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 and drink? We’re not sure. It’s certainly a multi-tasker: you can get your bike fixed or serviced while enjoying lunch or a coffee. But you don’t have to be on two wheels to feel at home; there’s no cliquey atmosphere here, and certainly no sense that two wheels are better than – in the case of our buggy – four.
The lowdown Your Bike Shed is open pretty much all day, every day, serving breakfast, lunch, light and substantial snacks and an array of cakes. There’s no dedicated kids’ menu but there’s plenty that would appeal to even the fussiest toddler (at least, jacket potatoes are rarely rejected by our two). There’s a good selection of hot and cold drinks, including kid-friendly smoothies. It’s worth having a sneaky peak at the fantastic basement area that you can hire out, too.
Why it’s family-friendly A bike café might not seem the most obvious place for families to congregate, but Your Bike Shed makes it easy for those of us with children and/or bikes in tow. There’s highchairs, background music (great for drowning out complaints from the kids or cries for another chocolate brownie), baby changing, lots of space for buggies and really friendly staff who seem to like having children around.
The verdict We were really impressed by Your Bike Shed and found it a very easy place to eat out with the kids. There was plenty of choice of lovely things to eat and drink (we enjoyed tasty pastries and delicious hot drinks), a relaxed atmosphere and loads of interesting bike-related stuff for the children to look at (and ask a million questions about). Now we’ve done breakfast, we’re planning to go back for lunch.
Your Bike Shed, 148 Micklegate, York YO1 6JX. Open 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm Sunday.
This review is taken from the Spring 2014 issue of the Little Vikings magazine.