Countess of York-National Railway Museum

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Afternoon Tea
Travel with us to era of high-class railway dining aboard beautifully restored rail carriage the Countess of York, located in the South Gardens of the National Railway Museum. Enjoy a traditional locally-sourced Afternoon Tea package, which includes a selection of delicious sandwiches, delicate cakes and fancies and lovely homebaked scones, washed down with a wide variety of Taylor's of Harrogate fine leaf teas. The luxurious furnishings and elegant ambience in the carriage provide a real touch of sophistication. The carriage can also be exclusively hired for groups of 12 or more to indulge in our fine dining menu; the perfect venue for a special occasion.

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London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyable except for being pestered to give a review.

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VerdaF
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST afternoon tea in York. Feels like you are in a scene of an Agatha Christie novel ... wonderful food, pleasant staff and fabulous ambiance.

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KeithM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. The food was surprisingly filling and delicious too. This would make an ideal treat for those who like to be around trains in general and enjoy a bit of nostalgia. The service was very good and the waitress pleasant.

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ShirleyJ
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived we felt we had come somewhere very special, the ambience was great with lovey music playing in the back ground. The young gentleman who served us added to the experience as he was very attentive but professional with it. I would definitely recommend to others.

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BCoates
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect! The waiter was attentive and very friendly. The afternoon tea was excellent quality, very delicious and filling. We were the only table occupied at 12pm slot on a Sunday, so the experience was very relaxing. Thoroughly enjoyed my baby shower celebration combined with trains and tasty afternoon tea!

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KathyE
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked this for a special occasion. Several of our party have taken Afternoon Teas around the York area - the Countess topped them all. We had our own private carriage served by two superb waiting staff who could do nothing but ensure we were looked after. The menu catered for different diets and on the day, they swapped several servings to cater for vegetarian. The food was simply superb, each bite of each course brought our taste buds alive! We were then offered to take a lovely "doggy" bag home. We all shared a bottle of wonderful wine from the very good wine list.
Sending total praise to the staff and the Museum, this is a must experience!

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RachelC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third visit to the Countess of York for afternoon tea and every visit has been an absolute pleasure. It was a very busy Saturday at the Railway Museum but the Countess of York was an oasis of calm, quiet and terrific food. The service was exceptional. I cannot wait to visit again. Thank you to all the staff for a wonderful experience.

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NicolaL
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for catering for my dietary needs so well. We had such an amazing experience

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Robin
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable afternoon tea for my wife and I that was a birthday treat for me from our two daughters.

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KirstieS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and tea were great in a lovely setting though we couldn't finish it all so had to take a doggy bag! Would come again.

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KatyG
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon tea - fabulous food, accommodating staff and a unique setting - highly recommended.

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WESTERN1013
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the third afternoon tea we have had at this venue and every time it has been excellent in every respect, food, service and value for money.

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SarahW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely. Catered for all dietary needs. The kids loved it too. Thank you

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susanj
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an absolutely fab time. The staff were helpful and friendly, the ambiance was fantastic and the food was excellent. Thank you

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YvonneA
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and excellent food with attentive but discreet service. One not to be missed.

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OpenTable Diner
Northampton
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent afternoon tea,beautifully presented.

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StephenF
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

lovely afternoon tea.
Good choice of quality leaf teas with constant refills!
Food was excellent, plentiful and of good quality. Better than you get at Bettys.
Service was impeccable by the young gentleman who was serving... although he was on his own so he had to work hard to serve every table.

Would highly recommend.

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william
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food, lovely selection of drinks. Waiter did a fantastic job. Venue is superb and offers something different to the mainstream afternoon teas on offer around York. Great experience, great food

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JennyG
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the most beautiful of experiences.
Once you step on board the countess.
You are transported into another world.
The service was outstanding. In terms of mannerism from the waiter. Aswell as timings of offering tea and food during service.
Tables are laid exquisitely, food delicious,
Cosy and intimate setting.
You really do feel like you've had a treat.

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SallyH
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had very pleasant time on Friday.The food was for most part very good although I thought Brie sandwich had been in fridge so did not have much flavour.Soup could have done with some seasoning too.Good how came and offered more sandwiches to us.Great that music not too loud and period appropriate.Cakes very good particularly the one with chocolate ganache.

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SimonC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Such an amazing experience. Food was amazing as was the selection of tea. If you want to treat your love one this is thIs place.
The hostess was professional and informative happy to answer any question you have (and to top up your sandwiches!)
We had tea for two and almost couldn’t finish it all! Fresh yummy and such flavours. Well recommended!

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FionaE
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely. Great service, great food and a lovely atmosphere. Lovely end to a lovely day

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flippin' awesome :) Not only a fine selection of treats, but they come back around with extra sandwiches too!

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Deb1
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit for afternoon tea and would definitely recommend a visit

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ChristineS
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent afternoon tea. Great surroundings and lovely food. The gentleman waiter was excellent and attentive. Would recommend to friends

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PeterW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect. Service and food were impeccable, one of our best afternoon teas

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JaneA
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely gorgeous! Went for Afternoon Tea. The food was really lovely and the setting was perfect - very cosy with lovely background music. The staff really made it - they were so lovely, attentive and sweet. Can’t fault the experience!

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MichaelH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Quiet but very good. Service was excellent. A shame that car parking is not nearer, especially when it is wet. The museum was dark and dingy - are they saving on electricity ?

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Steve
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our Christmas Tea in the classic Pulman carriage. We booked two teams for myself and the better half and we also took our four year old grandson with us. There was no charge for him and the waiter serving us couldn't have treated him any better. One of the taster shots of soup had chilli in it so he did him a special shot without chilli. The service was five star all the way. Would highly recommend this to anyone.

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HannahR
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lovely treat - whole experience is special - the food, the level of service and the environment of the carriage itself is stunning and very clean :-)

I think people with kids just need to be conscious that other people may appreciate a calmer experience - know it's exciting for everyone, and a treat for all ages, but was a small group of 13 year olds when we went who were very sweet really, but can imagine it would have been annoying for a lot of people!

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PenP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary with Afternoon Tea at the Countess of York. The Christmas Festive Menu was on which was lovely, accompanied with mulled wine. Lots of tea selections to chose from. Lovely few hours spent with my other half attend by attentive & welcome staff. Had a wander round the railway museum afterwards.

Would definitely visit again.

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LesleyM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely experience, we took two friends for a birthday treat and it was great, the food was really good and the service was excellent, I would definitely recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, gluten free option was as lovely as the the regular afternoon tea. Joel was friendly and attentive. Would recommend

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KikiH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would highly recommend the Christmas afternoon tea. Delicious food served up in a beautifully restored railway carriage. The staff could not have done more for us. We really enjoyed the whole experience.

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SimonF
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked in here as an afternoon tea treat as we were staying for a few days in York. From the moment we arrived the service was first class. The atmosphere inside the restored railway carraige couldn't be faulted. The food and service was first class. The sandwiches, soup, scone and cakes were all divine. If only I had the recipe for the eggnog creme brulee!

Hope to go back soon!

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KarenC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The carriage and setting was lovely however for the price we paid the afternoon tea wasn’t very good. The best thing was the scone and preserve. This meal was for a special occasion and we were disappointed

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LaurenS
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Everything about it was so lovely, we were so well looked after. The food was excellent and the waitress was so attentive. I am allergic to milk and was very impressed with the dairy free menu. Would definitely go again.

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GlennN
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Superb setting and very welcoming.
Food was excellent and a very good assortment.
Something a little different and all tasty.
Waitress was very pleasant and the overall service was superb .
All in all a very pleasurable experience and to be highly recommended.
Inclusive parking is always a bonus.
I would highly recommend to anyone looking for something high class!
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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a treat for my husband’s birthday.
It was a Christmas tea, I was a little worried as I didn’t like some of the sandwiches on offer with this, but no problem they changed them for me.

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ElaineW
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The museum was marvellous, light airy and clean. For someone who isn’t particularly a train buff I found it very interesting and spent all afternoon walking around because there is so much to see. Afternoon tea on The Countess of York was a bonus, the waiter was very attentive, the environment clean and comfortable with a good choice of teas, sandwiches and cakes. The gluten free selection was yummy and I managed to eat everything because it was so tasty and a pleasure to find a great choice for my dietary requirements. Even though I have visited I would not hesitate to go again if I should ever find myself in the York area In the future. A most enjoyable experience.

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Countess of York-National Railway Museum is rated 4.6 stars by 829 OpenTable diners.

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