From coast to countryside, big cities to quaint villages, Yorkshire’s landscapes are just as rich and diverse as its food scene. There’s a mouth-watering array of fine dining restaurants to be found in the county, and many of these are featured in our newest edition of the Yorkshire Food & Drink Guide.
People travel from far and wide to savour imaginative dishes, dreamed up by some of the best chefs in the UK. We were delighted to work with Colin McGurran this year, and had the opportunity to discuss Yorkshire’s culinary landscape with Winteringham Fields’ talented head chef.
In North Lincolnshire, just across from the Humber, Colin’s restaurant Winteringham Fields is a fine example of Northern England’s thriving dining scene. People travel from far and wide to savour imaginative dishes from Winteringham Fields as well as The Pipe and Glass in South Dalton, 1884 Dock Street Kitchen on Hull’s marina and many more. Colin was kind enough to give us an insight into his favourite elements of working alongside his neighbours in Yorkshire and the Humber.
“I’ve always believed in creating world-class food rooted in nature, using only the freshest, ﬁnest ingredients. This pride for nurturing the best, most sustainable homemade produce is something Yorkshire has long been famous for. You’ll ﬁnd it at the markets, on farms, and with specialist purveyors such as Jaines Seafood and Bon Coeur Fine Wines. It can be found in the rich, diverse offerings at food and drink festivals in the Yorkshire Dales, and in large cities like Leeds and York. You’ll ﬁnd it in the young talent – competing in events like the annual Copper Saucepan Awards in Hull – and in restaurants and pubs across the county.”
You can’t talk about Yorkshire and the Humber’s cuisine without mentioning its seafood. After all, the region is known for serving up some of the best ﬁsh and chips in the country. We asked Colin for some recommendations:
“For the freshest locally caught seafood, head to Yorkshire’s heritage coast. Grimsby’s Staal Smokehouse is justiﬁably famous for its dry-cured, oak- and apple-smoked salmon, and Whitby’s Harbour View is the oldest traditional ﬁsh and chips restaurant in the area.”
Colin was also keen to mention the fantastic choice of beer available in Yorkshire and went on to give us an oversight of the fantastic places to enjoy your favourite tipple in the county.
“If you’re a beer-lover, you can tour the county sampling everything from big-name traditional Yorkshire bitters to world beers and one-off local craft brews, and never quaff the same pint twice. Meanwhile, the cosmopolitan wine and cocktail bars offer a varied list of classics and exciting creations. For afternoon tea, Bettys is a must – people visit from all over the world.”
With its vast stretches of unspoilt countryside, its home-grown produce and its varied, emerging food scenes, it’s no wonder Yorkshire is affectionately known as God’s Own County – or should I say God’s Own Pantry?
To read more about Winteringham Fields and Yorkshire’s bountiful food and drink options, check out the latest edition of the Yorkshire Food & Drink Guide.