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We are an independent takeaway coffee shop that operates from an eye catching horsebox conversion in the centre of York. We are York born and bred but have spent over a decade living and working in Sydney, Australia where we worked in the unique coffee and food industry. It is an industry that encompasses the Australian way of life and one that we hope to capture in our very own corner of York. Whilst in Australia we worked with some inspirational people and were lucky enough to work with Allpress who basrista trained us so that we can make the perfect cup of coffee. We are excited to be working with Allpress here in York and can gaurantee their coffee will not dissapoint! Our vision is to bring
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
CUISINES
Cafe, British, Australian
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments
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Reviewed 25 February 2024 via mobile

This is my favourite stopping off point when I walk to and from York Racecourse. Super coffee, nice indoor and outdoor seating, interesting cakes and snacks, and above all lovely staff. A real boon to have such a great independent coffee shop in York which...is full of same old, same old, indifferent places. Good luck, success richly deserved by quality, hard work and super service.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 15 February 2024

This is a great place for brunch lunch quality food very tasty and great coffee Relaxed atmosphere close to the buzzing market very friendly staff

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 30 January 2024

After a long walk in the rain we were looking for somewhere to grab a drink and maybe lunch and spotted this place. It far surpassed our expectations- friendly, warm, busy but not crowded, and the best toasties we've had in a long time. Just...fabulous!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 16 January 2024

Fabulous as always. Coffee & food delicious. Laura and team very welcoming and always happy to help. I have no hesitation in recommending.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 5 November 2023

Great brunch at the newly opened venue on Bishopthorpe Road. Good, friendly service and very tasty salmon bagel and good coffee.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 6 October 2023 via mobile

Whilst all the reviews about wonderful coffees and excellent toasties are all spot on, what struck us more, was Callum’s wonderful social skills and dedication to keeping his area and tables spotless! So beautiful to watch! 5 stars. James and Antonia.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 15 September 2023

Excellent coffee, really tasty sandwiches and friendly staff! Would highly recommend - my go to for lunch when I'm working from home 😋 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 23 August 2023 via mobile

All the toastie praise is 100% deserved, best one I have ever had (chicken & chorizo). Wife had the cheese/garlic and said it was very meaty while still being veggie. Love that "no lid" is the default on the coffees too, more places should do...this.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 15 August 2023

Best toasties in York. Can not be beaten on quality and prices. Also brilliant coffee. The staff are friendly and welcoming

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 6 August 2023

Service terrible. Don't bother going. Waitress was rude and after waiting an hour to be served was told kitchen was closed.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Laura Edwards, Owner at The Dark Horse Espresso Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2023

Hi, I think you have incorrectly reviewed our business. We do not have a kitchen nor would you ever have to wait an hour to be served. We are a small horsebox in a market area and do not have waitresses. Could you please remove...More

Reviewed 5 August 2023 via mobile

We went on a Saturday at peak times. It wasn’t too busy and our order was taking quickly and returned quickly. Prices were fair and the Nutella/kinder pie was delicious. Also, the hot chocolate was the nicest in the centre.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 29 July 2023

Best coffee in York. The Toasties are amazing the team are always super friendly. Can’t fault anything.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 29 July 2023

The perfect flat white coffee Simply divine Lovely staff and very friendly Great spot for people watching in a bustling market atmosphere

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 28 July 2023

The Dark Horse is great for family and friends. The toasties are incredible and they honestly have the best coffee in York. It is my favourite cafe in York, everything about it is just great. I would recommend visiting.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 28 July 2023

Wow! What a place, what a vibe! The dark horse on the shambles market is probably the most quirky and cool coffee shop I’ve ever been too! The staff were so kind and polite and the coffee really was just the best I’ve had in...the city so far! More than reasonable prices for the best quality toasties (I had the chilli cheese and garlic oil) would recommend!! The sweet treats are just heavenly. A hearty filling meal with a smile on the end of it! All for less than £13. Will be returning as much as possible!! If you’re wanting to support small local businesses this is the place to be!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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The Dark Horse Espresso Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5