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The Balloon Tree Cafe

Cafe - Family

The Balloon Tree Farmshop and Cafe, Stamford Bridge Road, Gate Hemsley, York, YO41 1NB

Tel: 01759 373023

The Balloon Tree Cafe


The Balloon Tree is a family run business which has been farming soft fruit and vegetables on this site for over 35 years. Our aim is to produce and sell as much top quality food as possible while offering a platform for local and artisan producers to make a name for themselves and promote their products.


Through our Farmshop we sell a wide and varied range of rare breed meats, locally produced jams and chutneys, seasonal fresh vegetables, free range local eggs, and artisan wines, beers and liqueurs.


On our delicatessen we produce and showcase a wide range of lunchtime classics including pork pies, sausage rolls, quiches, belly pork, scotch eggs and deli salads. Further to this we house a cheese selection that really offers something for everyone from blues to bries.


In addition to the shop we are an active farm. Our season starts in April with our home grown Asparagus; then moves through the summer months with our strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pulling peas and broad beans, to name a few. Then the pick your own season ends in October with our home grown pumpkins.


The Balloon Tree Cafe is an award winning establishment that is gradually growing a fan base and reputation that rivals any of York's brilliant eateries. Through our approach to home cooked food and bright friendly interior, we have produced an ambience that keeps customers returning time and time again. Guests are able to relax with a fresh brewed coffee and a piece of cake from our in house bakery, and in the summer months dine alfresco in our landscaped cafe garden while the children play in our ever growing play area.

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Opening Times

* Open 7 days a week.
Farmshop: 9am - 5:30pm
Cafe: 9am - 4:30pm



  • Children's menu
  • Serve lunch


  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • Breakfast available
  • Cash accepted
  • Chef
  • Locally sourced produce
  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site - Picnic Tables are available outside the front of the shop. Only food purchased from The Balloon Tree Cafe can be consumed in the Cafe Garden.
  • Special diets available
  • Vegetarian diet available


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome
  • Children's outdoor play area

COVID-19 Response

  • 1m distancing in place
  • 2m distancing in place
  • Clear signage
  • Contactless payment possible
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Eat Out to Help Out
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors clearly marked for social distancing
  • Food available during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Hygiene screens in place
  • Open now
  • Outside seating
  • Pets welcome during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Queuing system
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Socially distanced spaced seating
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Virtual menus

Leisure Facilities

  • Free WIFI

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Mobile phone coverage


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted - Dogs are permitted onsite. However, not on the PYO fields during season. Unfortunately, not in the building itself - but are welcome anywhere in the cafe garden.
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed - Permitted in Car Park only
  • WiFi or internet access

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted


  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020
  • Yorkshire AwardsVisit York  Tourism Awards - Finalist 2020 Visit York Tourism Awards - Finalist 2020 2020
  • Yorkshire AwardsVisit York Tourism Awards Finalist 2019 Visit York Tourism Awards Finalist 2019 2019

Road Directions


The Balloon Tree is situated on the A166 East of York just through the village of Gate Helmsley.

For Sat Nav:

YO41 1NB

Public Transport Directions

Acessible by public transport:


We're on the number 10 bus route (follow link to timetable):

Note: This bus runs via York Station

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