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The Magnificent, Michelin-Starred Tour of Yorkshire

We sneak a peek at the menus of some of our finest eating establishments.

We’re spoilt for choice in this county, with plenty of good pub grub and restaurants on offer. But what about those special occasions when we’re looking to treat ourselves to a meal with a bit of star quality? We’re talking Michelin stars, and we’ve got you covered.

Pipe and Glass, South Dalton
First on our journey, we head to South Dalton, Beverley, and into the Pipe and Glass. Owned by James and Kate MacKenzie, this Michelin-starred pub turned restaurant has plenty more awards to its name too, including The Good Pub Guide’s National Dining Pub of the Year in 2015. James MacKenzie has even appeared on the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen!
With an ever-changing and evolving menu, they’ve recently updated their restaurant with a brand new private dining suite and a kitchen garden, meaning you’re guaranteed an ambience to match the cuisine.

Menu Sneak Peek
Lunch menu:
Starter – A little jar of potted pork, sticky apple and crackling salad, sage butter, warm spelt toast.
Main – ‘Proper’ ploughman’s, a selection of cheese, cold and cured meats, pickles, chutney and salad.
Dessert – Baked dark chocolate, ‘Millionaire’ pudding, salted burnt butter ice cream.
Evening menu:
Starter – White crab meat, pickled and fresh Radish, sea buckthorn, devilled brown crab crisps.
Main – 30-day aged steak, ox tongue fritter, pickled red onion, watercress and Yorkshire blue cheese salad, horseradish hollandaise and chips.
Dessert – Trio of apples: Bramley and bramble crumble, sticky apple sponge, green apple sorbet.

The Box Tree, Ilkley
We’re heading west now and up the moors to Ilkley, where we’ll find The Box Tree, one of the oldest buildings in Ilkley. The Box Tree has been in the town since the 60s, and has been a huge feature of the local community ever since. Their cooking is refined and skilful, with a classical French base. With a Michelin star awarded back in 2005, they’ve continued to achieve great success, including an Oliver Award for ‘Best Fine Dining & Outstanding Contribution’.
Now owned by Simon and Rena Gueller, they’ll entice you into trying a wide range of dishes from their modern French menu, all served in the fantastically vintage surroundings of their restaurant.

Menu Sneak Peek
Lunch menu:
Starter – Cauliflower veloute, salted apple and chives.
Main – Daube of beef cheeks, roasted roots, pomme puree and red wine sauce.
Dessert – Dark chocolate parfait, hazlenut crumb and black cherry ice cream.
Dinner Menu:
Starter – Poached Scottish salmon, buttermilk puree, dill and pickled radish.
Main – Fillet of hake, clam and smoked salmon chowder.
Dessert – Apple souffle, cinnamon and vanilla crème anglaise.

The Star Inn, Harome
Next up, is The Star Inn, just outside of Helmsley. It received the honour of a Michelin star to compliment its name from 2002-2011 and reclaimed the award again in 2015. It offers modern Yorkshire cuisine at its finest and, aside from its menu, is happy to let guests in on the best local seasonal produce and where to find it.

Menu Sneak Peek
Forager’s Broth of early spring wild mushrooms, hedgerow roots and pickled beets, celeriac and harome shot wild rabbit ‘taco’.
Rockpool of Hartlepool landed king scallop, shetland mussels, lobster, frozen oyster cream, buttered seashore vegetables and seaweed velouté.
Pan-roasted skrei cod with mussel-braised January king cabbage, Lincolnshire smoked eel, fresh horseradish and lindisfarne oyster velouté.
Saddle of harome village shot roe deer ‘cooked over charcoal’ with smoked sweet potato, molasses ‘brack’, coffee bean carrot and game tea.
Morello cherry bakewell tart with sheep’s milk ice cream, toasted marzipan, sour cherries and pistachio.
First of the Season gariguette strawberry shortcake soufflé with harome honey and lavender ice cream.

The Black Swan, Oldstead
Not too far away, we have another Michelin star – there must be something in the water around these parts! We’re at The Black Swan at Oldstead now, just east of Kilburn. Here you’ll meet the Banks brothers, with James front of house and Tommy in the kitchen, crafting his delicious food. Their set menu is steeped in tradition, with a modern twist that adds to The Black Swan’s unique qualities. They rely heavily on local produce and so the menu changes with the seasons, meaning each visit will promise something new.

Menu Sneak Peek
Smoked eel and apple.
Ox cheek.
Pork with hispi cabbage.
Monkfish with hen of the woods and broccoli.
Sheep’s milk with Douglas fir oil.
Cake made from artichoke, chicory root and thyme.

The Yorke Arms, Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale
Nestled among the idyllic surroundings of Gouthwaite Reservoir you’ll find The Yorke Arms, an old coaching house and shooting lodge from the 18th century that’s been transformed into an award-winning restaurant by its owner, Frances Atkins. Frances is a proud fellow of the Masterchefs in Great Britain, and is one of only six female Michelin chefs in the country.

Menu Sneak Peek
Langoustine, charred cucumber, jelly, dulse and rye.
Artichoke, nutmeg soup and marjoram espuma.
Truffled turbot, English lobster mousse, tomato and saffron.
Sweet potato fritter, roasted vegetables, farro and wild mushroom.
80% chocolate, basil, apple and toffee popcorn.
Lime leaf ice cream, pineapple, toasted coconut and nougatine.

The Man Behind The Curtain, Leeds
From the open country to the streets of Leeds, our next visit takes us to Michael O’Hare’s The Man Behind The Curtain. This one’s a little different – with no set menu, you’ll get what you’re given but we assure you, you’ll love it.
It’s set taster menu ranges between £60-£90 and boasts O’Hare’s experimental approach to food that almost looks too good to eat! His food truly is a work of modern art, something echoed by the restaurants decor. Michael O’Hare won the BBC’s ‘Great British Menu’ and now has a Michelin star to his name. But book fast, because tables are often reserved for up to a month in advance.

And that’s the tour complete! Yorkshire certainly does have a lot to offer in terms of exquisite cuisine – enjoy!

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