12 Places for the Best Breakfast in York

Places for the Best Breakfast in York – are you looking for somewhere quick and easy for breakfast, or perhaps somewhere more relaxed and quirky? 

Have a look at our list of some of the places for the best breakfast in York – but don’t miss our post on brunch in York either!


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Café 21 York

Fenwick Department Store. 2 St. Marys Square, Coppergate Centre Yorkshire, York YO1 9WY

Café 21 York is a stylish and contemporary place to eat within Fenwick in the Coppergate Arcade. 

Breakfast dishes include dishes such as Eggs Benedict, Poached Eggs, Crushed Avocado, Lime and Chilli on Multigrain Toast and Cheddar Cheese and Spinach Soufflé.

“A home from home where hospitality comes first. Café 21 is a sociable and effortlessly stylish space, serving crafted comforts, lunch bites and sweet treats.

This breakfast, lunch and early evening venue is the place for a mid-shopping trip lunch, business meeting, afternoon tea, or a quiet cup of the good stuff. A place where ‘me time’ matters.”


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The Star Inn The City

Lendal Engine House, Museum St, York YO1 7DR

Conveniently located by the iconic Lendal bridge, and affording diners gorgeous views of the River Ouse, The Star Inn The City is one of the city’s most prestigious eateries. Andrew Pern’s brasserie has scooped tonnes of awards and accolades thanks in large part to an unwavering commitment to serving exceptional seasonal dishes made with produce sourced from the local Yorkshire countryside.

Although The Star Inn The City may be more synonymous with fine dining and celebratory occasions, pigeonholing this restaurant would do a huge disservice to their incredible breakfast offering. Pancake stacks accompanied by ripe seasonal berries and wildflower honey, as well as succulent smoked salmon with free range scrambled eggs are just some of the tempting morning bites on offer.

The restaurant also serves an incredible ‘Full Yorkshire’, a spin on the classic Full English. Award-winning sausages, black pudding and smoked back bacon join an all-star cast of fried bread, grilled tomatoes and field mushrooms: it’s not hard to see why The Star Inn The City offers arguably the best breakfast in York city centre.


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Fancy Hanks

39 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LS

Fancy Hanks is a welcome addition to York, serving American deep South good mood food. 

They have an excellent all day breakfast menu that includes an American Breakfast (Two Rashes of Streaky Bacon, Homemade Sausage Pattie, Two Eggs, Home Fries, Toast), Chorizo Hash (Chorizo, Potato, Onion, Tomato, Roasted Pimento Pepper and Scallions stir fried and topped with Chipotle Mayo & a Fried Egg) and Mushrooms On Toast (Sauteed Mushrooms, Parmesan, Pine Nuts, Mixed Herbs, Spinach, Guacamole and a Poached Egg on top of toasted bloomer.)


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Fried chicken and bacon waffles with maple syrup from Fancy Hanks



Stirling Rd, York YO30 4XY

Harvester are a family favourite chain of restaurants that also serve breakfast “Mornings were made for our unlimited breakfasts, available all week! It includes eggs, bacon, sausage (including vegan and vegetarian sausages), and so much more, all freshly cooked to order. 

All of our cooked breakfasts include our unlimited Breakfast Bar, so you can enjoy our continental breakfast at no extra cost, including toast, cereals, fresh yoghurt, fruit and more.”  The unlimited breakfast includes Pork sausages, vegan sausages (VE), grilled back bacon, black pudding, flat mushroom (VE), Heinz® baked beans (V), hash browns (VE), tomato (VE), fries (VE) and scrambled, fried or poached free-range eggs (V).  You can also order waffles and pancakes.

See our review of breakfast at Harvester.


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Eggs Benedict from Harvester on Clifton Moor in York



York Business Park, White Rose Cl, Nether Poppleton, York YO26 6RL

Beefeater’s breakfast offering at is excellent value especially if you have kids as one child eats free and they count kids as 15 and under.  Breakfast is a set charge but is unlimited and you can help yourself to all the components of a full English breakfast as well as continental items like pain au chocolat, cinnamon and raisin bagels, sourdough crumpets, fruit and yoghurt and cereal. 

You can also help yourself to unlimited Costa coffee and Twinings tea. “Beefeater has been on an exciting journey since opening our first site in 1974. Now, with over 140 restaurants across the UK, we’re known and loved thanks to our famous grills and friendly service. From our mouth-watering steaks to fresh fish and salads, you’ll find plenty of great-value meals on the menu.

Plus, with a whole range of tasty and nutritious kids’ dishes, we’re the perfect choice for family meals. Whatever the occasion, celebrate it with Beefeater.”


Bella Italia

89 Low Petergate, York YO1 2HY

Bella Italia are an Italian restaurant chain that also offer a surprisingly good value cooked breakfast. 

Choose from items like the Bella Breakfast (Two rashers of bacon, Cumberland pork sausage, tomato, baked beans, toasted ciabatta, with your choice of fried, scrambled or poached eggs), the Bacon and Egg Pancake Stack (Three buttermilk pancakes topped with three rashers of bacon and two fried eggs. Served with syrup), Fruity Pancake Stack (Three buttermilk pancakes topped with sliced bananas, strawberries and creamy mascarpone.

Served with syrup) or the Forte Frittata (Eggs, spinach, new potatoes, red peppers, spicy ‘nduja sausage, pepperoni, and green chillies).



Church Ln, York YO1 9QT

Yates serve a value breakfast until 12 noon, with options like the Full English (Two sausages, two rashers of bacon, two fried eggs, baked beans, two hash browns, mushrooms, half a grilled tomato, toast and butter), Breakfast Wrap (Flour tortilla wrap, with a burger cheese slice, filled with sausage, bacon, fried egg and hash browns).

Or their Even Bigger Breakfast (Four sausages, four rashers of bacon, three fried eggs, two hash browns, baked beans, two flat mushrooms, grilled tomato, two slices of toast and a portion of chips.)


Frankie and Benny’s

Clifton Moor Gate, York YO30 4XY and Vangarde Shopping Park, Huntington, YO32 9AE

Frankie and Benny’s do a bottomless breakfast from Friday to Sunday.  “Enjoy free refills on your favourite breakfast dish when you visit us before noon. So will it be the warm and fluffy pancakes, mouth-watering eggs benedict or the classic British fry up? You might have to put it to a vote!”

There are some conditions on this offer though – while there is no limit on reorders, you do have to reorder the same dish each time, you can’t share and you have to finish before ordering more (fair enough!).  The offer is not valid at airport locations or Edinburgh Royal Mile High Street.  Make sure you get the offer from the website here.  You don’t need to order the unlimited breakfast though, you can order regular breakfast too like waffles, pancakes or smoked salmon.


Toby Carvery

Malton Rd, York YO32 9TE

Toby Carvery do a quick and easy all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.  “Whether you fancy tea and toast or want to go all out with our unlimited breakfast buffet including eggs, bacon and our famous breakfast Yorkies — here at Toby Carvery, we’ve got everything you need to give you the perfect start to your day.” 

We have eaten breakfast in our local Toby Carvery lots of times.  It’s a help yourself buffet with all the usual full English goodies.  There is also a tea and coffee station and a station to make your own toast.

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All you can eat breakfast from the Toby Carvery, Hopgrove, York



Sizzling Pubs

The Black Bull, Hull Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO10 3LF

Sizzling Pubs do a excellent value breakfast with unlimited help-yourself tea or coffee up to 12 noon.  You can go for the Sizzling Breakfast (Two juicy pork sausages, two rashers of grilled back bacon, two fried free-range eggs, grilled tomato, grilled flat mushroom, potato and onion hash, Heinz® baked beans and your choice of unlimited white or wholemeal toast with butter. Served sizzling on a skillet, or on a plate if you prefer), or just porridge or white or brown toast. 

You can also go for a bacon or sausage bap (vegetarian versions available).  Or why not go for The Works – a toasted brioche bun with grilled pork sausages and grilled back bacon and a fried free range egg.  Personally I recommend the sizzling breakfast!


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Sizzling Breakfast from the Black Bull Sizzling Pub on Hull Road, York


Ed’s Easy Diner

Unit 204, St Nicholas Ave, Fulford, York YO19 4TA

Ed’s Easy Diner is an American 1950’s style diner specialising in burgers, shakes and hot dogs.  They also do breakfast!  The menu includes Ed’s Big Breakfast (Three rashers of smoked bacon, two sausage patties, two griddled eggs with chilli seasoning, three hash browns, baked beans, mushrooms and two slices of buttered toast), The Full American (Two rashers of smoked bacon, two griddled eggs with chilli seasoning, sausage patty, two fluffy pancakes, two hash browns, maple flavoured syrup and baked beans).

Freshly Made Pancakes (Two pancakes stacked with a sausage patty, two rashers of smoked bacon, two hash browns, griddled egg with chilli seasoning and drizzled with maple flavoured syrup) and Fried Chicken and Waffle (Fried chicken breast between two waffles with maple flavoured syrup and icing sugar).



Also have a look at our suggestions for brunch and breakfast in Huddersfield, Brunch or Breakfast in Manchesterbrunch or breakfast in Leeds, breakfast or brunch in Sheffield and  breakfast or brunch in York, breakfast in Halifax.