Inspiring conversations for 660 years

Meet and enjoy delicious, creative food and drink in the medieval guildhall, home of York’s Merchant Adventurers past and present.


Open to all, come and meet friends, family and colleagues for delicious, inventive food and drink by Café No.8 in the inspiring setting of our medieval guildhall, or relax outside in our beautiful walled garden in fine weather.

Enjoy locally roasted coffee, sumptuous cakes and snacks inspired by tales from over 660 years of York’s trading past.

Sample Menu

Breakfast & Brunch


Cinnamon toast (v)

Freshly baked croissant with butter & jam (v)

Bacon or Sausage sandwich


Weekend Breakfast Brunch


Merchants’ Breakfast – Bacon, egg, sausage, black pudding, slow-roast tomatoes, mushroom and toast

Vegetarian Breakfast – Grilled flat field mushrooms, slow-roast tomatoes, scrambles or poached eggs, vintage cheddar pesto on toast

Bacon and Eggs on Toast – Poached, scrambled or fried

Breakfast Sandwiches – Choose from dry-cured bacon, sausage, mushroom, black pudding, egg or a combination of 2


Light Lunches


Soup of the day with warm bread and butter

Merchants Pie with salad – A pie baked in hot-water crust containing beef, gammon, pork, chicken, fruit and spices, inspired by Medieval recipes

Vegetarian Torte of the day with salad




Merchant’s Coronation Chicken

Vintage Cheddar Cheese Savoury with real ale chutney

York Ham with apple chutney

Roast Beef with horseradish coleslaw


Cakes & Light bites

All cakes and light bites are homemade


Carrot & walnut cake with stem ginger mascarpone topping

Orange-glazed Polenta Cake with toasted almonds and crème fraiche

Dark Chocolate Brownie with whipped cream

Classic Lemon Drizzle Cake with black currant jam & crème fraiche

Fruit and Nut Flapjack

Scone with home-made fruit compote and double cream


Children’s meals are available at half price


Sunday - Friday 10:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday 10:00am - 1:30pm
Admission charges apply
Merchants’ Coffee House open to all
Occasionally the Hall is closed for private functions, so you may wish to contact us in advance of your visit.

Merchant Adventurers' Hall

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