THE team behind one of York's best known independent bistros are to open up in their third location - a disused bowls pavilion in the Museum Gardens.

The owners of Cafe No 8, in Gillygate, already run the cafe in the reopened York Art Gallery, and are now planning a British summer themed takeaway in the gardens themselves.

Their first eight months in the gallery have been a great success, business partner Ashley Hyde said, so when the York Museums Trust gave them the opportunity to take on the pavilion they jumped at it.

Ashley and partners Matthew Hyde and Chris Pragnell are now planning a picnic cafe selling quintessentially British summer time treats like homemade sausage rolls and Scotch eggs, strawberries and cream, and cakes, as well as iced coffees and smoothies.

The cafe will also offer picnic baskets for hire, with blankets supplied by the Yorkshire Blanket Company who have a regular stall on the Shambles Market, and an old-fashioned wheelbarrow will be stocked from the cafe and pushed around the gardens to get the word out about the new cafe.

Ashley added: "It's all going to be vintage themed, to really add to the character of the building.

"I walk through the gardens so often, and have always thought it'd be great if there was somewhere you could get a coffee or a smoothie."

The new cafe, which is in the Museum Gardens behind the Art Gallery, is due to open from May 1 and will stay open throughout the summer with the possibility of reduce hours in winter months.

In their existing cafe at the art gallery, the team are currently having a portable bar built which they can construct at the front of the building where they have a licence to sell alcohol - bringing a bit of a Mediterranean piazza to Exhibition Square.