The Lord Crewe Arms Hotel
What it is: A seriously chic country hotel in what was once a 12th century abbot’s priory.
Highlight: The Crypt Bar boasts a broad selection of local ales.
Some of the best of modern British cuisine is served at The Lord Crewe Arms Hotel, which emphasises homegrown produce. The Lord Crewe Arms impressed WH Auden in the 1930s when he stayed here, and so it’ll impress you in the here and now.
The Square, Blanchland, Consett DH8 9SP
01434 675469 www.lordcrewearmsblanchland.co.uk
Cross House Lodge
What it is: A nine-bedroom hotel connected to The Star Inn at Harome.
Highlight: Breakfast, taken at the octagonal, purpose-built table in The Wheelhouse.
The Star Inn at Harome is lauded as one of the major foodie destinations in Yorkshire, and as well as enjoying Michelin-starred food from Andrew Pern’s kitchen, you can also stay at his Cross House Lodge, just across the road from the enviable restaurant. Each room is idiosyncratic – our favourite is room five, with its own snooker table.
Main Street, Harome YO62 5JE
01439 770397 www.thestaratharome.co.uk
The Charles Bathurst Inn
What it is: A charming 18th century inn nestled in the Yorkshire Dales.
Highlight: The picture-perfect scenery.
Cosy, rustic bedrooms with stunning views of the Arkengarthdale Valley are where you’ll get that beauty sleep after a day spent roving the surrounding countryside. Before bed you can dine in the CB Inn’s award-winning AA Rosette restaurant with its selection of local ales and game shot on the surrounding moorland.
Arkengarthdale, Richmond DL11 6EN
03337 000779 www.cbinn.co.uk
The Raby Hunt
What it is: A corker of a two Michelin-starred restaurant with two ensuite rooms.
Highlight: The nine-course tasting menu on Saturday lunchtime. James Close’s cuisine has made The Raby Hunt a North East institution, and the second Michelin star hasn’t done anything to dull the shine. Find out why the Michelin men and women are so enamoured with James’ food, then head upstairs to one of the two comfy ensuite rooms.
Summerhouse, near Darlington, County Durham DL2 3UD
01325 374237 www.rabyhuntrestaurant.co.uk
The Shibden Mill Inn
What it is: A 350-year old country inn in the picturesque Shibden Valley.
Highlight: The Wine Loft, an intimate dining room that seats up to 12 people.
The Grill Room at Shibden Mill Inn is an ideal place to feast on the nest steak, cooked in a state-of-the-art Kopa charcoal grill oven. The 11 unique ensuite bedrooms here meld 17th century surroundings with modern decor.
Shibden Mill Fold, Halifax HX3 7UL
01422 365840 www.shibdenmillinn.com
The Cleveland Tontine
What it is: A former staging post for stagecoaches with fabulous food.
Highlight: The Tontine shortbread in every room to wolf down with tea and coffee.
The Cleveland Tontine’s seven bedrooms combine the best design with traditional surroundings to create homely spaces in which to spend your nights – but you’ll want to spend a lot of your time under the amazing ceiling of the Bistro, which celebrates all things Yorkshire.
Staddlebridge, Northallerton DL6 3JB
01609 882671 www.theclevelandtontine.co.uk
The Yorke Arms
What it is: An 18th century coaching house, home to a Michelin- starred restaurant.
Highlight: The expansive kitchen garden from which many raw ingredients are sourced.
Since 2003, The Yorke Arms has been garlanded with a Michelin star for Frances Atkins’ fine food, which has made it a must-visit for anyone in Yorkshire. The 16 rooms in which guests can relax combine contemporary and classic touches, or choose to stay in the two-storey apartments on site.
Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale, Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire HG3 5RL
01423 755243 www.yorke-arms.co.uk
What it is: An epicentre for epicures in the vibrant village of Cartmel.
Highlight: The Goosnargh duck with cherries and smoked beetroot.
Simon Rogan’s riverside restaurant has placed Cartmel firmly on the culinary map. The seasonal menu highlights the best of local produce, and the restaurant’s dishes are renowned across the country. The 16 separate rooms at L’Enclume are a fantastic place to spend the night once sated.
Cavendish Street, Cartmel, Cumbria LA11 6PZ
01539 536362 www.lenclume.co.uk
What it is: An ivy-clad 17th century pub and restaurant with two ensuite rooms.
Highlight: The cosy bar and snug, with a long list of local real ales and whiskies.
Chef Jonathan Harrison was the culinary force behind the menu for the heads of state at a previous G8 summit, and brings his expertise to the kitchen here. The 40-seat restaurant has polished oak floors and candlelit tables, while the ensuite bedrooms are an ideal home away from home.
Market Place, Leyburn DL8 5AT
01969 622206 www.sandpiperinn.co.uk
What it is: A glorious castle hotel in the Yorkshire Dales.
Highlight: The Turret Suite, where you can channel your inner Rapunzel.
Thought Swinton Park was all about highfalutin luxury accommodation in castle-like surroundings? Think again. Samuel’s Restaurant has won three AA Rosettes, and puts an emphasis on the seasonal and local produce grown in the UK’s largest hotel kitchen garden.
Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 4JH
01765 680900 www.hotel.swintonestate.com
What it is: Paul Kitching’s acclaimed Edinburgh restaurant – with added rooms.
Highlight: The ever-changing dinner menu, with its quirky take on classic cuisine.
Since 2009, 21212 has been enchanting Edinburgh residents and tourists alike with its stunning, scrumptious food. But what most people don’t realise is that this Michelin-starred restaurant also has four bedrooms attached, where guests can stay the night once they’ve had their fill of fantastic food.
Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AB
0131 523 1030 www.21212restaurant.co.uk
What it is: A country house hotel, restaurant and health spa near Lake Windermere.
Highlight: The new bar and restaurant, which officially relaunches under Head Chef Jake Jones in April.
With glorious views of the Lakeland Fellside, Holbeck Ghyll ticks all the boxes: stunning surroundings, decadent bedrooms and a spa offering a number of treatments – including HOPI ear candling, reflexology and reiki. But it’s the restaurant, under one of Britain’s best young chefs, that keeps people returning time and time again. Try the tasting menu for the best test of his award-winning kitchen.
Holbeck Lane, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LU
01539 423375 www.holbeckghyll.com