Best York Tea Rooms – I love a cute tea room and have visited many in York, particularly for afternoon tea.  But there are places that are great when you need a cuppa and a sit down from all the shopping.  Have a look at our list of the best tea rooms in York.


Betty’s Cafe and Tea Rooms in York

6-8 St. Helen’s Square, York, YO1 8QP

Betty’s Cafe is famous in York for being elegant and traditional tea rooms.  Uniformed servers treat you with friendliness and diffidence and your tea is served from silver tea pots.  A pianist will often accompany your repast!  They also serve probably the best afternoon tea in York.

York High Tea at Betty's

Parlormade Cafe and Scone House

1 Little Shambles, York YO1 7LY

I visited Parlormade Cafe and Scone House recently and thought it was marvellous.  It’s small and cute and quirky and serves the most divine looking scones on lovely bright crockery.  The building it’s housed in is 15th century and absolutely perfect for a chat with friends and a relax during your day.  Not specifically tea rooms but serve a lovely large pot of tea.

See our full review of Parlormade Cafe and Scone House here.

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The Flax and Twine

20 Shambles, York YO1 7LZ

The Flax and Twine is a cafe and tea rooms above a vintage shop on The Shambles.  Serving cream teas and lunches and, according to reviews, excellent scones.  Fabulous location to people watch over The Shambles.

Tea shop on the Shambles York

Bennett’s Cafe

30-32 High Petergate, York YO1 7EH

Tea rooms in York don’t get any closer to The Minster than Bennett’s Cafe.  They serve a good varied number of teas including Yorkshire, Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Lapsang Souchong, Assam, Green, Decaffeinated, Peppermint, Rooibos, Blackcurrant, Raspberry or Camomile.  They also serve breakfast, sandwiches and cakes.

tea rooms in York near The Minster

Cafe Concerto

21 High Petergate, York YO1 7EN

Cafe Concerto have a great drinks selection as well as serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. “Welcoming locals, visitors and celebrities for over 20 years.  Simple rustic cooking using fresh ingredients in a friendly informal music – themed atmosphere”  You can see how close Cafe Concerto is to the Minster – look at the reflection in the window!

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Molly’s Tea Rooms

41 Stonegate, York YO1 8AW

Molly’s Tea Rooms is a popular cafe situated on the first floor of the Antiques Centre on Stonegate. Molly’s serves freshly cooked all day breakfasts, lunch, homemade cakes, cream teas and a wide selection of hot and cold drinks.

Molly's Tea Rooms in York
Molly’s Tea Rooms

Heavenly Desserts

19 Blake St, York YO1 8QJ

Heavenly Desserts is (as its name suggests) a restaurant dedicated to desserts.  Not exactly a tea shop but they do sell tea and also cake!  “Heavenly Desserts are an established fine dining desserts restaurant, dedicated to providing our customers with the best possible experience to enjoy our award-winning desserts.

Our creative team brings unique creations to life that are characterised by a high level of precision, experience and creativity. The result is a superior delicacy that offers a winning combination of taste, appearance and quality.”

They also offer takeout and vegan and gluten free options.

Have a look at our review of Heavenly Desserts with lots of food pictures.

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Ruby Chocolate and Raspberry Croffle at Heavenly Desserts

We also have a great list of cafes in York and have visited some fab coffee shops too.  Or, have a look at our list of the best restaurants in York.

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