a plethora of incredible dining spots that combine scrumptious food, vibrant atmospheres, and beautiful surroundings

Whether you’re celebrating a special anniversary, landmark birthday, graduation or christening you’ll no doubt want to mark the occasion by tucking into an unforgettable meal surrounded by loved ones.

Luckily, God’s own county is home to a plethora of incredible dining spots that combine scrumptious food, vibrant atmospheres, and beautiful surroundings. From restaurants overlooking the charming river Ouse in York, to dining spots nestled in the heart of bustling Leeds, here’s our guide to the best restaurants in Yorkshire for a special occasion get-together.

The Star Inn The City- York

We kick off our list by heading to the historic city of York, where you’ll find the Star Inn The City located on the banks of the River Ouse. This AA Rosette-winning restaurant is the brainchild of Michelin-starred chef Andrew Pern, who gained notoriety for his culinary creations at the Star Inn at Harome.

Serving a succulent array of seasonal dishes sourced from the finest local produce, The Star Inn the City has earnt a reputation as one of the best restaurants in York. The restaurant aims to ‘bring a taste of the countryside to the city and in this regard it delivers. Guests can enjoy a range of mains that consist of the best seasonal game, as well as mouth-watering starters and desserts.

The Star Inn The City also offers private dining; guests can book the charming private dining room that can accommodate up to 15 guests with non-exclusive use, or from 16 guests to a maximum of 36 guests with exclusive use.

The Angel Wignall- Hetton

From the heart of York, we journey across to the picturesque village of Hetton in the Yorkshire Dales for our next entry.

The Angel Wignall has gained a reputation as one of the best Gastro pubs in God’s own county, serving up a delicious range of heart-warming starters, mains, and desserts.

If you’re visiting to celebrate a special occasion, indulge in a dish from the magnificent à la carte menu or try out the multi-course tasting menu available at lunch and dinner. You can also wash down your feast with a selection of local ales or carefully picked wines.

As you enter the quaint 15th-century building, you’ll be greeted by the smell of freshly made sourdough and the hospitality and service is unrivalled. After finishing your meal, walk off the calories by taking a stroll through the stunning Dales.

Pipe and Glass

The Pipe and Glass Inn- Beverley

As the first restaurant to be awarded a Michelin Star in East Yorkshire, The Pipe and Glass Inn boasts a menu that represents the best of imaginative British cooking, with dishes crafted using as much local and seasonal produce as possible.

Located on the site of the original gatehouse to Dalton Park, The Pipe and Glass Inn is the perfect spot for a landmark birthday or special anniversary dinner. Guest can tuck into a range of scrumptious seasonal dishes that include fillet of English beef and if you’ve got room for dessert why not try the restaurant’s famous pease pudding?

With two relaxed outdoor dining spaces available, diners can take the party outside and enjoy a glass of wine or an IPA in a spectacular setting.

The Man Behind the Curtain- Leeds

This Michelin-star restaurant might be an unconventional choice for some, but rest assured you’ll be treated to a culinary experience to remember thanks to the creativity of chef Michael O’Hare, who rose to fame on The Great British Menu.

Located in Leeds city centre, diners at The Man Behind the Curtain will be taken on a wild and whacky ride. As you enter the restaurant you’ll be greeted by arty interiors more reminiscent of a Damien Hirst exhibition.

Rivalling El Gato Negro as one of the best restaurants in Leeds, once you’ve taken your seat, you’ll be invited to try the 14-course tasting menu, which features twists and surprises galore. Courses are usually served on an array of interesting objects, including a prawn served on top of a telephone.

In terms of flavours, O’Hare’s dishes are globally inspired although Asian influence reigns supreme. This is best reflected in dishes such as char siu octopus and squab pigeon with rhubarb hoi sin.

If you’re visiting at lunchtime, you can try out the six-course menu, just be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment.