Whether your idea of a top-notch foodie break in Yorkshire involves Michelin-starred meals or brewery tours, you’ll want a decent bed to fall into at the end of the night.
Here are four hotels to keep discerning palates happy, as chosen by the Good Hotel Guide , Britain’s leading independent guide to hotels, inns and B&Bs.
The latest chapter in the story of this 14th-century thatched pub is dominated by food. As owner chef of The Star Inn, Yorkshireman Andrew Pern has won every award worth winning, for both the inn’s cuisine and its rooms at Cross House Lodge just across the road. Top spot in the long list of accolades goes to the inn’s Michelin star. Pern is a champion of seasonal, local Yorkshire produce, using veg from the kitchen garden, meats from the inn’s own pigs and chickens, and honey from Mrs Hall who lives just around the corner.
The inn’s nine rooms each have their own quirk, whether that’s a snooker table (room 5), a free-standing bath (room 1) or a rope-slung bed hanging from the ceiling (room 4). If you like to tickle the ivories, book room 8 which has its own piano.
Tea and cake on arrival is just the start of the culinary adventures in East Yorkshire, with this red-brick Georgian country house B&B at the heart of the action. Hosts Katrina and David Gray don’t just personally cook and serve evening meals in the candlelit dining room (book ahead); they grow much of the fruit and veg in the garden too. Much emphasis is placed on the importance of provenance, with locally bottled water, local organic flour in the daily fresh bread, and locally smoked fish part of the award-winning breakfasts. And did we mention the chocolate in the rooms?
You can be strolling along Bridlington’s wide sandy beach in 20 minutes, or head to The Magpie Café in Whitby for one of the best fish and chip suppers in the country. Closer to The Wold, The Copper Horse in Seamer dishes up 30 day-aged steaks from their Bertha Oven, in a contemporary environment that tips a cheeky nod to Scarborough’s show business heritage.
People travel for miles to eat in this 17th-century country inn in the Shibden valley. And no wonder – the Shibden Mill Inn was Yorkshire Pub of the Year 2015 and has 2 AA rosettes. It’s also garnered awards from Les Routiers, Sawdays, Trip Advisor, The Great British Pub Awards and Welcome to Yorkshire as well as inclusion in the Good Hotel Guide.
But you don’t need a row of little stars to tell you how brilliant this inn is; head chef Darren Parkinson’s critically acclaimed food speaks for itself and one mouthful of the tender-as-you-like Yorkshire Dales Lamp Rump will tell you all you need to know. Make sure you try Shibden Mill’s own brew, available in the bustling oak-beamed bar with an open fire, along with an impressive selection of cask ales. The inn’s 11 rooms with retro radios, anglepoise lamps, archways and soaring ceilings in the neighbouring converted barn aren’t half bad either.
Craft beer fans should make a beeline for Sheffield; the city is at the heart of Britain's craft beer revolution, and Leopold Hotel is the place to stay. It’s close to the cathedral, on a lively public square full of cafés and restaurants, and occupies a sympathetically converted Grade II-listed building that was once a boys’ grammar school; arched doorways, school photos and ranks of coat pegs echo the building’s history, while sleek, modern bedrooms drag it well into the 21st century.
Have a drink on the terrace, which faces bustling Leopold Square, but leave room to sample some of the city region’s breweries, which turn out over 1,000 different beers each year. In fact, there’s one brewery for every 23,991 people in Sheffield – that’s 4.7 times more brewers per capita than Greater London. A good place to start is a brewery tour of the Sheffield Brewery Company.
This selection is taken from the Good Hotel Guide’s Best Hotels in Yorkshire.