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 weย find outย about any little gems, so if you know of a pub, restaurant or cafรฉ that should be included in this listing then please contact us here.

The award-winning farm shop and cafรฉ specialises in locally grown produce, including fruits, vegetables, and rare breed meat. Their in-house bakery provides homemade scones, cakes & traybakes for the shop and the cafรฉ, with their chefs providing a range of delicious meals, sandwiches and seasonal specialties for the cafรฉ.

The Balloon Tree is a great day out for all of the family โ€“ their Pick Your Own seasonal runs throughout the Summer, giving you the opportunity to hunt for the biggest strawberries, raspberries, and even pumpkins in the October season! Donโ€™t forget you can even come and find your perfect locally sourced Christmas Tree in December.

Entertain the children in the play area, situated in the securely fenced cafรฉ garden, so you can enjoy a cup of coffee & homemade cake, whilst they burn off some energy.

Their delicatessen counter serves a wide range of sausage rolls, quiches and sandwiches โ€“ all from local businesses. They even have a hot counter where you can grab a warm luxury black pudding sausage roll, or if youโ€™re really hungry a hot pork sandwich with apple sauce, stuffing and crackling!

Open seven days a week with seasonal variation on opening times. Make sure you check the website for all up-to-date information or email them with any questions.

๐Ÿ’œ Baby Change
๐Ÿ’œ Pram Space at tables
๐Ÿ’œ High Chairs
๐Ÿ’œ Kids Activity Colouring Sheet & Play Area
๐Ÿ’œ Kids Menu
๐Ÿถ Dog Friendly (Outside Seating Only)
๐Ÿ•‘ Open Mon-Wed 9-5pm Thurs-Sun 9-5.30pm
๐Ÿ“Stamford Bridge Road (A166), Gate Helmsley, YO41 1NB (One mile west of Stamford Bridge)

01759 373023
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We’re all about people! We’re committed to building relationships with our customers everyday. Whether it’s a delicious cup of coffee, a conversation, or just giving people the opportunity to catch up with family & friends.

Our coffee shop offers a breakfast and lunch menu, speciality coffee and cakes all available to sit in or take away. Our bar is open on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights until 11pm. On these nights we serve our New York style stonebaked pizzas – available for takeaway or eat in! To book a table you can call during opening hours or book on the website.

Come and see us for:
Speciality Coffee, Craft beer, Pizzas – pizzas are served 5pm-9pm on Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings for both take out and sit in. Saturday brunch club –ย  bacon, sausages, eggs, pancakes…and more from 10am til 3pm.

We right next to the Poppleton children’s play park so you can come down and grab a coffee while your little ones run free in the park!

During school holidays we open from 10am everyday unless stated otherwise on our social media!

๐Ÿ’œ Baby Changing
๐Ÿ’œ High Chairs
๐Ÿ’œ Kids Activities
๐Ÿ’œ Kids Menu
๐Ÿ’œ Pram Space
๐Ÿถ Dog Friendly
๐Ÿ•‘ Mon 8.30am-4pm, Tues-Fri 8.30-11pm, Sat 10am-9pm
๐Ÿ“ Poppleton Community Centre, Main Street, Nether Poppleton, York YO26 6JT

โ„น๏ธ Good to Know: The Poppleton Centre has a great playpark just out the front.

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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.ย We try to cater for most tastes and usually have gluten free bread and cake/ brownies available for people with a gluten allergy or intolerance.

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.

We have a childrens menu with colouring and mini cutlery available too as well as highchairs.

๐Ÿ’œ Changing Facilities
๐Ÿ’œ Pram Space
๐Ÿ’œ Highchairs
๐Ÿ’œ Kids Menus
๐Ÿ’œ Kids Activity (Colouring Sheets)
๐Ÿถ Dog Friendly
๐Ÿ•‘ Mon-Fri 7.30-4pm Sat 8.30-4pm Sun 9-3pm
๐Ÿ“ 8 Haxby Shopping Centre, Haxby York YO32 2LU

07873 562472
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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, Alne, York, YO61 1UB
T: 01347 838324

Aroma of Haxby

We are delighted to serve great coffee and teas from Fairtrade, with delicious cakes โ€” many homemade by our volunteer bakers โ€” as well as freshly prepared light lunches using locally sourced food. Disabled Access.

๐Ÿ’œ Baby Change
๐Ÿ’œ Pram Space at tables
๐Ÿ’œ High Chairs
๐Ÿ’œ Kids Books & Toys
๐Ÿ’œ Kids Menu
๐Ÿถ Dog Friendly (Outside Only)
๐Ÿ•‘ Monday-Saturday 9am-4pm
๐Ÿ“ 30 The Village, Haxby, York, YO32

T: 01904 750444

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.

๐Ÿ’œChanging Facilities
โŒPram Space
๐Ÿ’œKids Menus
โŒKids Activity (Colouring Sheet, toy box etc)
๐ŸถDog Friendly

Main Street, Naburn, York
T: 01904 623464

Chocolate & Co

Chocolate & Co opened a cafeย in the Grovesย in September having previously operated out of a mobile drinks’ unit. We began for the purpose of breaking down and overcoming the barriers to employment to those marginalised and living on the fringes of our community. Those struggling with addition or having a criminal record.

We believe in putting communities first and that having a sense of purpose, connectedness and belongingย is the core of transformational change andย is at the heart of what we do.

๐Ÿ’œย Baby Change
๐Ÿ’œย Pram Space at tables
๐Ÿ’œย High Chairs
๐Ÿ’œ Kids Activity (on request)
๐Ÿ’œย Kids Menu
๐Ÿถ Dog Friendly

Open 8am-4pm Monday to Friday closed Sat & Sun

Lowther Street York YO31 7NB

Dean’s Garden Centre – The Bothy

Serving breakfast, hot & cold snacks and a variety of freshly cooked meals. See our menu on our website.

๐Ÿ’œ Baby Change
๐Ÿ’œ Pram Space
๐Ÿ’œ High Chairs
X Kids Activities
๐Ÿ’œKids Menu
โŒ Dog Friendly
๐Ÿ•‘ Mon-Sat 9-4pm Sun 10-4pm
๐Ÿ“The Bothy, Deans Garden Centre, Stockton Lane, York, YO32 9UE

T: 01904 400141

Happy Haddock

Family-run fish and chip shop. Open Tuesday to Saturday.

Monday closed
Tuesday 4.30-7.30
Wednesday 4.30-7.30
Thursday 4.30-7.30
Friday lunch 11.30-13.30 evening 4.30-8.00
Saturday lunch 11.30-13.30 evening 4.30-7.30

A19 York/Selby Rd, On the Lay-by, Deighton near Escrick, York YO19 6HQ
T: 07762 561730

Haxby Reading Cafe

Our spacious, family-friendly cafe serves a variety of hot and cold drinks, handmade sandwiches and cakes, with vegan and vegetarian options. In summer enjoy your food and drink on our outside terrace. A warm welcoming place to meet with friends, with an array of books to keep children entertained.

๐Ÿ’œย Baby Change
๐Ÿ’œย Pram Space at tables
๐Ÿ’œย High Chairs
๐Ÿ’œ Kids Activity – Lots of Books
๐Ÿ’œย Kids Menu
๐Ÿถ Assistance Dogs Only
๐Ÿ•‘ Open Hours on website HERE
๐Ÿ“Oaken Grove Community Centre, Reid Park, Haxby, York YO32 3QW

t: 01904 552 660

Marcia – Bishopthorpe

Enjoy relaxing in our traditional bar or dine in our restaurant with open fire.ย  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

Strensall Coffee House

We are the only Cafe in Strensall serving all day breakfast and lunch with luxury award winning coffee and tea. We always have a gluten free and vegan option. We have colouring books and entertainment for children.ย  Very known for our homemade traybakes including our Scones.

We have highchairs and space for prams and we can alter the menu for kids. Also the create your own option is very popular for kids where they choose 4 breakfast items.
โŒ Baby Change
๐Ÿ’œ Pram Space
๐Ÿ’œย High Chairs
๐Ÿ’œ Kids Activity – colouring books
๐Ÿ’œ Kids Menu (happy to alter menu and ‘create your own’ is very popular with kids)
๐Ÿถย Dog Friendly (Outside Seating Only)
๐Ÿ•‘ Open 6 days (closed Tuesdays) 8am-4pm
๐Ÿ“22 Barley Rise, York YO32 5AU

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 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,ย 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.

Station Lane, Shipton By Beningbrough, York, YO30 1BT
T: 01904 470221

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,ย York, YO23 2RB
T: 01904 706507

The Blue Bell – Arkendale

Distance from York: 16 miles

Our varied menus and specials boards have something for everyone. The Blue Bell also has four beautiful bedrooms, ideal if youโ€™re looking for a relaxing place to stay.

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

The Victoria Inn – Cattal

Distance from York – Approx 11.6 miles

Come eat, drink and be merry at the centre of โ€ Godโ€™s own countyโ€, 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.

Station Road, Cattal, York, YO26 8EB
T: 01423ย 330249


Japanese inspired restaurant, serving vegetarian and vegan options including Korean dishes, donburi and teppanyaki bowls. There are two restaurants you can visit in York.

77-81 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LS

T:01904 610888

Unit 201-202, St Nicholas Avenue, Fulford York, Yorkshire YO19 4TA



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.

๐Ÿ’œย Baby Change
๐Ÿ’œย Pram Space at tables
๐Ÿ’œย High Chairs
๐Ÿ’œย Kids Activity (Colouring Sheet on Menu)
๐Ÿ’œย Kids Menu
๐Ÿถย Dog Friendly

Open Daily 9-4pm

Willow Farm Cafe, Wigginton Rd, York, YO32 2RH
T: 07399 959220