eat and drink

Eat and drink

Michelin starred restaurants

Now back in the Michelin guide, the Star Inn offers some of Yorkshire's most exciting produce and cooking. Now expanded to include a base in the city in York, the original country inn keeps its traditional pub feel - and still attracts local drinkers - but serves excellent food in its attached restaurant. At nearby Oldstead, meanwhile, The Black Swan makes it two Michelin stars in a 10 mile radius, meaning the area is fast becoming a destination for serious foodies.

Fish and chips

At the other end of the food spectrum, but no less enjoyable, are the nationally-famous fish and chip restaurants in Whitby. There is fierce debate about which of the two - Magpie's or Trencher's - do the best fish and chip supper, but there's little doubt that they produce the country's best version of this dish. Once you've made your choice, you can eat in their restaurant, or even better, on the beach.

Capital of Cake

As is only right for a county built on cake, the North York Moors has now proclaimed itself as Britain's Capital of Cake. Lots of the biggest local business and tourist attractions are getting behind the campaign, which will see an annual competition to find the county's best cake. Beyond that, the tourist board organisers have used the opportunity to list the area's best 'sweet spots' in which to enjoy some delicious Yorkshire cake.

Fortune's kippers

Well-known for its fishing heritage, Whitby also boasts one of the last traditional kipper smokehouses on the east coast. Now owned by the sixth generation of the same family, Fortune's smoking methods have changed little in 130 years. Championed by Rick Stein as one of his British Food Heroes, Fortune's counts HRH Princess Anne, as well as chefs from across the country, as regular customers.

Beer from the cloisters

Fans of Belgian-style trappist beers can now find abbey brews right here in North Yorkshire in the cloiters of Ampleforth Abbey. Brewed in the style of trappist beer, the Ampleforth tipple is a award winning and comes in at a strong and flavoursome 7%. And buoyed by their success, the monks of Ampleforth have expanded their brewery to include abbey cider, brandy and gin all available from the abbey shop. Even if you don't want to pick up a bottle, a trip to the Benedictine abbey, set in a peaceful and green valley, is well worth it.

Afternoon tea

Yorkshire is becoming something of a specialist in afternoon tea, rivaling other counties for the title of the country's best. At the Black Swan Hotel in nearby Helmsley, tea drinking has been taken to a new level. It now boasts some 25 teas from around the world, served in the impressive setting of an Elizabethan inn. The tea room has also been admitted to the prestigious Tea Guild, putting alongside the likes of The Dorchester and The Ritz for the quality of its afternoon tea.

Yorkshire produce

With acres of the country's best farmland, it's no surprise that Yorkshire also produces some of the country's best produce. Rare breed and organic beef, lamb and pork are all reared in the surrounding area and are available from local butchers. The area is also famous for locally-shot game, specialist cheese and traditional beer. Pick up some ingredients for a picnic or dinner back at the cottage at Beadlam Grange's award-winning farm shop or Hunters traditional delicatessen at Helmsley.


No trip to York is complete without a trip to Betty's Tea Room. Established in 1919 and serving the finest Yorkshire teas and refreshments ever since, the tea room remains permanently popular. Known for its friendly service and amazing cakes and pastries, the company - still under family ownership - now boasts six cafes in Yorkshire, two in York. The company also includes Taylor's, makers of the world famous Yorkshire Tea.

Yorkshire beer

For something a little stronger than tea, Yorkshire can provide a vast range of real beers and ales, from the nationally-distributed Black Sheep, to small local breweries like the one at Cropton. Attached to the village's New Inn, the Cropton Brewery is getting on for 30 years old, making an excellent range of Yorkshire beers.

Malton Food Festival

Malton is quickly building a reputation as the food capital of Yorkshire with monthly food markets, a host of independent food shops and an annual Food Festival supported by the likes of locally-born chef James Martin. The festival sees famous cooks from around the country converge on the town to offer cooking demonstrations and talks and celebrate the best produce that the North York Moors has to offer.