The Perky Peacock

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The Perky Peacock

Café and Bar

About us


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We're a small family owned coffee shop, cafe and bar, located in one of the oldest buildings in York. Barker Tower was built in the 14th Century, originally for the purpose of collecting a toll from visitors entering the city.

The Café


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We serve a wonderful selection of coffees, teas, cakes and other snacks.

Lovely Cakes

Our cake selection at the Perky Peacock will help sweeten your day and is the perfect accompaniment to your favourite tea or coffee!

Breakfast Rolls

Is there a better way to start the day than with breakfast at the Perky Peacock? We don’t think so... Coffee & bacon butties in the dungeon!

Warm Bakery

A cosy atmosphere or sit outside, our warm baked offerings and great coffees will leave you feeling satisfied.

Delicious Snacks

Dine in or takeaway, here at The Perky Peacock, we have a range of fresh food, delicious cakes, and hot or cold drinks!

The Bar


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An afternoon with friends, or winding down after a stressful day at work, The Perky Peacock serves a great selection of your favourite wines, spirits, and cocktails, to enjoy as you watch the world go by.

Great Wines

Red, white or something in-between, quench your thirst with a nice glass of wine while sitting comfortably, outside or in the dungeon. Whether you’re popping in for a quiet glass on your own, or out with friends and family, we hope you have a fabulous time.

Fabulous Cocktails

It's always Martini time at the Perky Peacock.

Choose from our selection of aperitifs, spirits and liqueurs, or try one of our great cocktails, such as the signature Espresso Martini.

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Private Functions


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There’s no better place to hold your private function than in the Perky Peacock Dungeon. Let us cater to you and your guests so you can concentrate on your agenda without worry. Contact Us at any time for more Information or to book the Perky Peacock Dungeon for your next private function.

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Our Customers


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At The Perky Peacock, we get customers dropping in from all over the world for a coffee, a bite to eat, and even a cocktail or glass of wine. This is what a few of our customers had to say after their visit ...

Rating: 4.6

(757) Google Reviews

Nestled in an awesome location, the Perky Peacock in York exudes a fantastic vibe that sets the stage for a memorable dining experience. The understanding and amiable staff added to the allure of this delightful cafe. As a vegetarian, I was impressed by the staff's willingness to customize dishes to suit my preferences. The cream cheese bagels with sundried tomatoes were a standout recommendation that I thoroughly enjoyed. The mozzarella sandwich and pita bread with hummus and veggies also catered perfectly to my tastes. Exploring hummus for the first time, I found it to be a delightful addition to my meal, especially when paired with the fresh veggies like tomatoes and pickles. Although my taste buds reveled in the culinary experience, the hot chocolate leaned a tad towards being overly sweet, slightly diminishing its appeal. Perky Peacock left my tummy very content and satisfied. Despite the slightly sweet hot chocolate, the cafe's ambiance, accommodating staff, and flavorful offerings made for a fulfilling and enjoyable dining adventure.
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a month ago
Nice and cozy vibes with nice people. Just wish there was a larger selection of pastries and stronger coffee. Wasn't my favourite tasting coffee. The carrot cake was good though🥕
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a week ago
My partner and I went to this cafe twice during our 2 day trip to York. I wouldn't say the food and drink were amazing but they were enjoyable. What we really loved about this place is the atmosphere. The interior is really neat. I love that the cafe is located inside an old medieval tower. Despite that, we actually sat outside by the River Ouse and thoroughly enjoyed watching the geese and rowers on the river.
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2 months ago
Drizzly day , so the first floor tables were full. Headed to the ground floor , which unfortunately seemed to be also used as a bit of a storeroom with boxes cans, brollies and cushions piled up next to the door. Shame as the rest of the room looked nice , Took away from the ambience a bit. Store cupboard would have been a solution ? Nice coffee and cake though.
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5 months ago
Super little place right on the river. Food was excellent. I had a scone, my friend had a bacon sandwich, both lovely. Value for money was about right for the centre of a tourist city. We were cycling today & would definitely stop here again.
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8 months ago

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