Fabulous Foodie Getaways Across the North
We all know that the best part of most holidays is the food
In brief: A family-run restaurant and holiday cottage in the heart of picturesque Goathland.
Our highlight: The seasonal cooking by head chef and owner Peter Neville.
Insider guide: This Michelin Guide-recommended spot is set in a converted 18th century farmhouse which has been transformed into a fine-dining restaurant where ingredients are sourced locally and seasonally. The à la carte lunch and evening menu includes the likes of Yorkshire lamb, braised oxtail and Whitby crab, or try the scrumptious Sunday lunches followed by a local cheese board, caramelised onions and Homestead’s own poppy seed crackers. Alongside the restaurant, the three-bedroom cottage is full of country character, with beamed ceilings in the living room and views over the beautiful North York Moors.
Prudom House, Goathland YO22 5AN
In brief: A two Michelin-starred restaurant with ensuite bedrooms.
Our highlight: The globally-inspired, forward-thinking menu by James Close.
Insider guide: Dining here should be on every true foodie’s bucket list. Chef James is hailed as ‘a food visionary’ and his menus celebrate the wealth of fresh, local produce in the North East while experimenting with global flavours. The luxury of the beautiful dining room here is enough to make you want to stay over, so rest your head in one of The Raby Hunt’s well-appointed ensuite bedrooms.
Summerhouse, near Darlington DL2 3UD
The Witchery by the Castle
In brief: A fantastical Gothic revival hotel which could give Hogwarts a run for its money.
Our highlight: The whimsical interiors which, full of surprises, manage to be both outrageous and utterly romantic all at once.
Insider guide: Just a few steps from the castle, you’re in the heart of medieval Edinburgh here as the Witchery’s suites on Castlehill are above the famous restaurant of the same name (there are more on the opposite side of the Royal Mile in Jollie’s Close). An antique collector’s dream, the rooms are all uniquely individual and all crammed with covetable clutter, but modern touches include Bose sound systems and carefully disguised TVs. Famous for its food, dining here is a must in one of the two dining rooms: the baroque original which is all dark oak and red leather, and the Secret Garden lit entirely by candlelight.
Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF
0131 225 5613
The Peat Inn
In brief: One of Scotland’s most enchanting Michelin-starred restaurants with eight beautiful bedrooms.
Our highlight: The very personal experience, excellent cooking, thoughtful service and fantastic wine.
Insider guide: The Peat Inn serves contemporary cooking guided by the seasons and Scotland’s finest ingredients, and with chef patron Geoffrey Smeddle at the helm in the kitchen, it’s no wonder they have held a Michelin star since 2010. Guests can enjoy thoughtful service and excellent cooking through the à la carte or six-course tasting menus, before retreating just a few steps to The Residence where eight individually designed and furnished bedrooms provide a welcoming space to relax. Seven of these eight bedrooms offer a split-level room, with bedroom and bathroom on the lower floor, plus a separate living room on the upstairs mezzanine. The Peat Inn offers a marvellous combination of culinary delights and comfort.
The Peat Inn, by St Andrews, Fife KY15 5LH
The Forest Side
In brief: A multi award-winning restaurant with rooms.
Our highlight: The innovative dishes served in the Michelin-starred restaurant with 90 percent of the ingredients sourced within 10 miles of Forest Side.
Insider guide: AA hotel of the Year 2023, Forest Side has 20 beautiful bedrooms, which range from Cosy to Master, and six dog-friendly rooms. Surrounded by 43 acres of gardens and woodland there is so much to explore here but this fairytale Gothic mansion in Grasmere is best known for its restaurant. Producing delightful, innovative dishes, Head chef Paul Leonard and his team use only the freshest, locally-sourced seasonal produce, much of which is grown in the gardens here, paired with an exclusive wine list featuring small, organic and bio-dynamic wine producers.
Keswick Road, Grasmere LA22 9RN
In brief: A luxury hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant – this is a retreat for real foodies.
Our highlight: Executive chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen’s five-course tasting menu.
Insider guide: This luxurious Victorian house hotel on the edge of the Forest of Bowland has 26 rooms and suites but is best known for its food. One of the UK’s top chefs, Head Chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen’s refined, sophisticated cooking champions the finest produce and the accompanying wine list is outstanding. Book a table in the elegant restaurant or treat yourself to a seat at the Chef’s Table, switch on the kitchencam to hear the interaction, and watch the chefs at work from the glass-walled dining space which seats up to 16.
Northcote Road, Langho, Lancashire BB6 8BE
In brief: A three Michelin-starred restaurant with a number of distinctive rooms.
Our highlight: The rooms are lovely, but the food is the real draw here.
Insider guide: There’s a lot we could say about the food Simon Rogan and his team serve up at L’Enclume. It’s local, it’s seasonal, it’s innovative, based on a farm-to-table philosophy that has to be tasted to be believed – but really, you just need to try it. The restaurant (which holds an incredible three Michelin stars and a Michelin Green Star for sustainability) sits in a stunning riverside location, and the 16 rooms are scattered around the village of Cartmel. Room reservations include breakfast at L’Enclume’s sister restaurant, Rogan & Co, which is also in the village.
Cavendish Street, Cartmel LA11 6QA
In brief: North Lincolnshire’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, with luxurious bedrooms too.
Our highlight: The dishes created by the team of masterful chefs.
Insider guide: In the 16th century Main House guests can stay in the sumptuously furnished, oak-beamed ensuite bedrooms, whilst The Courtyard rooms offer spacious private suites, and the Dovecotes, just a two-minute walk from the restaurant, are the perfect hideaway for a restful and relaxing break. However, the food is the real highlight at Winteringham Fields, and chef patron Colin McGurran uses a farm-to-fork approach, taking every opportunity to add flavour to each dish. The eight-course tasting menu alongside the optional wine pairing is a must-try for any self-respecting foodie, and by knocking down walls and incorporating the kitchen into the restaurant, you can now fully immerse yourself in what is a unique dining experience
1 Silver Street, Winteringham, North Lincolnshire DN15 9ND
In brief: A Grade II-listed building with breathtaking gardens and Michelin-starred dining.
Our highlight: The food is amazing but we love the whole laid back vibe of the place.
Insider guide: The two Michelin-starred Moor Hall Restaurant with rooms is in a stunning listed building that is steeped in history, dating back to the 13th century, and set in five acres of breathtaking gardens overlooking a beautiful lake. The award-winning, produce-driven menus served in the restaurant are created under the watchful eye of chef patron Mark Birchall, and there’s a sister restaurant in a converted barn in the grounds, which has also recently been awarded a Michelin star, where you’ll find a more casual (but equally delicious) dining experience.
Prescot Road, Aughton Lancashire L39 6RT