Passionate about showcasing Yorkshire’s finest seasonal produce and known for his ability to transform everyday seasonal ingredients into refreshingly original and deliciously innovative dishes, head chef Rob Harrison at the two-AA-rosette-awarded Devonshire Fell in Skipton, North Yorkshire guarantees a unique experience every time you come to dine.
Overlooking the green and beautiful village of Burnsall and boasting breathtaking views of the fells and the River Wharfe, we can’t imagine a more inviting, relaxed or elegant setting in which to enjoy The Devonshire Fell’s varied and sophisticated menu, which places an emphasis on game.
Speaking to talented head chef Rob Harrison for our soon-to-be-released Yorkshire Food & Drink Guide 2020, we found out more about what makes the region an idyllic place to run a restaurant and why The Devonshire Fell truly is one of North Yorkshire’s must-visit restaurants:
“Growing up in Hull, I always loved the food produced and reared in the beautiful countryside of Yorkshire, especially the game. Yorkshire’s renowned for its farmed produce, with succulent lamb and rich Wensleydale cheese offering a first taste to many across the country.
As a county, we continue to show an interest in the provenance of our food. This is evident on the menus of our thriving pubs and restaurants, as well as in farm shops and pantries across the region. It’s important to make the most of local suppliers and put money back into the local area. As head chef of the Devonshire Fell, I source cheese from The Courtyard Dairy and meat from R&J Butchers.
At the Devonshire Fell, we also love to forage wild garlic, which is abundant here. If you’re unsure about what’s safe to eat, there are several companies that can forage for you, using their expertise to serve you a range of local delights.”
Heading up a successful restaurant in 2020 is far from an easy task, yet despite this, Yorkshire’s dining scene is thriving – so much so, in fact, that Rob believes the region can compete with the finest food destinations in the world:
“The food industry in Yorkshire is faced with its own challenges, including environmental factors, such as flooding, while restaurants are tasked with staffing issues due to the long, unsociable hours among other factors. Despite this, we benefit from a wealth of wonderful produce and some truly exceptional eateries, a number of which are now offering shorter working hours in response. There are several thriving restaurants in this area, including the likes of The Burlington at The Devonshire Arms on the Bolton Abbey Estate and The Angel at Hetton. Neil Bentink of Skosh is a notable chef who continues to wow his guests in York.
It’s undoubtedly an exciting time to be eating out in Yorkshire and I recommend that you take the time to sample all it has to offer. From traditional eateries to Michelin-accredited establishments, there’s something for everyone. I’d go as far as to say that Yorkshire’s dining scene is on par with London’s – it’s just a little more spread out.”
Experience Yorkshire’s exceptional dining scene for yourself and look out for our Yorkshire Food & Drink Guide 2020 when it releases later on this winter. Reserve your FREE copy of the guide here or bookmark this page to read a digital version of the guide when it’s released.
For more on The Devonshire Fell in Skipton, North Yorkshire, read our review of the restaurant here: https://www.foodanddrinkguides.co.uk/england/yorkshire-and-humber/craven/burnsall/devonshire-fell