The place: Trinacria Café Bar, 27 Bishopthorpe Road, York YO23 1NA
The concept: Trinacria is a family-run Sicilian café and restaurant selling top quality homemade Sicilian food. It’s open for breakfast and goes on serving happy locals right though to teatime (note that they’re shut on Mondays though). They’ve recently started to serve on Friday and Saturday nights too – a good reason to find a babysitter if ever there was one.
The Family-friendly credentials: Many families travel all over York to go to Trinacria, and it’s not hard to see why. As well as having a lovely relaxed atmosphere, the food is fresh, interesting and good value. And as for the huge selection of homemade Sicilian ice creams – well, just go and try one and you’ll see what all the fuss is about. Trinacria openly welcomes children, and the helpful staff go beyond the call of duty to make sure everyone has a good time. There’s the standard stuff like plenty of highchairs and a baby changing facility, but the small things like bringing child-friendly plastic cutlery and plates without being asked and opening the door to help people get buggies in and out make all the difference. There’s no kids’ menu as such, but our little ones enjoy smaller versions of the adult dishes (spaghetti bolognese is a firm favourite, but we do feel a bit guilty about the mess they leave behind). The only downside to this local gem is that it’s so popular it can be hard to get a table (and if you do, space for a buggy may be cramped). Beat the crowds, though, and you’re in for a treat.
The hot chocolate selection: Shunning the English tradition for a hundred different options, Trinacria offers just one type of hot chocolate for a very reasonable £2.75
The verdict: Simple, delicious and great value. No cream or marshmallows, just a lovely rich hot chocolate in a sizeable cup with a little biscuit on the side. Unlike some we’ve had, it was piping hot, making it ideal for lingering over. Our littlest Viking helped herself to it by the spoonful once it had cooled down, and her older brother snaffled the biscuit. One great hot chocolate and three very happy customers.