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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.


  • Toasted Cinnamon and Raisin Bagel £2.50
  • Doorstop Toast with Jam £2.00
  • Creamy Porridge with banana chips & honey £2.95
  • Bacon Buttie on Artisan Bread £3.50
  • Homemade Granola –Muesli with Yogurt and fruit compote £3.50
  • Yogurt Pot with banana chips and honey drizzle £2.50
  • Poached Eggs on Toasted Pesto Bread £4.95
  • Poached Eggs on Toasted Pesto Bread with Bacon £5.95
  • Croque Monsieur £4.95
  • Croque Madame £5.95
  • Ham and Cheese Croissant £2.50
  • Freshly Baked Croissant £1.25

Lunch and Later

  • Handmade Sandwiches
    made on Artisan Bread from Via Vecchia on the Sahmbles.
    (Check the specials board to see the ever changing varieties) £3.50
  • Salads
    Freshly made to order, changing with the seasons.
    (Check the specials board to see the current offerings) £3.50
  • Homemade Soup
    (Served from Autumn to Spring).
    Always homemade, always delicious.

Perky Pecking Platters Small £5.95 Large £10.00

  • Italian Platter:
    Salami Milano, Prosciutto Crudo, Italian Mozzarella served with Italian Salads, Olives and Artisan Bread
  • Spanish Platter:
    Chorizo, Serrano Ham, Manchego served with Olives, Chutney, Spanish bits and bobs and Artisan Bread.
  • French Platter:
    Brie, Lemon chicken, Gruyere, Chuney, la petit salads and Artisan Bread.
  • English Platter:
    Yorkshire Ham, Mature Cheddar and a Regional Blue Cheese, Pickles and Salad bits and bobs serves with Artisan Bread.
  • European Hitchhiker Platter: 
    A chefs selection of meats and cheeses, salads and breads picked out from all of the above platters.

Amazing Green Olives & Bread £3.50

  • Castleveltrano olives, oil, balsamic and artisan bread.