North Yorkshire is a wonderful place to explore, boasting magnificent scenery, from the beauty of the dales and the moors, to the wild, rugged coastline. At Birchall Tea we love great taste and this region is blessed with fantastic dining options, from Michelin star restaurants to award wining gastro pubs. Here we’ve designed a food tour, allowing you to take in the beauty of the region, from York city, to the moors and through the Dales. You’ll visit some of the great dining venues in the region. All offering unbelievable quality with locally sourced food and flavours, it’s a wonderful place to explore and indulge!
1. The Park, York City
Our tour starts in the magnificent York city. Located within the stately Marmadukes Town House lies the wonderful Park restaurant, recent winner of 3 AA Rosettes for exceptional food and service. The restaurant serves a tasting menu of modern British food with a focus on accuracy of flavor and texture. All of the menu is imaginatively cooked from fresh, local produce, which is so important to us at Birchall Tea. It also delivers a wonderful, warm atmosphere, helped by the knowledgeable and welcoming staff. With wonderful rooms to stay in the town house, this is a fantastic place to kick off the tour.
2. The Black Swan at Oldstead
Just 20 miles north of York, located on the edge of the North York Moors lies the fabulous Michelin star restaurant, The Black Swan. With a kitchen team led by Tommy Banks, Britain’s youngest Michelin Starred chef, you can expect, contemporary, innovative cooking of the very highest standard. Indeed, much like Birchall it’s a family affair with the Banks family having lived and farmed around Oldstead for many years. They have a simple philosophy for the food, ‘Be ultimately seasonal’. Their ingredients are constantly changing based on the seasons and so present a taster menu to enjoy, showcasing the very best seasonal flavours in their dishes. Wonderful.
3. The Hare Inn, Scawton
A short journey further into the moors lies the cosy pub atmosphere of The Hare Inn. The quirky, 13th century pub offers fine dining within a historic venue, with a small number of tables you can dine leisurely and intimately. Again the focus is on serving up as much local produce as possible and as such the menu is constantly evolving with the seasons, using modern techniques and creativity to produce some really stunning dishes.
4. The Wensleydale Heifer Restaurant, West Witton
40 Miles west of the Moors lies the charming hamlet of West Witton. The Wensleydale Heifer restaurant lies at the heart of it, with fabulous views over the nearby Yorkshire dales. The locations is not the only stunning characteristic of this restaurant. The Fresh fish and seafood is some of the best you will find in the region, with people travelling from far and wide to taste it. The atmosphere is relaxed with the light and airy restaurant and informal but attentive staff.
5. Grassington House, Grassington
Situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Grassington House is a beautiful grade II listed Georgian residence. The owner and chef John Rudden and his team prepare award winning dishes, where the focus is on sourcing local and seasonal ingredients, all done in the ‘Grassington House way’, traditional luxury with a modern and eclectic twist. The wonderful food is served in a warm and inviting dining experience, making use of the conservatory and Grassington square in the summer months.