The Flax & Twine


We’re here to make your life lovely. Whether you’re in town and need a well deserved break from shopping, want somewhere special to catch up with friends, need to find the perfect gift or fancy learning a new craft, you’ll find a friendly welcome and tasty food & drink at The Flax & Twine.

Our home at 20 Shambles is a grade two listed building built in the 1700s. For over a hundred years, it played host to two families of rope, flax and twine makers, from whom we take our name.


Our cosy 1st floor cafe offers respite from York’s busy city centre and offers a chance for you to catch up with friends in comfortable surroundings and enjoy our relaxed and friendly service.

We think it’s important that you know where your food has come from, and we’re really proud that lots of the items on our menu are made by independent Yorkshire suppliers. We’re also very happy to say that all our ham and pies come from outdoor-bred pigs from Yorkshire and that our cakes are all made using free-range eggs.

All our sandwiches are made to order just for you and our cakes are handmade, so once they’re gone, they’re gone – we’d hate to disappoint you, so make sure you come early!

We try to make sure there’s something on the menu for everyone, but if you’re planning a visit and are worried that we may not be able to accomodate your needs, please give us a call or drop us an email first so we can reassure you!

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uk20 ShamblesYorkNorth YorkshireUnited Kingdom
Telephone: 01904 289151
Email: theflaxandtwine@gmail.com


20 Shambles , York , North Yorkshire , YO1 7LZ , United Kingdom


01904 289151