food in yorkshire

Eating and Drinking

Award-winning afternoon teas, posh pub grub, and five Michelin-starred restaurants – North Yorkshire has plenty on offer. With a self-catering holiday in one of our luxury cottages or lodges, you have all the flexibility to go out and explore the meaningful eateries on offer. Don’t forget for a night in, you can book our private dining with our partner chefs.

Yorkshire has so much good food. Here are some of our favourites…

Award Winning Afternoon Tea

Bettys – Northallerton, York and Harrogate

For 100 years people have been flocking to Yorkshire for a taste of Bettys. Bettys is not only home to the perfect cup of tea, it is also the place to enjoy fresh coffee, tempting cakes, locally sourced food, and traditional afternoon tea, all served with a warm Yorkshire welcome.

Don’t be put off by the queue of visitors at busy times – it is worth the wait!

Posh Pub Grub & High Quality Bistros

The Heifer, Scorton

Overlooking the village green of Scorton in North Yorkshire, The Heifer brings you a blend of rural Yorkshire hospitality with a modern contemporary feel. A delightful place to dine, with fresh home cooked cuisine sourced from all local produce ranging from light snacks and lunches to a full A la Carte evening menu. We strongly recommend the classic steak and chips from the menu!

The Golden Lion, Osmotherley 

Osmotherley village offers three great local pubs, however one of the locals’ favourites is The Golden Lion, offering roaring log fires in the Winter months as well as outdoor seating in the centre of the village green in the summer months. The pub offers fine dining as well as classic Yorkshire food, all locally produced such as Chicken Kiev and Steak Pie, to enjoy alongside a local ale and a friendly chat.

The Bay Horse, Hurworth

An award-winning ‘real old English pub’ with exceptional food, the menu is made up of classic English dishes with quality as its main focus. Locally sourced produce is used wherever possible by the chefs to make the most of seasonal produce, with all bread being baked on site with a different selection every day. Make sure that you check the daily specials board!

The Blue Lion, East Witton

Surrounded by the splendour of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and nestled in the heart of the iconic Wensleydale, this 18th century Inn is welcoming and full of character. The Blue Lion is a place where you can relax and recharge in homely surroundings and warm up beside the log fire. Whether you are looking for real local ale, a quick bite to eat at the bar or a romantic candlelit dinner you will be sure to get a warm Yorkshire welcome here!

The CB Inn, Arkengarthdale

This award-winning, 18th century Charles Bathurst Inn in Arkengarthdale is nestled in some of Yorkshire’s finest scenery. It provides fine food, using local Yorkshire produce, ales and wines providing the perfect setting for anyone looking to enjoy the surrounding Yorkshire countryside. If you enjoy this posh pub grub, why not try their sister establishment, The Punch Bowl, in Wensleydale…

The Wensleydale Heifer, West Witton

There are both formal and informal dining experiences, each offering different atmospheres but both with the same great service and fantastic food. Renowned for its exceptional cuisine, warm hospitality, and picturesque setting, The Wensleydale Heifer offers a delightful fusion of traditional Yorkshire flavours with flair, showcasing locally sourced ingredients and famous for its fish dishes. This is a popular lunch spot for guests in our self-catering holiday homes.

Rustique, Richmond

Specialising in high quality rustic French cuisine in a busy, vibrant upbeat Bistro atmosphere, Rustique restaurant offers a large and varied selection of meat and fish dishes cooked traditionally, using local products at a very reasonable price with high-quality service in the Richmond area. We recommend the mussels and frites!

The Little Drummer Boy Cocina, Richmond

One of our top recommendations for couples is The Little Drummer Boy Cocina on Rosemary Lane. Bringing a taste of the Mediterranean to the heart of Richmond. There is both a lunchtime menu for day time bookings and an evening menu, something for everyone. They have a fantastic range of tapas dishes to choose from as well as charcuterie boards. You can come for just a drink, or stay for some food and watch the world go by.

The Abbey Inn, Byland

Nestled amidst the ruins of the majestic Byland Abbey, this charming inn has a new lease of life and is renowned for its ambience and hearty British fare. Steeped in the heritage of North Yorkshire and owned by Tommy Banks, the celebrated chef of The Blackwell Ox, this pub is great to visit whilst exploring Helmsley, Ampleforth and the Moors.

Fine Dining

Black Bull, Moulton

Showcasing the very best in great local produce, including charcoal-cooked steaks and plenty of fish/seafood, three ales and a good choice of wines by the glass, this pub offers great food in a stylish environment. Whether you decide to cosy up by the log fire in the bar or dine in the elegant extension with glass walls and doors leading to the terrace, you will not be let down by the great local food with local and well-trained staff ensuring a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Make sure you leave space for their yummy dessert menu!

The Wensleydale Heifer, Leyburn

Situated in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, The Wensleydale Heifer offers high-quality and award-winning dining. There are two alternative dining experiences, each offering guests a different atmosphere, both with the same great service and fantastic food; The restaurant is an elegant, contemporary dining experience, with its leather chairs, log fires and Doug Hyde artwork or alternatively the fish bar is a less formal environment with seagrass flooring, wooden tables and rattan chairs, perfect for a more relaxed dining experience.

The Star Inn, Harome

Situated in a picturesque village on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, a couple of miles outside the market town of Helmsley, this much loved, Michelin starred Inn has been consistently voted the favourite Northern restaurant by industry professionals and is much loved by foodies and locals alike. The ‘modern Yorkshire’ style of cooking places great emphasis on regional and seasonal ingredients and is firmly rooted in North Yorkshire. Be sure to try the mouth-watering Dark Chocolate and Orange Pudding with Sloe Gin Syrup and Bramble Ripple Ice Cream (if you have any room)!

The Coach House at Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas

Set in the stunning grounds of Middleton Lodge, The Coach House is the latest dining venue offering a mouth-watering menu in gorgeous contemporary surroundings. The chef is passionate about all things food, creating beautiful dishes with incredible flavours offering a menu of great local Yorkshire produce along with a variety of cocktails. We recommend the toffee chocolate bar, honeycomb ice cream & pistachio crumb pudding – you can walk it off tomorrow! This is a popular dining spot well located close to our self-catering holiday homes.

Where’s The Smoke, Masham

Open Thursday to Saturday, this relatively new restaurant showcases the art of artisanal smoke-curing throughout every dish on the menu. Using nearly all locally sourced produce, their menu celebrates the rich flavours of smoked delicacies whilst not overwhelming the diner with a smokey flavour. Warm with a rustic ambience and attentive service, this feels like a hidden gem and a very authentic dining experience.

Seaview Restaurant, Saltburn

With wonderful views of the North Sea coastline, this eatery is iconic for its fresh seafood dishes, having been featured on TV programs and in good food guides. With its relaxed atmosphere and attentive service, the Seaview is a beloved haven for locals and visitors. Bookings can be made for evenings only, lunch tables are first come first serve.

Mannion & Co, York and Helmsley

With two locations in North Yorkshire, Mannion & Co is a family-owned gem that serves up exquisite dishes, meticulously crafted from locally sourced ingredients, complemented by an inviting ambience and warm hospitality. In York choose between the cosy dining room or the pretty courtyard. A true haven for food enthusiasts.

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