After almost a decade of parenting, there are only a few months left before all three of my children will be (mostly) happily taken care of at school. I’ll admit that the prospect of lots of free time from Monday to Friday is quite exciting – even if I know it’ll be filled with work and admin – but I’ll be really sad to wave my littlest off into the classroom. So this year we’re making the most of our weekdays together, doing fun things (plus the occasional trip to the post office and supermarket). High on our list of things we love to do is going out for something to eat and drink, and it seemed fitting to take my youngest daughter to Daughter, a gorgeous new cafe on Clifford Street.
The building is almost unrecognisable from its previous incarnations: bright, airy and really welcoming. White tiles reflect the light, mini cacti in jolly pots bring pops of colour to the monochrome theme and there’s a huge blackboard where you’ll discover what temptations are on offer today. The menu is firmly Millennial-pleasing, with avocado, halloumi and feta all making an appearance alongside cross-generational favourites like bacon sarnies and toasted teacakes. Food, including the delicious cakes and sweet treats, is all produced on site from the little kitchen and ingredients are locally sourced as much as possible – you’ll find Haxby Baker sourdough, Roost coffee and M&K meat. There’s no dedicated children’s menu, so not a chicken goujon in sight, but kids can enjoy half portions for a very reasonable £3.50.
My four-year-old chose the French toast with yoghurt and berry compote, with a side of halloumi (as you do). She was delighted when it arrived and turned out to be a warm, sweet, pudding-like dish of delight rather than a slice of French bread, which is apparently what she was expecting. Over the course of half an hour, she worked through the lot, stopping only to make me try her new favourite food combination: halloumi with berries. I also managed to sneak a corner of her French toast and it was really good – indulgent and delicious, just as it should be. I had scrambled eggs: tasty, well seasoned and all the better for being piled onto a slab of toast with just the right amount of char at the edges. I’m delighted to report, too, that the coffee is really good. Rich, strong and just, well, proper. Although Daughter welcomes everyone -we were surrounded by students, visiting couples and lone coffee drinkers – it’s a very easy place for families. Run by a family with a young family, they know the drill: toys, books and highchairs are all available but in a stylish and understated way. It’s the kind of place you can go with your kids and all enjoy yourselves and have something lovely to eat and drink too. My daughter and I had a great experience and I’ve no doubt we’ll be back before she packs her bookbag and leaves home. We’ve still got the cakes to try, after all.
Daughter Cafe, 10 Clifford St, York YO1 9RD – Open daily – Visit the Daughter Cafe website