Inspiration

Take a trip to one of Yorkshire’s vibrant cities this summer and discover quirky bars, cool cafes, fantastic shopping and culture galore.

Food glorious food!

Venture into York city centre for a wonderfully hearty dinner at Sutlers Bar and Kitchen. Think expertly cooked steaks, ribs and pies and you won’t be disappointed. For a spectacular riverside setting, The Star Inn the City has an enviable location from which they serve a menu packed with delicious local ingredients. No visit to York is complete without a trip down Bishopthorpe Road to discover a host of fantastic independent shops, boutiques and eateries. This quirky little corner of the city is affectionately referred to as Bishy Road by locals, and recently won the ‘Best British High Street’ award.

There’s an appetite for independent food all across Leeds. Wash down vibrant, delicious Indian street food at Bundobust with a selection of the world’s finest craft beer. At the Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, you’ll find Dough Boys, their adventurous in-house pizza slingers, serving hand stretched pizza by the slice.

They also have a second kitchen home to Leeds favourites The Patty Smith’s Burger Co. dishing up arguable the best burgers in Leeds. This summer, Greek Street will be pedestrianised offering the perfect opportunity to enjoy a delicious cocktail from The Alchemist while soaking up some sun.

In the heart of the Devonshire Quarter, you’ll find The Forum, Sheffield’s largest and longest running independent cafe, restaurant and late bar serving tasty food, delicious drinks and divine desserts. Enjoy luxury Indian Cuisine at Tapasya’s in Hull, or head to 1884 Dock Street Kitchen, a classy, contemporary restaurant offering relaxed fine dining.

Enjoy a relaxed brunch menu with firm favourites like eggs benedict and homemade granola at Lockwoods in Ripon. At night, it transforms into an intimate but relaxed neighbourhood restaurant, with a modern European menu focusing on great local and seasonal ingredients.

Cultural Offerings

Yorkshire’s cities are brimming with an incredibly diverse range of art galleries and theatres. The jewel in the crown of Bradford, The Alhambra Theatre is regarded as the North’s premier touring venue, hosting the best in large scale entertainment from ballet and opera to variety and comedy, musicals and drama.

One of the country’s leading theatres, Sheffield Theatres is home to the world-famous Crucible, the W R G Sprague built Lyceum, and the multiformat Studio.

In Wakefield you’ll find both The Hepworth, an inspiring gallery celebrating the area’s unique artistic legacy and The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, an extraordinary space consisting of four indoor galleries and 500 acres of 18th century parkland housing a host of international cotemporary and modern art. Awarded UK City of Culture for 2017, the team in Hull are busy planning a year of art and culture for the city.

This feature was part of our 2016 Summer Guide.