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The Guildhall


More than simply a stunning building, The Guildhall is a physical representation of the University of York’s vision for growth in community partnerships. 

It's a place where enterprise development begins, great minds co-locate and businesses unite organically. A place to facilitate knowledge exchange, inspire conversation, foster collaboration and combine skills.

Our community has a shared purpose for public good. With a reputation for creativity, entrepreneurialism, innovation and influence, it is our intention that the University is central to the success of the City and region. The Guildhall is a step in that direction.

The Guildhall is operated by York Science Park, who are a highly experienced team who have been facilitating and supporting business start-up and growth for 30 years.York Science Park enables businesses to connect with world leading knowledge and expertise at the University of York. 

It is an exciting time for the University of York to be involved with the next era of the prestigious and historical building that is the Guildhall, right in the heart of the city of York. The renovated Guildhall will offer fantastic opportunities for collaborative working to support business start ups, drive innovation and growth, and strengthen links between the University of York and partners in York and beyond. I look forward to seeing how the facilities at the Guildhall will be used by students and new businesses to support and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, including opportunities to promote social enterprise and charitable work for the benefit of the local community. All this chimes directly with our commitment, as a University for Public Good, to work with like-minded partners to bring positive impact for our society.

Professor Charlie Jeffery, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of York.

Be part of Guildhall’s new history


Collaborative and flexible workspace for you and your team

Hold conferences and events for up to 270 guests

Enjoy riverside dining in a historic grade I listed building

Take advantage of a convenient York city centre location


The Guildhall Cafe


Local suppliers

Riverside views

Freshly made food

Award winning coffee

Set within a grade 1 listed building on the edge of the River Ouse, the Guildhall Café offers a range of delicious menu items to enjoy in our historic riverside dining space. 

Our menu includes dishes that are made onsite every morning; including traditional and healthier breakfast choices, a varying brunch and lunch menu, hot meals and freshly made artisan sandwiches.

Don't forget our traditional Yorkshire Afternoon Tea.

Opening hours

5 days a week, 8.30am to 3pm

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Our menu

Breakfast (served until 11am)

  • Sausage ciabatta
    Cumberland sausage with caramelised onion chutney on warm ciabatta
  • Bacon sandwich
    Crispy back bacon in sourdough bread with sweet tomato chutney
  • Bacon and egg muffin
    Crispy bacon and egg with tomato relish on a toasted english muffin
  • Avocado on sourdough
    Smashed fresh avocado with roasted sweet cherry tomatoes on sourdough toast

Brunch (served from 11am)

  • Shakshuka eggs
    2 poached eggs served on a bed of spinach with a spicy tomato sauce, sprinkled with feta cheese served with warm bread
  • Croque monsieur
    Slice of Yorkshire ham on sourdough with melted cheese and creamy bechamel
  • Croque madame
    Croque monsieur topped with a fried egg
  • Yorkshire welsh rarebit 
    Boozy rarebit glazed on sourdough with tomato chutney
  • Roast halloumi and portobello mushroom salad
    With rocket salad, sourdough croutons and roasted cherry tomatoes
  • Yorkshire meats and cheese charcuterie board
    Selection of cured meats and cheeses with pickles, chutney and toasted sourdough and ciabatta
  • Meze platter vegetarian
    Humous, dill flavoured pickles, with halloumi, falafels, rocket and cherry tomatoes with toasted sourdough and ciabatta
  • Hot cubano club sandwich 
    Served with dill pickles and swiss cheese

Artisan sandwiches

  • Classic BLT with avocado on rye bread
  • Classic handmade free range egg mayonnaise with watercress on wholemeal bread
  • Ultimate deli stacker with mozzarella, salami, pickles and focaccia bread
  • Turkey club sandwich with crisp lettuce on khobez bread
  • Avocado hummus and falafel with broad bean and yoghurt in a crisp wholegrain baguette

Bakery items

  • Toasted tea cake
  • Handmade brownies and blondies
  • Selection of muffins
  • Scones with cream and jam
  • Yorkshire rascal tea cakes

Afternoon tea

  • Selection of open sandwiches served with scones, tray bakes and rascals