FOOD & DRINK
Clockwise from top left: The Cookery School at The Grand. The innovative team of chefs at Grays Court Hotel guarantee a dining experience like no other. Arras makes thought-provoking, modern food. York has two Bettys Café Tea Rooms. Experience relaxed yet sophisticated all-day dining at The Ivy restaurant. Adam Jackson has designed a wonderful Tasting Menu at The Park Restaurant, Marmadukes Hotel.
NEW ON THE MENU From Michelin star restaurants to cafes serving scrumptious afternoon teas, Yorkshire has over 7,000 places to eat and drink. Offering established favourites to brand new and recently refurbished, here’s a taster of a handful of recent openings and new looks.
The latest opening of these three talents is Roots in late 2018. Roots is the second restaurant of the Michelin-starred Black Swan at Oldstead. Chef Tommy Banks takes care of the food, his big brother James, the drinks. Following their huge success, we asked James why York? “We had been thinking about creating a second restaurant that could showcase our Oldstead produce. There seems to be a really exciting vibrant food scene in York right now with more genuinely interesting restaurants than ever. It is a pleasure for Roots to be a part of it!” York’s Star was further on the ascendancy when the city scooped two Golds in Yorkshire’s acclaimed 2019 White Rose Awards both, incidentally, for hotels. Hotels have always been a part of the food scene in the city and Grays Court Hotel in its stunning location near York Minster is no exception. They received the Best Small Hotel award with the 2 AA rosette restaurant receiving rave views from the judges for its food. The Large Hotel Award went to The Grand Hotel, impressive for its hospitality and also playing a significant part in promoting great food in York with two destination restaurants and home to The Cookery School, which focuses on a selection of International cuisines and speciality classes. But it is not just these award-winning eateries making York what it is today; they are only part of the story. For variety and impressive standards, York now takes some beating. From the vibrant and eclectic mix of the street food; the tiniest of cafés, to the renowned Bettys Tea Rooms; the illustrious The Ivy choosing York to make its first move outside of London and even the famous York Food Festival showcasing all that the city has to offer in food and drink in an exciting 10day event. There’s ‘small plates’ dining through to impressive tasting menus stacked with innovation and creativity from across the globe. And with rafts of pubs from the quirky and haunted to the trendiest of bars serving good food, it is now safe to say, York has it all, and for that, we have to thank the independent operators who took a risk with York; one which thankfully seems to have paid off.
An industrial dyehouse in picturesque Holmfirth has been transformed into a stunning restaurant with rustic chic, detailed design décor and impressive Italian cuisine. Inspired by heritage and tradition, Devour’s seasonal menu consists of simple fresh ingredients, served in a fantastic setting nestled between ancient woodland and the gently flowing River Holme. There’s also a deli filled with delicious handmade breads, pastas and pastries devour.co.uk
Serving unconventional British food The Beehive X Thorner, North Leeds is a vibrant village gastropub. With a string of successful and multi-award-winning restaurants under his belt, the city’s Matt Healy was a runner-up in Masterchef: The Professionals and has since been the recipient of many culinary accolades and achievements. Foodies are making a beeline to dine in the stylish venue and waxing lyrical about the food. mhbeehive.co.uk
Executive Chef Tom Garland-Jones brings international expertise and experience at Michelinstar establishments to The Tennants Arms, in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales. This Wharfedale premier gastro pub and luxury boutique hotel is praised for serving locally sourced seasonal game and delectable Dales produce, including fresh trout from the neighbouring Kilnsey Park Estate. thetennantsarms.co.uk
Set sail from the Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton, on the brand new, 60-foot long electrically propelled Graceful Swan luxury dining boat. Take in the sights along this stretch of beautiful Yorkshire Dales canal and dine in style. From afternoon tea to a three hour floodlit VIP dinner cruise, this is a peaceful way to relax and dine. With room for up to 54 people it’s a unique opportunity to celebrate with friends. rendezvous-skipton. co.uk/gracefulswan