Yorkshire and The Humber

The Perky Peacock, York

12 March 2011

On a cold winter’s day I visited The Perky Peacock, a relatively new – and brilliant – addition to the York cafe scene.

The Perky Peacock, York The Perky Peacock, York

I think this is the only coffee shop in Cosy Coffee Shops named after its owner. Nicola Peacock is the eponymous hero. I can’t vouch for her perkiness, but she’s an excellent barista, very friendly and a passionate entrepreneur.

My coffee (a flat white) was delicious.

The Perky Peacock, York The Perky Peacock, York

The beans come from the marvelous Has Bean, one of Britain’s most renowned roasteries (vying for top spot with Square Mile, arguably).

The Perky Peacock, York The Perky Peacock, York

The building and location is fantastic. Very York. It’s hidden beneath Lendal Bridge, tucked up in the small, charming, 800-year-old Postern Tower. The Perky Peacock is hard to find if you’re not looking for it but has made an impression with the locals: plenty of customers seem to be from the nearby offices.

It’s very small but – as most of the trade seems to be take-away – there’s usually a free seat. A great place for relaxing and chatting, with sarnies and cakes to keep tums from rumbling.

The Perky Peacock, York The Perky Peacock, York

When I visited it was pretty darn cold. The bitter Yorkshire winter seeped around the old windows and through ancient cracks. Mercifully, Nicola had recently obtained permission for a refurbishment. By the time you’re reading this, it will be much cosier inside.

The Perky Peacock, York The Perky Peacock, York

Nicola and I had a long natter about coffee and coffee shops. It’s always a pleasure to meet someone with a passion for what they’re up to.

The Perky Peacock, York The Perky Peacock, York

It’s one of a suprising number of brilliant coffee shops in my home city, and, thanks to a combination of charm, friendliness and top-notch coffee, my new favourite. (Others in York include Harlequin, Coffee Culture and Gatehouse.)

A terrific place, highly recommended.


Lendal Bridge
(Postern Tower)
Twitter: @theperkypeacock
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We visited on December 2010.

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  • Nicola Peacock 14 March 2011 at 11:04 am

    Awww, thanks for such a brilliant review…and it turns out that the camera you had was as super-cool as I thought – ace pictures. PS – I have exciting news for you…this week I ordered some black tulip cups and retro tables to put them on, so your sit in experience will no longer be paper-based (not that the tables were ever made of paper) but black, shiney and porcelain-based. Thank you.

    • Cosy Coffee Shops 14 March 2011 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks Nicola. Black tulip cups… sounds great. I will return soon! Tom

  • John Potter 12 March 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I had another lovely coffee this morning at the Perky Peacock and sat for ten minuted in warm sunshine on your veranda.
    If you were ever interested in selling a small sample of my greetings card range, then do let me know. I have some fab designs with York images including Lendal Bridge. All can be viewed on my web site. There might be space in your cafe for a 12 slot wall rack and my cards sell well in the area.
    All the best

    • Cosy Coffee Shops 12 March 2012 at 2:40 pm

      Hi John, thanks for your comment. This is not the website for the Perky Peacock, it’s an independent guide to coffee shops. You need to contact Perky direct.

  • olivia 17 December 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Searched for this coffee shop. Couldn’t find. Has it gone?