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

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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

01904 765158
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Bean on the Green

We are open for indoor dining.

Monday-Thursday: 10am-4pm, Friday: 10am-10pm, Saturday: 10am-4pm, Sunday: CLOSED

Currently doing take out (collection) pizzas as well on Friday evenings until 10pm. Until 4pm every other day except Sundays!

T: 07938 849442

Bison Coffee

Explore coffees from around the world as well as bagels, brownies and more!
Bison is open 7 days a week with inside & outdoor seating as well as takeaway & click and collect.
Mon-Fri: 9am-4pm
Sat & Sun: 10am-4pm

17 Heslington Road, York, YO10 5AR

T: 01904 637607

The Blacksmiths Arms – Naburn

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. The pub has two enclosed beer gardens. We offer breakfast Thursday to Saturday- 9am until 12 noon.

Main Street, Naburn, York
T: 01904 623464

Cafe at No.12

Cafe at No.12 is a local, community cafe with homely vibes serving up amazing darkwoods coffee and fresh homemade baked goods and food! With all ingredients sourced very locally. Sit inside or outside in the sunshine of our sun spot, or even takeaway whatever you like! Welcome everyone!

12 Tadcaster Road, Dringhouses, York YO24 1LH

T: 07596 554470

Double Dutch Pancake House

Sweet/savoury pancakes and other Dutch treats. Available for takeaway as well.

We do gluten free, dairy free and soya free pancakes. Children’s pancakes, sweet or savoury, come with 2 toppings and a complimentary drink for £4.95.

Monday 9-5
Tuesday 9-5
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 9-5
Friday 9-5
Saturday 9-5
Sunday 9-4

7 Church Street, York, YO1 8BG
T: 01904 658728

Eagle & Child

Fresh food that is locally sourced. The menus change seasonally. Lovely sunny beer garden out back.

We’re opening at 12pm everyday (food served 12-9 Monday to Saturday and 12-7 Sunday)

We close at 11pm Mon-Thurs, midnight Friday-Saturday and 10:30pm Sunday.

9 High Petergate, York, YO1 7EN
T: 01904631536

La Bottega

We offer afternoon tea and a range of deli products. Dogs welcome in the courtyard.

Opening Hours: 9.30am – 3.30pm

We operate a walk in only policy and don’t take reservations.

La Bottega, 23 Goodramgate, York
T: 07856 149509

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


Vegan Kitchen – Street Food including curries, cakes & lots more. We also serve gluten free food. Deliveries only for now: call to order or message.

Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 5pm-9pm.

10 Church Street, York, YO1 8BG
T: 07881364798

Osborne’s @ 68

Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurant. Open 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday & 10am-4pm Sunday. Plenty of vegan/vegan options and all dishes on main menu can be made GF on request.

‘Osborne’s @68 on Gillygate – lovely people, great coffee, and the cakes are delicious and enormous!!’

SF Sept 18.

68 Gillygate, YO31 7EQ

T: 01904 627939


We are an independent speciality coffee shop/restaurant situated in York’s most elegant street.

We have an all day Breakfast/Brunch menu and a few lunch dishes. We cook everything to order using the best quality fresh ingredients.


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday, 9am to 5pm

Thursday, Friday & Sunday, 9am to 3pm

112 Micklegate, York YO1 6JX
T: 01904 629866

Rose & Crown

We are proud purveyors of our famous pies and ales. We have a carefully designed seasonal food menu available Tuesday 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

Rowntree Park Reading Cafe

Comfortable surroundings and lots of literature to read or borrow. Breakfasts and homemade food with children’s portions are available, and we sell delicious cakes. We are child friendly and wheelchair accessible. Dogs are welcome on the terrace and we offer a full library service! 

Opening Times: 9am-4pm everyday (breakfast, 9am-11:30am; lunch, 11:30am-2:30pm.

Our takeaway offer includes all our hot and cold drinks, pastries, cakes, scones, take away sandwiches, toasties, smoothies,  and of course Yorvale Ice Cream.

Terry Ave, York, YO23 1JQ
T: 01904 551489

The Cottage Inn – Haxby

Cottage Inn is a beautiful village pub in Haxby, we offer fresh locally produced food everyday along with local ales & wines and the best Sunday Lunches in the area. Our opening times are:

Tuesday and Wednesday: 12:00 to 22:00

Friday and Saturday: 12:00 to 23:00

Sunday: 12:00 to 19:30

115 The Village, York, England YO32 2ZB

01904 763949

The Dormouse

A country pub oozing rural charm and rustic character, our picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on our menu, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines gracing our bar.

Clifton Park Avenue, York, North Yorkshire,YO30 5PA
T: 01904 640682

The Lysander Arms – Rawcliffe

We are an independently owned pub & restaurant. We serve fresh locally sourced British food, quality traditional handpulled ales, fine wines and good old Yorkshire hospitality.

The Lysander Arms, Manor Lane, Shipton Road, York. YO30 5TZ
T: 01904 640845

The Nags Head – Askham Bryan

Comfortable country pub with a spacious beer garden.

139 Main Street, York YO23 3QS
T: 01904 706953

The Ship Inn – Strensall

Family run, family friendly traditional Yorkshire pub, serving homemade proper food! A great selection of real ale, spirits & wines. Well behaved dogs welcome!

Opening Times
Monday: 12:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 21:00
Tuesday: 12:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 21:00
Wednesday: 12:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 21:00
Thursday: 12:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 21:00
Friday: 12:00 – 21:00
Saturday: 12:00 – 21:00
Sunday: 12:00 – 19:00

*Bookings advised*

23 The Village, Strensall, York, YO32 5XS.
T: 01904 490302

The Woodman Inn – Bishopthorpe

The pub offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere for guests to sit and chat over a drink and meal. 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

Willow Farm Cafe

Now open with children’s facilities and great food options to choose from, activities such as outdoor slides/climbing frames for kids of all ages so there is lots of variety.

We are open from 9am till 4 pm, 7 days a week.

Come visit us at: Willow Farm Cafe, Wigginton Rd, York, YO32 2RH
T: 07399 959220