Here at Gorgeous Cottages we are rather partial to a trip to Richmond in Swaledale. Especially as there is a selection of fabulous cafes and restaurants to choose from.
Here’s our guide to ten of the best places to eat in Richmond. You can always walk off the meal afterwards with a walk along the River Swale or up to the impressive Richmond Castle.
Ten places to eat in and around Richmond:
1. Rustique Restaurant, Richmond
Oh la la – this fabulous French-themed restaurant will transport you to Paris. It’s styled like a Parisian street complete with street lamps and a view of the Eiffel Tower. The menu itself includes a range of French classics.
Where to stay: The Secret Garden in Richmond
2. La Piazza, Richmond
If Italian is more your thing, then La Piazza in Richmond is a great choice for pizza and pasta, not to mention delicious Italian desserts. There’s a happy hour on mid-week lunchtimes and early evenings, and best of all, you can get a takeaway. Perfect if you are staying at a Gorgeous Cottage such as Tate Studies!
Where to stay: Tate Studies, Richmond
3. Seasons at The Station, Richmond
The Station is a fabulously converted Victorian railway building that is home to an art gallery, cinema, microbrewery and Seasons Bar and Kitchen. You can stop for a coffee and light bite before catching a film, have a hearty evening meal or everything in between!
Where to stay: Evergreen in Richmond
4. The Black Lion Hotel, Richmond
If you fancy some pub grub, The Black Lion Hotel is a great choice. It’s a dog-friendly pub where you can get cask ales, relax in front of open fires and enjoy light bites at lunchtime and something more substantial of an evening.
Where to stay: Xanadu in Richmond
5. The Frenchgate, Richmond
This Grade II listed building was once the residence of a Georgian gentleman and is a great choice for a spot of fine dining in the centre of town. We love the elegant dining room and locally sourced seasonal menu. It’s one of the best places to eat in Richmond.
Where to stay: Gorgeous Cottages in Richmond
6. The White Swan, Gilling West
A few miles from Richmond is the lovely Georgian village of Gilling West (home to a number of Gorgeous Cottages). The White Swan is a great country pub that uses artisan local produce including top quality Yorkshire meats that are prepared on-site.
7. The Raby Hunt, Summerhouse
You’ll have a little bit of a drive to get to The Raby Hunt from Richmond, but as the restaurant has two Michelin Stars, it is well worth it! Chef James Close serves a tasting menu of 12/15 courses that showcases the best local produce in a selection of stunning dishes.
Where to stay: Dawn View in Melsonby
8. The Burgoyne, Reeth
The setting of The Burgoyne is fabulous – the elegant dining room has views over Reeth’s pretty village green. The fine dining seasonal menu uses ingredients such as Swaledale lamb and you can also pre-book for afternoon tea.
Where to stay: Nurse Cherry Cottage in Reeth
9. The Bridge Inn, Grinton
This traditional coaching inn dates back to the 15th century. It’s a dog-friendly pub in Swaledale that’s a great choice for walkers. The menu includes local game (often caught by the landlord) and a range of homecooked food.
10. The Punch Bowl, Low Row
The Punch Bowl is a fabulous gasto pub in the pretty village of Low Row. Good food in scenic Swaledale surroundings – what more could you want? We especially love the open fire and wooden bar.
Where to stay: Lawn House in Low Row
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