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

Available all day – some breakfasts may not be available on Saturdays


Merchants’ Breakfast – Sweet-cured crispy bacon, sausage, black pudding, slow-roast tomatoes, mushroom, toast and a choice of poached, scrambled or fried eggs

Vegetarian Breakfast – Grilled flat field mushrooms, slow-roast tomatoes, scrambled eggs on toast with lemon and basil marinated halloumi and vintage cheddar pesto

Bacon and Eggs on Toast – Crispy bacon with eggs your way

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

Cinnamon Butter Toast


Light Lunches & Salads


Soup of the day with warm bread and butter

Black pudding salad, caramelised apple and fennel coleslaw

Grilled goats cheese salad, sun blush tomatoes, pine nuts and rocket with pesto dressing

Chicken and crispy bacon salad with honey mustard dressing

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

Vegetarian Frittata of the day with salad

No.8 Marinated Grilled Halloumi


Merchants’ Sandwiches


Brie, sweet cured-bacon and chilli jam

Chicken and oven-dried tomatoes with fresh pesto mayonnaise

York ham and  vintage cheddar with apple and brandy chutney

Goats cheese, fennel coleslaw and beetroot and horseradish chutney


Cakes & Light bites

All cakes and light bites are homemade


Classic lemon drizzle cake with blackcurrant compote and crème fraiche

Carrot, ginger and walnut cake with stem ginger mascarpone cream

Orange-glazed Polenta Cake with toasted almonds and crème fraiche

Dark Chocolate Brownie with whipped cream

Scone with home-made fruit compote and whipped cream



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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