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 delighted to now be offering sweet afternoon tea boxes – ideal for picnics and distanced get togethers! Priced at £11pp. Within the box there is a scone, clotted cream, jam, mini traybake pieces, mini meringue kisses, a cupcake and a mini cake. We are also doing smoothies and ice cream milkshakes.
It’s very much a sweet treat offering, alongside our coffee, tea and soft drinks. Currently take-away only, open Thursday-Saturday.
Cafe No. Fifty, 50 The Village, Haxby, York, YO32 2HX
The Poppleton Social is back open! We have reopened our coffee shop with a breakfast and lunch menu, speciality coffee and cakes all available to sit in or take away. We have also reopened our bar on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights until 11pm. On these nights we will be serving our New York style stonebaked pizzas – available for takeaway or eat in! To book a table you can call during opening hours. We now have a temporary heated outdoor seating area to enjoy your food and drinks.
We are also pleased to see that the children’s playpark has reopened so you can come down and grab a coffee while your little ones run free in the park!
Monday: still closed (but will be opening soon)
Poppleton Community Centre, York
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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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
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
Now open serving breakfast, hot & cold snacks and a variety of freshly cooked meals.
The Bothy, Deans Garden Centre, Stockton Lane, Stockton-on-the-Forest, York, YO32 9UE
T: 01904 400141
Family-run fish and chip shop. Open Tuesday to Sunday with safety and deep cleaning procedures in place.
Tuesday-Thursday: 4.30pm- 7.30pm
Friday: 11.30- 1.30pm then 4.30pm- 8.00pm
Saturday: 11.30pm-1.30pm then 4.30pm-7.30pm
Sunday: 5.00pm- 7.00pm
A19 York/Selby Rd, On the Lay-by, Deighton near Escrick, York YO19 6HQ
T: 07762 561730
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
Family run business always adding new dishes whilst keeping the classics.
115 The Village, York YO32 2JH
T: 01904 763949
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
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
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
Distance from York: 16 miles
Now open with reduced menu. 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.
Moor Lane, Arkendale, Harrogate, HG5 0QT
T: 01423 369242
Distance from York – Approximately 15.9 miles
The Rythre Arms has been the Steak Mecca of Yorkshire for over 36 years. We are situated in a traditional, centuries old, pub 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!
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.
Station Road, Cattal, York, YO26 8EB
T: 01423 330249
Located on the outskirts of York and a short drive from Wetherby, Harrogate and Leeds, we are a country pub with accommodation. 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.
Church St, York YO26 7NN
T: 01423 359006
Japanese inspired restaurant.
77-81 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LS
T: 01904 610888
Designer Outlet, st nicholas avenue, fulford, york, YO19 4TA
T: 01904 623869
‘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