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.
Fri 26th January 6-9pm.
Fri 23rd February 6-9pm.
Fri 23rd March 6-9pm.
Fri 27th April 6-9pm.
Fri 25th May 6-9pm.
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 is very very nice
LG, March 2017
13 Grape Lane, York, YO1 7HU
T: 01904 661130
One of the leading restaurants in York, offering fine dining and contemporary European cuisine.
31 Castlegate is lovely
VH, March 2017
Cannot recommend enough. Excellent food and service
JEJ, Feb 2017
31 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN
T: 01904 621404
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 is fab!
AW, March 2017
Another for Aldwark Arms, amazing, I almost live there
DL, March 2017
Aldwark, Alne, York, YO61 1UB
T: 01347 838324
There’s a warm and friendly welcome for everyone at The Alice. From our beer drinking regulars, the walkers and their dogs to daytrippers from the river and families and friends who love a good Sunday lunch.
Recommended by NR March 2017
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 near the monk bar is our favorite treat
SR, Feb 2017
14 Goodramgate,York,YO1 7LQ
Have your favourite cocktail mixed and savor lunch or dinner at our brand new American themed sports bar and diner. Just around the corner from the Hilton York hotel, AppleJacks benefits from a great atmosphere, even better food and your favourite sports events on Sky TV.
Applejacks, sports bar. Lovely food, and staff. 2-4-1 burgers every Friday as well
ES, Feb 2017
1 Tower Street, York, YO1 9WD
T: 01904 648111
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.
Recommended by Mumbler LM March 2017
13A High Ousegate,York
T: 01904 644080
Bistro Guy is a lovely independent restaurant on Gillygate which has a great outside space with toys to keep littles occupied, kids eat free on Sundays too with every adult lunch purchase. It gets busy so booking recommended.
CT, August 2015
“Just wanted to recommend bistro guy on gillygate for lunch – gorgeous garden to sit in with blankets if it gets chilly, along with a play kitchen and toys for the kids! Great for children”
Mumbler AC, May 16
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Mumbler Evening Special: We know what its like to have a newborn, eager to get out of the house for something yummy to eat, but worried how a newborn will get on in a busy restaurant. What if they cry? Will I feel comfortable feeding in public for the first time? Well here at Bistro Guy, we have the perfect solution to put you at ease. Every Thursday evening between 6.30pm – 8.3opm we are offering new parents the unique opportunity to bring their newborns (aged 0-6 months) out to dine with me them. Here you will receive a warm welcome, be served delicious food from our evening menu, be surrounded by other newby parents with their newborns and hopefully feel all relaxed while you enjoy your evening out.
To book, visit our website or Open Table.
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.
Recommended by Mumbler DC, March 2017
27-29 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LS
T: 01904 670914
We serve over 150 dishes at our restaurants. We carefully prepare each of these in small batches to ensure they are always fresh. We also take an enormous amount of pride in the presentation, our dishes are a feast for the eyes not just the taste buds. We invite you to take a gastronomic journey through different countries and cultures, so you can discover the most authentic flavours of the world.
Cosmo is great to take the whole family, with world buffet foods, theres something for everyone! Its a great place to take children if you’re keen for them to try new foods but you dont want to order a whole portion and waste money if they don’t like it. You eat free on your birthday too if you take some ID.
KH, Aug 2017
Recommended by Mumbler DS, March 2017
19 Bridge St, York YO1 6DA
T: 01904 633800
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.
Recommended by Mumbler SB, March 2017
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 afternoon tea is lovely.”
KF, Dec 17
(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.
“Guy Fawkes Inn on High Petergate do great food and I’ve been before with a buggy and they were very accommodating. Their steak pie is the best!”
LJ, Feb 17
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
“Gorgeous little bar to relax with a cocktail or glass of fizz in a cosy quiet lounge followed then by beautiful food in their fabulous bistro. Gorgeous steak or even octopus to choose from off their interesting menus.”
MJ, Feb 2017
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.
Fabulous restaurant, always very busy so make sure you book. Amazing Thai food and super service.
KH, Aug 2017
Recommended by Mumbler LD, March 17
50-52 Walmgate, York, YO1 9TJ
T: 01904 635599
York’s new Brazilian Steak house
Latinos if you like steaks, all you can eat amazing!
ELB, March 2017
2 Fawcett Street, York, YO10 4AH
T: 01904 623838
Adam & Catherine Fisher’s award winning restaurant is situated in the picturesque centre of York, 2 minutes away from York Minster & The Shambles. Over the last ten years they have created a special reputation for excellence, with outstanding food being complemented by a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Lime House in goodramgate, really special food
NP, March 2017
55 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LS
T: 01904 632734
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.
Recommended by Mumbler KT, March 2017
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.
Lucias is gorgeous and if you book you can sit outside with fairy lights wrapped round trees and outdoor heaters to make it warm, its like been abroad and they have little fleeces over the back of chairs to put over your shoulders, theres also a cocktail bar upstairs
AG, March 2017
Lucias…….all lovely & perfect for a date night
KA, March 2017
13 Swinegate East court, York, YO1 8AJ
T: 01904 731599
Recommended by Mumbler HH, March 2017
Recommended by Mumbler KH, June 2017
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 at Bishopthorpe is lovely
ZA, Feb 2017
It’s a lovely pub. Food is fab. The owners are really friendly
VH, April 16
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!
Overlooking the river!!! We had a lovely meal in there and the staff were brill
CP, Feb 2017
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 down Petergate is fantastic
CC, Feb 2017
Mr P’s or Star Inn The City are both amazing
SR, Feb 2017
71 Low Petergate, York, YO1 7HY
T: 01904 521177
No.88 Walmgate is our new, uniquely Yorkshire restaurant right in the heart of the city. Our focus is simple: cracking food made from fantastic local ingredients, influenced by our Yorkshire roots.
Recommended by Mumbler AT, March 2017
88-96 Walmgate, York, YO1 9TL
T: 01904 231334
Recommended by Mumbler LH, March 2017
Sutton Grange, York Road, Sutton on the Forrest
T: 01347 811271
We know that delicious food should be at the heart of life – and we settle for nothing less. With outstanding modern and classic Italian dishes, we offer something for everyone. Our ingredients are sourced from the finest Italian growers.
Per Bacco at Riccall is lovely, not too far out of York. Authentic italian, it’s a real gem
SL, Feb 2017
Lovely restaurant, very warm welcome. Beautiful selection of authentic Italian food, very child friendly.
KH, July 2017
20 Main Street, Riccall, York, YO19 6PX
T: 01757 249146
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.
Excellent food and with a Bambini menu, High Chairs and baby changing. It’s a great option if you want to eat really lovely food and with lots of space for the children / push chairs etc. The staff are really child friendly too. There is a private room to hire if you want your own space which seats about 20 people. Also great for a date night / lunch option.
EP, Jan 2017
Picollinos near the river is beautiful. Very romantic and food is lovely!
AH, Feb 2017
Picollino 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.
Pipe and glass south dalton East Yorkshire it is about a 40 min drive from York (we live nearby) they also do overnight rooms too. It’s amazing bit expensive but if you don’t go out much like us it’s worth the trip and money. You won’t get in need to book well in advance
KS, Feb 2017
West End, South Dalton, Beverley, East Yorkshire,HU17 7PN
T: 01430 810246
The Plough Inn prides itself on providing fresh, home cooked food everyday. We are passionate about the food we serve and we aim to bring our customers the quality traditional pub meal at the right price. As part of this commitment we look to source as many of our ingredients as possible from local and sustainable suppliers. We also hand make much of the food we sell including our fabulous hand cut chips and beer battered onion rings.
The Plough at Fulford is lovely
ZA, Feb 2017
48 Main Street, Fulford, York, YO10 4PX
T: 01904 615431
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.
Prezzo is a great family friendly restaurant. Lovely childrens menu and always great offers available, we downloaded a vouched from Voucher Cloud.
KH, July 2017
Recommended by Mumbler MJ March 2017
1-3 Clifford St, York
T: 01904 624474
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……all lovely & perfect for a date night
KA, March 2017
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
Recommended by Mumbler AQ, March 2017
Recommended by Mumbler KH, Aug 2017
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 has the best tapas in town and it’s very cosy & romantic
MTA, Feb 2017
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.
Try source down castle gate it’s gorgeous food
JD, Feb 2017
1 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN
T: 01904 676000
Simple Yorkshire cooking with a taste of the countryside!
Mr P’s or Star Inn The City are both amazing
SR, Feb 2017
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.
Recommended by Mumbler LM, March 2017
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…
The botanist in town is lush
EW, Feb 2017
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.
The Sidings is lovely
MB, March 2017
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.
Recommended by Mumbler SR March 2017
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.
Recommended by Mumbler LJ March 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.
Beautiful pub, ideal for a nice ride out of York. Lovely outdoor seating area and restaurant is great, fabulous food.
KH, June 2017
Recommended by NR, March 2017
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.
We went to the Bluebell County Inn in Alne on Friday – lovely meal and fantastic value
CK, Feb 2017
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.
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
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.
Recommended by Mumbler RW, March 2017
Welburn, North Yorkshire, YO60 7DZ
T: 01653 618777
An independent and privately operated traditional British pub.
Masons Arms they do lovely home cooked food
JF, Feb 2017
6 Fishergate, York, YO10 4AB
T: 01904 541479
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!
Rattle Owl was great today would definitely go again
EET, March 2017
Another vote for Rattle Owl
HK, March 2017
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!
The Rythre Arms is my absolute fave for a special treat
EVS, March 2017
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.
Gorgeous food and a really lovely atmosphere (a little pricey by not too ott considering the quality)
LH, March 2017
The Victoria inn in Cattal (just off A59). You can take the train there if you want a drink. It’s amazing!! Such nice pub grub but a bit more occasional
SM, Feb 2017
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.
Whippet Inn…….all lovely & perfect for a date night
KA, March 2017
15 North Street, York, YO1 6JD
T: 01904 500660
Italian mains, pizzas and pasta dishes in relaxed, intimate restaurant decorated in vintage prints.
The best place I’ve ever eaten
GM, March 2017
1 Fawcett St, York, YO10 4AH
T: 01904 466528
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.
If you love meat, I highly recommend, food is amazing!!
MJ, Feb 2017
1 Micklegate, York YO1 6JG
T: 01904 622737
Come & enjoy an evening dining in our top floor restaurant set in the heart of York, in the shadow of the Minster. Our ever changing à la carte menu reflects seasonal availability, freshness & creativity of our chefs. We use local suppliers & visit markets personally to guarantee quality. Our wines & craft beers are carefully hand-picked, so that your dining experience is complete.
We went for a lovely meal to celebrate daughters engagement at Vertigo – it is next to 1331 but upstairs – food and service were amazing
SR, March 2017
13 Grape Lane, York, YO1 7HU
T: 01904 641750
Distance from York – Approx 7.3 miles
Innovative food using only the very best local produce is the bedrock on which Ye Old Sun Inn has built its enviable reputation.
Recommended by Mumbler SP, March 2017
Colton, Tadcaster, LS24 8EP
T: 01904 744261