Barley Hall in York will open a new cafe in Coffee Yard

A NEW cafe is opening in the most fitting corner of York.

Historic gem Barley Hall is to open a new cafe in Coffee Yard, on the snickleway between Swinegate and Stonegate in York city centre.

The new cafe, which will serve drinks and snacks, replaces The Printer’s Apprentice, which did not reopen after the lockdown.

In addition to the ground floor, customers will be able to enjoy their cappuccino al fresco, with the courtyard in front of Barley Hall becoming an extension of the ground floor café pavement.

The cafe will be run by the Jorvik Group, which runs Barley Hall, the Viking Center and Dig – and promises a twist on a traditional cafe experience.

Attractions Director Sarah Maltby said: “York was one of the first places outside of London where cafes emerged in Georgian England, so some of that history is reflected in our displays within the cafe itself. -same.

“Each of the tables inside the cafe will feature artifacts from our collection relating to the historic cafe culture, and anyone who wants to learn more can access fun videos via their cell phone to dig deeper into this fascinating part of the cafe scene. York Georgians. ”

Paul Ruxton, manager of Barley Hall and the new cafe

Wherever possible, local produce will be used, with the team currently working with York Emporium on a special coffee blend to suit the theme and environment, as well as bread and cakes from York-based suppliers. Regulars can take advantage of the café’s loyalty card as well as entertainment in the outdoor courtyard throughout the year.

Initially, only the ground floor of the cafe will be open to customers, but with a full kitchen on the first floor and a basement, the new addition to the Jorvik Group fits perfectly into ongoing development plans.

“Barley Hall is a fantastic venue for events and dining, but we always had to bring catering equipment. Having these facilities in the adjoining building will make hosting events at Barley Hall much easier and more cost effective,” adds Sarah. “We also plan to use different parts of the combined buildings to host regular community events in the heart of the city, as well as providing additional space for educational groups visiting Barley Hall. We also have some other brilliant ideas in the works – watch this space”

Barley Hall Coffee Shop opens on Saturday July 23, ready for the flood of visitors who come to York during the school holidays.

During this opening weekend, coffee lovers will be entertained with historical music and performances from musicians, Caliban’s Dream and the Ting Tang re-enactment troupe.

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