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Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Your favourite places to eat

Tell us your special place to eat and sum up in a sentence why in the comment box below. As you scroll down, you might be interested in what other readers have written.

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36 comments:

Steve said...

Cafe Concerto in York.

There's no shortage of eating places in York, but this one's hard to beat. It's tucked away on High Petergate, very close to York Minster. It doesn't look much from outside, but inside it's a real gem. The menu is very varied and changes seasonally, with some really imaginative dishes alongside more traditonal fayre. I can honestly say I've never had a meal there that I wouldn't gladly order again - and I've been going for ten years or more. The service is always attentive but never rushed, even at the busiest times. The place has a relaxing, welcoming, slightly Bohemian ambience. It's best experienced in the evening, when you can take an indulgent three hours over your three-courses, but it's equally enjoyable for a quick lunch, or even a coffee and cake. The two tables at the front have a fabulous view of the Minster. It can get very busy, so it's worth getting there early for lunch and it's best to book in the evening.

Clive Wilson said...

The Raj Indian Restaurant in Knaresborough. Try this for an unusual double-act. Call into the Raj, just off the Market Place in Knaresborough and get one or more of your party to save a table. Then send a runner or two to Blind Jack's the famous pub on the square for a selection of amazing real ales from Britain and overseas. Ask permission from the bar staff to take the beers to the Raj on the promise you return the glasses (despite the notices saying drinks must not be taken out). That way you'll enjoy a good curry with the best beer imaginable. Awesome!

Caroline said...

For a simple, honest lunch in quirky and cosy surroundings, I'd recommend a Beck Hole Butty at the Beck Hole pub, located in the heart of Beck Hole itself, which is found on a few great walks between Grosmont and Goathland. It's not gourmet food but it's hearty and tasty, often just the thing after a good walk, especially if accompanied with a pint of local real ale, cider or perry. The pub itself is small and next to a pretty stream. It's like stepping back in time as the landlord has deliberately not changed a thing. It's reminiscent of a time when the pace of life was simpler and more relaxed. In winter the fire is lit and in summer, you can take your drink outside.

Caroline said...

The food, service and surroundings at the White Swan Inn in Pickering are wonderful. The food is well-prepared with a broad and interesting menu, and served by staff who genuinely seem to care that you enjoy your meal. It is smartly decorated and furnished, yet homely, so that we felt comfortable taking our baby in with us. If you visit the market in Pickering on a Sunday and are looking out for somewhere to eat, then this an excellent choice.

Abeceder said...

Spoilt for choice when it comes to great places to eat in North Yorkshire , but the current favourite of the Abeceder team is the restaurant in the court yard at Castle Howard. It’s a seasonal local menu, perfectly balanced yet they still finds space for a luxurious indulgence.

Sue Roberts said...

There are so many good restaurants but if I had to choose one it would be William & Victoria's on Cold Bath Road in Harrogate. There is a wine bar and more formal restaurant upstairs. Booking is essential and the food is devine! The portions are good too - try the treacle tart.

Alexander said...

The Olive Room, an Italian restaurant in Settle, is in the market square tucked away in a cellar room.

Simple Italian dishes prepared to a very high standard, accompanied by excellent service makes for a lovely dining experience.

Enjoy

John McD said...

As a Lancastrian, it pains me to say this, but you DO make the best fish and chips in the world. Top of my list is Oliver's in Harrogate. Haddock, chips and peas and a pot of tea. Heaven.

Pete Middleton said...

Station Inn‎- Station Road, Tollerton, York YO61 1RD‎ - 01347 838 897‎

We've been going there for years as the location is pleasant, food is good, and the price excellent value especially when you've been funding kids for rather too many years!!!

Lynn Green said...

Botham's, Whitby

Making the climb up Flowergate in Whitby and then turning right in to Skinner St is like stepping back in time, especially if you walk a little further along for well earned refreshment at Botham's Tea Room. There are a few more steps to climb (well it is Whitby after all), though there is a Stannah stairlift if you're really struggling. Once at the top of the staircase you'll find the most wonderfully preserved tea room - all china, cream cakes and waitresses in white frilly aprons.

The perfect spot for afternoon tea, or a weekend morning with a full English and a pile of newspapers..... And Botham's brack is legendary - buy some in the bakery downstairs and enjoy a fantastically sticky slice of it with a cup of tea when you return home from your day out.

Perfect.

Tim Bennett said...

I used to work just outside of Sicklinghall and there's a great pub called The Scotts Arms in the village where we would occasionally go for lunch. The food is excellent and the interior of the building is warm and inviting. We drove out over the Christmas; there's nothing quite like eating home made fish and chips in front of a roaring fire.

http://www.scottsarms.com/

Chris.Granville-Edge said...

You can't beat jbaker's bistro moderne in Fossegate, York for some of the best food in York, if not Yorkshire. They have a Michelin star which is well deserved for their innovative, quirky approach to food with delicious and inspiring results.Portions are just right, prices are fair and The Grazing Menu,lunch and evening allow you to sample the best of their culinary treats. I've been going there since the day they opened and I always come away with a really good feeling! Fossegate itself is full of little delights too-a fantastic deli/cafe The Hairy Fig, the best dolls house shop in Yorkshire, plus numerous other independent shops, all worth visiting.

Shona said...

There's a fantastic pub in Sutton upon Derwent, a little village to the East of York called the St Vincent's Arms. The chips and steaks are to die for! It doesn't look much outside (or in for that matter) but looks can be deceiving.
You need to book in advance - it's a well known local treasure to those in the know, so it's always full.
Also the Durham Ox in Crayke is amazing, with lots of delicious treats on the menu. Again a bit off the beaten track, but the best places always are!

Rachel said...

I'd echo Shona's comments about the Durham Ox, and I must add a word for my local - the Rose and Crown in Sutton-on-the-Forest. In fact I'm heading there for an 'early-bird' tea on Friday. And staying in my lovely picturesque village, Sutton Park tea rooms are just lovely for afternoon tea. My kids are always nagging to go and get an ice cream (even in this chilly weather).

Joel Turner said...

If money were no object i'd eat in The Yorke Arms in Ramsgill, Nidderdale.

My mum and dad have lived in the area for 15 years and we've watched it develop from a great restaurant into a michelin starred dream.

Highly recommended.

http://www.yorke-arms.co.uk/

David Child said...

My personal favourite for pure foodie indulgence is The Star at Harome. It's Michelin-starred so is tip-top food but without the stonking prices of others and keeping it local with well-sourced Yorkshire produce.
Plus it's a traditional old boozer inside - with all the dark wood and cheery welcome you'd expect.
Go. Quickly.

Karyn Fleeting said...

We always enjoy eating out at Prima Pizzeria on Kirkgate in Ripon. It's snug, happy and bustling every night of the week, with HUGE pizzas and charming service. The specials always include plenty of seafood dishes. Excellent value for money.

Anonymous said...

The Crown Hotel in Pateley Bridge high street is excellent value for money, has very friendly staff and the food is yummy!

Rebecca P said...

Salsa Posada in Harrogate.

Lovely food, great atmosphere and not too expensive. They also hold regular salsa dance nights with a mini-class for beginners.

Add a jug or two of sangria and it's one of my favourite places to eat.

Julie said...

Best Fish and Chip shop in Filey is the one with the model of the Filey Fisherman standing outside in his yellow oilcloths. Its just next to Wrays Newsagents off the Crescent. We have fish and chips there every year and I can recommend them.

David Mackie said...

We always take visitors to Yorkshire to Betty's tea rooms, in Harrogate, York and Ilkley.

Betty's was set up by a Swiss family that moved to Yorkshire, and the menu consists of both Swiss dishes such as rosti, as well as Yorkshire favourites such as Yorkshire Rarebit, which is not rabbit, but cheese on toast with beer, and fat rascals - a cross between a scone and a rock cake, as well as Yorkshire Curd Tart, made with raisins. The fish and chips are also wonderful.

There are a wide variety of teas and coffees available from around the world - in fact Betty's is part of the famous Taylors of Harrogate group of companies, which makes Yorkshire Tea. Taylors is well known for its good ethical and CSR approach.

Note that the tea rooms are generally not open for dinner. They can be pricey, but the quality and service is excellent. Sanwiches and cakes for picnickers are available in the shop, which also stocks tea, coffee and tempting chocolates.

See: http://www.bettys.co.uk/

sdwhyatt said...

We love the recently refurbished Aldwark Arms - particularly their fantastic steak night on a Wednesday. The meat is of superb quality, the chips to die for and the portion size enormous. Please do support them http://www.aldwarkarms.co.uk/

Fiona said...

The recently opened Graveley's seafood restaurant on Khyber Pass in Whitby. Melt in the mouth fish in a golden batter with chips fluffy on the inside and crispy outer, Mmmm. The view from the windows of the beach and sea are truely amazing no matter what the weather. I will be going there again and would highly recommed it. I've posted their website.

Fiona said...

I though I'd posted the link obviously not so here it is!

http://www.graveleyswhitby.co.uk/index.html

Deb said...

We are spoilt for choice in North Yorkshire but places we always take visitors include: Melton's Restaurant, York, The White Swan at Ampleforth and the Blue Bell at Alne. All three have a focus on fresh Yorkshire produce cooked to order. Lovely!

Mrs VM said...

A visit to Brymor Ice-Cream Parlour at High Jervaulx in Wenselydale, is a must. The only problem is deciding which of the many fantastic flavours to have. My fave is Wild Cherry (awesome!) but I usually can't decide so end up have a double cone - and a lick of eveyone else's! (In the family, I mean. I don't just go round randomly licking people's ice-creams!)

Anonymous said...

Milbank Arms in Well North Yorkshire great place to eat if you want good 'Pub Grub' I had the chicken, cooked to perfection

also try Rustique Bistro in Richmond, just off the town centre

Harriet Cross said...

For vegetarians and vegans in Scarborough, Nutmeg Cafe is a wonderful place for lunch. It's on Victoria Street, about 3 minutes from the train station. The home made desserts are amazing. The peanut butter bomb I had on Saturday was divine.

Paul Whiteley said...

Fancy That Tea Room, 8 Market Place,
Masham

For the best in home cooked food, afternoon tea is the best tasting best value you can imagine ... pot of tea for 2 with a choice of sandwiches for each of you....followed by the biggest scone you will have seen....cherry, fruit or cheese .... served with a butter, whipped double cream & home made Raspberry conserve/jam .... all for around £12 .... if you are planning a visit to Theakstons or Black Sheep breweries...go here first :-)

Other offerings (both hot & cold) are available but be warned you get a lot of everything for your money

Anonymous said...

Agree we are spoilt for choice up here!
Best restaurant by miles - Yorke Arms at Ramsgill. Michelin starred and perfect for a special occasion.
Other places we love -
Wensleydale Heifer, West Witton
The Orchid - Harrogate
Mirabelle, Harrogate
Black Swan, Oldstead

Richard Bradshaw said...

The Black Horse in Swainby, near Stokesley, has been our favourite food pub for ages. The menu is VERY extensive, prices are reasonable and portion sizes just right. We've taken friends and family for meals there on many occasions and no-one's been disappointed yet.

John Topping - RIpon said...

Without a doubt the Magpie at Whitby is a Shrine to the best fish and Chips in the UK

Janice Wood said...

Trenchers at Whitby. Superbly presented and really tasty food. Traditional Fish and chips or something else from extensive menu. Sweets are super too. Magpie, just down the road from Trenchers, is great, but always that famous queue

Liz Carnell said...

If you like Chinese food then the Cheung Won in Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate, is excellent. They have a buffet with freshly cooked items in small quantities so it's always appetising. Cost about £30 for two inc an alcoholic drink. The Royal Baths Chinese restaurant at the bottom of Parliament St is also very good although more expensive but good value for the set Sunday lunch.

Susan Parry said...

I would like to recommend two pubs in Swaledale: 'The Punchbowl' at Low Row and 'The Farmers' Arms' in Muker. We go to the Punchbowl for 'a night out' for high quality food locally sourced and excellent wine list. It is used by locals as well as visitors and always a friendly welcome. The Farmers Arms is where we go when we can't be bothered to cook. It is very welcoming and the owners provide a good pub menu with plenty of gluten-free options (important to the family). For coffee/tea breaks, particularly when walking, you can't beat 'The Muker Teshop'.

John Thorogood said...

We recently visited the Moors Inn, Appleton-le-Moors. This typical Yorkshire establishment offers a warm welcoming atmosphere with good homecooked food and plenty of it. It's a relaxing and friendly place to stay and had a roaring fire fire in the cosy bar. Reasonable prices and well kept real ales put the final touches to our experience. One to recommend. Their website is at : http://www.moorsinn.co.uk - you may need it for directions.