Finding the right place to go for a first date isn’t always the easiest task, and it’ll be quite the opposite of where you might meet your boss for lunch. So we’ve done the hard bit for you, and picked a suitable restaurant for every occasion…
First date: Shears Yard, Leeds
Created by the team behind Arts Cafe, Shears Yard is a relaxed place to dine, drink and socialise. Its laid-back atmosphere is perfect for a first date, as nerves are bound to be high. The menu is simple, yet stylish and varied – perfect for when you’re unsure what’s going to take your date’s fancy. Shears Yard offers a little bit of everything in its brunch and dinner menus, as well as vegetarian options. Its also have a terrace for alfresco drinking during the summer months, with a plethora of cocktails to ease those first date jitters.
A business lunch: Angelica, Leeds
Since its opening in 2013, Angelica has been a popular location with the sophisticated lunch crowd. Angelica’s stylish wraparound terrace – offering panoramic views of the city – makes the perfect place to take a breather during a busy day in the office. With an all-day dining menu, offering dishes such as its fantastic Orkney beef burger, as well as its set menu (currently priced at £15 for two courses), you’ll be spoilt for choice without breaking the bank.
A dinner with family: The Rythre Arms Steakhouse, Tadcaster
Priding itself as Yorkshire’s ‘Steak Mecca’, The Rythre Arms has been a family favourite for years, serving some of the best steak in the region. For the braver among your clan, try the whopping Rythre Monster – an absolutely huge 78oz steak. If some members of the family don’t fancy steak, however, The Rythre has them covered with an alternative main course menu. The classic Yorkshire setup creates a homely atmosphere, making it the perfect place to spend time with family.
A wedding anniversary: The Vavasour Restaurant at Hazlewood Castle, Tadcaster
Catering for a wide range of occasions, The Vavasour Restaurant is the ideal place to spend a wedding anniversary. The menu provides exquisite seasonal dishes ranging from contemporary cuisine to more traditional fare, all prepared under the watchful eyes of Head Chef Tim Hamer. The unique setting of the castle makes the Vavasour the perfect destination for your special day. The restaurant itself is downstairs in a basement setting, which provides a snug, private dining space. The decor inside lends an intimate atmosphere with brick walls that hark back to the architecture of the grand castle above. At a reasonable price, this classy restaurant might even leave you with some extra cash to get your loved one an extra gift.
A catch up with a friend: The White Goose, Pocklington
The White Goose is a cheap and cheerful bar with a simple pizza and snacks menu, making it the perfect place for a chat and a catch up. It’s great value, too, with all items on the menu ranging from £1.95 to £7.95. As well as its fairly priced food, the White Goose offers a large variety of drinks including over 70 different gins from its famous gin wall.
A relaxed dinner date: Stonegate Yard, York
Located in a charming Georgian townhouse deep within York’s bustling back streets, Stonegate Yard might just be the finest gastropub in the town. It’s pub grub, but the likes of which you’ve never tasted before. And for value for money that doesn’t compromise on either quality or quantity, we are yet to see it beaten. Perfect for a relaxed dinner date with a partner. u