Last week we finally ventured out to Dutch House Gardens & Café and it really surprised us.

I’d heard it was famous for its Pancakes and Poffertjes and quite honestly that was enough of a reason for me to visit 🥞

What I didn’t realise was how beautiful it was. We were lucky enough to go on a sunny Saturday morning so ate outside in the courtyard. They have a child friendly cafe serving breakfast, lunch and then tea, cakes and Poffertjes between 4pm and 5pm. They also have an art gallery and a wildlife garden which is free to enter.

There’s lots to see in the gardens with trees, flowers, herbs and sculptures. Take a walk across the river to a woodland play area with dens, tunnels and climbing frame. Did you know the owner used to be the manager at the York Museum Gardens!

Dutch House Gardens and Cafe is situated near Crayke (15 miles north of York, 2 miles from Easingwold) and is open Wednesday to Sunday 10 – 5pm. If you haven’t been it’s definitely worth a visit. They have plenty of seating inside the cafe but I’d recommend you go on a dry day and enjoy the courtyard and gardens.