The Dutch House, Crayke

The Dutch House is a recently created venture by a Dutch couple who have relocated to Yorkshire and set up business as a cafe, eco-sculpture garden and arts centre. The Dutch House can be found just outside of the pretty village of Crayke, near Easingwold, on the road to Brandsby (clearly signposted from the road). The cafe has an interesting, varied, continental menu with Dutch specialities including Old Amsterdam cheese with red tomato chutney sandwiches and Dutch (sweet and savoury) pancakes or poffertjes (kind of mini pancakes). We have visited a couple of times and enjoyed our food whilst eyeing up the pancakes of the neighbouring table as well! Prices are very reasonable and there is even a pancakes happy-hour on Saturday afternoons from 3-5pm. There is a pleasant courtyard which is lovely on a sunny day, as well as indoor tables and seating. The Dutch House is very child-friendly as the owners have a young child themselves so are very welcoming.

Arts and crafts courses for adults and children are run frequently as are special events. The Dutch House also hosts art exhibitions such as the recent one by the local artist, Rayford, who creates colourful and 'wonky-looking' paintings of local places of interest and landscapes. The diversity of the business and the changing exhibitions combined with the wide choice of food to try on the menu makes it worthy of visiting more than once.

Bed and breakfast accommodation is also available and it would be ideal for those looking for a base to visit the Howardian Hills and North York Moors as well as nearby York. For more information see their excellent website:

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