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.
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 01904 675533 to book. A £4 deposit per person will be required which will be deducted from your bill.
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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 host a regular Speedquiz night every Tuesday, live music & DJ’s.
1331 were great for me you get a room and can link your music up. I’m not sure about children.
KH, Jan 2018
They are really good with children through the day – not sure about evening,
EW, Jan 2018
13 Grape Lane, York, YO1 7HU
T: 01904 661130
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 Arms, it is lovely food and very family friendly
SM, Oct 2018
Aldwark arms pub for lunch. Park at the pub and do the ramble with the dog, it’s about 1.5 hours walk it’s lovely! There’s a map online I think! Dogs welcome in the pub for lunch
DL, Oct 2018
Aldwark, Alne, York, YO61 1UB
T: 01347 838324
Private dining at the Alice Hawthorn in the village of Nun Munkton. A little drive out of York but it’s such a beautiful village and private dining room leads out into the small garden x. I haven’t used it myself but have been to the restaurant which is fantastic!
AP, Jan 2018
The Alice Hawthorne is lovely
DCH, Oct 2018
The Green, Nun Monkton, York YO26 8EW
T: 01423 330303
Serving gourmet tapas in one of our four vibrant, yet relaxed restaurants is what Ambiente is all about. We’ve put our Ambiente stamp on things as our tapas is not like you know it! It’s inspired by tapas served in traditional Spanish ‘tabancos’ and influenced by tastes and flavours from around the world. Ambiente Tapas on Goodramgate is dog friendly during daytime, excluding Friday evenings and all day Saturday.
I love eating tapas with friends as you can all order stuff and share
KG, Feb 2018
Ambiente tapas on fossgate is fab,has a baby changing facility and I happily breastfed in there….oh and lovely food!!! Xxx
RP, Jan 2018
Nestling down an alley in the centre of York you’ll find Ate O’Clock restaurant. This 40 seat eating establishment opened in September 2005. The restaurant offers a relaxing, friendly atmosphere with friendly, efficient staff. Service is “laid back” yet professional with many personal touches.
At the moment you cannot beat 8 o’clock!!!
GM, Sept 2018
Ate o’clock, really small and intimate. Food is excellent and the service is always fantastic. X
AV, Jan 2018
13A High Ousegate,York
T: 01904 644080
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
“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
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40 Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ
T: 01904 652500
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.
Caesar’s is nice
JT, Feb 2018
Caesar’s is child friendly and bright
SR, Jan 2018
27-29 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LS
T: 01904 670914
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
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
D.C.H – the Restaurant, with Minster views. 2AA 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.
Dean court hotel, private rooms which could be decorated and lovely afternoon teas xx
LR, Sept 2018
Dean Court Hotel. They have a lovely little Annex of the restaurant that can be closed off or a bigger room downstairs
SB, July 2018
Duncombe Place, York, YO1 7ED
T: 01904 625082
Baby Screening are held on alternate Tuesday/Thursday mornings (please check with the cinema before you attend) and tickets can be purchased online or at the venue direct. The price is £11.50 for each adult and the child/baby is free. The price includes one admit for the film, a hot drinks and cake.
“Sofas, blankets, cushions, drinks, pizza, waiter service. Treat yourself to a date night!”
Mumbler JR, Feb 18
“definitely worth every penny”
Mumbler NBH, Feb 18
Everyman Cinema, Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AQ
T: 0872 436 9060 (Booking line)
Serving light lunches and afternoon tea from 12pm to 5pm and dinner from 6pm to 9pm daily.
Grays Court just near monk bar. Beautiful hotel. And fab afternoon tea you can book.
NB, Jan 18
Grays Court. you can stay for drinks too in their beautiful garden or relax inside. It’s a stunning place and feels like you’re really getting away from it all
CNC, Nov 18
(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
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.
The Guys Fawkes inn near the minster always used to be lovely. X
GC, Oct 2018
Recommend The Guy Fawkes Inn
LJ, Feb 18
25 High Petergate, YO1 7HP York
T: 01904 623716
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.
Hotel du Vin was extremely good last time we went.
GP, Jan 18
Hotel du Vin did a kids one but I’m not sure if they still offer this. Their standard afternoon tea includes candy floss and looks fab! X
JS, April 18
89 The Mount, York, YO24 1AX
T: 01904 405260
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.
khao San road recommended
JH, Sept 2018
Recommend khao San road
EM, Sept 2018
50-52 Walmgate, York, YO1 9TJ
T: 01904 635599
York’s new Brazilian Steak house
Latinos is a nice place, with lovely food x
ES, Feb 2018
I like latinos
MW, Aug 2018
2 Fawcett Street, York, YO10 4AH
T: 01904 623838
Little Italy is one of York’s finest family run Italian restaurants.
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 satisy the most discerning tastes.
Little Italy is nice … and child friendly
KT, Sept 2018
Little Italy -very family friendly
RM, Jan 2018
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.
Lucia is a good all rounder, Mediterranean style food. You can’t book there but you don’t usually need to wait long for a table and the cocktails are sooo good!! X
RW, Nov 2018
Lucia’s has a kids menu, they get a drink, main meal & icecream for about £7, the kids pizza is as big as the adults one xx
DM, Aug 2018
13 Swinegate East court, York, YO1 8AJ
T: 01904 731599
It’s out of town but Luigi’s is great for families
KM, Feb 2018
Luigi’s near Poppleton is great for family meals.
FC, Jan 2018
Northfield Lane, Upper Poppleton, York, YO26 6QF
T: 01904 785458
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.
Marcia in Bishopthorpe has just won an award for its fish and chips – so the chips must be good!
LE, Jan 2018
The Marcia in bishopthorpe have s separate function room that leads onto the garden x
SK, July 2018
29 Main Street, Bishopthorpe, York, YO23 2RA
T: 01904 706185
Our bar and grill holds a charming essence of Montana. Our genuine and fulfilling offering coupled with the authentic food options and washed down with drinks made with real passion, make us proud. We are casual dining at its best served with warmth of ‘The Big Sky Country’ feel!
Missoula is lovely. We often go x
LTT, July 2018
Missoula have Mac and cheese and it’s lovely!
Merchant Exchange, 1 Bridge Street, York, YO1 6DD
T: 01904 461000
The whole experience is a Journey, centred around a serious 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: fresh shellfish and seafood, and a few oddities like ‘Haute Dogs’ and Croque M’Lad or M’Lass to put together your own meal as your appetite, humour and curiosity allow.
Mr P’s curious Tavern is amazing
HL, Aug 2018
Mr P’s Curious Tavern recommended
HM, May 2018
71 Low Petergate, York, YO1 7HY
T: 01904 521177
Authentic Italian Food with a Unique Service
Il paridiso on the forest is lovely x
KR, June 2018
Recommend Il paradiso on the forest
VP, June 2018
Recommended by Mumbler TR, March 2018
Sutton Grange, York Road, Sutton on the Forrest
T: 01347 811271
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.
Love panda mami and our kiddies do too. We have always paid half the price for our 7 and 5 years old
them just a few pound for the 2year old x
VR, Oct 2018
“Went last week! Was lovley! Didn’t pay my my 2yr old either as in a high chair”
Mumbler MR, Aug 18
19 Bridge St, York YO1 6DA
T: 01904 633800
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.
Piccolino’s. … Used for family meals and have been fab
SL, Jan 2018
Picollinos near the river is beautiful. Very romantic and food is lovely!
AH, Feb 2017
Piccolino 18 Bridge St, York, YO1 6DA
T: 01904 521155
Distance from York – Approx 28 miles
Airy, elegant and welcoming, the restaurant at the Pipe and Glass offers the perfect surroundings to relax and enjoy our Michelin-starred food
The pipe and glass is amazing. Michelin star and a wonderful village
JL, Sept 2018
RecommendP ipe and glass south dalton
SS, April 2018
West End, South Dalton, Beverley, East Yorkshire,HU17 7PN
T: 01430 810246
Located within the city walls, opposite the Grand Opera House and only a stone’s throw from many local attractions including the Jorvik centre. Having benefited from recent refurbishment, Prezzo York boasts cool contemporary decor and the stunning fireplace adds to the welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant’s amazing central location makes it the perfect place to dine with family and friends with private dining rooms available upstairs for larger parties.
I always found Prezzo great when Poppy was little (and now too!)
I took her there on my own one time and she was creating so much I couldn’t eat my lunch so one of the waiters came over and played with her so I could eat, safe to say they got a hefty tip from me that day xx
EP, Sept 2018
My little ones love prezzo and it’s kids eat for £1 during the holidays they get 3 courses and a drink
KH, Aug 2018
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.
Rustique is a fav and not expensive at all
KW, Feb 2018
Rustique do two courses for £15 and the meals are lovely
LP, Feb 2018
28 Castlegate, YO1 9RP York
T: 01904 612744
Skosh is a contemporary dining room serving uncomplicated yet refined dishes in a comfortable and informal manner. At Skosh, food is served in the form of snacks and small plates, this allows you to have as little or as much as you want, grazing as you go, or if you prefer, gradually served course by course to give you a complete dining experience
Skosh is my absolute favourite
SK, Jan 2018
Skosh is amazing
DL, Aug 2018
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.
Sotano! Nice and quiet and a great gin list!
ES, Oct 2018
Sotano’s is lovely! Tapas food x
CW, Aug 2018
1 Little Stonegate, York, YO1 8AX
T: 01904 620230
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.
Source is really lovely. A bit different too. Check out the menu as not for everyone but really delicious food
HH, Feb 2018
Source on Castlegate is Fantastic
AT, Aug 2018
1 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN
T: 01904 676000
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
Here at Sutlers we use locally sourced ingredients for our meals. All of our food is freshly prepared and cooked to order by our dedicated kitchen team.
We’re an independent, we’re not part of a chain and we answer only to our customers. We do this because we believe in our ethos of fresh, high quality produce cooked to our best ability. We want to provide a fresh alternative to normal humdrum meals and experiences we’ve had in the past.
We went to Sutlers for our first date. Sat in one of the cute little rooms upstairs and it was perfect! X
ET, Oct 2018
Sutlers upstairs has rooms that you can freely access. Often free at less busy times. Xxx
WH, May 2018
54-56 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TF
T: 01904 625226
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…
I suggest looking at the Botanist – beaut food and I’ve checked it out before for my gluten free step mum – hanging kebabs (brilliant)
CL, May 2018
The botanist do amazing food and cocktails x
JT, Oct 2018
15-19 Stonegate, York, YO1 8ZW
T: 01904 541177
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.
It’s a bit out of town but The Sidings in Shipton by Beningbrough are really good.
SW, Nov 2018
The Sidings at Shipton by Beningbrough is great. Front row seats of the east coast main line, plenty of trains going by and you can get food/drink there xx
KS, Aug 2018
Station Lane, Shipton By Beningbrough, York, YO30 1BT
T: 01904 470221
Situated in the quaint village of Stillington on the outskirts of York approximately 9 miles from the city centre. Following its recent refurbishment, the Bay Tree has taken a new direction with its affordable yet elegant British cuisine and its unique drinks selection. The pub offers a range of dining areas which include the light and airy conservatory restaurant and the more traditional bar area.
The Bay Tree at Stillington is great. Nice sized room which fairly small and would probably be perfect for 20 and the food is great.
SR, Aug 2018
The bay tree in stillington is lovely
LA, Jan 2018
Main Street, Stillington, York, YO61 1JU
T: 01347 811394
Unique as the only restaurant in Yorkshire and the North East to hold a Michelin Star and 4 AA Rosettes. Tommy Banks’ talent as a chef is in itself truly remarkable.
the black swan at oldstead near thirsk is amazing! it’s tommy banks restaurant. they do a tasting menu with a stay and breakfast.
SO, June 2018
if you don’t mind spending some money and you LOVE food – definitely recommend the Black Swan at Oldstead!! X
LJ, June 2017
York, YO61 4BL
T: 01347 868387
Distance from York – Approx 16.7 miles
We might be known as a fantastic Restaurant, but we’re also still the traditional pub we’ve always been. Pop- in, without a reservation, for a drink from our selection of Real Ales, Fine Wines, or even Pimms & Fizz on Tap.
Try The Bluebell at Arkendale … they have a dining area which can cater for that sort of number (I saw large group of about 20 together at a long table). The food is lovely there.
HB, Aug 2018
I’d second the Blue Bell at Arkendale
SK, June 2018
Moor Lane, Arkendale, Harrogate, HG5 0QT
T: 01423 369242
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.
The Blue bell at Alne does great food, I think there is a private dining area but not sure how many it will seat
JJ, Aug 2018
The Blue bell in Alne is lovely.
JJ, Jan 2018
Alne, Easingwold, York, YO61 1RR
T: 01347 838331
Distance from York – Approx 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.
The Carpenters Arms in Felixkirk is lovely for food
CA, Nov 2018
The carpenters arms in felixkirk is fantastic great food and lovely rooms. They usually have deals on as well.
RP, Jan 2018
Recommended by Mumbler LJ, March 2017
Felixkirk, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 2DP
T: 01845 537369
Located on the outskirts of York and a short drive from Wetherby, Harrogate and Leeds, we are a country pub with accommodation.
With rolling hills on one side of the pub and a chocolate box village on the other, you’re nestled in the perfect location to enjoy a tipple, dine in our restaurant or stay the night in one of our three letting rooms. 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.
“Chequers inn at Bilton in Ainsty is lovely”
KS, Jan 18
“Chequers inn at Bilton in ainsty is nice”
Church St, York YO26 7NN
T: 01423 359637
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.
We had a fantastic meal at the weekend at the Crown and Cushion at Welburn. It’s near Castle Howard so could go there or the Yorkshire Arboretum. Lots of lovely ‘free’ walks round that area too though.
LB, Oct 2018
Crown and cushion at Welburn has a brilliant private room and lounge area
SU, AUG 2018
Welburn, North Yorkshire, YO60 7DZ
T: 01653 618777
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 £3!
The rattle owl have a private room you can hire now and very child friendly
BS, Feb 2018
The rattle owl on Micklegate has private rooms and is lovely
SD, Jan 2018
104 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX
Distance from York – Approximately 15.9 miles
The Rythre Arms has been the Steak Mecca of Yorkshire for over 32 years. We are situated in a traditional, centuries old, pub restaurant nestled between Tadcaster and Selby 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!
Rythre Arms is amazing! You get loads of food and Home made chips. Bit pricey but well worth it. They do an early bird menu which is cheaper! We go every year.
LB, Jan 2018
The Rythre Arms is incredible!
EVS, Jan 2018
Main St, Ryther, Tadcaster, LS24 9EE
T: 01757 268372
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.
the Victoria at Cattal is lovely x
DCH, Oct 2018
Recommedn the Victoria at Cattle
SK, June 2018
Station Road, Cattal, York, YO26 8EB
T: 01423 330249
Using the best food produce in Yorkshire with real ales, lagers, spirits and wines from around Great Britain.
The whippet inn has been nice before and it’s a child free restaurant!
AO, Feb 2018
The Whippet Inn has a private dining room
AK, July 2018
15 North Street, York, YO1 6JD
T: 01904 500660
Authentic Southern Thai street food, prepared my Tikk himself, a expert Thai chef who is now based in Yorkshire.
I had food from the Thai upstairs. We each got a pager so that we knew when to go back for our orders.
CH, Sept 2018
The Thai in spark is sooooo delish
EP, Sept 2018
Spark: York, 17-21, Piccadilly, York YO1 9PB
T: 07792 550867
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.
Valquerios I think that’s how u spell it! Lovely Brazilian restaurant bring all different meats on skewers to your table & it’s cheaper through week and usually good price on cocktails 🙂 it’s on micklegate x
BP, Feb 2018
LL, May 2018
1 Micklegate, York YO1 6JG
T: 01904 622737