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Discover the best Yorkshire restaurants

Julie Smith 15 July 2022

Yorkshire is home to an abundance of fresh produce including fish and seafood that’s caught along the North York Moors heritage coastline, meat that’s reared in an abundance of countryside farms and cheese that’s produced at the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes.   

It’s no wonder then that Yorkshire has some seriously good restaurants to choose from with chefs using seasonal ingredients in a variety of tasty dishes. Options range from Michelin star restaurants for fine dining to Yorkshire gastropubs if you’re looking for something a little more budget friendly. 

For even more Yorkshire inspiration, read our guide to all the best things to do in this glorious county.


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Best restaurants on the Yorkshire Coast

Whitby - best restaurants on the Yorkshire Coast

As you would expect when dining at the Yorkshire Coast, you’ll find lots of fresh fish and seafood on the menu. There are places to eat up and down the beautiful coastline including an assortment of restaurants in the Yorkshire seaside towns of Whitby, Sandsend and Saltburn. 

Estbek House

Just outside of Whitby in the pretty village of Sandsend is fine dining restaurant, Estbek House. The eatery is housed in a grand Georgian building near the beach and there’s lots of fresh fish on the menu including smoked lobster pot and fillet of Whitby hake served with vegetables, Parmentier potatoes and a sauce.

The elegant dining room is dressed with white linens and black napkins with a selection of fine wines to wash down your food. 

The Star Inn The Harbour

Star Inn The Harbour - best Yorkshire restaurants

This Whitby restaurant is located in an iconic octagonal building on the harbour that was once the town’s tourist information office. It’s one of a trio of restaurants owned by Yorkshire restaurateur Andrew Pern who holds a Michelin star for The Star Inn Harome..

The menu at The Star Inn The Harbour includes fresh Lindisfarne oysters, traditional battered cod and the local Whitby fishermen’s catch of the day. There are also burgers and a surf and turf for meat lovers, plus a special menu for little ones. 

The Courtyard Restaurant at Ox Pasture Hall

Located just a short drive from Scarborough, Ox Pasture Hall is nestled in 17 acres of grounds on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. Outdoor alfresco dining is available when the weather allows and private dining pods are perfect for a private romantic dinner. 

Set market menus at The Courtyard Restaurant are available for both lunch and dinner with meat, vegetarian and fish options available including sea bass, roast rump of lamb and open vegetable lasagne.

After your meal, you can take a walk around the gorgeous gardens followed by a relaxing evening drink on the terrace.

The Brasserie at Raithwaite Sandsend

Afternoon tea - best Yorkshire restaurants

Set within 80 acres of woodland grounds on the outskirts of Sandsend, guests can look out over manicured lawns and landscaped grounds while dining at the light and bright restaurant on this sprawling estate. Raithwaite Sandsend features a popular Yorkshire spa with a heated swimming pool, sauna and steam room if you fancy some relaxation before your meal at The Brasserie restaurant.  

There’s a dog-friendly area at this Yorkshire coast restaurant so four-legged friends can join you for a meal and food on the menu is all about sustainability and locally sourced ingredients. If you’re looking for something a little more casual, there’s a takeaway crab shack and an afternoon tea is also served each day. Find more dog-friendly things to do in Yorkshire

The Seaview Restaurant

This Yorkshire fish and chip restaurant looks out over the beach in Saltburn, a Victorian seaside town on the Cleveland Way walking route that’s best known for an original funicular railway. The Seaview Restaurant has been featured on the BBC’s Remarkable Places to Eat with its signature dish of crab brioche.

The menu also features classic cod and chips along with fancier fare such as breaded monkfish cheeks and lobster thermidor served in the light and bright restaurant which has a nautical look to match its beachfront location.

Stay at the Yorkshire coast

Best restaurants in the Yorkshire Dales

Richmond - best Yorkshire restaurants

If you fancy dining in the surroundings of the darling Yorkshire Dales, you’ll find a selection of wonderful restaurants to choose from with lots of locally reared and grown produce on the menu.

The Wensleydale Heifer

This popular Wensleydale restaurant is located in the small village of West Witton near Leyburn and Middleham. It’s a popular spot for walkers with Penhill close by and, if you’re calling at The Wensleydale Heifer with muddy boots, you can dine in the cosy snug where four-legged friends are also welcome. 

There’s also an elegant restaurant where tables are set with glassware and white linens if you’re looking for a more formal dining experience. The food is always excellent, wherever you choose to enjoy it, with lobster, steak and lots of local fish on the menu. 

The Blue Lion

The Blue Lion - best Yorkshire restaurants

Housed in a handsome 18th-century stone building in the picturesque Wensleydale village of East Witton, The Blue Lion is a Yorkshire dining pub with lots of character and charm. The village inn is accessed via an original cobbled driveway and inside you’ll find rustic tables lit by candles and warmed by roaring fires.

The menu includes hearty portions of things like Yorkshire lamb and pan-roasted chicken supreme with set lunchtime options giving diners lots of sustenance before setting off exploring the area. 

The Saddle Room

Located right next to the popular Forbidden Corner attraction near Middleham, The Saddle Room has been converted from former racing stables and features a wonderful wine cellar with hundreds of bottles to choose from.

Most of the ingredients used in the menu have been sourced within a 10-mile radius of The Saddle Room and the characterful building includes high trussed ceilings and lots of original features. There’s also a casual bar area where you can enjoy a drink before or after your meal. 

The Angel at Hetton

Angel at Hetton - best Yorkshire restaurants

The Angel at Hetton has a rich history that dates all the way back to the 15th century and is often thought of as the UK’s original gastropub. It has become one of the country’s finest dining pubs after gaining a Michelin star in 2019 under head chef Michael Wignall.

It has a stunning location in the Yorkshire Dales countryside between Skipton and Grassington and guests can choose between a la carte and tasting menus with vegetarian options available as they look out over the beautiful rugged landscape.    

The Frenchgate

Located close to the northern tip of the Yorkshire Dales in the market town of Richmond, this restaurant is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner with candlelit tables and a well-stocked bar for an after-dinner drink.

The Frenchgate dining room is located in a Grade II-listed Georgian building complete with original fireplaces, restored floorboards and chunky oak furniture. Food on the menu ranges from dressed Whitby crab to dry-aged Yorkshire ribeye beef served with triple-cooked chips. Discover more places to eat in Richmond.  

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Best restaurants in the North York Moors

Hutton-le-Hole - North York Moors restaurants

There’s lots of good food to be found amongst the pretty villages and heather-clad hills of the North York Moors. Here are some of our favourite restaurants to try.

The Hare Inn Scawton

This 12th-century coaching inn is located in a peaceful hamlet near Helmsley and has some rather fine food on the menu. The location of the restaurant is close to the top of Sutton Bank which is said to give one of the finest views in England and the characterful dining room features exposed brick walls and low beams.

There is only one tasting menu served at The Hare Inn Scawton and it’s recommended you spend around 3 hours taking your time to enjoy it. Friendly front of house staff will talk you through each course in turn as you are taken on a culinary journey in this wonderfully peaceful setting.

The Black Swan Oldstead

Black Swan Oldstead - best Yorkshire restaurants

One of two Yorkshire restaurants from celebrity chef Tommy Banks, The Black Swan Oldstead has held a Michelin star since 2013. The land surrounding the North York Moors restaurant has been farmed by the Banks family for several generations and many of the ingredients used in the restaurant are either grown here or foraged in the surrounding moorland.

Fruits and herbs from the land here are featured in many of The Black Swan’s signature cocktails and a tasting menu has been designed so that diners can experience the farm’s seasonal produce at its very best.   

Willowgate Bistro

This small and intimate bistro is located just off the market square in Pickering so you can combine a meal here with a trip on the NYMR steam train. Set two or three-course evening menus showcase a range of fresh seasonal ingredients with both vegetarian and gluten-free options available. 

A wide variety of wines are available to wash down your meal at this family-run Yorkshire restaurant along with local drinks like Black Sheep beer which is brewed in nearby Masham.

Mallyan Spout

Mallyan Spout - best Yorkshire restaurants

Located near a pretty Yorkshire waterfall, just outside the North York Moors village of Goathland, is the lovely Mallyan Spout restaurant with local produce on the menu. Daily afternoon teas are available with a selection of mini cakes, freshly made scones and sandwiches. 

Evening a la carte menus include Whitby fish along with local meats and cheeses with dining pods available if you fancy dining with friends under the starry skies of the North York Moors National Park.  

The Eskdale

Located on the banks of the River Esk which runs through the North York Moors from Westerdale to Whitby, The Eskdale is a fabulous dining inn that uses organic, local produce from the surrounding Yorkshire Coast and moorland. 

Food at The Eskdale is beautifully presented and it’s a great choice if you’re looking for a really good meal that’s reasonably priced so won’t break the bank with a selection of wines available by the glass. There’s also a characterful bar and lovely beer garden where you can enjoy a pre or post-dinner drink.  


Best restaurants in Harrogate and Nidderdale

Harrogate - best Yorkshire restaurants

Harrogate is one of Yorkshire's most stylish spa towns, surrounded by the rolling hills of Nidderdale so it’s no surprise that it is home to some fabulous restaurants. 

Horto restaurant

Horto is part of the Rudding Park Estate which is also home to a spectacular rooftop spa garden and 18-hole golf course on the outskirts of Harrogate. Food at the restaurant is garnished with herbs and edible flowers that are inspired by Rudding Park’s kitchen garden.   

Alongside a selection of a la carte dinner dishes is a six-course tasting experience which showcases ingredients such as lobster, lamb and stream trout in wonderfully colourful ways.

The Malt Shovel Brierton

Sunday lunch - best Yorkshire restaurants

This 16th-century country pub is nestled on the edge of Nidderdale close to the market town of Knaresborough. Exposed stone walls, dark wood panelling and open fires combine to give The Malt Shovel a rustic feel so you can enjoy a cosy lunch or dinner with family and friends.

Take a walk in the surrounding Nidderdale countryside to build up an appetite before sitting down to a hearty meal. Weekly specials make the most of seasonal produce and Sunday lunches come with all the roast dinner trimmings. 

The Dining Room at Goldsborough Hall

The sumptuous dining room is located in the exquisite surroundings of a 16th-century stately home. Goldsborough Hall near Knaresborough was once the home of Princess Mary and you can look out over landscaped grounds and gorgeous gardens as you tuck into your fine dining meal. 

The restaurant features chandeliers, carved oak furniture and original paintings and sophisticated tasting menus are served in The Dining Room at Goldsborough Hall to match your royal surroundings.   

Fat Badger

The Fat Badger - best Yorkshire restaurants

Located on Harrogate’s Cold Bath Road which is well-known for its stylish shopping boutiques and set near the public park The Stray, The Fat Badger is a classic gastropub that serves small plates, chargrilled steaks and classic main dishes.

There are lots of cocktails and fine wines on the drinks menu and an outdoor terrace that looks out over Harrogate’s green spaces – the perfect spot to sit out and enjoy the sunshine during the warmer summer months.  

Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall

The Michelin-starred Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall restaurant is located in a grand country estate near Ripon and features a Kitchen Table where you can watch the food being prepared by an expert team of chefs led by Shaun Rankin himself.

The ‘Taste of Home’ tasting menu features ten different courses with ingredients sourced from Grantley Hall’s own kitchen garden as well as local Nidderdale farms. We recommend taking a walk around the estate’s gorgeous grounds and gardens before tucking into your spectacular meal.  


Best restaurants in York and the Wolds

York - best Yorkshire restaurants

York is regularly voted one of the UK’s favourite cities and its historic walls are filled with excellent restaurants. To the east of York are the rolling Yorkshire Wolds with pretty villages and popular towns like Malton and Beverley. 

The Star Inn the City

An Andrew Pern restaurant with one of the best spots in York, The Star Inn the City looks out over the River Ouse from the old Engine House on Lendal Bridge. Both breakfast and all-day menus are available at this bistro-style restaurant so it’s an ideal choice for shoppers looking for some sustenance on a day out in York.

The food on offer aims to bring a taste of the Yorkshire coast and countryside to the city with options such as Yorkshire lamb, Yorkshire venison and North Sea halibut available to diners.

The Pipe and Glass

The Pipe and Glass - best Yorkshire restaurants

This former coaching house stands on the site of the gatehouse of Dalton Park with parts of the building dating back to the 17th century. The dining pub has been run by the Mackenzie family since 2006 and held a prestigious Michelin star since 2010.  

There is lots of local food on the menu including Yorkshire Dales lamb, East Yorkshire stream trout and Yorkshire fine fettle cheese with herbs and vegetables grown in the kitchen garden of The Pipe and Glass. It’s served in a restaurant that manages to be both rustic and refined and afterwards you can grab a nightcap in the cosy bar. 

Ogino

Ogino is a Japanese fine dining restaurant in the heart of Beverley, which is a lovely historic market town in East Yorkshire with lots of historic buildings and a growing collection of stylish bars and restaurants.

The menu at Ogino features traditional sushi and sashimi along with main courses that pair local Yorkshire produce with big Japanese flavours and style. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, a range of Asian tapas-style dishes are available if you fancy sampling a selection of the food and flavours on offer.

Chapter One Bistro

Chapter One Bistro - Best Yorkshire restaurantsC

This bistro restaurant is located on the market square in foodie hotspot Malton and serves breakfast favourites, light lunches and a regularly changing dinner menu which includes lots of fresh fish.

There’s plenty of homemade cakes available at Chapter One Bistro too along with a selection of cocktails, wines and hot drinks. It’s the perfect spot for a catch up with friends and you can combine a visit to Malton with a trip to nearby Castle Howard, one of Yorkshire’s finest stately homes

Le Cochon Aveugle

Le Cochon Aveugle is located on Walmgate in York and translated in English as ‘The Blind Pig’. It serves a constantly changing blind tasting menu so diners will always be surprised by the dishes that are served. 

The French-style restaurant is owned by Josh Overington who trained in Paris and there are just five tables and four counter seats available each evening. All restaurant guests are served at the same time with dishes explained by the team of chefs that have cooked them. 


Plan your getaway to Yorkshire

Yorkshire Dales - best Yorkshire restaurants

If your taste buds have been tantalised by the sound of these fabulous restaurants, then why not plan a foodie getaway to Yorkshire?

You’ll find lots of lovely cottages where you can rest your head after filling your stomach and plenty of scenic Yorkshire walks to help you burn off those extra calories after an indulgent lunch or dinner.  


Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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