What shall we do? Cafés

Is yours a skinny latte or a macchiato? Check out these cool cafés…..

Roost, Talbot Yard, Malton – A café and roastery situated in Talbot Yard, former stables and carriage house to the Talbot Hotel. Also for delicious handmade ice cream try Groovy Moos Ice Cream Parlour in the same courtyard. Check out my blog post for more info.


The Pig and Pastry, Bishopthorpe Road, York – lovely family-run café in York’s Bishopthorpe Road, voted Great British High Street 2015. The P&P is well-known for its breakfasts and brunches. Choose from full English, waffles piled high with bananas, blueberries and bacon or scrambled egg. Otherwise, great cakes and coffee and charming decor. Check out my blog post about it here.


Looking out from The Pig and Pastry

Bicis Y Mas, Walmgate, York – one of the city’s super cycling cafés, serving vegetarian and vegan food by day and sharing platters by night. Eye-catching decor and a vibrant buzz give the place a  friendly, easy-going feel.

bicys y mas table 2

Bicis Y Mas, Walmgate, York

Relish, Malton – An award-winning deli on the corner of Malton’s market square with rustic tables where you can enjoy fresh lunches created from local produce. Good regular offers – Cake and coffee/tea for £3, soup, cake and coffee – £5. Also check out their supper clubs.

Check out the great window displays at Malton Relish

Sandside Café, Sandsend – You couldn’t get nearer to the beach if you tried. This beach hut type cafe serves a great crab sandwiches, along with the usual tea, coffee and cakes, and they will also prepare you a hamper if you fancy an upmarket al fresco lunch.

Circles Café, York – tiny little cafe housed in a toll booth on Lendl Bridge. Cosy corners, great coffee, cakes and lunches. Nice place to take a break after pounding the city’s streets.

Stanley & Ramona, York – situated on a corner of Bishopthorpe Road, Stanley & Ramona is a tiny café serving coffees, tea, cakes and lunches by day. By night it’s a cocktail bar but also offers prosecco, wines and beer. Lovely interior decor. Expect to spill out onto Bishy Road on weekend evenings – it’s popular.

Retro colours make a design statement at Stanley & Ramona

Retro colours make a design statement at Stanley & Ramona

Quarmby’s Delicatessen & Café, Sheriff Hutton – Gorgeous little café serving great coffee, tea and a wonderful selection of cakes, many gluten-free. Also head there for breakfasts (they open at 8.30am), lunches or a take-away picnic. Stylish decor and always a warm welcome.


Stylish interior and a warm welcome at Quarmby’s

Your Bike Shed, Micklegate York – Get your bike fixed and take a coffee while you’re waiting or just pop into this friendly cafe in one of York’s most historic streets for lunch – panini, soup or sandwiches and cakes. Great buzz and friendly atmosphere.


Enjoy coffee and cake while you get your bike sorted

Tilly Peppers, Harrogate – My favourite Harrogate café. The lovely Lewis ladies make TP’s the place it is – warm, welcoming and friendly. It is super stylish inside and serves wonderful homemade soups, paninis and cakes and great coffee.

Farm Wholefoods & Bistro, Harrogate – Stylish bistro serving all-day breakfast, lunches, cakes. Friendly staff, reasonable prices – what more could you want? Check out my blog post on a visit to Farm.


Take a seat at Farm

Falling Foss Tea Garden, Falling Foss – What could be more magical than teas and coffees served from a rustic hut deep in the woods, right next to the Falling Foss waterfall? Outdoor tables beneath canvas canopies where you can enjoy drinks or a summer lunch while the kids splash about in the water. Check opening times as this is seasonal opening.

Dutch House, Crayke. Gallery, café and wildlife eco garden. Lovely cafe in delighful situation with gardens and children’s natural play area outside including willow den. Serves Dutch specialities such as pancakes and poffertjes.

The Dutch House cafe

The Dutch House café

Swell Café, Robin Hoods Bay – Light, airy café which used to be the old Wesleyan Chapel here. Plenty of seating and a breathtaking sea view from the outdoor terrace. If you’re here for a while the place holds regular cinema nights.

Café 68 at Cycle Heaven, Hospital Fields Road, York – This cycling café is located in a fabulous old building near Rowntree Park. It’s spacious and airy so a great place to take the family, the dogs, buggies, bikes etc. Check out my blog post here.


Sanders Yard, Church Street, Whitby – We’ve spent a few of our New Year’s Days taking a brisk walk along Whitby Longsands and Sanders Yard cafe has always been the treat at the end. It is tucked away off the cobbled Church street. Comfy sofas, scrubbed pine tables, a toy box and good, reasonably priced food.

Also – some favourite pubs for good food and a friendly atmosphere:

White Swan, Ampleforth
Fairfax Arms, Gilling
Crown and Cushion, Welburn
The Grapes, Slingsby
Fox and Hounds, Sinnington
Fox and Hounds, Goldsborough
The Royal Oak, Helperby
The Star at Harome
Horseshoe Inn, Levisham
Triton, Sledmere
Pipe and Glass, South Dalton
Anvil Inn, Sawdon
Old Sun Inn, Colton


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