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Reviewed 2 days ago

Fabulous breakfast!! Amazing scrambled eggs, full English was delicious and the toast was awesome, coffee and fresh orange were lovely too!! We enjoyed it so much we went back the next day for cakes and coffee !

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 January 2024

Staff: I would give six stars out of five! The two women were very friendly, lovely, and simply delightful. Food: We ordered a scone with cream and jam each! The best! It was yummilicous! Ambience: It was busy, but it was a “pleasant” kind of...busy. The classical music was great, not too loud so, you can still have a conversation without having to shout. It was really nice! Definitely a must visit!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 31 December 2023

Lovely little cafè next to York Minster. It can get quite busy. We visited 2 years ago and it is still my favourite place to have a coffee and people watch. Top marks to the lovely staff

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 21 December 2023

avoid at all costs if you don’t want to be ripped of,sandwich consisting of 2 slices of white bread with one cheese slice in and a bit branston,a scone with cream and jam and a cup of filter coffee for 2 people came to just...under 29 pounds then they had the cheek to ask for a 2.40 service charge,they should be on rip off britainMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Mike Fisher, Owner at Bennett's Cafe & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 22 December 2023

Dear Lyndac c, From the description of what you ordered, the bill was £24 not £29. Service charge is entirely at the customer's discretion we do not add it, the customer does if they want to. Having looked at your other reviews you seem to...More

Reviewed 12 December 2023

Prompt friendly service. Excellent menu. We had scrambled eggs and granary toast, nicely presented and good value for money. Good range of cakes on display and given its location opposite York Minster reasonably priced. Comfortable seating and friendly atmosphere.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 8 December 2023 via mobile

Fantastic full English breakfast, lovely tea, and friendly staff. We had a great table next to the big window. Perfect for people watching.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 8 December 2023

Arrived and told to wait 5/10mins for table which was fine then two other sets of couples came to wait behind us. A table of four left and was cleared, we spoke with couple behind and then told waiter we were happy to share this...table. He said"I told you this ones reserved" (? He didn't. ) And that he had told us to wait. We complained about the rudeness he then said he'd been running the place for 10 years and didn't need this. We left. Having worked myself in hospitality in much more demanding situations there is never any excuse for being rude to customer.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 1 December 2023

Left standing while there were 3 empty tables for 2 people. We were 3 which included an 87 year old who was worn out. Staff just ignored us. We had go to ask if we were waiting for a 3 table to come empty -...despite they had just joined 2 tables for the group of 3 in front of us. There was room amd enough tables and chairs - will not venture there again.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 25 November 2023 via mobile

I went to York Christmas market today and popped in for a cup of tea and tea cake , the staff were very friendly and service was good . My main gripe is the ladies toilets , they are very dirty , the doors don’t...look as though they have been cleaned in a very long time, and the stairs bannister rail is very tacky so obviously not cleaned either 😟 Sorry for this review but the toilets let you down .More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 24 November 2023 via mobile

After having a wander around the town for most of the morning, a cup of tea was required so we called into Bennetts. We were lucky enough to find another family leaving as we arrived so didn’t have to wait for a table. We had...our tea, watched the world go by for a while and then left to explore further. All the staff we encountered were very friendly and although we didn’t eat, the cakes on display did look very appetising.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 19 November 2023 via mobile

Excellent breakfast with family. Friendly service, great food in a bright clean cafe. We all had the breakfast rolls. Bacon well done as requested. Great quality and very well cooked. Perfect 😊

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 13 November 2023 via mobile

We absolutely loved our brekkie at Bennett’s. It was a perfect scenario of walking in to be seated in front of the window with a great view of the Minster and watching the world pass by on a beautiful Sunday morning. Service was excellent and...the food was cooked to perfection. Another gem discovery in York.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 10 November 2023 via mobile

Tasty scone, jam and cream. Popped in for a coffee before visiting York Minster and were forced to have a tasty scone, jam and cream 😀. Busy, friendly cafe within walking distance of York Minster.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 6 November 2023

The cafe was fairly busy. There was a lady with her well behaved dog on the table next to us. A female waitress firstly went outside for the dog water bowl for the dog and then stroked and petted it. Then she went to the...kitchen for a sausage and fed the dog with her bare hands. Then the other male waiter stroked and petted the dog and then went directly to a table and took an order. At no time did I observe any hand washing. THEN! the CHEF came out and the dog was licking his hands and he was stroking the dog! I told the male waiter of my concerns re hygiene he didn’t seem to think there was anything wrong.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Mike Fisher, Owner at Bennett's Cafe & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2023

Dear Doris J, Thank you for your review and I’m very sorry that you were caused anxiety by the stroking of the dog and the fact that I fed it. Earlier in the day I stroked my own dog before I left home. Also, I...More

Reviewed 2 November 2023

We stopped in on a Wednesday afternoon for tea and scones. What a lovely cafe! The service was excellent and the food delicious. From our table we watched the activity in front of Yorkminster. We also enjoyed listening to the music in the cafe. Later,...we had a lovely discussion with another traveling couple sitting nearby. This is a comfortable cafe, in an excellent location, with a lovely view of the cathedral and great food. We tried to return, but got there the following day after closing. We hope to return someday!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Bennett's Cafe & Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5