Swing seats planned for ‘fun and immersive’ new café in York

This picture of a café with swing seats was used in the planning application to give an idea of how the Plush Café on Stonegate might look

A new café in York could make you swing for your supper.

Plans for the three-storey Plush Café on Stonegate include a room with “swings instead of traditional chairs for seating providing a fun and immersive dining experience”.

To meet planning requirements for Stonegate, the café would also come with its own shop on the front of the ground floor.


This would sell Plush Café branded coffee beans and loose teas.

The new development would be in number 6 Stonegate, currently occupied by the Cheese & Wine Emporium.

‘Must-see attraction’

In planning documents submitted to City of York Council, Plush Café managing director Jaydene Halliday sets out what makes the concept so different.

  • Plush Café intends to delight, not just satisfy, its customers.

    It is determined to become a must-see visitor attraction. Plush Café will capitalize on its fantastic location to provide a range of luxury coffees and teas, including organic, vegan and “better-for-you” offerings, and a unique and immersive atmosphere that gives “more”.

The building offers three floors and a basement. As well as the shop, there will be three themed dining rooms “that are both unique and exciting”.


To the rear of the ground floor will be The Neon Room, with an “opulent, luxurious feel”, complete with neon signs.

The front of the first floor will become The Garden Room, featuring those swing seats, while the rear will be The Moroccan Room, complete with “low seating and an extravagant amount of floor cushions”.

Plush Café envisages employing five full-time baristas/waiting staff, excluding the café manager, and up to two part-time staff.

Dating from the 17th century, the property on Stonegate is Grade II listed. According to signs on the front, the Cheese & Wine Emporium is relocating.