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If the thought of taking your children for afternoon tea fills you with dread – the noise! the crumbs!  – consider this: a child is never quieter than in the presence of cake. So imagine just how compliant they are when they’re faced with three tiers of baked goodies! We’re big fans of taking children

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When we were invited along to afternoon tea at The Principal York, a bun fight almost broke out among our three children about who would be my date for the day. After several rounds of rock/ paper/scissors, our eight-year-old was declared the victor and excitedly dusted off his most sensible t-shirt for the occasion. After

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As the barometer of all things family-related in York, It’s our duty – and our absolute pleasure – to check out new eateries in the city to see how they fare for customers with kids in tow. So when we were invited to visit Gusto, the new Italian-inspired restaurant in the old Mulberry Hall building,

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So how’s Dry January working out for you? And have you managed to resist dipping into the leftover Christmas chocolates yet? Yep, it’s that time of year again when, fuelled by guilt at having consumed our bodyweight in mulled wine and mince pies, everyone jumps on the clean-eating (and drinking) bandwagon. While it’s probably a

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Enormous. Massive. Huuuuuuge. Our toddler had the perfect opportunity to try out all her new words for ‘big’ today during our visit to No.88 Walmgate, the new restaurant at the lovely Hotel Indigo on Walmgate. We’d been invited along to try out the 88 Freakshake, an incredible pudding that has to be seen – and

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The concept Cosmo bills itself as ‘pan-Asian and world banquet dining’. It’s something we didn’t think existed: a fairly high-end all-you-can eat buffet where you don’t need to worry about the food hygiene rating. Meals are a set price (drinks extra), varying according to the day and time (weekday lunches are cheapest). Whether you fancy

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With all that beautiful, breakable crockery and the serene centuries-old surroundings, you might not consider Bettys a natural destination for families looking for refreshment in York. But brave the queue and you’ll be rewarded with a warm, family-friendly welcome. Like lots of York families, Bettys is a special place for us. As children ourselves, we

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Nothing says it’s the weekend quite like a lovely brunch. And that’s exactly what we had when we were invited along to The Rattle Owl with the kids one recent Saturday morning. With the three of them flagging more the closer we got to the restaurant, I was starting to think this wasn’t one of

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While commuters have been daydreaming on the platform at York Station for the past few months, behind them at the Royal York Hotel it’s been all systems go for a multimillion pound refurb. The station hotel has been completely transformed with stylish new bedrooms, a very swanky new bar (with cracking cocktails) and a brand

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Monday: toast and cereal. Tuesday: toast and cereal. Wednesday: toast and cereal….By the weekend we’re pretty bored of bleary-eyed butter spreading and desperate to let someone else take over the breakfast service. We decided to give our toaster a well-earned morning off and headed into town to let the lovely folk at Brew & Brownie

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Tapas on Fossgate is the closest our kids are going to get to a Mediterranean holiday vibe this summer. Would the fussy eaters stick with the bread basket or get stuck in? We headed to Ambiente Tapas on Fossgate to find out. The concept You don’t have to endure a short-haul flight with the kids

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The concept Bistro Guy is an independent eatery on Gillygate, a thriving community of shops, cafes and restaurants just outside the city walls. It’s a relaxed kind of joint, offering everything from morning coffee and cake to three course bistro suppers. Food is honest, straightforward and – where possible – locally sourced. If the sun’s

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Mr Viking turned thirty-something recently. Once upon a time we we’d have headed out for a boozy meal to celebrate, but the best we could hope for this year was having breakfast out with the kids. Bill’s is a relative newbie to the York eating scene so we decided to take the opportunity to check

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We headed to neighbourhood Sicilian, Trinacria, for lunch to see what’s on offer for families in this family-run restaurant. The concept Trinacria is a typical neighbourhood Sicilian café bar that just happens to be situated in the heart of not-so-continental Bishopthorpe Road. It serves good, home-cooked Sicilian food from breakfast through to dinner (late bookings

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One of our favourite things about summer is being able to eat outside. The kids are more relaxed – except when wasps and bees make an appearance – so we are, too. The Balloon Tree is one of our top destinations for simple, outdoor eating. We checked out their new refurbishment and enjoyed a family

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We headed out with our children (aged just under two and four) in tandem to see if Your Bike Shed would pass the Little Vikings’ family-friendly test. The concept Is Your Bike Shed a café with a bicycle repair workshop attached to it, or a bicycle repair shop that just happens to serve delicious food