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We serve breakfast and home cooked food daily. Our menu is seasonal and we use fresh locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. Our cakes are baked by local baker 'swirly sweet' and are to die for. We offer a full library service including issuing York Cards. We have a reading group the first Tuesday of every month, and a knitting circle every Wednesday at 1pm. Scrabble for fun is held every third Thursday and Crochet collective meet 2nd Sunday in every month. All abilities are catered for just turn up and join in. New groups are welcome just contact us to reserve your space. Children's activities, special events and parties available. Opening hours and food times vary with the park times
US$5 - US$11
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch
Cafe, British
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Playgrounds
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Reviewed 29 October 2020

Just managed to get an inside table (much reduced seating due to Covid!) and had a delicious chai latte and equally delicious pancakes with honey and fruit

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 1 June 2020 via mobile

Firstly, great location and nice to have a cafe at the park. However, the food really lets the place down. Just isn't tasty at all. Tried scones, croissants, quiches. Definitely need to up their game on this front. Plus, I had a glass of water...More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 15 March 2020 via mobile

Love this place and regularly visit with my Granddaughters. Afraid this morning the cheese scone was dry and no taste of cheese very unappetising. Don't know if This is the norm. But a dry scone no.... Bit picky this review but they did have a...More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 4 March 2020

Just a note to all dog owners - this cafe is not dog friendly as some reviews will suggest. Dogs are only allowed outside.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 18 November 2019

Once again we come for lunch, as usual was very busy but so worth the wait! Great food good service,lovely chef. Do wish the cafe would bring back the tea pots

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 22 September 2019

I don't often write negative reviews, but this place deserves one. The young girl at the counter (Sunday job?) was an exercise in cluelessness, and was only on planet Earth by the skin of her teeth. Her attempt to overcharge us by over 50% was...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 17 August 2019

On a lovely sunny day the cafe in the park looked particularly tempting, with lots of people sitting on the balcony enjoying the views over the lake and park, and there is no doubt that this tearoom enjoys a splendid and very scenic location. We...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 2 August 2019

Nice place to stop for lunch, large sandwiches had a salads. Standard drinks offerings, tea, coffee and soft drinks

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 10 May 2019 via mobile

Called in on our walk into York what a wonderful park and we could see a cafe at the bottom with views over the park Only 2.35pm and they had stopped serving hot food only cakes I eyed up their extensive menu to be told...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed 10 May 2019 via mobile

Love this cafe overlooking the ducks and geese on the pond in Rowntree Park. Books to browse and scones to munch, it's a favourite with the locals. Call in after a wander along the river to avoid the city centre crowds.

Date of visit: May 2019
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24 October 2017|
Response from paulpip | Reviewed this property |
There is a large pay & display by the river, which is not too expensive for York! Free parking is around the race course but 20 mins walk away
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rowntree Park Reading Cafe
    Does Rowntree Park Reading Cafe offer takeaway?
    Yes, Rowntree Park Reading Cafe offers takeaway services.
    Does Rowntree Park Reading Cafe offer delivery?
    Yes, Rowntree Park Reading Cafe offers delivery services.
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    Rowntree Park Reading Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4
    • Service: 3.5
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4