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.
The award-winning farm shop and newly expanded café specialises in home-grown fruit, veg, and local and rare breed meats, plus the finest homemade food including quiches, scones, soups and seasonal dishes. Pick your own in the summer. A great day out for all the family – entertain the children in the brand new play area and visit the animal corner with feeding platform, while you relax in the cafe garden.
Our superfresh homegrown asparagus crop is now ready. The asparagus crop thrives in our sandy soil, being a mediterranean crop, and the quality and taste of the yield benefit tremendously from this. Watch out for the asparagus specialities in the cafe and on the deli in the farmshop.
Our excellent delicatessen serves a wide range of delicious hot and cold goodies. The bakery and deli ovens are also on display so you can see the cakes being baked in all their glory. There is also a sandwich station where superfresh sandwiches will be made to order in front of the customers. We are making it easier for customers to eat on the go with take away tea and coffees from the deli, and a good choice of easy lunches with hot and cold sandwiches and pies to suit busy lifestyles.
Opening Times: Open seven days a week, Farmshop 9am-5.30pm, Cafe 9am – 4.30pm.
Stamford Bridge Road (A166), Gate Helmsley
YO41 1NB (One mile west of Stamford Bridge)
We are an independent coffee shop in Haxby that have something for everybody. All food is freshly made, using local independent suppliers. 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
Distance from York: 14 miles
Smile Café in Pocklington is the perfect place to host your child’s birthday party, with plenty of fun activities to suit all ages.
The family-friendly play café is available for parties Monday to Saturday from 4pm and every Sunday afternoon from 1.30pm.
For younger children, under five, there’s a lovely indoor soft play area with double slide, mats and building toys, plus an outdoor play area with climbing frame, swings and ride-on toys. These range from £8.50 to £13.50 per child with a minimum 12 children.
Older children can also indulge their creative sides with Paint-Your-Own-Pottery and Be-my-Bear parties. More details for this on the Parties Page.
These are priced from £13.50 to £16.95 per child with a minimum of 8 children.
Smile Café is proud of its reputation for customer satisfaction, value for money and excellent food – with a food hygiene rating of 5/5.
The Mile, Pocklington, York, YO42 1TW.
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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
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
Serving breakfast, afternoon tea, hot & cold snacks and a variety of freshly cooked meals. There’s also a children’s activity area.
Dean’s garden centre is fab. There is a little play area in the cafe too. I run story times there every month
AT, Nov 18
We like Dean’s garden centre. The cafe is lovely with a little area of colouring, books and toys to one side. We liked their display last year.
DY, Nov 18
The Bothy, Deans Garden Centre, Stockton Lane, Stockton-on-the-Forest, York, YO32 9UE
T: 01904 400141
Amazing with kids. It’s also often pretty quiet on a lunchtime. They do small portions of any dish, my two generally share one. Everyone is super friendly and the food is great. Highly recommend. And they give the kids a lolly at the end – counts as a win for my girls! xx
CS Jan 19
We love Luigis as they are really good with kids especially if you have the table by the kitchen where you can watch them cook and the food is really nice, reasonably priced and can be a quick meal if you need it to be
JW, Jan 19
Northfield Lane, Upper Poppleton, York, YO26 6QF
T: 01904 785458
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
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
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
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
Distance from York: – 16 miles
Whether you’re looking for a light bite or for somewhere with the wow-factor to celebrate something special; our varied menus and specials boards have something for everyone. The Blue Bell also has four beautiful bedrooms, ideal if you’re looking for a relaxing place to stay when visiting nearby Harrogate or York or planning to explore the Yorkshire Dales.
“Try The Blue Bell 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
“We’ve stayed at the Blue Bell in Arkendale twice in the last couple of months…it’s lovely has 4 rooms and the food is lovely too.”
EG, Jan 2018
Moor Lane, Arkendale, Harrogate, HG5 0QT
T: 01423 369242
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
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
Japanese inspired restaurant
Wagamamas have a great separate vegan menu.
RM June 18
make a real effort to cater for allergies, preparing food in a separate area etc
JB Mar 18
Willow farm cafe get my vote as a grandma. Our grandaughter loves it there foods scrummy and well priced and she loves musical moo and the craft table which is free to use.
WV Jan 19
brilliant free children’s facilities and amazing food options. There is loads for the kids to do of all ages from covered smaller play items like ball pools and kitchens cars etc to outdoor slide/ climbing frames, sand section and a bouncy castle in the summer the variety keeps them entertained for hours the wonderful free crafts table inside means we always take a memory home with us x
LM Jan 19
Willow Farm Cafe, Wigginton Rd, York, YO32 2RH
T: 01904 766822