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.
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
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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Explore coffees from around the world as well as bagels and toasties. Offering click and collect Thursday-Sunday 10am-3pm. Order on their website.
17 Heslington Road, York, YO10 5AR
T: 01904 637607
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.
Main Street, Naburn, York
T: 01904 623464
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
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
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
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
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
We are proud purveyors of our famous pies and ales. We have a carefully designed seasonal food menu available Thursday to Sunday. 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.
‘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.
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.
Clifton Park Avenue, York, North Yorkshire,YO30 5PA
T: 01904 640682
Lysander Arms pub has a lovely beer garden with play equipment
ZJ, Aug 2020
Sunday lunch is amazing and they have a great outdoor play area x
KF Sep 2019
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.
139 Main Street, York YO23 3QS
T: 01904 706953
Family run, family friendly traditional Yorkshire pub, serving homemade proper food! A great selection of real ale, spirits & wines. Well behaved dogs welcome! Since 2010, it’s been Martin, Irene & the crews aim to bring the pub back to the village and the village back into the pub.
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, 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.
16 Main Street, Bishopthorpe, York, YO23 2RB
T: 01904 706507