fabulous taste and entertainment. We provide a casual dining experience like no other, offering a balanced choice of delicious food, giving our guests added value at a fixed price, all within luxurious surroundings.
19 Bridge St, York YO1 6DA
T: 01904 633800
Open for sit in or takeaway of delicious freshly baked scones, cakes and cream teas. Coffee, tea, soft drinks and alcohol also available. Afternoon tea and cream tea deliveries are also offered.
1 Little Shambles, York, YO1 7LY
T: 01904 622474
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.
Thursday – Monday 9am to 3pm
112 Micklegate, York YO1 6JX
T: 01904 629866
Italy’s diverse cooking is the heart and soul of Piccolino. We visit the regions, meet the producers and are committed to sourcing the best quality ingredients.
Mention Mumbler for 10% of when you prebook.
Piccolino 18 Bridge St, York, YO1 6DA
T: 01904 521155
Our Pizza Express Italian restaurants serve delicious, freshly made pizza, plus there’s a takeaway service so you can have our tasty pizza to go.
Famous for its Italian classics, from bubbling pizzas and scrumptious pasta to traditional bruschetta and classic Tiramisu, Prezzo bring you a touch of Italy to the UK! Buon appetito!
‘Relaxed and very welcoming. My kids love Italian. Always check their website for offers – you can often get 40% off!!!’
VB Jan 19
1-3 Clifford St, York
T: 01904 624474
Vangarde Shopping Park, R4, Vangarde Retail Park
T: 01904 620041
Quality dining is no small matter. In fact, a meal with us is cause for celebration. For massive smiles and heaps of enjoyment. For making memories that are worth keeping forever. Take a seat, and get ready to celebrate. It all starts with incredible food that’s big on flavour.
Coney Street, York YO19 9NA
T: 01904 676054
Established in 2004 in the former Francois Restaurant Bistro on Castlegate in York. It specialises in rustic French cooking in a busy, vibrant upbeat Bistro atmosphere, offering a large and varied selection of meat and fish dishes cooked traditionally, using local products.
28 Castlegate, YO1 9RP York
T: 01904 612744
Meat cooked on our smoker behind the shop makes for delicious sandwiches, wraps and burritos.
28 The Shambles, York, YO1 7LX
T: 01904 674684
Now open Tues-Thurs 12pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-11pm, and Sun 12.00-9.00pm
Community project supporting local independent businesses. Inside you’ll find delicious street food and beverages outlets, retailers, meeting space and public working space. We are family friendly, and children are welcome on site with parents at any time (lift available).
17-21 Picadilly, York, YO1 9PB
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
Update: Remains closed due to COVID.
Spurriergate is open for refreshments and meet-ups Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am to 2.30pm. We have free Friendly WiFi, a soft play area and a warm welcome. Come and meet your friends and make some new ones!
The Spurriergate Centre, St Michael’s Church, Spurriergate, York, YO1 9QR
T: 01904 629393
Greek inspired coffee shop serving both sweet and savoury treats.
32 Parliament Street, York
T: 07478 258971
An independent 42 seat casual dining restaurant housed in a restored listed building on Micklegate. Fantastic for a date night but also children are more than welcome at The Rattle Owl, producing locally soured good food for the little ones, drawn from the fresh ingredients off our a’l carte menu, and they eat for £4.50!
104 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX
Using the best food produce in Yorkshire with real ales, lagers, spirits and wines from around Great Britain. Adults only dining.
15 North Street, York, YO1 6JD
T: 01904 500660
Turkish cafe in York city centre.
3 Whip Ma Whop Ma Gate, York, YO1 8BL
T: 07588 657565
Currently offering meal deals delivered to you! Find their menu on Facebook and call to order.
Vaqueiros Brazilian Rodizio, where you can enjoy an authentic taste of Brazil in the centre of York with an unlimited menu of the finest cuts of meats and Brazilian side dishes for one inclusive price.
1 Micklegate, York YO1 6JG
T: 01904 622737
Japanese inspired restaurant.
77-81 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LS
T: 01904 610888
Designer Outlet, st nicholas avenue, fulford, york, YO19 4TA
T: 01904 623869
Independent coffee shop and tea room selling home bakes and much more. Open for takeaway and dine-in.
5C Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LJ
Our Italian restaurant serves tasty, authentic dishes from pizza, pasta and risotto to salads and indulgent desserts – all in a uniquely designed restaurant. Our Italian menu also includes Vegan and Vegetarian options.
2 Lendal, York YO1 8AA
T: 01904 801717