Yorkshire is a county that begs to be explored thanks to its vast landscape of menacing moors, rolling green dales and vivid coastline that boasts breathtaking views. You’ll discover ruined castles, museums, art galleries and perhaps more importantly – fantastic food. Spend a long afternoon rambling or cycling and stop off to refuel at one of these fantastic venues, where good old hospitality and a huge Yorkshire welcome awaits.
Sitting peacefully beside Ramsgill village green, The Yorke Arms embodies a charming image of country life with scenic views from every angle. The team provides culinary excellence, comfortable rooms, open fires and a beautiful countryside setting – enhanced by enthusiastic service. Handsomely attired dining rooms are softly lit by candles and firelight, and the lounge has cosy chairs and plush rugs. Nationally recognised as one of the county’s top restaurants with rooms, The Yorke Arms has won countless awards and accolades, including a Michelin star. Eclectic and inventive menus offer up-to-the minute artistry.
This small and sumptuous restaurant has retained a Michelin star, three AA rosettes and countless well-respected recommendations for the last ten years – and it comes as no surprise. The Box Tree perfectly combines a sense of history and good taste with top-class modern dining. Take in the surroundings (the art and antiques, the style and luxury) while perusing a menu featuring such delights as Alsace bacon, foie gras and tranche of turbot, and be prepared for a meal to remember. For your next special occasion, or simply as a treat, think first of The Box Tree restaurant.
The seven- or nine-course surprise tasting menu takes diners on a journey of gastronomic discovery, featuring innovative dishes inspired by the beach, sea and field. Of course, exquisite food is not the only string to three-AA-rosette-awarded Winteringham Fields’ bow – there are also 15 luxurious guest rooms to stay in, and first-class facilities for corporate events. Whatever your reason for visiting Winteringham Fields, be it a lavish wedding or a leisurely lunch, you’ll be bowled over by the personal approach to service and the superior seasonal cuisine.
Along the winding river, past thick woodland and across stone bridges, you’ll reach the impressive Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa which is nestled within the 30,000- acre Bolton Abbey Estate. The chefs certainly know what they’re doing: each dish is carefully seasoned and well thought out. With the majestic Yorkshire Dales right on the doorstep, The Devonshire Brasserie and Bar is a magical place to stop by come rain or shine.
This historic, family-owned boutique hotel is an enchanted getaway in the heart of York. Grays Court is housed in a 900-year-old Grade I listed building that’s fittingly filled with period furniture, gilded mirrors, and antiques, creating the perfect balance between period charm and modern style. Here, the team let dishes sing their own praises, so expect simple, well-executed food. From the restaurant, enjoy views of the lush acre of mature garden overlooking the city walls, which is a blissfully peaceful spot in glorious weather.
The chefs create modern British food and take inspiration from producers, products and suppliers found within a 75-mile radius of the hotel. Over 100 different herbs, salads, edible flowers and fruits are also grown in the Rudding Park Kitchen Garden (which guests are welcome to tour), which are then used by the chefs to create dishes packed full of flavour. Guests can dine in the restaurant with its striking pink glass chandelier, or the bright and airy conservatory alongside the 400-year-old olive tree.
Centuries old and steeped in history, The Black Swan Hotel sits pretty as a picture in Helmsley. Comprising three houses – the black and white Tudor house, the Georgian house and the Elizabethan house – this is the ultimate getaway for refuelling and relaxation. The charming Black Swan is also home to The Gallery, an aptly named setting that, by day, boasts beautiful and original pieces of artwork, and where, by night, diners can enjoy excellent dishes lovingly cooked by the kitchen team. There are three menus to choose from and each combines modern and simple cooking with exciting flavours. The three AA rosettes The Gallery has received is testament to the quality of the food.
Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa is a secluded luxury retreat nestled in the picturesque market town of Helmsley in North Yorkshire and your dining experience will start from the moment you arrive. Choose to sit on a cushiony sofa or next to the real fire to carefully consider the three menus on offer. The signature tasting menu includes six courses of deeply flavoursome dishes. The head chef Norman Mackenzie is a keen forager, so the menu includes what might have been found in the vast countryside surrounding the hotel on any given day.