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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Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience. Attention to detail. Great service.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant experience. Service was fantastic and the food was very good. Would definitely recommend.

JB
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service. A wonderful experience for a special occasion,

SM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic tea loved it. Lovely place to spend the afternoon. The food was delicious so much so we ate the lot.

MW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My second visit here,the standard was just as high as last time.
It was quiet, as we went on a Monday afternoon.
The food is first class an interesting and varied menu. They are extremely accommodating to dietry needs. My friend and I had different diets and it was all carefully explained to make sure it was correct. The choice of tea is extensive.
It's an unusual setting in a railway carriage but everything is set out with white linen table clothes and beautiful china etc.
Very convenient if you combine it with s visit to the railway museum.

AS
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere. Friendly and helpful staff. Made for a great visit.

BJ
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and service. No queues. Delicious food served efficiently by friendly and helpful staff who were excellent in dealing with my partner who requires a gluten free diet.

Thoroughly recommended.

B
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every thing was marvellous a special occasion treat

ML
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really enjoyable experience would definitely book again should we visit York again

JP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A really lovely afternoon to spend with friends in an unusual and quiet location. Very nice scones and pastries - lovely treat.

AG
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It’s my second visit and remains one of my favourite afternoon teas.

R
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, very attentive yet not intrusive!

PW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful setting for a lovely afternoon tea. Easily accommodated vegan and vegetarian guests. Food was fresh and delicious.

BR
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our Afternoon Tea experience on Sunday. The food and its presentation was excellent made even more so by the friendly, courteous service from the lovely staff. The place settings were also lovely and transported you back in time when afternoon tea etc. was served regularly in similarly splendid surroundings.

N
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, very attentive staff, fab venue, can’t say anything bad

SF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful place for afternoon tea.A bit more expensive than Betty's tea rooms,but a nicer atmosphere and no queueing.Lovely food served by a very delightful young lady.Thoroughly enjoyed it .

JS
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

This is the third time of visiting and we all felt that something was missing this time. It just wasn’t quite as good. The service not as attentive and a foreign waitress and no gloves hands. Just felt standards had slipped and at £25.50 pp it’s not cheap. There are just as good one locally to us.

VS
Angus
15 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time having tea. The service was great, attentive but not hovering. The food was very good, and the selection of tea was great. I would definitely recommend this and would go back again.

MF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time I had been to the Museum and had afternoon tea there. Myself and my daughter enjoyed the occasion very much. The food was lovely and the whole atmosphere was calm and welcoming. The servers were very attentive and professional and we enjoyed the experience very much. Will definitely book again. Thank you

MF
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely afternoon tea with family who all throughly enjoyed themselves.

l
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

slightly pricey but for a special occasion it was lovely

M
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful afternoon tea service was outstanding and an interesting walk around the museum

MB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We booked a 2pm slot. The food was lovely and fresh and the staff were attentive. The atmosphere was a bit lacking though. As it’s a train carriage, the tables were close together and our table for two was too small for all the tea pots, water jug, food and plates etc. It was also too quiet and we ended up whispering to each other. Would have benefited from a little music. Overall we were happy though as it was a special occasion.

MT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting, service great and beautifully presented food.

D
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 3

The service and the carriage is really nice, however, I think the price £25.50 per person is very steep for what you get. Realistically you probably receive the equivelant of a sandwich per person and the cakes were too sweet and sour for me to eat (and I love cakes!). After spending £51.00 for me and my partner I left feeling sick from the sweetness of the cakes and still hungry from the amount of food received. The carriage itself is nice but the price is definitely not worth what you receive. I've been to much cheaper and better afternoon tea experiences.

BF
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely treat: the carriage is beautiful, the service was excellent, high quality tableware and gorgeous food. We couldn't finish all our little pastries so we had them boxed up to take home.

BN
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was lovely but i feel it was overpriced based on the size of the portions and compared to other similar afternoon teas i have enjoyed. I would suggest a more reasonable £19-95😀

DT
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff were excellent
Great experience good value for money

ST
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The decor was lovely, however portions were small.

DS
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot daily the whole experience. Took my sister for a birthday treat and she loved it too. Food outstanding, not too heavy which some afternoon teas can be, but filling. Lovely setting and friendly efficient staff

DR
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way. Wonderful anniversary treat.

RB
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

The setting is lovely and the service was good. The experience was let down by the food quality.

LG
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would definitely recommend the afternoon tea. The food was good quality and plentiful. The staff were very attentive and the atmosphere was very relaxed.

AM
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy our visits. Lovely food and great atmosphere.

JM
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked through open table so simple to do. No deposit required.
Served straight away by a lovely young lady and gentleman. Who were immaculately groomed.
Tea from silver teapots on beautiful bone China. Extra sandwiches if required. Fresh scones and delightful sweet treats.
They even looked after our suitcases so that we could explore the museum.
Would recommend and love to go again The next time I visit the amazing city of York.

CG
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our afternoon tea experience at the Countess of York from the quality and choice of the food to the overall ambience of the place; we particularly liked the gazpacho and choux buns. This is the second time I have been and have enjoyed it both times; hopefully it won’t be the last.

AP
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was such a great afternoon tea, they were very accommodating for a nut allergy and the sandwiches and cakes were amazing!
Such a unique experience

PV
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, the tea, service was just perfect. Our waiter/server was attentive without being intrusive. Loved the whole ambience of the carriage, silverware, china, photos. Definitely recommend a visit, especially if looking for a quieter setting to have Afternoon tea.

KR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely place. Sandwiches ok but could have done with more and some savoury nibbles as well. Sweet cakes very nice apart from the panna cotta looking eyeball. I would recommend to a friend

HH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

What a lovely experience, service and food was excellent the only down sides was the heat it was far too hot to stay long and the public kept coming in and looking around? Might be worth cordoning off the coach when people are eating!!!

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