30 of the Best Places to Eat and Drink this Yorkshire Day
Celebrate Yorkshire Day at some of the best eateries in the county
The Alice Hawthorn Inn
The Green, Nun Monkton, York YO26 8EW
Off the beaten track, this charming country pub is a must-visit for Yorkshire foodies. The flavoursome, imaginative dishes include pan-roast breast of Yorkshire chicken, Holme Farm venison and BBQ monkfish tail. On warmer days, their beer garden is a popular spot for enjoying Ploughman’s and a pint or lobster and champagne – just remember to book in advance.
36 Swadford Street, Skipton BD23 1QY
Main High Street Car Park, Skipton BD23 1ED
You’ll find delicious, award-winning fish and chips at family-run Bizzie Lizzie’s, with all their cod and haddock sourced from fisheries certified under the Responsible Fisheries Management Programme. You’ll also find gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian and calorie-counted options on the menu; and there are two restaurants to choose from to enjoy your meal in the heart of historic Skipton.
The Black Swan at Oldstead
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. They offer just one tasting menu which is inspired by the ingredients that they grow and forage in and around Oldstead. It’s a food experience that’s hard to beat.
The Coach House at Middleton Lodge
Kneeton Lane, Middleton Tyas, Richmond DL10 6NJ
The chefs at The Coach House work closely with their gardening team to bring sustainably-focused food from the estate to your plate – and they work with local producers to bring you the best the North has to offer. Their seasonal dishes are always packed full of flavour, from smoked salmon crumpet with poached Wensleydale eggs to grilled Hartlepool mackerel with garden chervil mayonnaise. Whether you’re celebrating or treating yourself, you can be sure of a relaxed dining experience within characterful surroundings.
18–20 Coach Street, Skipton BD23 1LH
Set near the canal basin in Skipton, Elsworth Kitchen is a stylish, thriving eatery boasting a modern, relaxed feel with stunning decor. Owners Bruce and Rebecca use the freshest ingredients to showcase a selection of Yorkshire’s finest mouth-watering produce. Their ever-changing menus include the farmhouse black pudding starter; it comes served alongside succulent ham hock and smoked bean hash, and finished with a poached egg and a rich bourbon glaze – yum! The lunch menu is great for vegans and vegetarians, with the chefs happy to adjust the menu for those with food intolerances. To drink, a selection of fine wine and artisan craft beer is available and local brewers are always championed.
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The Fauconberg Arms
Coxwold YO61 4AD
Whether you’re enjoying your food in the cosy bar and snug or in the restaurant, you’re promised fresh and tasty dishes at The Fauconberg Arms. With fresh seafood delivered daily and home-bred and -reared lamb, beef and pork, there’s a real emphasis on locally-sourced produce at this welcoming pub, which produces wholesome, classic dishes alongside fine wines and hand-pulled ales.
Hustle & Co
71 Station Parade, Harrogate HG1 1ST
Hustle & Co is a new independently-owned café founded by two best friends. Here you’ll find an innovative menu using the best ingredients from local suppliers. The meals are perfect comfort food but served in style – think pancakes, wraps and bagels and bakes and cakes. Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free dishes are available.
The Magpie Café
14 Pier Road, Whitby YO21 3PU
A trip to Whitby isn’t complete without popping into The Magpie Café for fish and chips. The menu is extensive but all the fish is responsibly sourced – so think carefully about what you fancy, and enjoy the sea views while you’re at it. You can now buy quality fish and seafood online with The Magpie Café’s Whitby Catch.
8 Bridge Street, Helmsley YO62 5BG
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.
Dyls Café Bar
Skeldergate Bridge, York YO1 9WJ
Overlooking the River Ouse and Clifford’s Tower, this contemporary café and bar inside the iconic Motor House serves delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes. When the weather is fine, take a seat in the large riverside terrace and order one of the speciality cocktails to sip on – our favourite is the clementine spritz – and if you get a little peckish order a few of the light nibbles to snack on too.
Supersonic Café, 9 The Stonebow, Stonebow House, York YO1 7NP
Having recently moved to a new premises on Stonebow in York, Frango Eduardo are offering their range of Portuguese-influenced dishes in contemporary surroundings, along with a selection of Portuguese beers, wines and ports. Their menu gives customers a rounded experience of the many culinary delights Portugal has to offer, with traditional sides and sharing dishes accompanied by some classics with a twist. They are open to take bookings, larger events, and also offer a collection service for takeaways.
1 Clifton, York YO30 6AA
This building is a Regency townhouse which is simply stunning – think sash windows, high ceilings and a sweeping central staircase. Inside you’ll find hard-to-beat food in the restaurant and delightful drinks at the bar (there’s a spa too if you’re staying beyond your meal). The restaurant has a relaxed but elegant vibe and meals are made with ingredients from nearby farms, dairies and hives. Start with the York smoked venison with rhubarb relish before trying the whole grilled native lobster, hand-cut chips, bloody Mary butter and aioli. Or indulge in afternoon tea in the Marmalade Lounge. Their Sunday Lunch is a hearty one too.
28 Castlegate, York YO1 9RP
Sisters Kelly and Kate pair fine wines, soulful whiskies, local beers and classic Champagnes with quality food at their grown-up independent wine bar in Castlegate. Small plates include smoked salmon paté and pork rillette, whilst the large selection of cheeses and meats to build your own sharing board is perfect for an evening of indulging.
2 Ferriby Road, Hessle HU13 0PG
Birdcage offers a unique menu of Mediterranean and Asian fusion dishes – think masala marinated duck kebabs with pitta bread and coriander chutney, and lemongrass chicken breast with heritage tomato salad and charred hispi cabbage. There’s a good cocktail list here too, and the interiors are seriously Instagrammable.
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 – the elegant and welcoming pub and restaurant has held a coveted Michelin star since 2010. James and Kate Mackenzie have been at the helm here since 2006, and they’ve managed to make The Pipe and Glass a friendly pub where you can grab a sandwich and a beer, as well as an award-winning restaurant. For a flavour of what’s on offer, their evening menu features potted pork with sticky apple and crackling salad, sage butter and spelt toast; cider-braised rabbit and wild garlic crumble with black pudding and white beans; and barbecued rump of Yorkshire Dales lamb with beer bacon and barley risotto, lamb shoulder fritter and nettle and mint sauce.
The Pig & Whistle
5 Sow Hill Road, Beverley HU17 8BG
Proving that good things come in small packages is Beverley’s The Pig & Whistle. This pint-sized neighbourhood bistro and charcuterie bar serves small plates that really pack a punch, as well as charcuterie, sharing boards and Alpine-inspired dishes like melting raclette cheese.
6 Bradford Road, Brighouse HD6 1RW
Owned by chef Darrell Brook who has 20 years of experience working in professional kitchens, this restaurant offers informal candle-lit dining and has earned itself a loyal customer following. Diners come back again and again to try the ever-evolving menu – you’ll be able to sample some unusual flavour combinations here, such as half spatchcocked guinea fowl with crispy artichokes, chargrilled ox heart with Tunworth and potato pureé or pearl barley, pea and mint salad with goats’ curd.
Louis House, Princes Avenue, Oakwood, Leeds LS8 2FA
0113 226 0660
This steak restaurant brings a modern steakhouse dining experience to the heart of Oakwood. Their premium beef and other prime cuts are all sourced locally from R.P Setchfield Traditional Family Butchers and their steaks are bought daily to ensure freshness. The à la carte menu is packed with Yorkshire steak plates, as well as seafood options such as grilled lobster, baked salmon and chargrilled swordfish. Their Sunday lunch is also a winner, with the likes of beef rump, slow-cooked pork belly and chicken supreme on the menu.
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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. It offers an ever-evolving menu experience where chefs create a poetic mix of tastes and colours, primarily using British ingredients as well as combining influences from around the world – 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 tricks, inspired 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 tuna tartare with watermelon Sriracha and furikake, wasabi with wagyu fat and toast gravy, and pineapple, coconut and oyster.
Olive & Rye
18–20 Briggate, Queens Arcade, Leeds LS1 6LF
0113 318 1233
Take a seat in this cosy city-centre café and browse the all-day menu, as well as the chef specials which feature some interesting takes on classic dishes. From homemade granola with mixed berry compote to buttermilk pancakes topped with poached strawberries, white chocolate and pistachio crumbs, as well as hot smoked salmon bagels and sweet potato and chorizo hash bowls, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
137 Whitehall Road, Drighlington BD11 1AT
0113 285 2037
Prashad know North West Indian cuisine and this family-owned, two AA-Rosette restaurant has been putting its own unique twist on traditional recipes for years. Try their seven-course tasting menu featuring lasan paneer tikka and masala dosa.
The Shibden Mill Inn
Shibden Mill Fold, Shibden, Halifax HX3 7UL
An award-winning country inn in the beautiful Shibden Valley – enjoy warm hospitality and first-class dining here. Visit at the weekend to sample their Sunday lunch menu – crispy ox cheek, Belgian ale rarebit, pickled onion mayo and chive to start, followed by lamb rump with all the trimmings. There’s banana bread with miso millionaire for dessert if you’ve got room.
The Whippet & Pickle
14c Towngate, Holmfirth HD9 1HA
This relaxed fine-dining restaurant located above the cobbled lanes in Holmfirth’s Town Gate offers exciting brunch, lunch and dinner dishes. Serving a selection of well-thought-out choices created using fresh, homemade and local produce, expect the likes of roasted skrei cod with chilli and garlic fried calamari, bubble and squeak croquettes and marinated venison steak.
Brocco on the Park
92 Brocco Bank, Sheffield S11 8RS
0114 266 1233
This Edwardian villa by the park has been transformed to offer you a stylish dining experience, whether you’re taking a pitstop for a coffee and a chat or you’re enjoying a weekend away with a loved one (choose from one of their cosy rooms and make a night of it). Breakfast, brunch, afternoon tea and Sunday lunch – they do it all. But we recommend the small plates including vegan fish and chips (seaweed wrapped tofu, pea veloute, crispy potato and vinegar). Celebrating? The Brocco banquet menu is indulgent.
Castle House, Angel Street, Sheffield S3 8LS
Kommune is a social all-day dining and retail experience. Come inside and you’ll find messy burgers at Fat Hippo, authentic Korean food at Yoki and the flavours of Brazil at Kbom – plus, don’t miss The Greek Village. There’s something to please all tastebuds. Kommune also host events, and have their own shop which celebrates independent creators.
388 Sharrow Vale Road, Sharrow, Sheffield S11 8ZP
If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love Pom Kitchen. Creativity oozes from this small vegan kitchen. Burgers are served in a squishy pink bun, bagels are rainbow patterned and their hot and cold drinks are overflowing with goodies from chocolates to your favourite sweets. It’s an Instagrammer’s dream. Watch out for their second outpost opening in June.
Mowgli Street Food
631 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield S11 8PT
0114 266 0069
Mowgli serves up Indian street food dishes that are packed with flavour. Think prawn curry, green ginger and rhubarb dahl and sticky sweet wings. Their tiffin boxes form a food roulette – four tiers of meat, veg and carb chosen by the chef for you to sample. Whatever you choose, pair your meal with one of their creative cocktails.
Sellers Wheel, 149 Arundel Street, Sheffield S1 2NU
9 Westfield Terrace, Sheffield S1 4GH
Kommune, Castle House, Angel Street, Sheffield S3 8LS
0114 275 7970
A café with a New Zealand twist, Tamper Coffee brings Kiwi coffee culture to Sheffield with upscale brunches, and lunches inspired by our Antipodean cousins’ culinary habits. Their three outposts are the perfect places to sip and socialise with family and friends.
261 Fulwood Road, Broomhill, Sheffield S10 3BD
0114 294 5185
Proove offer delicious artisan pizzas, the kind with sourdough bases, leopard-spotted crusts and authentic Italian toppings. Made with the freshest ingredients they come just like they do in Napoli – wood-fired and delicious. Sample the San Daniele – San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, Prosciutto di San Daniele, rocket, shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano and extra virgin olive oil. Or browse the vegan menu. There are plenty of small plates to choose from too.