February 2018: The Yorke Arms has closed to undergo an extensive refurbishment and will reopen in late spring 2018. It was bought be entrepreneur Jonathan Turner in November 2017.
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Famous for the “sheer excellence” of its food for more than 20 years, this old moorland coaching inn was put on the gastronomic map by self-taught cook Frances Atkins, one of the leading British chefs of her generation. Having sold the business a year ago so her husband Bill could retire, Frances agreed to stay on board, working with new owner Jonathan Turner – to a chorus of cheers from grateful foodies. The restaurant reopened after renovations in summer 2018 , with regulars hoping “the new owner runs it in the same way” (and we’ve rated it on the assumption that he does). Top tip: “make sure you see the kitchen garden”.
Frances Atkins established herself as one of the UK’s most accomplished chefs at this old coaching house and shooting lodge, which she and husband Bill made famous, and which enjoys a “beautiful location”, “overlooking the village green, out in the Dales”. Its scores were as all-round impressive as ever this year thanks to her “inspirational” cooking (much of it from the kitchen garden) and “wonderfully relaxed” service, but post-survey in June 2017 she put the property on the market to allow Bill to retire, and so that she can potentially move onto a less all-consuming venture. (No announcement of a sale had been made by October 2017 however, and Michelin this year maintained their star for the property).
“A sophisticated experience right in the heart of Nidderdale” is to be found at this famous “old coach house / shooting lodge which enjoys a fabulous, picturesque setting” – one of the UK’s best dining destinations. The kitchen – overseen by Frances Atkins – produces “wonderfully prepared, beautifully presented” cuisine “using the finest ingredients the Dales terroir can offer”, while “nothing is too much trouble for the attentive staff”.
“A marvellous setting, in the middle of Nidderdale” provides a “lovely” backdrop to this rural but “classy” old inn, in a “beautiful Dales village”. Frances Atkins is one of the country’s most renowned female chefs, and “local game is often to the fore” in her “unfailingly impressive”, “incredibly intensely flavoured cooking”, which ranks in the UK top-20 this year.
Nestling in Yorkshire's beautiful Nidderdale Valley, The Yorke Arms is a historic 18th century coaching house and shooting lodge, now serving as a Michelin starred restaurant with rooms.
With an award winning kitchen, led by top female chef Frances Atkins, the restaurant has a firm reputation for excellent food with a creative flair. The Yorke Arms' stunning location makes it an ideal retreat, while the surrounding areas offer a wealth of sights, activities and heritage. To extend a wonderful experience, contemporary or traditional rooms offer a peaceful setting in which to unwind.
While the unique location of The Yorke Arms helps to make any visit truly memorable, it is the outstanding quality and creativity integral to its food that leads guests to return again and again. Home to one of the country's top female chefs, Frances Atkins, The Yorke Arms is renowned for its delicious cuisine, founded on a timeless, classical repertoire.
Beginning as first class, locally sourced raw materials and finished off with imagination and finesse, a variety of tantalising dishes consistently succeed in tempting back locals and those who visit from further afield.
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