20 Fine-Dining Restaurants in Yorkshire
Forget street food and casual eateries, if you're wanting fine-dining Yorkshire has plenty of places to whet your appetite
The Black Swan at Oldsted
Oldstead YO61 4BL
Owned and run by Tommy Banks and his family, who have lived and farmed around Oldstead for generations; Michelin-starred, 4 AA Rosette restaurant The Black Swan needs little introduction. Head chef Callum Leslie offers just one tasting menu which is inspired by the ingredients that they grow and forage around the restaurant. It’s a food experience that’s hard to beat.
Forge at Middleton Lodge
Kneeton Lane, Middleton Tyas,
Richmond DL10 6NJ
Fine dining is back at Middleton Lodge Estate as Forge reopens its doors with Jake Jones at the head of the kitchen. The team bring an estate-to-plate approach to their dishes as well as using ingredients from local suppliers to ensure the freshest of flavours. Sample the 10-course tasting menu and enjoy the likes of Thumbelina carrot tartlet, chalk stream trout and forced rhubarb and apple marigold, alongside an optional wine pairing.
Ripon HG4 3ET
01765 620070 grantleyhall.co.uk
Located in beautiful parkland and manicured gardens, there are a myriad of restaurants to choose from here, from fine-dining to pan-Asian cuisine. They’ve recruited some of the region’s top chefs – including Michelin-starred Shaun Rankin. Using herbs and vegetables grown in their very own kitchen garden, and sourcing from the best local suppliers, take advantage of the good weather in The Orchard – a gazebo-style restaurant and bar perfect for a spot of sun.
The Homestead Kitchen
Prudom House, Goathland
Run by chef Peter Neville and his partner Cecily Fearnley, The Homestead Kitchen offer a relaxed fine dining experience inside their converted 18th century farmhouse. Dishes follow the ebb and flow of the seasons, showcasing home-grown or locally sourced ingredients, so expect the likes of wild seabass, smoked chicken tortellini and twice-baked cheese soufflé, and their Sunday lunch offering is not to be overlooked.
Swinton Park, Swinton, Ripon
The estate-to-plate menu here is inspired by the fruit, vegetables and herbs grown in the hotel’s four-acre walled garden and the surrounding 20,000-acre estate which supplies venison, rabbit, smoked trout and game to the kitchen. Executive chef Ruth Hanson works her magic, producing delicious dishes and her signature Epicurean Tasting Menu, all served in the opulent dining room with its magnificent views over the gardens and lake.
Allium at The Vices
15 Alma Terrace, York YO10 4DQ
This private house hotel has just three design-led suites and a fabulous (and tiny) restaurant: Allium. The restaurant here seats just 14 people across two rooms (the Dining Room, which looks onto the open kitchen, and the intimate Wine Library), and serves a tasting menu packed with intricate flavours and unique ideas. Make sure you take time for a cocktail in the bar before dinner.
8 Bridge Street, Helmsley
Chef and co-owner Sam Varley brings delicious and imaginative food to his informal neighbourhood restaurant in the heart of Helmsley. Meals depend on seasonality and availability of ingredients, but expect the likes of game, seafood and lots of local fruit and vegetables, whilst the wine list reflects the ethos of the food – it’s no wonder they’re recommended in the Michelin Guide.
Fish & Forest
110 Micklegate, York YO1 6JX
This neighbourhood bistro, recognised by the Michelin Guide, serve seasonal and sustainable fish, game and foraged foods in their relaxed and welcoming restaurant. Stephen Andrews leads a team of chefs who create dishes inspired by the land and sea, so expect ingredient-led and sustainable dishes such as venison with a red wine jus, reaper butter plaice and wild garlic parfait on the ever-changing menu which is written on the restaurant’s blackboard.
The Grand, York
Station Rise, York YO1 6GD
With a heated garden terrace which is perfect for al fresco dining, and interiors inspired by York’s local heritage, The Rise restaurant within The Grand serves modern British cuisine prepared in the open kitchen. Indulge in a quintessential afternoon tea or enjoy signature serves at The 1906 Bar, and The Cookery School at The Grand offers classes for all skill levels with expert tutors. Legacy is our highlight though. Head chef Ahmed Abdalla creates seasonal modern British and Yorkshire-inspired tasting menus alongside an exceptional wine list, all served in an iconic setting.
Grays Court Hotel
Chapter House Street, York
YO1 7JH 01904 612613
From a relaxed catch up with friends to a celebratory meal with a bottle of English sparkling wine, The Bow Room Restaurant at Grays Court Hotel offers a beautiful historic backdrop for any meal.The team of chefs use ingredients from their kitchen garden alongside local suppliers to create an exciting 10-course tasting menu, or a seafood and Champagne lunch can be enjoyed overlooking Grays Court’s beautiful gardens.
98 Micklegate, York YO1 6JX
Chef-owner Neil Bentinck opened his inaugural restaurant in the summer of 2016, offering contemporary British cooking with an international influence in the style of snacks and small plates. If you head down to Micklegate, you can watch him preparing delicious dishes that fuse Indian flavours with English and Japanese modernism in the open kitchen.
1 Clifton, York YO30 6AA
In a Georgian building full of warm character, the Pearly Cow gives diners a taste of the wild as the team of chefs are devoted to respecting what thrives nearby. Sourcing only the best produce from the land and sea, the menu is split between fire (with dishes cooked over their open-flamed Mibrasa grill) and ice (celebrating the finest locally-sourced seafood and fish). Sunday roasts are a highlight here with award-winning, high-quality meats served with gravies, vegetables, sauces and stuffings – plus there’s always a tasty non-meat option and decadent desserts to devour.
The Rattle Owl
104 Micklegate, York YO1 6JX
In a restored Grade-II listed building, The Rattle Owl is an independent, causal dining restaurant led by head chef Tom Heywood, who creates seasonal menus which are drawn from Yorkshire’s abundance of produce. There’s a four– or eight-course tasting menu serving the likes of wild bass, rib of beef and petit fours, and the Sunday lunch offerings are also worth a try – just be sure to book a table to avoid disappointment.
68 Marygate, York YO30 7BH
This is the city venture from Michelin-starred chef Tommy Banks, whose family-run restaurant, The Black Swan at Oldstead, was rated the best in the world by TripAdvisor in 2017. Under the direction of head chef Will Lockwood, the focus here is on exceptionally high-end ingredients used to create modern dishes that nod towards their traditional Yorkshire roots.
The Pipe and Glass
West End, South Dalton, Beverley HU17 7PN
With an international reputation, The Pipe and Glass is so much more than your average former coaching inn – it took less than four years for this warm and welcoming pub to be awarded a Michelin Star. James and Kate Mackenzie have been at the helm here since 2006, and they have plenty more awards under their belt too. Whether you’re just popping in for a sandwich or you’re here for the full-blown, Michelin-star experience you’re always promised brilliant service and there’s dedicated vegetarian, vegan and ‘little peoples’ menus, so no one’s left out. Roast breast of guinea fowl with a crispy leg meat parcel, sprouting broccoli, wild garlic persillade and mushrooms à la grecque, and fillet of wild halibut with Yorkshire asparagus, black garlic, seaweed buttered Jersey Royals, seaweed cracker and lobster sauce should give you an idea of what to expect.
The Box Tree Restaurant
35–37 Church Street, Ilkley
Excellent service, fine wines and award-winning modern cuisine combine to create the luxurious
dining experience for which The Box Tree in Ilkley is famous. Allow Executive Chef Simon Gueller to take you on a culinary journey – from tasting canapés through to a menu of exceptional dishes crafted from Yorkshire’s finest ingredients, with handmade chocolates at the end of the meal.
Chef Jono at V&V
68 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU
0113 345 0202
Offering modern British dining which focuses on seasonal produce and creative cooking, Chef Jono tantalises the tastebuds of every guest with his signature tasting menu and Sunday lunch
offering. The tasting menu (which comes with an optional drinks pairing) begins with dishes such as pear tomatoes with oyster garum and strawberries, followed by quiche lorraine with smoked haddock and lamb with peas and mint, and mushroom tiramisu and petit fours to finish.
3 Brewery Place, Leeds LS10 1NE
0113 430 0161
Moving onto the banks of Leeds’ River Aire marked a new chapter for renowned Yorkshire chef Elizabeth Cottam. HOME offers an ever-evolving menu experience where chefs create a poetic mix of tastes and colours, primarily using British ingredients and combining influences from around the world. With a variety of set menu experiences from five to 12 courses, prepare to have your tastebuds wowed.
The Man Behind the Curtain
68–78 Vicar Lane, Lower Ground Floor Flannels,
Leeds LS1 7JH
0113 243 2376
Michael O’Hare is a big name on Yorkshire’s culinary scene and a visit to The Man Behind the Curtain will explain why. Theatrical presentation and out-there flavour combinations have earned this restaurant a well-deserved Michelin star. Some of the dishes you can look forward to include denatured Isle of Skye scallop in nahm jim bisque, squab pigeon served with rhubarb hoisin, crispy leg, yaki onigiri and cucumber, and stroopwaffle, beef fat, foie gras and frozen apple to finish.
0.2–0.5 Krynkl, 294 Shalesmoor, Sheffield S3 8US
0114 299 1539
Michelin-listed Jöro takes a forward-thinking approach to modern dining. A simple but cool spot which sits in a stack of shipping containers, head here for British and Scandinavian-influenced tasting menus featuring unique flavour combinations (we love the sound of the BBQ hand-dived Orkney scallop in beef fat and scallop dashi).