Northern England is a land of natural splendour. The rolling Yorkshire Dales represent the quintessential English countryside, while the Lake District National Park has been the inspiration for many a poem and painting. When it comes to food, the offering in the North is very different to that in the South. It’s the birthplace of Eccles cakes, parkin, pan haggerty and pease pudding, plus a whole host of British favourites hail from here too.
The Midlands is roughly the medieval Kingdom of Mercia. Not to be outshone by neighbouring areas, the Midlands is well-known for its own selection of delicacies, including Staffordshire oatcakes, Leicestershire’s Melton Mowbray pork pies and Stilton from Colston Bassett in Nottinghamshire. Restaurants here strive to showcase the area’s unique fare, making it no wonder that more than a handful of establishments have attained Michelin star status.
Restaurant Sat Bains, Rushcliffe
Sat Bains is an all round nice chap – when he’s not half way up Mount Everest he’s cooking up a storm in Nottingham. He also does a lot of good work for his community, so we’d like to raise a glass to him and another amazing achievement.
Hambledon Hall, Oakham
For 35 years Hambleton Hall has been the region’s favourite Michelin-starred destination. Aaron Patterson, head chef since 1991, cooks with great energy and flair, combining seasonal produce, herbs, salads and berries from the kitchen garden and top-quality seafood and game (when in season) from trusted suppliers to create delicious modern European dishes.
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House of Tides, Newcastle
Kenny Atkinson’s bold and imaginative cooking has brought him national acclaim and numerous awards. As well as earning a Michelin star in 2008, 2009 and again in 2015 and 2016 for House of Tides, Kenny has also retained three AA rosettes for over ten years and was voted The Caterer’s Cateys Chef of the Year in 2009.
In the thriving business district of Birmingham’s city centre is a pioneering restaurant that has helped to reshape the culinary landscape of the city. Offering two exquisitely crafted tasting menus, each with its own expertly paired wine flight, award-winning head chef and owner Glynn Purnell provides a truly indulgent dining experience.
Located just outside Birmingham, in a conservation area on the Calthorpe Estate, Andreas and Alison Antona have converted an attractive Grade II listed house into a sumptuous restaurant with rooms and a gourmet cookery school.
Cross at Kenilworth, Kenilworth
Every once in a while, you have the opportunity to experience an award-winning dining experience that reminds you just how enjoyable eating out can be. The Cross at Kenilworth does exactly that, and ranks as one of the best dining pubs in the region.
Turners @ 69, Birmingham
Chef Patron Richard Turner still retains the philosophies he had when opening Turners @ 69 all those years ago. Richard believes that looking after his customers and using the freshest seasonal produce is the real reason for the restaurant’s great success.
Box Tree, Ilkley
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 has been putting Ilkley on Yorkshire’s culinary map since the ’60s, and now owners Simon and Rena Gueller are lovingly upholding its reputation for unforgettable dining.
Black Swan, Oldstead
Set in a stunning location, this lovely 16th-century inn is full of atmosphere and charm. The restaurant has a comfortable and friendly ambience and features oak flooring, Persian rugs and antique furniture. Diners are received in the characterful bar, which features a flagstone floor, an open log fire and oak fittings by Mousey Thompson Craftsmen of Kilburn.
Yorke Arms, Pateley Bridge
Sitting peacefully beside Ramsgill village green, in Yorkshire’s picturesque Nidderdale, The Yorke Arms embodies a charming image of country life. Close to the historic town of Pateley Bridge, The Yorke Arms enjoys scenic views of dry stone walls, rugged hills and green fields from every angle, affording a peace and tranquillity rarely found.
We’ve highlighted our favourite establishments all across Great Britain who have come out on top in the 2017 Michelin Guide. Take a look at who we adore in