We have listed below some great places to enjoy a date night in York – many of them also make a great mums or dads night out too!

We did a blog summarising great Date Night Ideas in York Here too.

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We are a small shop and café based on Gillygate in York. Set in the heart of the minster quarter and sitting underneath the historic city walls, Love Cheese is a destination for local and tourist foodies. Our Selection of Continental, British and Yorkshire cheeses have been specially picked to cater for all. From Mild to Strong, Young to Mature, Hard to Soft, we will have something for everyone.

Cheese Tasting Events

Try a completely unique experience, and enjoy the finer things in life with our range of cheese tasting events.

The Speakcheesey & Secret Garden

We have spent time tentatively selecting the irresistible selection of cheeseboards from soft and smelly to blended and flavoured, we have something for every palette. Fancy something to warm you up? Our toasties come in a range of flavours from Goat’s cheese, balsamic and sun-dried tomatoes to Tallegio and pesto toastie and we mustn’t forget about the popular combination of sweet chilli and halloumi. All toasties are loaded and filled to the brim!

A light-bite can be just as satisfying at Love Cheese, Take home a bit of Love Cheese by stopping at our deli counter and cheese fridge and make your own cheese board at home, with our Olives of the Day and Cheese of the Month

You can also order your cheese and wine online!

Opening times:

Tuesday 10-5
Wednesday 10-5
Thursday 10-5
Friday 10-8
Saturday 10-8
We have our Garden open for walk in and bookings.

16 Gillygate, York

01904 622967
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Pairings Wine Bar is an award-winning, independent wine bar run by sisters, Kelly & Kate, who are passionate about pairing wine and food.

Pairings is a relaxed table service bar with an appreciation for fine wines, beer, whisky, gin and cocktails. Offering small plates and sharing boards, featuring the absolute best in locally sourced charcuterie, cheese, fish and desserts.

They offer a range of private wine and gin tasting experiences available at a time to suit you. Prices start at £30 per person for The Fine Wine Experience, a bespoke two hour tasting hosted by one of their  in-house Sommeliers where you taste five fine wines, or for the true Pairings experience accompany your wines with the Sommelier’s suggested food pairings. Further information can be found here.

For those who would rather choose their own drinks, they also offer local beers, gins and cocktails to enjoy alongside sharing boards and platters featuring the absolute best in locally sourced charcuterie and artisan cheese. Visit their website for the latest Food & Drinks menu. Gift vouchers also available.

28 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RP

01904 848909
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We’re all about people! We’re committed to building relationships with our customers everyday. Whether it’s a delicious cup of coffee, a conversation, or just giving people the opportunity to catch up with family & friends.

Our coffee shop offers a breakfast and lunch menu, speciality coffee and cakes all available to sit in or take away. Our bar is open on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights until 11pm. On these nights we serve our New York style stonebaked pizzas – available for takeaway or eat in! To book a table you can call during opening hours or book on the website.

Come and see us for:

☕️ Speciality Coffee

🍺 Craft beer

🍕 Pizzas – pizzas are served 5pm-9pm on Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings for both take out and sit in

🥞 Saturday brunch club –  bacon, sausages, eggs, pancakes…and more from 10am til 3p

We right next to the Poppleton children’s playpark so you can come down and grab a coffee while your little ones run free in the park!

Opening Times:
Monday: 8:30am-4:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am-11pm
Wednesday: 8:30am-11pm
Thursday: 8:30am-11pm
Friday: 8:30am-11pm
Saturday: 10am-11pm
Sunday: CLOSED

During school holidays we open from 10am everyday!

Poppleton Community Centre, Main Street, Nether Poppleton, York YO26 6JT



Fancy a fun and creative date night with your other half or your friends?

No babies, no kids, just grown ups having fun painting, gossiping and drinking wine.

Doors open at 6pm and close at 9pm. A table will be put aside for you so you may come along whenever you wish. For those who haven’t been before please give yourself at least 2 hours. You’ll be surprised how time flies!

You may bring wine and a small selection of nibbles. Wine glasses are provided along with adult aprons and everything you need to enjoy your evening. We have plenty of stamps and stencils to help you so don’t worry, you don’t need to be a great artist!

Prices are £4 studio fee + the cost of the item you would like to paint. Prices on the shelves start from £6.00.

Please call to book. A £4 deposit per person will be required which will be deducted from your bill.

For up to date info and Adults Night dates please have a look on the website or our Facebook page.

01904 675533
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Enjoy a range of great beers, wines & cocktails, home cooked food. Watch a film, or the latest sporting event; in our luxury cinema. We have Karaoke every Thursday from 9pm, with 2-4-1 cocktails.

9-13 Grape Lane, York, YO1 7HU
T: 01904 661130

Aldwark Arms

The Aldwark Arms is a beautiful village pub and restaurant set in the countryside of Aldwark in York and is owned and run by the Hardisty family.

Aldwark, Alne, York, YO61 1UB
T: 01347 838324

Ambiente Tapas

Ambiente boasts two unique tapas restaurants within the city walls. At Ambiente Fossgate, you’ll find a theatre kitchen and spacious ground floor area with room for the whole family and pushchairs. Ambiente Goodramgate, housed in a listed Georgian building with restaurant and bar area, is ideal for more intimate family meals.

14 Goodramgate,York,YO1 7LQ and 31 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TA
T: 01904 689784

Ask Italian

Modern Italian restaurant chain serving long, stone-baked pizzas and antipasto on wooden boards and much more. You can eat-in or take-away.

Ask Italian, Grand Assembly Rooms, Blake Street, York
T: 01904637254

Ate O’Clock

Nestling down an alley in the centre of York you’ll find Ate O’Clock restaurant. This intimate eating establishment opened in September 2005. The restaurant offers a relaxing, friendly atmosphere with friendly, efficient staff and a heated courtyard. Service is “laid back” yet professional with many personal touches.

13A High Ousegate,York
T: 01904 644080


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

Blue Barbakan

Independent restaurant serving traditional polish Cuisine

34 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TA
T:  01904 672474

Byron Burger

American-inspired chain diner serving posh hamburgers with a choice of toppings, sides and salads.

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

Chopping Block

Yorkshire food and Drink with a French twist. Currently offering a takeaway menu for collection. Delivery available via Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats. Restaurant has now reopened.

Chopping Block, Walmgate Ale House, 25 Walmgate, York
T:  01904 629222

Cosy Club

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

Crab and Lobster

Distance from York: 21 miles

With a sun-trapped terrace, bright and airy pavilion, cosy main restaurant and a friendly bar, the Crab & Lobster offers a variety of facilities and settings for all occasions – whether it be a light bite to eat during the day or a romantic candle-lit meal in the evening.

Asenby, Thirsk ,YO7 3QL
T: 01845 577286

Dean Court Hotel

Update: Reduced menu served when reopened on 4th September.

D.C.H – the Restaurant, with Minster views. Winner of an AA Rosette award for 2017. Rated in Michelin Hotel and Food Guides.

THE COURT Cafe & Bar – the very popular and more relaxed informal eatery. Serving a wide range of food and beverage items including Afternoon Tea Menu, lots of wines, beers and cocktails.

Duncombe Place, York, YO1 7ED
T: 01904 625082

Durham Ox (The) – Crayke

Distance from York: 13 miles

An award winning traditional pub. For those wishing for over-night accommodation there are five converted farm cottages that provide a peaceful and charming place to stay and the converted Studio Suite located above the pub. We also have a 3 bedroom self-catering cottage in the village. Open Wednesday-Sunday.

Westway, Crayke, York YO61 4TE
T: 01347 821506

Everyman Cinema

Baby Club is on Tuesdays.  You can get a ticket, hot drink and cake.

Prices will be announced soon.

Everyman Cinema, Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AQ
T: 0872 436 9060 (Booking line)

Fossgate Social

Open Monday & Tuesday, 6pm-12.30am; Wednesday – Saturday, 11am-12.30am; Sunday, 11am-12am; serving up asian-inspired food, beer, cider, wine, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

25 Fossgate, York

T: 01904 628692

Fossgate Tap

Serving a fresh classic British menu and a great range of gin, cocktails and beer in partnership with Turning Point Brew Co.

54-56 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TF
T: 01904 625226

Grays Court

Serving light lunches and afternoon tea from 12pm to 5pm and dinner from 6pm to 9pm daily. (Grays advise they are child friendly and have lovely gardens for children to play in – parental supervision required)

Grays Court Hotel, Chapter House Street, York YO1 7JH
T: 01904 612613

Guy Fawkes Inn

Thirteen four star AA rated en-suite bedrooms, local real ales and skillfully prepared AA Rosette food that utilises fresh, local produce and is served in a candelit restaurant which combines effectively with this heritage to create perhaps the most characterful and iconic city centre inn, from which you, can embrace York’s illustrious history.

25 High Petergate, YO1 7HP York
T: 01904 623716

Hotel Du Vin

At Hotel du Vin York you can retreat to a nook or cranny for morning coffee, afternoon tea or your favourite tipple. Enjoy candlelit dining and seasonal dishes in the cool ambience of our trademark bistro. Explore our extensive wine list with expert guidance from our Sommelier.

89 The Mount, York, YO24 1AX
T: 01904 405260


Kennedy’s prides itself on a relaxed and friendly service complimented by freshly prepared food. You can book online now, or if a spontaneous chilled beverage is more your vibe, we have also saved plenty of space for walk-ins as well.

Wednesday – Friday, 12pm – late

Saturday – Sunday 10am – late

Kennedys, Little Stonegate, York Y01 8AX
T: 01904 620222

Khao San Road

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

Le Cochon Aveugle

Serving a contemporary European menu rooted in classical French techniques. Delivering a 3-course meal for two and a bottle of wine for £40. Check Facebook for their menu. Call between 10am-4pm to place your order. The menu includes dishes made using ingredients from our smaller, local suppliers so we can support them through this tough time. 10% discount to NHS workers.

37 Walmgate, York

T: 01904 640222


Little Italy

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


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

Marcia – Bishopthorpe

Enjoy relaxing in our traditional bar or dine in our restaurant with open fire.  We serve home-cooked food and we have a great selection of drinks including cask ales, wines, spirits and soft drinks.

29 Main Street, Bishopthorpe, York, YO23 2RA
T: 01904 706185

Mr P’s Curious Tavern

The whole experience is a journey, centred around a series of beautiful and curious dishes that are bursting with flavour and taste. Mr P’s Menu encourages you to pick and mix from the selection of small dishes we offer to put together your own meal as your appetite, humour and curiosity allow.

71 Low Petergate, York, YO1 7HY
T: 01904 521177

Il Paradiso on the Forest

Authentic Italian food with a unique service.

Sutton Grange, York Road, Sutton on the Forrest
T: 01347 811271

Panda Mami

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

Piccolino York

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% off when you prebook.

Piccolino 18 Bridge St, York, YO1 6DA
T: 01904 521155

Pipe and Glass – South Dalton

Distance from York: 28 miles

Now open. Airy, elegant and welcoming, the restaurant at the Pipe and Glass offers the perfect surroundings to relax and enjoy our Michelin-starred food. All five of our luxurious rooms are situated in the lovely gardens to the rear of the Pipe and Glass, and offer the ultimate in comfort and first class facilities – but all are very different in character.

West End, South Dalton, Beverley, East Yorkshire,HU17 7PN
T: 01430 810246


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


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


At Skosh we serve food in the form of snacks and small plates, allowing you to have as little or as much as you want, or if you prefer, gradually served course by course to give you a complete dining experience.

Opening Hours:

Wednesday – Saturday 12:00 – 14:00 / 17:30 – 22:00
Sunday 12:00 – 16:00

Skosh, 98 Micklegate, York, YO1 4PX
T: 01904 634849



Sotano is an independent bar and restaurant in York serving Mediterranean tapas plates and classically-inspired cocktails. Restaurant open from 12pm -late Wednesday – Sunday.

1 Little Stonegate, York, YO1 8AX
T: 01904 620230


Open Thursday-Sunday for eat-in/collection/delivery. An innovative new restaurant on Castlegate in the heart of the ancient city of York. We literally have something for everyone and specialise in slow cooked meats, super foods and tasty vegetarian cuisine.

1 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN
T: 01904 676000

Star Inn the City


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

Tabanco by Ambiente

Tabanco by Ambiente is inspired by Southern Spain’s Tabanco bars; informal tapas bars where you can stop for solo visit for a quick nibble or where you can dwell a little longer over tapas with friends and family. With a spacious ground floor area, there is room for the whole family as well as push chairs. For those sunny days, our courtyard is the perfect place to embrace the sun over some alfresco tapas.

59-63 Walmgate, York YO1 9TY

T: 01904 809565

The Botanist

It started with a seed, an idea to create a secret garden of food and drink. A place where antiquities and trinkets hang from the walls, and resident botanists craft unusual concoctions. Some arrive for the live music, some for the conversation; but here at The Botanist, all can enjoy a wondrous occasion…

15-19 Stonegate, York, YO1 8ZW
T: 01904 541177

The Grand

Dine at The Grand, York’s only five-star hotel, and enjoy locally sourced fresh food created by expert chefs. The Rise offers lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea for all ages. Private Bookings are also available.

The Grand, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GD
T: 01904 380038

The Sidings – Shipton by Beningbrough

Founded in 1985 by an ex-railwayman with a passion and enthusiasm for all things connected with railways, The Sidings is built around 5 Pullman style railway carriages. These have been developed to create the ultimate railway experience. Part of the carriages have been converted in to a dining area, allowing tables of four to overlook the track.

Station Lane, Shipton By Beningbrough, York, YO30 1BT
T: 01904 470221

The Bay Tree – Stillington

Situated in the quaint village of Stillington, on the outskirts of York, The Bay Tree has taken a new direction with its affordable yet elegant British cuisine and its unique drinks selection. Offering plenty of dining spaces including a relaxed conservatory space and large beer garden.

Main Street, Stillington, York, YO61 1JU
T: 01347 811394 (Becky)

The Black Swan – Oldstead

A premium food box delivery service by Michelin-starred Chef Tommy Banks. New, oven-ready three and five-course menus available to purchase every Wednesday for nationwide delivery the following Friday.
Prices begin at £42 for our Made in Oldstead and £85 for the Classic Weekend Box, with our Signature five-course menu priced at £120 including a bottle of wine.

York, YO61 4BL
T: 01347 868387

The Blue Bell – Arkendale

Distance from York: 16 miles

Our varied menus and specials boards have something for everyone. The Blue Bell also has four beautiful bedrooms, ideal if you’re looking for a relaxing place to stay.

Moor Lane, Arkendale, Harrogate, HG5 0QT
T: 01423 369242

The Bluebell Country Inn – Alne

The newly refurbished Bluebell Country Inn is now regarded as a top class North Yorkshire Restaurant. Tenderly refurbished by Mike and Annette Anson, the Bluebell Country Inn is regarded by those in the know as a top class and value for money North Yorkshire restaurant. From the garden, to the lounge and into the dining room, the Bluebell simply exudes class.

Alne, Easingwold, York, YO61 1RR
T: 01347 838331

The Carpenters Arms – Felixkirk

Distance from York: 25 miles

An award winning traditional village inn with rooms, located in the heart of Felixkirk village, on the outskirts of the Market Town of Thirsk.

Felixkirk, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 2DP
T: 01845 537369

The Crown & Cushion – Welburn

The Crown and Cushion specialises in bringing its guests high quality food, drink, service and surroundings; including a traditional bar, tap room and 3 separate dining areas. There is also a large outdoor tiered terrace with stunning views.

Welburn, North Yorkshire, YO60 7DZ
T: 01653 618777

The Rattle Owl

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, we produce good food for the little ones.

104 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX
T:01904 658658

The Rythre Arms

Distance from York – Approximately 15.9 miles

The Rythre Arms has been the Steak Mecca of Yorkshire for over 36 years. We are situated in a traditional, centuries old, pub and serve the best locally sourced beef available. Our steaks are matured and butchered on the premises and range in size from the modest 6 ounce Fillet to the Rythre Monster that comes in at an awe-inspiring 78 ounces!

Main St, Ryther, Tadcaster, LS24 9EE
T: 01757 268372

The Star Inn – Harome

Distance from York: 25.5 miles

Situated in a picturesque village on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, a couple of miles outside the market town of Helmsley, this much loved, Michelin-starred Inn has origins believed to date back to the 14th Century.

Harome, nr Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5JE
T: 01439 770397

The Victoria Inn – Cattal

Distance from York – Approx 11.6 miles

Come eat, drink and be merry at the centre of ” God’s own county”, The Victoria at Cattal, one of the few remaining family run freehold country inns. We are sure that our friendly service, well kept Yorkshire hand pulled ales and fresh, local produce befits our newly found responsibility.

Station Road, Cattal, York, YO26 8EB
T: 01423 330249

The Whippet Inn

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

Tickled Trout Inn – Bilton-in-Ainsty

Located on the outskirts of York, we are a country pub with accommodation. Offering traditional English dishes served to a high quality along with dishes with a more contemporary twist we make sure our customer service matches the high standard of the food.

Church St, York YO26 7NN
T: 01423 359006


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 and we also offer takeaway on Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats.

2 Lendal, York, YO1 8AA

T: 01904 801717