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Review – Dyls Cafe Bar York

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It’s been a pretty soggy start to the year, which has been good news for the ducks but bad news for some of York’s riverside businesses. We locals are used to a bit of flooding and don’t bat an eye at high water levels, unpassable paths and swans swimming in the park where children should be swinging. For most of us, it’s an inconvenience but for the cafes and bars along the river, it’s a regular, unwelcome hit to their bottom line. That’s why we decided to head to Dyls for brunch one floody day: if they can find the energy and enthusiasm to open while they’re surrounded by water, the least we could do is tuck into something tasty and help keep them afloat.

In a city full of quirky cafes, Dyls is one of the quirkiest. Housed in the former motor house on Skeldergate Bridge, it’s a tiny gem of a place that’s independently run. There are two entrances: one on the bridge and one at Tower Gardens (opposite Clifford’s Tower). There’s a lovely big terrace with great seating and heaters which was underwater when we visited, so we sat in one of the cosy indoor rooms. 

Dyls York

The brunch menu is small but perfectly formed, with something for everyone. As well as being an Instagrammer’s dream come true, the avocado toast was the best we’ve had in York, and it was a big thumbs up for the vegan sausage sandwich too. The coffee is delicious, and we’d have been tempted by the cocktail offerings if it hadn’t been so early. Our kids shunned anything sensible and opted for brownies instead, which were gobbled down with gusto. Service was friendly and quick and the vibe was relaxed and welcoming. As long as lovely places to eat in York like Dyls keep going, we’ll keep supporting them, one coffee, cake, or cocktail at a time. 

Dyls, Skeldergate Bridge, York YO1 9WJ

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