Tucked in North Yorkshire, Pickering is a peaceful market town with an interesting history.
It finds itself located on the edge of the North York Moors with an abundance of hiking trails. In town you will find a medieval castle, Saxon church, and a number of local museum's to explore. But although Pickering is a fairly small town, it sure does have a big appetite when it comes to good food. From traditional tea rooms to international restaurants, there are plenty of options to choose from. In this list, we have handpicked our favourite restaurants in Pickering to make your decision just that little bit easier.
The White Swan Restaurant – $$
Situated in a charming Yorkshire inn, The White Swan Restaurant is a lovely place to dine with it's own charcoal oven and an elegant dining room. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the menu uses locally sourced ingredients to create a variety of British favourites including fish and chips with homemade tartare sauce. For something a little different, opt for the Yorkshire tapas, consisting of a selection of small plates that showcases the region’s most popular cuisine.
Phone: +44 1751 472288
Address: Market Place, YO18 7AA
Willowgate Bistro – $$$
Tuck into beautifully presented dishes at this cosy bistro. The Willowgate Bistro is a popular dining spot with those looking for good food at a great price. Keeping everything fresh and local, the meat on the menu is provided by Horsley Butchers, the fruit and veg is from Taylor's of Pickering, and the seafood is from Dennis Crooks of Whitby. Choose between two courses for £26 or three courses for £31. There are also a whole host of gluten free and vegan options to enjoy.
Phone: +44 1751 476300
Address: 46 Willowgate, YO18 7BE
Cedar Barn Farm Shop & Cafe – $$
Nothing screams out Yorkshire life better than a cafe on a farm where diners can pick their own fruit. With it’s very own onsite butchery, visitors to the Cedar Barn Cafe can expect to find excellent produce. The sought after Sunday Lunch consists of the farm’s very own Aberdeen Angus beef complete with all the trimmings required for a traditional family roast. From June to August, raspberries, blackcurrants, strawberries, and gooseberries are all available to pick; making your visit into a fun day trip. And if you’re after some indulgent sweet treats, opt for the Vintage Afternoon Tea complete with cakes, scones, and sandwiches, served on antique crockery.
Phone: +44 1751 475 614
Address: Thornton Rd, YO18 7JX
Mr Wilf’s Cafe – $
Enjoy good food and friendly company all while supporting a local charity at Mr Wilf’s Cafe. This fully accessible cafe raises funds for the Wilf Ward Family Trust, helping disabled people in the local area. Located in the centre of Pickering, this is a cafe made for everyone with indoor and outdoor seating and a Changing Places facility. Choose from an all day breakfast, jacket potatoes, and soup, served Monday to Friday 9am-2pm. What makes this cafe particularly special is it’s unique trainee scheme that provides 18 months of work and training to people with disabilities.
Phone: +44 1751 471741
Address: Vivis Ln, YO18 8TS
Fortune Inn – $$
Another town centre location, the Fortune Inn is a popular restaurant serving authentic Cantonese cuisine. A great place to visit with a group of friends, the Fortune Inn has a diverse menu offering value for money. Choose between dim sum, sizzling hot plates, seafood, duck, and noodle dishes, to name but a few. There are also plenty of veggie options including Sweet and Sour vegetables, and deep fried bean curd. If you're short on time, the menu is also available to take away.
Phone: +44 1751 476116
Address: 1-3 Park St, YO18 7AJ
The Tea Shop – $
Tucked along a quiet road in a charming old building, this traditional tea room showcases the nation’s love for a good old fashioned pot of tea. Afternoon tea is a much loved pastime in the UK, dating back to the mid 19th Century when it became popular with the country’s elite. Experience this famous feast with the store’s afternoon tea for two, consisting of scones, cakes, and sandwiches. The tea shop also serves bacon butties, quiche, tea loaves, and jars of local jams and preserves to take home. In true Yorkshire style, the shop also welcomes dogs, making it a perfect place to bring your furry friends.
Phone: +44 1751 798209
Address: 8 Birdgate, YO18 7AL
Spice 4 U – $$
Popular with the residents of Pickering, Spice 4 U is an award winning Indian restaurant full of flavoursome dishes. Offering a dine-in and takeaway menu, this restaurant is perfect for all your curry cravings. It is a family run business that has been feeding diners since 2002. It’s here that you will find Britain’s favourite Indian dishes including Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, Jalfrezi, and Tandoori plates. There are also plenty of chef’s specialities from Chicken Darjeeling to Karahi Mint. Wash it all down with a refreshing drink, before tucking into an authentic Indian dessert.
Phone: +44 1751 473334
Address: 41 Hungate, YO18 7DG
Feast Deli & Cafe – $$-$$$
Easily identified by its elegant navy blue exterior, Feast Deli & Cafe is a chic cafe come deli, making shopping and eating out two of the same thing. All products on the shelves are local, with the aim of reducing mileage and increasing quality. If you’re living in Pickering or find yourself on a self catering holiday, then Feast is definitely the best place to find good tasting, sustainable produce. And it’s all at competitive prices too. Choose from popular breakfast items in the cafe with locally sourced sausages and bacon, or, opt for a freshly prepared coffee with a delicious slice of cake. At lunchtime, dig into the cafe’s popular homemade burgers or twice baked four cheese souffle. There are also a number of gluten free and dairy free options including a gorgeous chocolate and raspberry cake.
Phone: +44 1751 470121
Address: 3 Market Pl, YO18 7AA
Potter Hill Fisheries – $
It would be a real shame if you visited Yorkshire and didn’t try some Fish & Chips. Holding onto the claim that it is the best chippy in North Yorkshire, the Potter Hill Fisheries is certainly the place to sample this classic dish. A real local hangout, this is a traditional chip shop serving up hand battered cod and haddock. Along with the classics, this take away restaurant also has a few alternative options for those looking for something that you will only find in Britain. Choose between spam, pineapple, or Mars Bars coated in batter for an interesting snack.
Phone: +44 1751 472687
Address: 13 Potter Hill, YO18 8AA
Bay Horse Inn – $$
Settle down by an open fire and enjoy a pint of beer, good food, and a game of pool, at Pickering’s historic pub. Dating back to 1295, this pub has an interesting history having housed Crowellian officers and possibly even Cromwell himself during the English Civil War. Today this dog friendly pub serves up lunch and dinner accompanied by a selection of popular international beers. For lunch, try Spadge’s Special Pork & Black Pudding Sausages, or, the Garlic and Herb Roasted Vegetable Lasagne for the veggies. There are also a number of lighter meals and popular sandwiches including Roast Turkey and Cranberry. For dinner, the Slow Roasted Pork Belly with caramelised onions, cabbage, gravy, and parsley mash is a favourite. Finish it all off with a tasty dessert including Creme Brulee with shortbread, a Glazed Lemon tart with sorbet, or Profiteroles with ice cream and a hot chocolate sauce.
Phone: +44 1751 472526
Address: 8 Market Pl, YO18 7AA