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Housed in a medieval stone tower on the banks on the river Ouse the Perky Peacock on Lendal is like no other cafe in York.  The round walls and ancient stone give an unparalleled atmosphere.

The slate topped tower forms part of the old city wall.  It  was built as a toll tower, restricting the access ships had to the town centre by the use of a long chain strung across to the tower opposite.

To find out more about the history of the tower and the wall it is part of, you can read the information panel at the top of the stairs opposite the cafe.  These are part of a trail that runs the entire length of the city walls giving and excellent explanation of a great historic city.


A simple menu that changes regularly, including toasted bagels and scrumptious homemade cakes.

More info to come soon.


Fantastic coffee made by lovely skilled people just when you need it most and a range of teas and soft drinks to please everyone.

Drink in or Take Away available.

Full details to follow in a shortish while



The historic street of Gillygate has many fine establishments along it.  It follows the line of the medieval city wall that rises up behind the cafe and takes its name from the 12th century church of St Giles.

The church’s burial ground was used for plague victims, as well as executed criminals right up until the 17th Century.  The building has long since been demolished, but once stood near the Salvation Army Building that is opposite the Perky Peacock.

There are many other interesting buildings along this street  and with the University of York St John at one end, and the King’s Manor and Bootham Bar at the other it is well worth including in your tour of historic York.


Some of the best made coffee in York made by skilled and friendly staff, as well as a selection of fine teas and soft drinks.

Drink in or Take Away available.

Full menu coming soon.


         Great food made with the fine products from some of York’s best artisan producers


  • Homemade Toasted Cinnamon and Raisin Bagel
  • Bacon Buttie on Homemade Bread
  • Creamy Porridge with banana chips & honey
  • Poached Eggs on Homemade Bread
  • Poached Eggs on Homemade Bread with Bacon
  • Croque Monsieur
  • Croque Madame
  • Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon on Homemade Bread
  • Super-food Breakfast (Avocado, poached egg, smoked salmon, rocket, homemade bread)

Lunch and Later

  • Handmade Sandwiches
    Picnic sandwiches made in our bakery fresh everyday
    (Check the specials board to see the ever changing varieties)
  • Salads
    Changing with the seasons. Often Vegan.
    (Check the specials board to see the current offerings) 
  • Homemade Soup
    (Served from Autumn to Spring).
    Always homemade, always delicious.


No matter what time of day it is, cakes is always acceptable to eat! We bake all our cakes in our bakery and try and provide at least one gluten-free option each week.