Countess of York-National Railway Museum

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Afternoon Tea
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  • Afternoon Tea
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
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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Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class afternoon tea. If you want style and class this is the place to visit.

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JP
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect afternoon tea. The sandwiches, scones (plus clotted cream), and sweets were delicious, and everything was beautifully presented. Our group included a two-year old—always a potential danger to fine china—but it all went beautifully, thanks in large part to patient and helpful servers. A special feature of a special museum.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The afternoon tea was the best we have had. Will be back for decimate. Lovely vegetarian sandwiches

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AP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this experience was first class. The service, the food and the attention to detail was superb. The only thing that could improve it would be to stop people walking in and staring at you whilst you are eating because they seemed to think it was part of the museum!

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BP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, it was a birthday treat for my Dad who thoroughly enjoyed it

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LF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent location for afternoon tea, if you want something a bit different to the usual I would definitely recommend!

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SH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely afternoon tea, ............................. .

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Disappointed that the Countess is situated outside the realms of the other engines.
On the day we went it was teeming with rain and we had to cross quite a large yard with no courtesy umbrella or canopy for protection.
The steps and handrail were wet and slippery.
We chose to sit at the back of the quite small carriage where there was a radiator.
The service was quite perfunctory. No quiet background music (some 1930s would have been nice).
Cold pea soup was awful and the tomato tart was about the size of a 50p.
The sandwiches (made up from 2 full slices of bread cut into fingers) were quite fresh but we did ask for another finger each!
I do not think it was worth the £94 and for our wedding anniversary it was quite disappointing.

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m
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent and service outstanding, 5 tables in the whole carriage so nice and quiet and exclusive dinning. My wife considers her self quite the ‘sconnoisseur’ and she said that the scones were the best she had ever had!! :0)

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HF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have already recommended Countess of York and my brother is planning a trip there! The food was lovely, tea was keep hot and the service was amazing. As well, the atmosphere made it special. Wonderful!

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LK
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great place to go took my mother in law for her 80th Birthday we had a fantastic time and would recommend this experience to others.

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JS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

What a lovely experience, having tried many Afternoon Tea’s this was up near the top. Lovely location in a railway carriage, food was delicious but the cream should be clotted and we had to ask for our tea as we’d had champagne to start with, apart from that it was excellent.

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous after tea. Staff were friendly and attentive but not intrusive. This was a surprise for my 2 friends 50th birthdays and we were not disappointed. All the little extra touches went a long way to making it a special afternoon

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n
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent experience everything was to our liking and the two young people who served us were excellent too

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JJ
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a 60th birthday surprise for my husband. The food and setting were all delightful. The three young men who served us were unfailingly polite and helpful, attentive without being a nuisance. the quality of food was very good. We were pleased to be offered extra sandwiches, however, as we would have still been a little peckish otherwise. it was a lovely experience overall.

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LL
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and great service. We let them know in advance that we were vegetarian so they gave us egg and cheese and pickle sandwiches instead. Everything was excellent and I would recommend the afternoon tea.

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EM
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic really great food and service
Had a lovely time

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N
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiter and waitress are very helpful and polite. Great scones and fabulous dessert choices. I would definitely return to this cafe.

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FH
London
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing special experience this was. The staff were lovely and attentive, couldn't have been more helpful. The atmosphere was luxurious and the food was delicious and stunningly presented. Also was exactly perfect quantities - left us feeling full but not sickly so!

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PW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a busy weekend in York spending time here was delightful. The whole experience was very relaxing and the setting was perfect. Just outside the main museum which was full of families having fun, the dining carriage was peaceful and had just the right amount of tables so as not to be crowded. The service was excellent and the afternoon tea was amazing. A lovely selection of savoury treats including pea and watercress soup, a cheese tartlet and the obligatory finger sandwiches. This was followed by lovely scones, jam, and cream and then some delicious cakes. There was a choice of teas, coffees and soft and alcoholic drinks. A perfect end to a girls weekend away. Highly recommended and at £23 not unreasonable for the quality.

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JL
London
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect place to enjoy a wonderful cream tea, after or before visiting the National Railway museum.

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KW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fabulous experience from start to finish, the staff were so attentive and the food was amazing

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CD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful setting and lovely food for a special occasion. The waiting staff were attentive yet did not hover or make us feel uncomfortable. The background music was a little low so you felt like you had to whisper so as not to bother other diners. As it was a school holiday there were a few children in the gardens outside playing with the carriage doors trying to get in to the tea rooms and the wheelchair lift. It wasn’t the fault of the tearooms but instead of addressing the children or asking them not to rattle the doors they just ignored it which slightly marred the experience. I would highly recommend the afternoon tea though.

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DG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The carriage was beautiful and the staff were very pleasant the food was amazing would definitely go back

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M
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best afternoon tea ever. Staff were very attentive throughout. Even offered extra sandwiches before we started on the sweet things. Topped up with coffee when needed. And a gift of 2 x macaroons to take home with us. More expensive than some afternoon tea experiences but well worth the extra cost.

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CD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice relaxing atmosphere staff very attentive food was good overall a very good experience would definitely recommend

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J
London
80 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Went for a belated Mother's Day celebration with my family (group of 6 including a young child and a baby). Service was excellent, couldn't fault it at all, the staff were very personable. The setting was wonderful, in the Railway Museum so my children were able to play and see the exhibits before we went for the afternoon tea, in such a special setting on the Countess of York. It was very relaxing even with two kids) and we all had a wonderful, memorable experience.

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SL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

In general we had a lovely afternoon. My main disappointment was the soup and tart. The soup was lukewarm and the little tart-lets did not taste nice cold.
The sandwiches were delightful and the waitress offered more sandwiches several times. The cakes were absolutely delightful.
The surroundings also were lovely,
However, my overall experience was that I spent a very pleasant couple of hours there.

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B
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable experience, transported back in time to a more elegant era.

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B
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have visited the Countess many times now and introduced lots of friends who in turn have re booked and taken new visitors. On Sunday the food was wonderful - pea soup and a little cheese tartlet, followed by sandwiches, scones and delicious little patisseries. I particularly like that you get one each of each offering rather than having the awkwardness of agreeing who wants what! I had mentioned that my friend didn't eat meat and that is was her birthday and they were prepared for us. We had a lovely afternoon

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S
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Perfect way to treat Mum on Mother’s Day. Food was lovely and the service was great, many thanks!

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AO
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best afternoon tea we've had and the staff were lovely. Apparently the Flying Scotsman was in somewhere to refuel but we couldn't tear ourselves away from the food to go and see.

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SE
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everthing about the whole experience was wonderful we went for my Mother in Laws 80th it was a lovely afternoon tea choice of Teas, everything was so fresh

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Superb setting wouldn't think you were sitting in a museum. The service was brilliant and staff ensured that were topped up with tea and sandwiches. The food was lovely, scones were a particular highlight. As this was a mother's day treat it was a lovely setting for a special occasion, so would recommend to anyone looking for somewhere special for afternoon tea.

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OT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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SM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely experience. Staff were very efficient. The afternoon tea was well presented and tasty.

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SN
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a birthday celebration absolutely fantastic food was excellent and service from Joel outstanding ,well worth a visit

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ST
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, attentive service, great surroundings, brilliant ambience.
Will be back!

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CL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a wonderful birthday treat! Delicious food, fine china and great service in a beautifully restored railway carriage. I particularly liked the savoury starter - soup, with a mini tartlet (not usually on an Afternoon Tea menu!) The sandwiches were really fresh, generously filled and we were offered extras. Light fluffy scones with clotted cream and gorgeous jam were followed by a selection of delicate and absolutely scrumptious sweet treats. Complimentary parking was included too. Would highly recommend!

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G
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Food and setting was great but the service from the staff was appalling. I was asked to add a message if I wanted when booking, so as it was for my partners birthday I added a message to say this. No sign of it on the table when we arrived and I had to ask twice before getting an answer that it would appear with the cakes. The happy birthday message was about the size of a stamp. Hardly worth the bother.
Staff weren’t very helpful when we asked about what options were available for changing the food if say one of us didn’t like a specific thing.
Overall the food was ok but very overpriced, the staff could do with learning how to smile and put the customer first.
Nice idea of having the converted carriage but you need to improve your staff.

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