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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. 

You can also pick up our loyalty card at the cafe. For every £5 you spend you collect a stamp, once you've received 10 stamps you get £5 off your next purchase!

Opening hours


Monday to Thursday

8.30am to 3.30pm


8.30am to 3pm

Upcoming weekend open days

Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th: 10am to 4pm

Contact us

Our menu

Breakfast (served until 12pm)

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

Brunch (served from 11am)

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

Artisan sandwiches

Avocado hummus and falafel with broad bean and yoghurt 
Classic homemade free range egg mayonnaise with watercress 
Classic BLT and avocado 
Ultimate deli stacker with mozzarella, salami and pickles 
Turkey club sandwich with crisp lettuce 
Hot cubano club sandwich served with dill pickles and swiss cheese 

Bakery items

Toasted tea cake 
Homemade 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

Dishes can be altered to fit dietary requirements, please speak to a member of our cafe team before ordering.


Please note that we are a cashless site and only card payments wil be accepted at the cafe