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.
We are an independent coffee shop in Haxby that have something for everybody. All food is freshly made, using local independent suppliers where possible. We try to cater for most tastes and usually have gluten free bread, quiche and cake available. Our food is freshly made and cooked to order and also, if you love the tea and coffee as much as we do, we sell them in retail bags to take home.
Opening times are 7:30am to 17:00pm Monday to Friday. Saturday 8:30am- 16:00pm & Sunday 9:30am- 15:00
8 Haxby Shopping Centre, Haxby York YO32 2LU
Our great Samuel Smiths pub is wonderful for kids as there is a huge garden out the back with a play area. We serve delicious home cooked food daily. We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner which you can eat in or take out. We also serve coffee and drinks. This is a great place for groups and parties and we offer catering and table service.
Opening times 11:00am- 23:00pm Monday to Sunday and Saturday 11:30am- 23:00pm
46 Main St, Bishopthorpe, York YO23 2RB
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100% Gluten Free Cafe with a baby coffee morning on a Friday
‘I couldn’t recommended it more highly for people who are gluten free or people who would just like a tasty meal.’
KK Aug 2018
‘It’s a completely gluten free cafe. Great food!’
SC Aug 2018
Open 10am-4pm Tues, Wed, Thurs & Sun. 10am-6pm on Fri & Sat. Closed on Mondays
14 Gillygate, YO31 7EQ
T: 01904 656661
Bistro, Cafe, Garden…Bring the whole family….We have a baby changing area, children’s play kitchen in the garden and high chairs.
Join us for craft beers and sourdough pizzas every Friday & Saturday night 6pm until late.
Sunday from 12pm – offers a woodfire pizza and a pint of craft guest beer or glass of Pimms for £10
To book, visit our website or Open Table.
40 Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ
“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
Mention Mumbler for 10% off breakfast and lunch
T: 01904 652500
Located just 4 miles from the historic city you can enjoy the delights of the City with the peace and quiet of the riverside village location. You will find a warm welcome for all the family, with fantastic home-made food in a traditional pub setting. The pub has two enclosed beer gardens which are perfect for passing a relaxing afternoon away in the summer.
Blacksmith arms in Naburn is lovely we went in with 2 prams and there was plenty of room x
AC, July 2018
We went to the blacksmiths arms in naburn on Sunday after recommendations from here and it was lovely x
KJ, May 2018
Main Street, Naburn, York
T: 01904 623464
Brigantes on micklegate has a private dining room and their food is lovely.
MH, Jan 2018
We had our team away day at brigantes and had lunch in there too xx
HK, Feb 2017
114 Mickegate, York, YO1 6JX
T: 01904 675355
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
The Dutch pancake place in town (Double Dutch Pancakes) has a lovely upstairs and the pancakes are amazing! My nearly 3 year old loves it and so do we x
LH, July 2018
Recommend Double dutch in town for pancakes x
TN, Nov 2018
Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am – 6pm Saturday, 10am – 4pm Sunday
Dogs allowed in the front window area
7 Church Street, York, YO1 8BG
T: 01904 658728
Fresh food that is locally sourced. The menus change seasonally and monthly specials.
Eagle and child on petergate. 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
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
Dogs welcome in the courtyard
Opening Hours: From 8.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Saturday and 9.30 – 3.30 Sunday
La Bottega, 23 Goodramgate, York
T: 07856 149509
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
Vegan Kitchen – Street Food including curries, cakes & lots more.
Do the most yummy cakes, brownies, biscuits, etc and even vegan hotdogs.
JB Mar 18
Went today and got the mac and cheese and peanut butter flapjack. Both were delicious. Also bought some ‘bacon’ which I’m looking forward to trying tomorrow morning for breakfast.
JFC Mar 18
Once Across the Garden, 10 Church Street, York
11.30am – 7pm every day except Tuesday
Breakfast & Brunch Restaurant
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
Open 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday & 11am-4pm Sunday
68 Gillygate, YO31 7EQ
T: 01904 627939
All our food is made from scratch so we can accommodate to most dietary requirements. Our vegan gluten free and vegetarian options are big and delicious using only best organic when possible ingredients. Our vegan cakes are not longer made with soya. We are a cafe/ restaurant.
We love the partisan on micklegate, breakfast was amazing, lots of choice and fabulous tea!!
Mumbler KMB, Jan 18
Partisan on Micklegate do a really good range of vegan cakes
Mumbler NM, Feb 18
Monday to Sunday 9am-5pm. Thursday – Saturday 6:30am to 10pm
112 Micklegate, York YO1 6JX
T: 01904 629866
We are proud purveyors of our famous pies and ales. We have a carefully designed seasonal food menu available 7 days a week. We host a great selection of ales, lagers and up to 70 different malt whiskies. We are child and dog friendly with a big beer garden and car park.
‘Rose and crown on Lawrence street – most amazing homemade pies and chips!’
AC, Jan 18
‘We had about 30 for Sunday lunch for my daughters christening, we had our own room and the food is amazing x’
BF, Jan 19
13 Lawrence Street, York, YO10 3BP
T: 01904 659393
Family run business always adding new dishes whilst keeping the classics.
‘We had an evening meal there just before Christmas and it was amazing. Restaurant quality food and great service.’
KS Jan 18
‘Very good dog friendly pub, highly recommended, Dog water bowl, gravy bones, dog towels and a mat in the entrance for muddy boots and as the colder arrives a lovely log burner to sit by also food all homemade so good and family run too 10/10.’
Sara Oct 18
115 The Village, York YO32 2JH
T: 01904 763949
Rustic country pub serving seasonal pub food and a selection of cask ales and fine wines.
The dormouse is lovely x
LH, April 2018
The Dormouse on Shipton Road is dog friendly and you can walk along the river from there either towards town or towards Rawcliffe County Park.
JC, May 2018
Clifton Park Avenue, York, North Yorkshire,YO30 5PA
T: 01904 640682
Lysander Arms has a lovely outdoor area with a climbing frame
CP, Aug 2018
Lysander Arms… have nice play areas and good food too
CEM, June 2018
NOTE: There is a ‘no pushchair policy’ on a Sunday at this pub
The Lysander Arms, Manor Lane, Shipton Road, York. YO30 5TZ
T: 01904 640845
Comfortable country pub with a spacious beer garden.
‘The nags head in Askham Bryan is lovely! They have a rabbit in the beer garden my little girl loves!’
LA, Aug 2018
‘Askham Bryan Nags Head. It’s ace. We always call ahead to book though just in case.’
KL, Jan 2018
139 Main Street, York YO23 3QS
T: 01904 706953
Traditional pub serving homemade food and a range of beers. Also run family friendly events.
‘Ship Inn is amazing.‘
HD, March 2018
‘The ship at strensall. NOT a carvery. Samll £8 large £11. meat , cut from a proper joint and puddings the size of an house, veg comes fresh on seperate dish. Eat out a lot and this is one of the best.’
TC, Jan 2018
23 The Village, Strensall, York, YO32 5XS.
T: 01904 490302
Has a traditional bar welcoming dogs and showing live sport. There are separate lounging and dining areas as well as a garden with kids play area and BBQ for sunny weather. Most food is cooked from scratch and they can cater for different dietary requirements. Check out their Facebook page for upcoming events/offers.
‘The Walnut tree in Heworth, they have a great outdoor area’
HH, Oct 2018
‘We just enjoyed a great lunch at The Walnut Tree in Heworth. Great food, really welcoming with our wildlings and a fab outdoor play area.’
VB, Aug 2018
The Walnut Tree, Heworth Village, York, YO31 1AN
T: 01904 438888
Serves a modern British seasonal menu and local guest ales. Families welcome and there is a purpose built adventure area for the kids.
‘The woodman pub in Bishopthorpe serves amazing homecooked food (great chips!) x’
MR, Jan 2018
‘Woodman at bishopthorpe, does Sunday lunch, but has normal menu and a child’s menu too – we were there last Sunday. And a play bit in the back x’
CB, Aug 2018
16 Main Street, Bishopthorpe, York, YO23 2RB
T: 01904 706507
Independent Vegan Cafe
Also we love True Story (used to be and Mrs fisher) exclusively vegan now
AG June 2018
Second this, been in a couple of times with the buggy and always made welcome. On Lord mayors walk where the bile beans sign is.
ST June 2018
Afternoon tea pre-booking only
Opening Hours: 10am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday
18 Lord Mayors Walk, York,YO31 7HA