York Art Gallery has announced plans for its café.

As we reported in January Café No 8 pulled out of running the Exhibition Square venue, saying it was unviable.


Now the gallery has announced that the owners of a highly regarded restaurant and café in Helmsley will take over.

Sketch at York Art Gallery is the latest venture by Maria Rodriguez and Philip Veal who established Origin in 2017 to rave reviews.

World food

Some of Origin’s cakes. Photograph: Facebook
The café will serve a range of freshly prepared hot and cold options inspired by Maria’s Spanish roots and also chef Philip Veal’s love of Asian food experienced growing up in Birmingham.

The café will open daily from Saturday April 6, from 10am to 5pm.

Maria said:

  • We are thrilled to be opening an exciting new venture at York Art Gallery.

    Our aim is to be inspired by the art on show and create a menu that excites and delights.

    We will showcase local suppliers and artists and provide a relaxed and diverse space for locals and visitors to enjoy great food and great art.


“Maria and Philip have created a fantastic restaurant in Helmsley serving a carefully selected range of fresh flavours and ideas,” said Richard Saward, head of visitor experience at York Museums Trust.

“Combined with their friendly manner and infectious enthusiasm we believe they will bring something unique to the city that will work really well here at the gallery.”

As well as Origin in Helmsley, the team already have a presence in York, providing event catering at the De Grey Rooms. They have also previously created Pop Up cafes at various locations.