A gastronomic journey through Yorkshire is absurdly delicious, exciting and immensely varied. Expect to have your senses assaulted with an untold amount of tastes, scents and textures on a voyage rich with much-loved traditional foods from many cultures - not just Britain - through to the inventive creations of trailblazing chefs. Here are some of the best eateries in Yorkshire this year, many of which are favourites of mine and amongst them you will find everything from street food style through to the finest of fine dining, from world-renowned restaurants.
Exciting foodie innovation around the county
Yorkshire Restaurant of the Year The White Rose Awards are the most significant tourism awards in the UK, so winning one of these is acclaim indeed. The White Rose Restaurant of the Year 2018 is Skosh on Micklegate in York which opened in 2016 in the talented hands of renowned Chef Neil Bentinck. The word Skosh comes from the Japanese sukoshi for “a little” or “small amount” which neatly sums up the premise of this hugely popular restaurant. Exquisite food comes on small to medium plates with a range of influences not least from Japan and the Middle East, but don’t be surprised to trip over Galician or Punjabi and many others. My favourite is what is now considered Skosh’s signature dish of Hen’s Egg, Dale End Cheddar, Mushroom and PX Sherry. The atmosphere here is relaxed, prices are sensible if not bordering on cheap for food of this quality. An eclectic offer from one of Yorkshire’s most talented chefs.
Le Cochon Aveugle, York
Do not be fooled by the simplicity of the tiny restaurant on Walmgate serving a blind tasting menu of contemporary European foods deeply rooted in classical French techniques. Josh Overington delivers big and to impress, this was arguably one of my best meals of the last year.
Horto Restaurant at Rudding Park, Harrogate
This place oozes individuality and serious style in food from Murray Wilson, with many of the fruits, vegetables and herbs grown at the hotel and influences from around the world. Fabulous!
Clockwise from left: Skosh on Micklegate in York. Incredible desserts at Skosh. Creative cooking at The Westwood Restaurant. Right top to bottom: Le Cochon Aveugle delivers big. Elizabeth Cottam of Home in Leeds.
Mark Owens and Elizabeth Cottam (above) are delivering seriously good food with the aim to redefine classic British flavours through their many groundbreaking dishes at this buzzing Leeds Restaurant.
The Park Restaurant, York
Looking for a tasting menu packed with excitement, challenge and culinary adventures then head here for the food of the brilliant chef Adam Jackson and his team.
The Westwood Restaurant, Beverley
Making the most of locally sourced produce across the seasons, from land and sea, with their constantly changing menu.