Our fellow God’s Own Country bloggers tell us what they think are the best restaurants in Yorkshire in honour of Yorkshire Day
Happy Yorkshire Day one and all! It’s been one heck of a summer for our beautiful county, thanks to the outstanding carnival display for the Tour de France Grand Depart.
Well, today is the day when we can really celebrate all that Yorkshire means. Whether that’s flying a Yorkshire flag, eating as many Yorkshire Puddings as possible, speaking in as stronger accent as you can muster, or dabbling with our rich and varied produce, from cheese to rhubard.
There’s one thing we do know, and that is us Yorkshire folk love our food, and we are blessed with so many amazing places to eat – and we’re thankful that that number is on the rise.
We asked our fellow Yorkshire blogging friends which are their favourite places to eat in Yorkshire in honour of our ace eateries and Yorkshire Day. Here’s what they said:
Cakes Made by Jane – The Pipe and Glass Inn, South Dalton, East Yorkshire
The Pipe and Glass Inn is one of the best, if not the best restaurant in Yorkshire! Awarded a Michelin star in 2010, they are experts in home-cooked food, focusing on sourcing local ingredients and regularly changing their menus. They really show their love and care for food through their presentation and attention to detail, showing no fuss or pretence. Just simple, honest, hearty food done extremely well. Take, for example, their ‘Yorkshire asparagus with crispy duck egg and South Dalton chorizo’. A wonderful pairing of local produce. And the desserts of course are delicious, which is what I look forward to the most! Their ‘chocolate plate’ is a delight, they call it ‘five reasons to love chocolate’ and is most definitely worth a try. Which reminds me, I must go soon to check out their desserts again as I haven’t been for a while!
Yorkshire Dad – The Travellers Rest, Harrogate
This is Harrogate best kept secret, off the beaten track, located behind the Great Yorkshire Show and overlooking the River Crimple, the Travellers Rest serves traditional British pub food all year round. Affectionately described as a ‘proper pub’, the interior of this quaint, rural pub boasts old wooden beams, roaring coal fires, a stoned floor area and also a light airy conservatory which leads to an open garden area. Bursting full of character and charm, the Yorkshire restaurant welcomes walkers, families and dogs, serving a superb range of cask ales and freshly prepared food – their steak and ale pies and Sunday dinners are two must-have dishes. With large portions and reasonable prices, a trip to the ‘Travellers’ must always be on the cards when visiting Yorkshire.
everymealmatters – The Feversham Arms, Helmsley
Living in London, there are many restaurants on offer that boast a full and varied cheese trolley but I have never sampled one so magnificent as that available at The Feversham Arms Hotel and Spa in Helmsley. The cheese really is the main attraction but there are many other things I love about it. Tucked away in a beautiful village on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, it’s the perfect place to go to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. There are other spas I love but not many with a restaurant of this quality. Often the restaurant is an after-thought and in some cases they only serve ‘healthy’ food! For me, the perfect weekend involves a day relaxing in a gorgeous spa, followed by a tasting menu of delicious, robust dishes with matching wines and lots of cheese, then finally slipping off upstairs to bed in a luxurious hotel room. In fact, just writing this I’m thinking I really ought to book myself in. (YP: Us too!)
Michaela Britton – The Botanist, Leeds
If I had to pick one restaurant, then my favourite by far is The Botanist in Leeds, which I have actually written about here. The Botanist is a quirky garden-themed restaurant, which has a concept unlike anything else. Every meal has a story behind it which is shown in the presentation and if you are thinking of dining with children, this is the best place for fussy eaters. It’s fantastically designed meals come accompanied with wheelbarrow sauces, flower pots filled with veg and the desserts stand out a mile with their very own beach-like scene. A true must for a lover of fine food and quirky designs.
Lucy Hill – Rosie’s Diner, Leeds
Lucy is a 17-year-old blogger with a huge following thanks to her blog based on everything from fashion to beauty, food and life. Here she gives us an account of her favourite Yorkshire restaurant, giving a great perspective of a younger person’s taste for all of our family and younger readers! She tells all about a quirky American diner-style restaurant in Leeds. Read it here.
Angie Aspinall – The Moors Inn, Appleton-le-Moor
In the whole of Yorkshire, my favourite place to go for dinner has to be The Moors Inn at Appleton-le-Moor (near Helmsley). The pub is so full of original character, the staff are really friendly, it’s dog-friendly so Tilly (our Westie) can come too and, of course, the food is excellent. This is not just ‘pub food’, this is a pub with a lovingly created menu packed full of traditional hearty meals such as ‘pea and parmesan risotto’ and ‘mussels in home-made dill and cream sauce’ (served with a hunk of freshly baked, oven-warm farmhouse loaf). There’s also a regularly-refreshed specials board and some carefully-selected wines, including some fine English wine. There’s always something new to try, which means there’s always a reason to return!
Thank you to all the fantastic bloggers who contributed to this post! There’s just one more thing to add:
‘Ear all, see all, say nowt;
Eyt all, sup all, pay nowt;
And if ivver tha does owt fer nowt –
Allus do it fer thissen.