Looking for internationally recognised Michelin-starred fine dining opportunities close to home? Look no further. We’ve rounded up the best fine dining experiences across Yorkshire.
Situated by the River Ouse in the centre of York, Roots sits in a historic 19th century building and holds one Michelin Star. Overseen by two Michelin-starred chef Tommy Banks, the produce for the tasting menus originates from the three-acre kitchen garden, small regional suppliers, and Tommy’s parent’s 20-acre farm. The menu is inspired by Yorkshire’s farming heritage and offers an array of modern dishes that use high-end ingredients and delicious flavours. The charming interior features root-legged tables and there is also a well-chosen wine list consisting of over 130 options, all being available by the glass.
The Black Swan
Older sister to Roots, The Black Swan in Oldstead is a Michelin-starred, four AA Rosette restaurant, also with rooms by Tommy Banks. This establishment was awarded Michelin’s green star for outstanding commitments to sustainably sourced produce. The restaurant dates to the 16th century, with timber beams, stone walls, and a charming atmosphere. Quality farm ingredients that quintessentially capture the Yorkshire roots meet modern and innovative cooking techniques to produce an appealing menu.
Based near Ripon, Grantley Hall – opened by Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin – has maintained its Michelin star. This elegant restaurant lies in what used to be the music room of a 17th century house and the menu is inspired by Rankin’s inside knowledge of the region curated by his Yorkshire upbringing. The Taste of Home menu is exclusively prepared for guests on the day of booking, with their ethos advocating sustainability and seasonality. Grantley Hall’s grounds create an impressive setting for dining, along with the two wine pairing menus creating a perfect accompaniment to the food.
The Star Inn at Harome, twenty-four miles from York, began life in the 14th century as a thatched inn. Produce is locally sourced, with head chef Steve Smith using fish from Whitby, game from the Moors and fresh herbs from the kitchen garden. The cooking has a classic base featuring modern overtones, which guests can enjoy beside oak chairs, oil paintings, and a venue with history. Across the road are individually styled bedrooms, holding unique items including a snooker table and a piano for guests to relish in.
Within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Hetton, lies The Angel, a Nordic-styled inn with 15th century origins. The Angel received a Michelin Star just 12 months after opening, as well as chef-owner Michael Wignall being crowned Chef of the Year in 2022. There is a natural simplicity in Wignall’s dishes that are made from both local produce and ingredients from further afield. Mains include monkfish, quail, and venison, as well as vegetarian options and even a gourmet children’s menu.
The Man Behind the Curtain
Holding one Michelin Star, The Man Behind the Curtain – whose name originates from The Wizard of Oz line “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” – is located in Leeds. Opened in 2014, this restaurant is led by chef Michael O’Hare’s idiosyncratic style, featuring artfully presented dishes, many of which have Asian influences. The interior is boldly designed, presenting everything from graffiti studded walls to skateboard decks. Mirrors adorn the room, which gives a disorientating, yet highly eccentric character to the venue.
The Pipe and Glass
This 15th century pub is seated in South Dalton and is the only Michelin-starred pub in East Yorkshire. Its owners James and Kate Mackenzie have transformed the premises into a warm and welcoming pub that includes a colourful terrace and garden views. The region’s larder is well represented on the menus, as head-chef James Mackenzie is no stranger to the Yorkshire market. Their wide selection of food includes dishes such as Yorkshire Dales lamb, stone bass, fish pie and duck breast.