Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in North Yorkshire
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best North Yorkshire restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 325 restaurants in North Yorkshire and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing North Yorkshire restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured North Yorkshire Restaurants
1. The Angel restaurant in Hetton
“So nice to see this old friend, smartened up, rejuvenated and walking proud again” – this old Dales inn (made famous in the 1980s by David & Juliet Watkins) was taken over in late 2018 by much-accoladed chef Michael Wignall, who has immediately succeeded in putting it very much back on the culinary map. “As you would expect of such a top chef, the food is all faultless beyond criticism – real plates of real food in very satisfying combinations” and it’s “good value for money” too.
2. Magpie Café Fish & seafood restaurant in Whitby 14 Pier Rd - YO21
“White flakes of fish, encased in crispy, golden batter, plus chips reminiscent of childhood, and still cooked in dripping, all provide a taste to savour” at this famous (hence “noisy and crowded”) Harbourside veteran, often justifiably nominated for being home to “the best fish ’n’ chips in the UK”. “Most punters go for the obvious, but the specials board is always worth close scrutiny, as the kitchen actually produces superb dishes using the wide variety of fish and seafood available in this amazing port”. “Recommended, but it can get very busy so be prepared to queue in busy periods”. “I was in Yorkshire for a week and went three times! Totally excellent!” Top Tip – marvellous views from the window tables, or you can just take away and sit by the water!
3. Skosh British, Modern restaurant in York 98 Micklegate - YO1
“Every time I know that I am going to Skosh I am excited days beforehand as I know that I’m in for a flavour sensation!” – Neil Bentinck’s city-centre four-year-old invites some comparison with local rival Roots (the only York restaurant to generate more reports than here) and the tapas-style dishes his kitchen produces feature “stunning food combinations, brilliantly conceived and executed, with flavours that linger long after the meal ends”. “It’s a small place, and not fancy” but fans feel “it’s lovely like this” thanks to its “modern and fun” approach and “chilled vibe”.
4. The Devonshire Fell Hotel British, Modern restaurant in Skipton Burnsall Village - BD23
“Views are incredible” from this sixteen-bedroom hotel in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales. There’s a wide variety of menus – for a “romantic” dinner the main choice would be the two-course or three-course menu which are £29.50 and £38 respectively.
5. Samuel’s, Swinton Park Hotel & Spa British, Modern restaurant in Masham Swinton Park - HG4
With its gold-leaf decoration, the stylish dining room of this grand country house hotel and spa provides a traditionally luxurious backdrop to a meal. But ratings have come off the boil a little with personnel changes. Mehdi Amiri – in post since mid-2017 – sometimes gave reporters the impression that “the sheer confidence and assurance typically found here was lacking”. He himself then moved on after our survey in summer 2019. We have maintained last year’s survey scores on the bet that further changes are more likely to be positive than negative, but further upheavals may be afoot.
6. Miller's Fish & Chips Fish & chips restaurant in Haxby 55 The Village - YO32
“The jewel in Haxby’s crown!” – Nick and David Miller’s “unmissable chippy” (est 1940) inspires rave reviews from fans for “out-of-this-world fish ’n’ chips” and “marvellous staff”. “Eat in!”.
7. 31 Castlegate Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in York 31 Castlegate - YO1
A “consistently good” indie that has been open since 2005 and occupies the former house of Georgian architect G.T. Andrews, in the shadow of the Clifford’s Tower; its continental cuisine continues to elicit solid ratings, and “their 2-for-1 special offers (once they have your email address) are superb value”.
8. Sukhothai Thai restaurant in Harrogate 17-19 Cheltenham Pde - HG1
2018 Review: “A real taste of Thailand” is to be had at this “atmospheric” branch of the Leeds-based indie chain, consistently praised for its “good quality Thai dishes” and high quality of service.
9. Horto Restaurant at Rudding Park British, Modern restaurant in Follifoot
2019 Review: “Chef Murray Wilson goes from strength to strength” at this “innovative and contemporary” two-year-old inside the new spa of a luxury hotel. Dishes and tasting menus are built around vegetables from the property’s kitchen garden, with “outstanding” results produced by “experimental Japanese-influenced cooking”.
10. Roots British, Modern restaurant in York 68 Marygate - YO30
“A magnificent addition to York's burgeoning food scene” – “Tommy Banks does amazing things with the most simple of ingredients” (“how can anyone make a humble brassica such as kale so bloody tasty that we were all fighting over it?!”), at his family’s “converted pub, close to York city-centre”, which – in one short year – became the survey’s most-mentioned destination in this increasingly foodie town. “The intense flavours and imaginative combination of sometimes-unlikely ingredients are a delight” and “the wine to match is excellent, and very well thought out”. “Young, friendly, helpful and enthusiastic service” contributes to a highly impressive debut. “Get in quick, before the prices match those at his Black Swan in Oldstead!”. Top Menu Tip – “his best-known dish is the epic crapaudine beetroot, the beetroot cooked in beef fat”.
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