A guide to Yorkshire food and drink holiday cottages

A guide to Yorkshire food and drink

Julie Smith 19 July 2022

Whether you fancy tucking into fresh fish and chips at Whitby or trying some of Wallace and Gromit’s favourite cheese at the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes, there are lots of Yorkshire food and drink options to sample during a getaway to ‘God’s Own Country’. 

Treat someone special to a fine dining meal to remember at one of Yorkshire’s Michelin star restaurants or head to a traditional pub in the Yorkshire Dales or North York Moors for a warm welcome and a cold drink.

There are also various Yorkshire food and drink festivals where you can sample produce from artisan growers and makers, including a monthly food market at Malton, a market town in the Howardian Hills that's known as 'Yorkshire’s Food Capital'.

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Yorkshire food and drink classics

From fish and chips eaten straight from the paper to a divine afternoon tea at Bettys, here are some of the Yorkshire food and drink classics to tuck into during your next getaway:

Yorkshire fish and chips

Fish and chips - Yorkshire food and drink

From cod and chips with a view in Robin Hood’s Bay to haddock served straight from the sea in Whitby, you can tuck into the freshly battered catch of the day at one of these top Yorkshire fish and chip shops. We have included takeaways and restaurants in our list in places like Scarborough, Helmsley and Pickering to help you find the best Yorkshire fish and chips. 

Yorkshire tea rooms

Afternoon Tea - Yorkshire food and drink

Afternoon tea is something of an English classic and you’ll find lots of Yorkshire tea rooms where you can sit down to dainty finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and homemade cream cakes. Betty's is probably the most famous Yorkshire tea room with locations in York and Harrogate and is just one of the places that have made our list.

Yorkshire tea

Yorkshire tea - Yorkshire food and drink

Discover how the UK likes to take their tea and find out whether you should add the milk first in our ultimate guide to the nation’s favourite drink. There’s even a tea chart where you can match your preferred shade for a cuppa to some Yorkshire classics such as Yorkshire Pudding, Filey Beach and Betty’s Fat Rascals.  

Local Yorkshire food and drink

Local Yorkshire Food and Drink - Wensleydale Cheese

If you want to stay away from mass-produced food and drink during your next visit to Yorkshire, we have sought out some of the best artisan businesses where you can stock up on local cheese, ice cream, fruit cakes, chutneys and gin. There’s even a vineyard near York where you can sample locally-grown Yorkshire wine!

Dine out in Yorkshire

There are great places to eat throughout Yorkshire where you can tuck into locally reared meats and fruit and vegetables grown in kitchen gardens. From classic dishes to modern cuisine, you’ll find it all on a visit to Yorkshire.

The best Yorkshire restaurants

The Wensleydale Heifer - Yorkshire restaurant

We have compiled all the best restaurants in the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and Yorkshire Coast so that whichever part of ‘God’s own Country’ you are planning to visit next, you’ll never be short of fabulous places to eat. From enjoying fresh seafood at Whitby to dining on produce grown in a kitchen garden near Helmsley, we have delved into all the best places to dine on a Yorkshire foodie getaway. 

Yorkshire restaurants with a Michelin star

Roots - Yorkshire Restaurants

There are currently a fantastic seven Yorkshire restaurants with a Michelin star so there’s lots of choice if you are looking for a spectacular fine dining meal in the region. You’ll find tasting menus at many of Yorkshire’s Michelin star restaurants which showcase fresh seasonal produce in unusual and exciting ways. 

Best restaurants on the Yorkshire coast

Whitby - Yorkshire Food and Drink

If you fancy dining in the fresh sea air of the coast, there are restaurants dotted around many of Yorkshire’s seaside towns and villages including Sandsend, Staithes, Scarborough and Whitby. Read our guide to the best restaurants on the Yorkshire coast and discover where to dine on your next seaside staycation.

Places to eat in Richmond

Yorkshire restaurants - food and drink

Richmond is one of Yorkshire’s top market towns and comes with a famous castle and an idyllic spot close to the top of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There are a selection of eateries dotted in and around the town including the French-themed Le Rustique and a fine-dining restaurant in the former residence of a grand Georgian gentleman.  

Dine out in York

York restaurants - Yorkshire food and drink

York is filled with wonderful places to eat, from restaurants in medieval buildings that look out over the river to a taste of the Mediterranean where you can sit outside on balmy summer days. There are so many things to do in York that it’s one of the UK’s favourite cities and we have compiled the best places to dine while exploring the ancient streets.    

Enjoy a tipple at a Yorkshire pub

There are charming pubs in pretty villages throughout Yorkshire where you can call in with muddy boots and relax in front of a roaring fire after a scenic countryside walk. You can wash down some good pub grub with locally brewed real ale, fine wine or even a cocktail or two.   

The loveliest Yorkshire gastropubs

The Blue Lion - Yorkshire gastropubs

These Yorkshire gastropubs have put the emphasis on great food in glorious surroundings with many of them located in Yorkshire’s finest market towns and prettiest villages. There are some lovely holiday cottages close to each one if you're looking for somewhere to rest your head after an indulgent supper or a few drinks by the fire.

Ten of the best Yorkshire pubs

Best pubs in Yorkshire

While it is very hard to narrow down the best pubs in Yorkshire to just ten, we have given it our best shot with this ultimate list. This is just a very small selection of all the wonderful pubs in Yorkshire which includes characterful country inns, vibrant micropubs and stylish bars. Why not visit some on your next Yorkshire getaway and compile your own top ten list?

Dog-friendly pubs in the Yorkshire Dales

Farmers Arms Muker - dog-friendly Yorkshire Dales pub

If you’re taking your dog on holiday with you to the dog-friendly Yorkshire Dales, there are lots of pubs where four-legged friends are welcome to join you for refreshments. You’ll find an array of dog walks to try in a ruggedly beautiful landscape that’s dotted with dramatic views and pretty waterfalls. After you’ve finished exploring, dog-friendly pubs are waiting for you to call in at places like Askrigg and Kettlewell

Dog-friendly pubs in the North York Moors

Dog-friendly North York Moors pubs

Yorkshire is also home to the North York Moors National Park where you’ll find dog-friendly towns and villages like Helmsley, Osmotherley and Hutton-le-Hole dotted around heather-clad hills. Follow the path of the Cleveland Way National Trail from countryside to coast, seek out gentle streams for dogs to dip their paws into and you’ll find lots of charming pubs where four-legged friends will be welcomed.   

Plan your Yorkshire foodie adventure 

Grassington - plan your getaway to Yorkshire

If all these food and drink options have inspired you to visit this wonderful part of the world, you’ll find an array of gorgeous Yorkshire cottages dotted around the coast and countryside.

Whether you fancy a getaway to the North York Moors or Yorkshire Dales, browse our full range of holiday homes and start planning a short break or longer holiday.

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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