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Living North’s Christmas Fairs
Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall
Eat and Drink
July 2021
Reading time 10 minutes
Whether you’re celebrating lockdown freedom, a special occasion or you just fancy a treat, secure your seat at one of Yorkshire’s top tables
THE STAR INN HAROME

Main Street, Harome YO62 5JE

01439 770397

thestaratharome.co.uk

This characterful, 14th century thatched inn offers a Michelin-star dining experience with bags of charm and atmosphere. The Star are marking 25 years since the arrival of their chef patron, Andrew Pern, this year – and celebrations are already underway. With seasonal a la carte menus including dressed Whitby crab, and Ryedale-reared lamb, The Star Inn know how to tempt the tastebuds – as well as serve a slice of home-cured hospitality too!

THE ANGEL AT HETTON

THE ANGEL AT HETTON

Hetton, North Yorkshire BD23 6LT

01756 730263

angelhetton.co.uk

Expect the unconventional at The Angel at Hetton. Chef patron Michael Wignall and his wife Johanna took over in 2018, and were eager to hold onto the strong connection with the Yorkshire landscape that the restaurant had become renowned for. But Michael’s style offers a dining experience far from what you may have experienced before, as he serves up dishes that are casual and contemporary, with a less formal approach to dining – but you’ll still find yourself enticed by the extensive a la carte menu, boasting a selection of turbot, quail and lamb mains, and vegetarian options too.

HIDE RESTAURANT AT TICKTON GRANGE

HIDE RESTAURANT AT TICKTON GRANGE

Tickton Grange Hotel, Beverley HU17 9SH

01964 543666

ticktongrange.co.uk

The Georgian country house hotel Tickton Grange is a familyrun affair, with the Hide Restaurant offering an adventure in Yorkshire culinary style. Take a seat in the intimate space and enjoy the seven-course tasting menu, inspired by Yorkshire’s highest-quality produce. The duo of young head chefs, Callum and James, steer the menu with skill and flair. Sunday lunch is a proper family-style affair boasting three courses brimming with the best of Yorkshire.

THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN

68–78 Vicar Lane Lower Ground Floor

Flannels, Leeds LS1 7JH

0113 243 2376

themanbehindthecurtain.co.uk

The name is mysterious and the menu is unusual – but cast aside any past dining experiences and go into this one with an open mind. The Man Behind the Curtain serves up an interesting blend of unique and witty concoctions across the tasting menu, including tuna tartare, Iberico pork and plankton focaccia – finishing off with ‘Damien Hirst’ macarons. The restaurant itself boasts a quirky atmosphere, with paint splattered walls and arty finishing touches adding to the drama. As well as serving up a dining experience like no other, the team are happy to recommend beverage pairings from an extensive list to accompany your tasting menu.

PIPE AND GLASS

PIPE AND GLASS

West End, Beverley HU17 7PN

01430 810246

pipeandglass.co.uk

The multi-award winning, Michelin-starred Pipe and Glass is a former coaching inn set on the stunning Dalton Estate. It has an international reputation and has held its star since 2010. Whilst its restaurant is renowned, the Pipe and Glass is also a friendly pub where you can grab a sandwich and a beer. James and Kate Mackenzie run the show, with James heading the kitchen and Kate keeping you comfortable front of house. It’s all about garden-to-plate here, and much of the produce used in the kitchen comes from their own gardens (which are also a great place to enjoy food al fresco). House wines are sourced directly from a family-run vineyard in Hérault, France, and there is also an extensive and award-winning wine list.

SHAUN RANKIN AT GRANTLEY HALL

SHAUN RANKIN AT GRANTLEY HALL

Grantley Hall, Ripon HG4 3ET

01765 620070

grantleyhall.co.uk

Shaun Rankin honed his culinary skills in London and Jersey before returning home to open this formal fine-dining experience at the luxurious Grantley Hall. Taking advantage of the herbs and vegetables grown in their very own kitchen garden, and using only the very best hand-picked suppliers, the Michelin-star restaurant offers slick dining with a difference. Dishes from the 10-course Taste of Home menu are served with great theatre and the option to include a Prestige or Signature Wine Pairing. There’s also a Chef’s Table in the very heart of Shaun Rankin’s kitchen, where up to eight guests will be served an exclusive menu by the chefs who prepare each dish.

THE BURLINGTON AT DEVONSHIRE ARMS

Bolton Bridge, Skipton BD23 6AJ

01756 718100

devonshirehotels.co.uk

The ultimate spot to treat yourself or to celebrate with family and friends, The Burlington presents produce that is reared and caught on the surrounding estate, alongside home-grown vegetables from the kitchen gardens. With three AA Rosettes under their belt, the team here serve up a culinary storm, accompanied by some spectacular wines. 

LE COCHON AVEUGLE

LE COCHON AVEUGLE

37 Walmgate, York YO1 9TX

01904 640222

lecochonaveugle.uk

Serving just one menu inspired by traditional French cooking techniques, this unique restaurant boasts an unforgettable tasting menu. Le Cochon Aveugle means the blind pig – nodding to the restaurant’s blind dining experience that will see you placing all of your trust into the hands of Josh Overington and his team. From the open-plan kitchen, you’ll watch on as the dishes are prepared, using high-quality ingredients and showcasing some spectacular local produce. The team also pay as much attention to detail on their wine list as they do their dining experience.

SAMUELS AT SWINTON PARK

Masham, Ripon HG4 4JH

01675 680900

swintonestate.com

This grand dining room overlooking the hotel’s garden and home lake showcases seasonal and local produce on a menu inspired by the fruit, vegetables and herbs grown in the hotel’s own four-acre walled garden and from the vast Swinton Estate, which stretches from Wensleydale’s Rive Ure up onto the dales and which supplies venison, rabbit, trout and game. As you might have guessed, the estate-to-plate ethos means some of the best seasonal fine dining in Yorkshire.

GOLDSBROUGH HALL

GOLDSBROUGH HALL

Church Street, Knaresborough HG5 8NR

01423 867321

goldsboroughhall.com

The home of Princess Mary during the 1920s, Goldsbrough Hall now offers a three AA Rosette dining experience. Chris O’Callaghan runs the kitchen here, and with ingredients freshly picked from their kitchen garden (which now boasts a 1,300sq foot glasshouse) he creates dishes focused around seasonality, sustainability and local produce. Dinner is served Wednesday to Sunday, and you can enjoy a pre-dinner drink and nibbles in the Jacobean Library before sitting down to an eight-course tasting menu. The restaurant also serves up a Royal Afternoon Tea inspired by their heritage, providing tiers of Instagramable, hand-crafted delicacies, in the stunning Orangery or on the sun-trapp terrace during the summer months.

HOME

16/17 Kirkgate, Leeds LS1 6BY

0113 430 0161

homeleeds.co.uk

This stylish restaurant is set in an old Victorian fish market, an extension of Leeds’ famous Kirkgate Market, on a pedestrianised street. Describing itself as ‘relaxed informal fine dining’, the food is the focus here, and chef patron Elizabeth Cottam and her team curate an ever-changing and spontaneous collection of eight to 10-course tasting menus with optional wine pairings from Wednesday through to Sunday. Sunday lunch is a special six-course tasting menu served until 3pm.



THE BLACK SWAN

THE BLACK SWAN

OLDSTEAD

Oldstead, York YO61 4BL

01347 868387

blackswanoldstead.co.uk

Brimming with creativity and innovation, Tommy Banks puts his very talented twist on the dynamic tasting menu here. After becoming Britain’s youngest Michelin-starred chef in 2013, Tommy has gone on to secure award after award for The Black Swan – and you can’t argue with the menu, which promises an unforgettable dining experience where you can expect everything from fermented onion, to raw beef with truffle and darling blue lobster. Tommy’s brother James runs the front of house, so you’ll be in capable hands as you wine and dine your way through this tasty family-run affair.

THE PHEASANT

Mill Street, Harome YO62 5JG

01439 771241

thepheasanthotel.com

This picturesque, multi-award winning hotel, overlooking the village duck pond, cleverly combines classical charm with contemporary touches. Dining options here vary from the more relaxed conservatory, and al fresco dining on the terrace, to the more formal lounge, and from a seasonal tasting menu to bar menu and traditional Sunday lunch, but the food is always excellent. Working with handpicked local suppliers, and using homegrown and foraged produce in many of the dishes, the plot-to-plate ethos of the 3 AA Rosette kitchen is much in evidence here.

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