Eating in Yorkshire’s Towns

Yorkshire does towns well – the market towns of Yorkshire are some of the best places to spend a while in the world – and Yorkshire does food well. In this post, we describe places to eat in some of Yorkshire’s best towns.

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The Westwood Restaurant, Beverley – Simple, yet stylish food, locally sourced, served with informal yet polished service in a contemporary and stylish 70-seater restaurant.


Holdsworth House, Halifax – Dinner is served by candlelight in the exquisite 17th Century, oak panelled restaurant, which has held 2 AA Rosettes for over 13 years.

3 Olives Greek Meze Bar & Mediterranean Grill just a short stroll from the newly built Broad Street Plaza in Halifax. The meze way of eating is enjoyed in the whole Mediterranean, it traces its roots to the banquets of ancients, where small plates were served and shared by all. The various Dishes served up together as mezes, therefore, must be comprised of a variety of textures, temperatures and flavours.

Shibden Mill, Halifax – There’s a cosy, friendly bar and an intimate candlelit restaurant, where our award winning team offer a wide and varied selection of dishes guaranteed to satisfy every taste.

True North at Dean Clough Mills in Halifax. Previously the old Viaduct Café in the Main Mill, True North has been transformed into an incredibly stylish restaurant, promising a warm northern welcome and great food. 


Clocktower at Rudding Park, Harrogate – The chefs here create special menus and events to celebrate the changing seasons – from gourmet dining to al-fresco barbeques, they cover all tastes.

Timberlakes, Harrogate – Timberlake’s is quietly comfortable, unassuming and tasteful. It is a modern and personal interpretation of a classic French pavement-side bistro, offering clean-cut British cooking with the best local ingredients to produce stylishly understated dishes. Everything is prepared fresh to order, so special requirements and personal tastes are easily catered for.

William & Victoria, Harrogate – With chandeliers hanging from high ceilings and opulently dressed windows, enjoy a classic dining experience in a relaxing and welcoming environment. With a passion for tradition and excellence, William & Victoria is a family run restaurant and wine bar serving traditional British food in the heart of Harrogate.

Restaurant Bar and Grill, Harrogate – Open throughout the day and into the evening The Restaurant Bar & Grill is the perfect destination to enjoy a drink, lunch, dinner or private party. The broad menu offers an eclectic mix of dishes, all freshly prepared using the carefully sourced premium ingredients.

Sukhothai is the home of authentic Thai cuisine in Yorkshire, with 4 restaurants in total – 3 in Leeds, at Chapel Allerton, Headingley and our newest restaurant on South Parade in Leeds City Centre, plus our Harrogate restaurant. Since 2002, Head Chef & Owner, Ban Kaewkraikhot, has won a passionate following with her unique mix of innovative Thai food and friendly service. Her efforts have since been rewarded with rave reviews, numerous awards and 6 consecutive appearances in The Good Food Guide since 2008.

3 AA Rosette Horto Restaurant: Latin for kitchen garden, 3 AA Rosette Horto Restaurant uses seasonal ingredients from Rudding Park Kitchen Garden. The menu is dictated by nature, the skill of the Gardener and the flair of the Chef. The dining experience offers an a la carte menu and tasting menu which change on a regular basis. If the tasting menu is selected, guests are encouraged to resist the temptation to look at the menu and discover the dishes and taste sensations as they go. Chefs and waiters interact to create a friendly and relaxed ambience. As the Yorkshire Post advises, “Just sit back and savour the culinary magic.”

The Crown Inn at Roecliffe in North Yorkshire is a 16th century coaching inn that retains the inn’s historic features, such as stone flag floors, crackling open log fires and oak beams, with the addition of sumptuous 5 Star accommodation. Whether you’re treating yourself to a luxury break, looking for some of the finest food in North Yorkshire, or simply dropping in to sample one of our guest ales, you’re guaranteed a wonderful warm welcome.

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The Stubbing Wharf offers a hearty welcome all year round. You can warm up by our roaring fire in winter and sun yourself on the towpath in summer – one of the best places in the valley to catch some fresh air and sunshine while sampling some traditional ales and quality food.

The Crown Inn intentionally didn’t create a dedicated restaurant area but wanted you to be able to have tapas style nibbles or a bigger, longer leisurely meal in a relaxing, unpretentious environment, like having dinner at your friend’s house. The service is attentive, but unobtrusive, leaving you to enjoy your time with us. They also use fresh high quality produce and where possible, all ingredients are sourced locally.


The Fleece Inn is a traditional Country pub and restaurant located in the picturesque village of Holme, near Holmfirth, within the Peak District National Park. Ideally situated for the reservoir walks around Yateholme Woods and Digley. Serving high quality traditional and contemporary cuisine prepared by a team of enthusiastic chefs headed by Andrew Clapham.


The Spiced Pear, Hepworth – Sumptuous seasonal food, service with a smile and splash of real ale are the essential ingredients at The Spiced Pear – that, and a love for local. After five award-winning years at The Butchers Arms in Hepworth, chef Timothy Bilton is making his mark at The Spiced Pear with his own independent family business that uses the best local produce from regional producers.

Eric’s Restaurant – With an accomplished and enthusiastic chef/proprietor, Eric’s restaurant is an award-winning, fine-dining eatery in Lindley, Huddersfield. Here, exciting seasonal menus are crafted with flair and imagination. There is emphasis on fine ingredients, which are sourced locally whenever possible.

Set in the heart of Thunderbridge, a small hamlet just south of Huddersfield, a friendly and personal service awaits you at The Woodman Inn whether visiting for business or leisure. Dating from the 19th century, the Inn is built from local Yorkshire stone and is surrounded by nine acres of mature deciduous woodland. Recently refurbished, The Woodman Inn has 12 rooms and each is fully equipped with ensuite facilities, telephone, TV, trouser press and a hospitality tray to create a truly inviting and comfortable environment.


Talbot Hotel, Malton – Contemporary British cooking delivering delicious food. Head chef Dan Graham champions the use of fresh seasonal produce from local suppliers and our own garden so guests can expect exciting flavours showcasing the best of Yorkshire. A carefully chosen wine list offers choices to suit all pockets and palates including, from Bordeaux, the aptly named Chateau Talbot.

Lying just a few miles outside of Malton, you will find a friendly welcome at Scampston Garden Café, which overlooks the glorious walled garden. Enjoy freshly prepared home-made lunches and cream teas, including a number of seasonal specials. Cakes and scones are baked on site daily and ingredients are sourced locally.


Nestled on the banks of the Leeds Liverpool canal, The Waterside Restaurant & Bar offers you quality dining at an affordable price. Although the restaurant is hidden away it is quickly being discovered and has now established itself as a popular restaurant among all age groups.

It is unpretentious with the decor reflecting the industrial heritage of the listed building. It offers a relaxed setting; perfect for a get together with friends, to celebrate a special occasion or to enjoy an intimate dinner with that special someone.


Yorks of Thirsk is a friendly relaxed café owned by Andrew & Karen since 1993. Since a big refurb 18 months ago in time for the Tour de France it’s become a great place for cyclists & non cyclists alike to rest & refuel! 

The Carpenters Arms is a traditional village inn located in the heart of Felixkirk village, on the outskirts of the Market Town of Thirsk, North Yorkshire. Voted ‘Best Freehouse Pub in Great Britain’ and ‘Flavours of Herriot Country Dinning Pub of the Year’ in 2011, The Carpenters Arms specialises in bringing its guests high quality food, drink, service and surroundings, including a superb private dining room for larger parties.


The Scotts Arms, Wetherby – A warm welcome always awaits at the Scotts Arms. Nestled in the picturesque village of Sicklinghall and dating from 1685, the pub has retained many of its 17th century features with open log fires and exposed beam work, giving a real old-world charm.

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