All posts filed under: Yorkshire’s Michelin Stars

Great Food Club has arrived in Yorkshire

So you have all been wondering what I do to fill my retirement ……. I am busier than ever…and Great Food Club is just a part! We all love good food right? And we all love a discount. Great Food Club has recently arrived in Yorkshire and it combines those two wondrous things. Great Food Club celebrates the best food and drink independents and guides you to them. We passionately believe these businesses make our villages, towns and cities better places to live in. It started in 2010 in the Midlands and over the last year, with the help of a team of regional editors like myself, it’s slowly spreading across the UK. I can’t think of a place more perfectly suited to Great Food Club. Yorkshire is such a foodie county, from Dales to Moors, York to Bradford, with a strong respect for local indie producers, bars, cafes, burger joints, delis… you name it. We don’t like chains right? So, who’s in the club so far I hear you ask? To name a few…Skosh, …

November in North Yorkshire

I’ve just come back from a bit of a retreat. I get this urge now and again to go to the seaside and I jump at the chance of a visit to see the sea, more so now that I live 70 miles inland. I was thrilled to join a dear friend 70th birthday celebrations at The Star Inn, Harome, which is just outside Helmsley. And then I was even more excited to combine a hop over the North Yorkshire Moors to Sandsend to curb my craving for the sight of the North sea. See what you think…….I love this bit of North Yorkshire, even in dull and damp November. And I even managed a misty and sunny peep over The Vale of York from Sutton Bank on the very edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. A treat like this is just what you need before the run up to Christmas.    

The Box Tree in Ilkley

There are few more exciting treats for a self-confessed foodie than learning you’re heading to Ilkley’s Michelin-starred restaurant, The Box Tree, to celebrate a friends birthday lunch. It was one of those wet November days, perfect to be tucked up in the Yorkshire Dales while continuing my Michelin Star journey through the county. The Box Tree sits modestly, like a small quaint cottage, on Church Street where it has been a dining institution pretty much since it first opened as a tea room in 1962, winning two stars in 1977 and still retaining one of those precious stars. The Box Tree matches its cottage-like exterior, with old-fashioned furniture, ornate armchairs and grand, gold-framed paintings on the wall in the ‘bar area’. A suited waiter swiftly took our coats and showed us towards a pair of cosy chairs where we were asked if we’d like some drinks. Not long after they arrived, a plate of six – three each – exquisite-looking canapes were presented – including a melt-in-your-mouth pink peppercorn macaroon, which had a hot peppery …

The Star Inn Harome

My Michelin star adventure in Yorkshire took on a bright glow recently when a partner in crime and I drove up through the Howardian hills towards Helmsley where we enjoyed a long and relaxing lunch at the The Star Inn in Harome. We both needed a dose of ‘be kind to yourself’ and Andrew Pern and his staff delivered the prescription. The old thatched inn dates back to the fourteenth century and certainly looks the part, with its quaint village setting and vintage interior of low beams, wood panelling and rough plastered walls – in the restaurant there are both ‘old’ and ‘new’ dining rooms, as well as seating outside on the terrace and grass area, plus a huge dining table in the kitchen garden. Chef and owner Andrew Pern roots his seasonally changing menus firmly in North Yorkshire where he grew up, from Scarborough-caught fish with marsh samphire and brown shrimps to estate game and Yorkshire-sourced lamb, pork and beef, all enhanced by homemade pesto, sauces and butters from their own herbs and locally …

The Pipe and Glass Inn

If you’ve read my earlier blog posts, you’ll note that eating Michelin-starred food in Yorkshire was high on my ‘mini adventure must-do’ list of 2015. I picked the hottest July day of the year to go with a partner in crime, to head east, taking in the lovely East Yorkshire countryside to The Pipe and Glass nestled in the estate village of South Dalton – I can see why the rolling Wolds had caught David Hockney’s imagination. The Pipe and Glass Inn – an attractive 17th century former coaching inn – stands alone, with a stretch of field and trees as a backdrop to its car park. I read somewhere that The Pipe and Glass Inn was once a tired and unloved pub, but I’m pleased to confirm that there is nothing tired or unloved about this place anymore. James Mackenzie and wife Kate, fresh from working at the Star at Harome, bought the pub in 2006 and turned it very swiftly from a village boozer into the hottest gastronomic offering in the East Riding, holding …

The Black Swan, Oldstead

I had a very dear partner in crime accompanying me for Sunday lunch on the second stage of my Yorkshire Michelin Star journey, we both love our food and are generally on the same wavelength when it comes to maximising the experience. The Black Swan at Oldstead, twenty miles north of York, is neat and pretty, and in such a stunning Yorkshire setting nestled between The White Horse at Kilburn and Byland Abbey, in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. The Banks family have lived and farmed at Oldstead for generations and have quietly worked away running their 16th-century inn for about seven years. Michelin says of chef/owner, Tommy Banks, who is believed to be Britain’s youngest Michelin Star Chef, ‘cooking is modern and highly skilled but satisfyingly unpretentious”. So, what did we discover on this journey?? There was a reminder on the front door to leave our muddy boots outside, (I hasten to add that we did not hike up here this time) and inside our welcome was immediately warm and inviting. The downstairs …

Harrogate Blue Cheese, and Soup

I promised to review the award winning Shepherds Purse cheeses I bought recently, from a Yorkshire dairy of course! They have been sitting in my fridge resisting my temptation to nibble, and what a lovely surprise I had when I opened the truckle of Harrogate Blue – coloured with annatto to give it a bright golden paste! Harrogate Blue is a golden bodied soft blue cheese made with milk from classy Yorkshire cows. It is so soft and creamy, with a mellow blue flavour, and a hint of pepper. Shepherds Purse, a dairy based near Thirsk, launched Harrogate Blue in 2012, and it was so successful, it quickly won the first of many awards. It is matured for a minimum of 10 weeks to give the cheeses the time to develop the depth of flavour and creaminess. Every batch is made by hand on the family farm in North Yorkshire. You can buy this cheese via their website, and in specialist delis as well as being a mainstay on many menus served by top hotels, …

The Yorke Arms, Ramsgill

Lunch at The Yorke Arms in Ramsgill was my first experience on my Yorkshire Michelin Star journey. The Yorke Arms was featured in The Trip, a 2010 BBC comedy starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as fictionalised versions of themselves doing a restaurant tour of northern England. I was keen to enjoy my trip too! The drive up Nidderdale from Pateley Bridge alongside Gouthwaite Reservoir included some fantastic Yorkshire countryside with stunning views. The Yorke Arms, a former 18th century coaching house and hunting inn sits in a beautiful setting by the green in this delightful village below the moors. We were welcomed by a ‘caring’ host in the flag stoned bar, who then ushered us into the lounge. Here there were old beams, wooden tables and a variety of coloured cosy sofas and chairs plus a welcoming real log fire. Head chef and owner Frances Atkins trained at the Box Tree in Ilkley, set up a catering business in 1984, and bought the Yorke Arms in 1996. She is one of only a handful …

Yorkshire’s Michelin Stars

According to Welcome to Yorkshire, the county boasts the most Michelin starred restaurants than any other county in the UK, outside London. Precisely six being secured in the recent release of the 2015 Michelin Guide. I have set myself a small objective to visit each one of the Michelin Stars in Yorkshire and I will begin my quest to tick them all off the list.  This journey will take place over several months. I hope you will get a flavour and taste of what a delicious journey lies ahead. The Old Vicarage, Sheffield – http://www.theoldvicarage.co.uk The Pipe and Glass Inn, South Dalton near Beverley – http://www.pipeandglass.co.uk The Box Tree, Ilkley – http://www.theboxtree.co.uk The Black Swan, Oldstead near York – http://www.blackswanoldstead.co.uk The Yorke Arms, Ramsgill near Pateley Bridge – http://www.yorke-arms.co.uk The Star Inn, Harome near Helmsley – http://www.thestaratharome.co.uk Furthermore, four restaurants hold a Bib Gourmand – a mark of good cuisine at a reasonable price. Le Langhe, York – http://www.lelanghe.co.uk El Gato Negro, Ripponden – http://www.elgatonegrotapas.com Prashad, Drighlington, Bradford – http://www.prashad.co.uk Vennell’s, Masham – http://www.vennellsrestaurant.co.uk Gary …