About Plonkers

If you’re looking for a pub and wine bar in York’s city centre without the, well, plonkers, head to Cumberland Street, sidestep the manacles of York Dungeon and step inside Plonkers, a stylish watering hole and restaurant on the riverside that’s perfect for a meetup with friends and colleagues. The cellars are stacked to the rafters with wines, spirits, beer and ale, and the menu is equally stacked with Thai, European, and British cuisine, with Sunday lunches being particularly popular – plus most Sundays sees Plonkers mic up live music.

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 10:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am


5 Cumberland St, City Centre
York YO1 9SW

Menu Highlights



Soup of the Day

Served with Ciabatta


Served with Tartare sauce.

Baked Camembert (V)

Served with warm Ciabatta


Bacon Ciabatta


Full English


Scotch Pancakes with Maple Syrup



Vegetarian Bean Burritos (V) (Hot)

Tortilla wraps filled with spicy HOT bean chilli topped with cheese.

Piri Piri Chicken Breast Burger

Served with thick cut chips and salad garnish

King Prawn Hanging Kebab

Served with Chiptole and Chilli Glaze, coleslaw and thick cut chips

More about Plonkers, York

When you enter Plonkers’ handsome two-storey premises from Cumberland Street you’re faced with a bar whose diverse tipples have earned the pub a reputation around York as being one of the city centre’s most comprehensive. Plenty of beer on tap and in bottles, red, white, and sparkling wines, Champagnes, cocktails – you name it, Plonkers can drop it down in front of you. As for the food, most of the action happens upstairs in a second bar with more of a restaurant atmosphere. It’s here that Plonkers Sunday carvery takes place, as well as a la carte dining with plenty of Asian, European, and British dishes on offer.

Plonkers menu takes in breakfast, snacks and light bites, and full meals. Grab a vegetarian platter or meat and cheese platter for two before tackling main courses like classic British beer-battered haddock and chips, Italian lasagne, Mexican burritos, Thai curries and more. If you’ve got a real appetite after taking in the sights in and around York city centre, go for something from the grill. Burgers and steaks are popular options.

59 Plonkers Reviews

59 Reviews
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
Value for money:Great value
Noise levels:Pleasant
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Kathleen H.21 days ago · 1 review

Welcoming friendly staff. Good service. The food as always was excellent! We always eat at Plonkers prior to going to the theatre as it’s just across the road.

Susan L.3 months ago · 1 review

All staff was lovely and friendly. Good service and was checking we we’re happy. Food was lovely had Sunday roast. Good portion size for good appetites 😂. Would recommend

John B.4 months ago · 3 reviews

Great food, great service, great location & great atmosphere. Welcoming staff and friendly atmosphere with a great selection of tasty food at good prices. Will definitely go again.

Tracey T.5 months ago · 1 review

Really good service food was very good , just a bit noisy with people packed drinking stood up next to your table but that's the hazard of a small narrow area.

Sally S.2 years ago · 26 reviews

Realising I was on my own for the weekend as hubby was away with work I made a reservation at Plonkers for Sunday lunch just for me. A little later I had a phone call to check that my table was for one and not 11. This mistake had happened before apparently. I arrived just before 1pm. My table was waiting with menu so I sat down and immediately was asked if I would like a drink. The lady explained the Sunday carvery was also available with a selection of meats. I chose the beef carvery which came with a selection of vegetables potatoes stuffing gravy and an enormous Yorkshire pudding. The meal was delicious and the service fantastic. I have been several times to this restaurant on an evening but never for Sunday lunch. I will definitely be back and next time maybe take my husband

Jean D.a year ago · 1 review

Really great atmosphere and brilliant, attentive helpful staff. We arrived later than expected due to traffic but staff were aware we were seeing show at opera house and got our meals cooked to order and with enough time to eat comfortably before show. Returned back after show and atmosphere still good with good music being played from the dj behind the bar. Saw some of the crew from show and enjoyed people watching and a good few gin/ tonics. Will definitely recommend and return when back visiting York.

cath b.a year ago · 1 review

A great welcome from the staff who provided friendly and attentive service throughout our visit. The chilli was hot but very nice and the lasagne was lovely. I can totally recommend Plonkers and I would definitely visit again.

Anthony Q.a year ago · 1 review

Very accommodating waitress who arranged a larger mezze starter to share and made us welcome. The fish mezze starter was very good and the main a hanging chicken kebab was also very tasty. The only negative was a male staff member who served the food and appeared defensive bordering on aggressive when asked a couple of questions I. E. Have you forgotten the glass of wine? This was asked because the rest of us had received our drinks several minutes earlier. His unfortunate manner resulted in a reduced tip.

Sally S.2 years ago · 26 reviews

Having been to Plonkers a couple of weeks ago for the Sunday carvery I treated my husband and granddaughter. It didn't disappoint. What a lovely way to spend a Sunday. Will be back very soon

Anne H.6 months ago · 1 review

We have been going for lunch at Plonkers for the last 6 years and have always found the service friendly and excellent and lovely food, our last experience did not let us down.