The North York Moors is a spectacular national park brimming with lush green valleys, pine tree forests, historic castles, and idyllic hilltop villages.
Spanning across 554 square miles, this destination is particularly popular with those who enjoy outdoor adventure. Along with panoramic landscapes, the North York Moors is home to a wide range of wildlife including hawks, roe deer, badgers, red grouse, and a variety of plant species.
As well as its spectacular scenery and friendly neighbourhood charm, this region is also famed for its gourmet cuisine. With gastro pubs, grade II listed coaching inns, coastal fish and chip shops, and swanky new restaurants, North Yorkshire certainly knows a thing or two when it comes to good food.
After a gruelling trek, there is nothing better than heading to a local restaurant for a wholesome dinner beside an open fire. Whether you are looking to treat a loved one at a Michelin starred restaurant, or, simply wish to try some good Yorkshire cuisine in a typical local pub, we have rounded up the best gourmet dining experiences to suit all budgets.
The Black Swan, Oldstead
Starting our list off with a fabulous fine dining experience is the renowned Black Swan, nestled within the sleepy village of Oldstead.
Regarded as the ‘Best Restaurant in the World’ by Trip Advisor, it should come as no surprise that this gastro pub offers something truly special.
Featured on the BBC’s Great British Menu in 2016 and 2017, chef Tommy Banks helped transform his parents modest restaurant into one of Britain’s best fine dining destinations and became the youngest chef in Britain to receive a Michelin star.
The Black Swan boasts a charming setting within a countryside inn surrounded by two and a half acres of farmland. The ingredients on the menu are farmed and foraged in and around Oldstead with fruit and vegetables grown directly on site.
Inspired by British and French cuisine, the ever changing tasting menu is priced between £95 and £125.
All of this may sound a bit extravagant but if you are looking for an unforgettable dining experience with a down to earth atmosphere, this renowned little inn is exactly what you need.
Address: Oldstead, York YO61 4BL, UK
Phone: +44 1347 868387
The Star Inn The Harbour
One of Whitby’s favourites, The Star Inn The Harbour is a sophisticated restaurant offering sumptuous dishes at affordable prices.
Owned by a Michelin starred chef, here you can expect a high quality service from start to finish with welcoming staff and fresh seasonal ingredients.
The evening a la carte menu features seafood, the local catch of the day, and popular delicacies including a Roast Rump of Yorkshire Lamb and a Deep-fried Yorkshire Blue Cheese ‘Wardorf Style’.
All cod and haddock is fried in an exceptional gluten free batter which tastes divine to both coeliacs and gluten eaters alike.
On Sundays there is a special menu which consists of a typical roast dinner accompanied by a selection of sweet treats including the Yorkshire Curd Tart and Steamed Ale Cake.
The dining area is inspired by Whitby’s very own harbour with a spacious seating area and chic boating décor. The Sunday menu includes two courses for £22 making it ideal for those who want a good quality Sunday dinner with the family.
Read our review of the Star Inn The Harbour here.
Address: Langborne Rd, Whitby YO21 1YN, UK
Phone: +44 1947 821900
Styled on a traditional French Bistro, visitors to Mademoiselles can expect classic French cuisine set within an elegant Georgian townhouse. Relax amongst chandeliers, bookshelves, and feathery lampshades for a unique dining experience.
Just like its décor, when it comes to food Mademoiselles seems to get everything right. Upon entering, be sure to take a look at its chalkboard list of gins which can be enjoyed in their very own Gin Room.
There is also an onsite wine cellar with an extensive range of French bottles to choose from. The dinner menu boasts dishes that are worthy of any Parisian bistro including Beef Bourguignon with mashed potato, and a vegetarian Roquefort with beetroot gnocchi, sautéed mushrooms, and kale.
Entrées include a Goats Cheese Mousse and a traditional Duck Terrine served with a pear chutney and brioche, while dessert consists of a Cranberry Pavlova and a Black Forest Pot au Chocolat.
The festive sounding Carte de Noel menu offers two courses for £27.50 and three courses for £32 with an additional supplement for cheese courses.
If you are looking for something different to eat in the seaside town of Whitby, Mademoiselles is certainly the place to go.
Address: 1 Skinner St, Whitby YO21 3AH, UK
Phone: +44 1947 602970
Ditto Restaurant, Whitby
For an intimate gourmet dining experience, Ditto Restaurant only serves up to 18 guests each day, making it perfect for romantic evenings.
Located in the heart of Whitby, this restaurant offers an interesting menu of European cuisine. With only four sittings per week, this is an exclusive dining experience and a perfect way to mark a special occasion.
For £30 you can enjoy three courses of delicious dishes including a Spiced Country Terrine to start, a main course of Artichoke and Mushroom Cannelloni, and Baked Lemon Cream with coconut, almonds, and a blackcurrant sorbet for dessert.
Dinner is served at 6:30pm everyday Wednesday to Saturday.
Address: 26 Skinner St, Whitby YO21 3AJ
Phone: +44 1947 601404
The Star Inn at Harome
Established by the same chef as The Star Inn The Harbour, this luxurious restaurant opened its doors in 1996, receiving a Michelin star shortly afterwards.
The Star Inn at Harome is set within an idyllic thatched roof cottage in the beautiful village of Harome, this reputable restaurant and inn offers delicious Yorkshire cuisine using fresh fish, local games, and herbs from the on site kitchen garden.
The award winning menu is regularly updated to showcase the finest seasonal ingredients. The autumn a la carte menu features Partridge served with a truffle bread and butter pudding, and Monkfish with spiced Shetland mussels.
For vegetarians and vegans, there is a specially dedicated menu with a range of tasty options including vegan haggis and a pumpkin cannelloni.
If you wish to sample Michelin starred cuisine on a budget then the Locals set menu is the perfect option with two courses for just £20.
And for those who just want to stop over for a drink, the Pub Bar boasts a huge open fire with large comfy chairs that are ideal for a cosy winter’s evening.
Address: Main St, Harome, near Helmsley YO62 5JE
Tel: 01439 770397
The Coachman Inn, Snainton
Situated within an exquisite 18th Century building, the Coachman Inn is a lovely restaurant offering good ale and even better food.
The extensive menu is packed with wholesome dishes that are carefully created by the restaurant’s highly skilled chefs.
Expect delicious comfort food items including the Chefs Homemade Pie of the Day, baked in a shortcrust pastry with creamed mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables for just £13.95.
Vegetarians will love the Burger of Filet Mushroom filled with roasted halloumi, red onion jam, lettuce, tomatoes, and a homemade carrot ketchup, with a side of skinny fries for £13.95.
There are also some fabulous specials including a Fillet of Wykeham Venison and a Pan Fried Fillet of Whitby Sea Trout. Complete your meal with one of the Coachman’s brilliant draught beers, cask ales, or selection of wines.
Address: Pickering Road, West, Snainton, Snainton, Scarborough YO13 9PL
Tel: 01723 859231
Fox & Hounds Country Inn, Sinnington
Located right on the tip of the North York Moors National Park, the Fox & Hound’s Country Inn is a fantastic place to relax and unwind after a day of hiking.
This cosy countryside inn creates a real home from home dining experience with armchairs, a fireplace, log burner and classic oak beams.
There is also a private dining room that is ideal for birthdays and family gatherings. The a la carte menu is cheap, simple, and filling, with fresh Yorkshire ingredients and a lovely children’s menu with roast turkey, sausage and chips, fish and chips, or pizza for £6.50.
The menu features some wonderful starters such as the King Scallops with black pudding bon bons, crushed peas and a red wine sauce, or, the Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese Souffle with tomato and black pepper chutney.
A popular main menu item is the Trio of Fish comprised of crab cake, salmon, and monkfish for just £17.95. All food is sourced from local suppliers and the inn boasts an authentic Yorkshire charm.
Address: Main St, York, YO62 6SQ
Tel: 01751 431577
Bridge Cottage Bistro, Sandsend
Surrounded by woodland, this cute cottage bistro offers good eats and a lovely laid back atmosphere.
With a picturesque outdoor dining area and a quaint coffee and cake station, the Bridge Cottage Bistro is the kind of place where you can bring a good book and relax.
When it comes to something to drink, this popular eatery boasts its very own coffee blend which is roasted in North Yorkshire.
Open Wednesday to Sunday, what really sets this restaurant apart is its daily themed nights. Friday nights are fish nights with an extravagant six to nine course tasting menu of the East Coast’s best catches.
Consisting of beautifully presented dishes, this unforgettable dining experience comes in at £38 and must be booked in advance.
For something more affordable, opt for Slow Cooked Sundays where you can enjoy a slow cooked main and dessert for only £16.50.
The main courses change each week and all puddings are freshly baked on site. This place boasts a fun personality with a range of pop up events throughout the year including supper clubs, wine tasting evenings, and good old burger nights.
Address: Sandsend Rd, Whitby, YO21 3SU
Tel: 01947 893 438