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Food, glorious food! Elaine Lemm serves up a taster of the best Yorkshire dining. It’s out of this world and will leave you wanting more.

Yorkshire is England’s biggest county, one of the most beautiful and also one of the nation’s largest producers of food. There are over 7,000 places to eat and drink from pubs, cafés and tearooms to Michelin-starred restaurants and everything in-between. No other area outside London has as many highly recommended places to dine listed in leading food guides. Chefs and cooks create food more vibrant and diverse than anywhere else in Britain, using foods from Yorkshire’s magnificent coastline, vast countryside, cities and towns coupled with culinary inspiration from across the planet.

A gastronomic journey through Yorkshire is absurdly delicious, exciting and immensely varied. Expect to have your senses assaulted with an untold amount of tastes, scents and textures on a voyage rich with much-loved traditional foods from many cultures - not just Britain - through to the inventive creations of trailblazing chefs. Here are some of the best eateries in Yorkshire this year, many of which are favourites of mine and amongst them you will find everything from street food style through to the finest of fine dining, from world-renowned restaurants.

Yorkshire Restaurant of the Year

The White Rose Awards are the most significant tourism awards in the UK, so winning one of these is acclaim indeed. The White Rose Restaurant of the Year 2018 is Skosh on Micklegate in York which opened in 2016 in the talented hands of renowned Chef Neil Bentinck. The word Skosh comes from the Japanese sukoshi for “a little” or “small amount” which neatly sums up the premise of this hugely popular restaurant. Exquisite food comes on small to medium plates with a range of influences not least from Japan and the Middle East, but don’t be surprised to trip over Galician or Punjabi and many others. My favourite is what is now considered Skosh’s signature dish of Hen’s Egg, Dale End Cheddar, Mushroom and PX Sherry. The atmosphere here is relaxed, prices are sensible if not bordering on cheap for food of this quality. An eclectic offer from one of Yorkshire’s most talented chefs.

The World’s Best Sunday Lunch 2019

Traditional foods are still very much the backbone of the county and what epitomises this better than a classic Sunday lunch of roast beef, Yorkshire puds and all the trimmings in a pretty country pub. If like me this is your dream way to spend a lazy Sunday, rest assured there are many, many to choose from here. The winner of the World’s Best Sunday Lunch 2018 in the Lonely Planet Guide is also right here in our midst at The Star Inn at Harome. The stunningly pretty thatched inn is also one of Yorkshire’s five Michelin-starred restaurants, though at its heart, is still an inn and legendary Chef Andrew Pern is one of the county’s principal supporters of local foods and producers.

Leave the washing up to someone else with these exceptional Sunday lunches in great Yorkshire pubs.

Shibden Mill Inn
Enjoy fresh from the garden and locally sourced ingredients at this multi-awardwinning, 17th century, picture-postcard inn, nestled in idyllic countryside.

The Clarendon Hotel
A traditional countryside inn, ideal for gorgeous food, the finest real ale from local breweries and the perfect place from which to explore the Yorkshire Dales.

The White Swan
Ride to The White Swan for a Sunday lunch treat, enjoy a gastronomic delight, in a stunning setting, just a stone’s throw from the beautiful, historic Ampleforth Abbey.

The Dunkirk
The Dunkirk spirit (gin) is alive and well at this stylishly refurbished village pub. Settle down to a Sunday lunch alongside a roaring log fire or on the roof terrace.

The Railway Inn
Get on track and stop off at this fantastic East Yorkshire eatery in New Ellerby, Hull, the perfect platform for indulging in a hearty Sunday lunch.

The Best Fish and Chips in the UK

Though the number of ‘chippies’ is fewer than my childhood when it seemed there was one on almost every street corner, you do not have to travel far to find one. You could do no better as many do, than to head for the winner of The Best National Fish and Chips Shop 2018 with Miller's Fish and Chips in Haxby just north of York. The 50-year-old, three generation, chip shop is well worth the trip for not just delicious fish and chips but their sustainability credentials are astounding and if you have a restricted diet, Millers have it covered. There’s more incredible fish dishes on offer at The Star Inn the Harbour. Located right on Whitby’s harbourside - so naturally fish features high alongside countless other great Yorkshire dishes.

World Cuisine

With Bradford repeatedly winning Curry Capital of the UK you will be hard-pushed to not find the perfect curry in and amongst the hundreds on offer. That Bradford can justifiably boast the finest Asian food in the UK and Yorkshire can also claim that outside of the capital the diversity of world cuisine in the county is impressive, here is just the briefest of glances at some of the best, showing the sheer quality of what is on offer.

Tattu, Leeds
Easily some of the most contemporary Chinese food on offer in the county, in a sublimely sophisticated setting. There is a clever mix of tradition with modern cooking techniques and stylish food on the plate.

Brocco Kitchen, Sheffield
Housed in the award-winning Brocco on the Park in Sheffield, the kitchen boasts being ‘always seasonal, a little bit Scandinavian and unmistakably Sheffield’. The kitchen is steeped in Nordic influence.

1884 Wine & Tapas Bar, Hull
A taste of the Mediterranean in the Humber Riviera, serving local produce with a tapas twist, accompanied by a variety of wines and Spanish beers. Many diners travel further to this waterside eatery than the food on their plate!

Las Iguanas, York
Las Iguanas retain their independence and continue to deliver the flavours, colour and spirit of South American food to York diners, also in Harrogate, Leeds and Sheffield.

Mango, Wetherby
This superb vegetarian Indian restaurant has quietly done its thing since 2008 under the watchful eye of Rekha Sonigra, originally from the West Indian state of Gujarat.

Sous Le Nez, Leeds
A Yorkshire institution of the highest order and the place to go for cracking, French food married with great Yorkshire produce. Snuggle down in the basement for a great meal.

Lanterna Ristorante, Scarborough
Chef-patron Giorgio Alessio has been wowing the coastal town and pulling in the crowds from across the UK with his authentic Italian food since 1997.

All Siam Thai, Sheffield
This small family restaurant is considered the place to find the authentic flavours and texture of all things Thai in Sheffield. Well worth a visit.

World-Renowned

There are a handful of restaurants in Yorkshire which are both award-winning within the county and the UK, but also have caught the attention further afield and are known way beyond these shores. Amongst that illustrious bunch are:

Yorebridge House, Bainbridge
This multi-award-winning luxury hotel also holds an impressive 3 AA Rosettes. Expect to find consummate service, exciting food and stunning individually styled sumptuous rooms, with several having outdoor hot tubs with views of the Dales.

Estbek House, Sandsend
Twice winner of the White Rose Award for Inns and Restaurants with Rooms and a multitude of other accolades, this small coastal hotel is a haven of relaxation, fabulous service and lovely food with an emphasis on the sea.

The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Bolton Abbey
Part of the Devonshire Estate in a stunning location the Dev (as it is fondly known) boasts not one but two award-winning eateries. The Burlington Restaurant with 4 AA Rosettes for innovative food and more formal dining. The more relaxed Brasserie & Bar is perfect after a beautiful walk along the river.

Discover Yorkshire’s world-class Michelin Stars

Yorkshire is proud to boast an incredible five Michelin Stars across the county bearing testament to the excellence of food on offer here. The Star Inn, Harome continues to wow diners far and wide with the perfect cooking of the finest of local Yorkshire ingredients from Chef Andrew Pern. Where The Star has led, many have followed. James Mackenzie and his team at The Pipe and Glass Inn, South Dalton have brought worldwide attention to this quiet corner of East Yorkshire. This is another chocolate-box inn which holds on firmly to its roots as an inn while delivering stunning food. Frances Atkins is the only female chef in Yorkshire to boast a Michelin star at the beautiful The Yorke Arms nestled in a truly stunning location near Pateley Bridge. Her use of Yorkshire ingredients is legendary. At the family run Black Swan at Oldstead you will find the UK’s youngest Michelin-starred Chef Tommy Banks. His place on the stage of the UK’s best chefs is firmly set. The only city-based Michelin star in Yorkshire is held by Chef Michael O’Hare at The Man Behind the Curtain in Leeds. No chocolate-box inns here, just a cool city centre location where Michael creates his sensational, innovative food.

This article was taken from This is Y 2019.