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Cafe No.8 at the York Art Gallery

Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EW, England
+44 1904 624721
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good37%
  • Average14%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible0%
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Open Now
10:00 - 16:30 Hours
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
££ - £££
Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EW, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great for a welcome break or afternoon tea. Located within the Art Gallery and outside by the statue and fountain, this is an excellent stop off and refreshment break.

1  Thank Melvyn T
Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

The service from the waitress was very disappointing, rude unhelpful and generally spoiled the atmosphere of the visit.

Thank louiseannwright
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Very pleased and impressed. Warm, clean and spacious. With a good menu, fresh tasty food and efficiently prepared. Well recommended to visitors.

Thank Time_Out207
Reviewed 2 April 2018

I had elevenses and then lunch later here with a friend while visiting the gallery . The odd bit is that there is table service (but paying at the till) in the sort of café which you would expect to be entirely operated from the...More

Thank Rukshana A
Reviewed 1 April 2018

we had a delicious lunch here - the food was excellent and a little bit different from your average cafe. the prices were not too bad either. The only downside was the service which was very slow - we were not in a rush but...More

Thank tj1Scotland
Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

Cafe no 8 is right by the reception of the york art gallery and is a good place for a light lunch after a mornings art viewing. The gallery has interesting ceramics and some good paintings and has recently been refurbished. The cafe serves interesting...More

Thank Cockroftd
Reviewed 13 February 2018

Firstly the good bits:- The food is always good (we have lunch here every time we go to York). Secondly the not-so-good bits:- The cafe is open to the Art Gallery entrance so every time a person leaves the door open the cafe gets a...More

Thank Patrick M
Reviewed 5 February 2018

Went for a late lunch with the husband. Finally ordered after several attempts...took at least 10 minutes to place the order. The ladies were very pleasant just fairly slow. When the order arrived the coffee were ok but the cheese & ham toasties was exceptionally...More

Thank paulawiddowson
Chris P, Owner at Cafe No.8 at the York Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2018

Hello Paula, Thank you for your review. I would like to point out that you did in fact order from the "Children's Menu". Obviously the portions are a lot smaller -priced at £3.50 per item which includes a glass of milk or juice - which...More

Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

Casual cafe style restaurant, but not casual cafe standard food. Slightly quirky food combinations which worked really well- pear starter with blue cheese and sweet pecan crumb, hubby had mushroom and horseradish pate which could have done with a little more kick, but melt in...More

Thank Susan G
Reviewed 2 January 2018

Having found very little of interest in the Art Gallery, we decided to pass the time with a drink in Cafe No.8. It was not busy, but it took an inordinate length of time for someone to take our order, and then only after pointed...More

Thank Barry F
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Sarah R
4 February 2018|
Response from WelshyandLainey | Reviewed this property |
Sarah I received this as a question as a previous reviewer of the cafe but do not see what I can add. Visited during a long weekend away and not a regular customer.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$13
Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  York
  • Phone Number: +44 1904 624721
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We are delighted to offer the Café No.8 experience at the nearby York Art Gallery in partnership with the York Museums Trust. Enjoy a fabulous al fresco experience in our outdoor seating area, overlooking the beautiful fountain to the front of the Gallery on Exhibition Square. Glance up to see York Theatre Royal, Petergate and the adjoining City Walls, and, of course, the magnificent York Minster. Serving breakfasts, cakes, light bites and lunches and a variety of drinks, we offer the perfect start or end to your visit to the Gallery. And of course, we are just as happy to see you even if you’re not visiting the Gallery! We are a family friendly café and are able to provide high chairs on request. As well as a child-friendly menu at low prices, we also offer our younger visitors colouring pads and crayons so they can take inspiration from their surroundings and explore their creative side. We run drawing and colouring competitions throughout the year with prizes on offer! Just ask our staff for more information or look out for posters during your visit.
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