Eating Out York

Outside the Ring Road

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.

Featured Listing

Balloon Tree Farm Cafe

PrintThe 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.

“We like balloon tree for breakfast and lovely play area outside plus a couple of goats to visit x”

Mumbler SY, Aug 18

“Balloon Tree is lovely & so easy as they can play outside X”

Mumbler LT, Aug 18

Stamford Bridge Road (A166), Gate Helmsley
YO41 1NB (One mile west of Stamford Bridge)

T: 01759 373023


Featured Listing

The Smile Cafe – Pocklington

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.

Smile cafe in Pocklington. Lovely home cooked food and a great, small soft play.

SW, Feb 2018

smile cafe at Pocklington has a small soft play but also secure outside play in good weather it’s free entry if your using the cafe so you can have coffee and cake

DS, Jan 2018

The Mile, Pocklington, York, YO42 1TW.
T: 01759 305420 / 07970 663975 (Jo)



Outside the ring road

Have you had wonderful food and drink or outstanding service from a pub, cafe or restaurant outside the ring road?

If yes, please send us your recommendation HERE

Aldwark Arms

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

Alice Hawthorne – Nun Monkton

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

Billy Bob’s – Skipton

Distance from York: 41 miles

Some folks call up just for ice cream treats; some stay awhile for the full 50’s belly-filling diner experience, most all the young ‘uns say Billy Bob’s play is awesome and early risers swear by our coffee and breakfast plates.

In short, Billy Bob’s Parlour combines a pretty awesome ice cream parlour with a 50’s American diner and amazing play adventures.

Awesome ice cream and has an outside play area in a massive barn.

MS, Feb 18

Has to be Billy Bobs near Skipton, there’s a play barn as well as the American style diner including yellow school bus

SG, Jan 18

Calm Slate Farm, Bolton Abbey, BD23 6EU (6AD closest for SatNav)
T: 01756 711826

Blacksmiths Arms – Naburn

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

Burnby Hall & Gardens – Pocklington

Distance from York: 16 miles

Burnby hall in pocklington is lovely

SM, Oct 2018

Burnby Hall Gardens in Pocklington. Lots of woodland walks around a lake, can feed the fish, there’s a play park and a tea room.

CD, April 2018

The Balk, Pocklington, York YO42 2QF
T: 01759 307125

Cedarbarn Farm Shop and Café – Pickering

Distance from York: 27 miles

Welcome to Cedarbarn, where we’re passionate about growing, cooking and eating fabulous food! Customers can sit and relax in the cosy café or in our beautifully landscaped outdoor herb garden, taking in the lovely views whilst enjoying good hearty fare. Miniature Railway Now Open!

“Cedarbarn Farm Shop & Cafe is nearby and is absolutely delicious for food and there is a miniature railway outside”

AS, Feb 2018

lovely little play area very age suitable plus lovely Cafe

BP, Aug 2018

Cedarbarn Farm Shop & Café, Thornton Road, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7JX
T: 01751 475614

Dean’s Garden Centre – The Bothy

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


Ristorante Pizzeria

It’s out of town but Luigi’s is great for families

KM, Feb 2018

Luigi’s near Poppleton is great for family meals.

FC, Jan 2018

Northfield Lane, Upper Poppleton, York, YO26 6QF
T: 01904 785458

Mr Moos

Distance from York: 44 miles

Recommend Mr moos in skipsea

EW, May 18

For further afield Mr Moos is brilliant… near Hornsea

JP, May 17

Mr Moo’s, Southfield House Farm, Skipsea, East Yorkshire YO25 8SY
T: 01262 469829

New Inn – Easingwold

The New Inn at Easingwold is a pub at the heart of this market town community. You can expect a warm welcome and a taste of Yorkshire with our offering of real ales and a commitment to serving great quality local produce.

New inn at Easingwold! Plenty of space for pushchair. Clean high chairs fab menu. Very helpful friendly staff. And very nice adult menu!!

SR, August 2015

66 Long St, Easingwold, York YO61 3HT
T: 01347 824 007

The Cottage Inn – Haxby

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

The Curious Coffee Company

Independent coffee shop in Haxby that have something for everybody. All food is freshly made, using local independent suppliers.

Curious Coffee Company in Haxby. Just amazing….. try the French toast with salted caramel, peanut butter and banana…. heaven on a plate! (The Coffee is amazing too)

VA, Jan 2018

The Curious Coffee Company in Haxby is lovely.

CR, March 2018

8 Haxby Shopping Centre, Haxby York YO32 2LU
T: 01904 765158

The Ebor Inn – Bishopthorpe

A great Samuel Smiths pub and great for kids as there is a huge garden out the back with a play area.

Recommend  Ebor bishopthorpe x

KDM, May 18

Ebor we r going today been told there Sunday dinners are lovely

CM, April 18

46 Main St, Bishopthorpe, York YO23 2RB
T: 01904 706190

The Ship Inn – Strensall

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

The Sidings – Shipton by Beningbrough

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- Bishopthorpe

A traditional style pub with modern twist. The open fires and cosy snug help to create a relaxed atmosphere and welcome people to sit and chat over a drink and light bite. The dining area has both intimate and large dining tables perfect for a lovely meal for two by the coal burning fire or friends getting together for a celebration and unique dining experience. All of this is topped with a beautiful oak bar stocking draft beers, fine wines and every month a tasty selection of locally produced guest ales. Round the back of the pub is a sun trap beer garden where visitors can enjoy a drink and snack under a beautiful aged oak with a secure children’s play area.

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

The woodman at Bishopthorpe has a huge play area outside x

LB, Oct 2018

16 Main Street, Bishopthorpe, York
T: 01904 706507

The Blue Bell – Arkendale

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.

Try The Bluebell 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

I’d second the Blue Bell at Arkendale

SK, June 2018

Moor Lane, Arkendale, Harrogate, HG5 0QT
T: 01423 369242

The Rythre Arms

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

The Victoria Inn – Cattal

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

77-81 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LS
T: 01904 610888
Designer Outlet, st nicholas avenue, fulford, york, YO19 4TA
T: 01904 623869

Willow Farm Cafe

“I went too with our grandaughter. We will be back the food is so much better!! Our granddaughter loved the soft play undercover outside was lovely & warm in there”

WV March 18

“The service was great very busy and the 2 waitresses handled it very well, defo a new chef as food was lovely … we had ice creams and cakes too. Colouring books and crayons where brought straight over. Kiddis spoons and forks even wrapped in fancy napkins . She also mentioned they where stocking up the play area with more new books and toys too. 100% will go back again … btw the afternoon teas looked so yummy”

LP March 18

Willow Farm Cafe, Wigginton Rd, York, YO32 2RH
T: 01904 766822