BLACK SWAN HOTEL
INSIDE GUIDE: This four-star boutique Yorkshire hotel is positively bursting with charm. Mixing modernity with tradition, the rooms are comfortable and the food fantastic. There’s a three AA-Rosette restaurant, as well as a quaint tea room complete with cosy log fires. The Gallery restaurant uses fresh local produce to make a wonderfully creative array of dishes, and offers a number of distinct dining options including dinner menus, an à la carte menu and two six-course tasting menus – one a special vegetarian offering.
MENU RECOMMENDATION: Monkfish with mussels, clams and seashore vegetables
Market Place, Helmsley YO62 5BJ
01439 779466 www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk
INSIDE GUIDE: A luxury country hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant in the Lake District. The Samling is set in more than 60 acres and many of its rooms feature spectacular views of nearby Windermere. The fine dining restaurant opened in December, where chefs create meticulously researched dishes using produce from the hotel’s very own kitchen garden.
MENU RECOMMENDATION: Confit halibut with aubergine, watercress and cumin
Ambleside Road, Windermere LA23 1LR
01539 431922 www.thesamlinghotel.co.uk
MATFEN HALL HOTEL, GOLF & SPA
INSIDE GUIDE: An elegant hotel located in 300 acres of rural Northumbrian beauty, Matfen Hall offers golf and spa facilities, luxurious rooms and, of course, fine dining. There are four main areas in which to dine: The Library Restaurant, a two AA-Rosette establishment; The Conservatory Bar which serves light lunches, sharing platters and sweet treats; The Keepers Lodge with its pub-style food; and The Juice Bar for light bites and smoothies. Executive Head Chef Paul Blakey and his team take pride in creating imaginative menus from locally sourced ingredients and, with such a breadth of choice, you’re sure to find something to suit everyone.
MENU RECOMMENDATION: Char Siu pork belly with prawn won tons, apple jus and deep fried seaweed
Matfen Village NE20 0RH
01661 886500 www.matfenhall.com
INSIDE GUIDE: A boutique hotel and restaurant found in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this place is an absolute treat. Set in a Grade II-listed Victorian building, with a three AA Rosette menu, Yorebridge House promises luxury at every turn. Presided over by Dan Shotton, the menu here is innovative in terms of design without compromising on flavour. Sparkling afternoon tea and light bites are also available in the Master’s Room, bar and gardens.
MENU RECOMMENDATION: Wensleydale beef fillet, confit shallot, oxtail and kale
Bainbridge DL8 3EE
01969 652060 www.yorebridgehouse.co.uk
THE PEAT INN
INSIDE GUIDE: An inn that has been in existence since the mid-1700s, this place has been a coaching inn, a hotel, a pub and a restaurant. Now it’s a Michelin-starred restaurant with extremely comfortable rooms, run by husband and wife team Geoffrey and Katherine Smeddle. Geoffrey is an award-winning chef and food columnist and it is he who heads up the kitchen team, creating a mouth-watering array of dishes served in the restaurant which stretches across three elegant dining rooms.
MENU RECOMMENDATION: Deep fried bone marrow, potato purée and red wine sauce
Near St Andrews, Fife KY15 5LH
01334 840206 www.thepeatinn.co.uk
THE WITCHERY BY THE CASTLE
INSIDE GUIDE: A wonderfully atmospheric destination with sumptuous decor, this place has a reputation as one of the go-to places in Edinburgh. The rooms are romantic, while the Witchery’s dining room is complete with red leather seats, a painted ceiling and ancient oak panelling bearing fine tapestries and the Secret Garden area is equally spellbinding. The Witchery’s menus are made using the finest seasonal Scottish produce and have gained The Witchery a worldwide reputation, thanks to the fantastically prepared meat, seafood and even haggis that’s on offer here.
MENU RECOMMENDATION: Pan-roast grey mullet with cauliflower, broad bean & pea cous cous and pea, olive oil & dill purée
Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF
0131 225 5613 www.thewitchery.com