The Old Barn Coffee Shop

The Old Barn Coffee Shop is and part of York House and Abbots Green Holiday Park at Balk just outside Thirsk in the heart of Herriot Country just four miles from the World of James Herriot.

Winner of the Customer Service Team of the Year award in the annual Flavours of Herriot Award 2019, the Old Barn Coffee Shop offers a delicious range of meals throughout the day including a hearty all-day Yorkshire breakfast, a wholesome lunch choice and afternoon tea that includes homemade cakes, with gluten and dairy-free options and a fabulous choice of Italian blend coffees, Yorkshire Tea and a fine selection of cold drinks including Fentiman’s  Lemonade and Shmoo milkshakes.

Open to everyone and especially a favourite with holiday park guests, the Old Barn Coffee Shop is popular with walkers, cyclists and there’s a dedicated indoor area for customers with pets. Nothing beats sitting in the tranquil patio area with an indulgent Brymor ice cream or a frozen yoghurt that is especially popular with our four-legged friends. James Herriot would have been quite at home at the Old Barn Coffee Shop.

There’s a mezzanine area indoors that can be booked for private functions and meetings and a games room for the family plus plenty of seating inside and outside. A large car park in front of the main building is mainly flat and ensures there is ample space for all comers.

Access to the Old Barn Coffee Shop is level and accessible toilets are located within the building and there is a concrete ramp leading to the games room with access to the coffee shop.

World of James Herriot

Old Barn Coffee Shop, at the Entrance to York House Holiday Park, Balk, Thirsk YO7 2AQ

Tel: 01845 597495


The Old Barn Coffee Shop is primarily accessed by road with good access from the A19 and A170. The area is popular with cyclists and walkers (bike racks are available at the front of the coffee shop). Thirsk train station is 5 miles away from the park and has many links to main line services from Newcastle, Leeds, York, Manchester and London. We can provide our guests with numbers of several taxi firms that operate in the Thirsk areas, some of whom have adapted transport for the disabled.