All posts tagged: Yorkshire

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 …

Yorkshire Day

Yorkshire should be celebrated 365 days a year, however we have to settle for 1st August, but why? August 1st was chosen as it has special significance in the County’s history. On this date in 1759, soldiers in Yorkshire regiments who had fought in the battle of Minden in Germany, picked roses from the nearby fields as a tribute to their fallen comrades. Yorkshire Day started the night before for me with a scrumptious 6 course tasting menu at my local award-winning pub, the Queen o’t’ owd Thatch in South Milford, celebrating food from England’s greatest county. This is my celebration of Yorkshire Day showcasing my special places in this, UK’s largest fantastic county, Yorkshire I love spotting these delightful ‘Mouseman’ mice carved in oak all over Yorkshire, lots in Ampleforth Abbey, and this one I found on the bar at the Black Swan at Oldstead while I was on my Michelin adventure. And the yummiest of sauces – Henderson’s Relish Happy Yorkshire Day G ∼♥∼ G

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 Tea Lounge in Tadcaster

I recently found a hidden gem of a cafe in Tadcaster serving great light meals and appealing cakes. Just the place to catch up with dear friends over a cuppa. The Tea Lounge is situated off the main street in the delightful market town of Tadcaster surrounded by beautiful North Yorkshire countryside. Just the place to stop off should you be driving up the A1 or A64 towards York. The Tea Lounge is quaint and beautifully decorated. The overall charm-factor though is the staff. The lady running front of house was extremely welcoming and chatty. This lunchtime was busy and bustling, full of locals, and we were glad a table for two had been booked. Special of the day was bacon, Brie and cranberry toastie served with a salad garnish. I must add that the cakes looked amazing, home baked from recipes passed down from the owner’s grandmother…I resisted temptation, but thoughts now are of going back for afternoon tea. Look out for the mouse on the floor near the skirting board – don’t worry …

Friday Photo

My ‘Friday Photo’ is Runswick Bay. This is my best kept secret – I only discovered this gem on the North Yorkshire coast this year, and looking forward to going back soon. With its sweeping, sheltered bay and charming red roofed cottages, Runswick Bay is one of the Yorkshire coast’s prettiest destinations. The sandy beach, which once provided anchorage for brightly coloured fishing boats, is now a family favourite for rock pooling, fossil hunting and coastal walks, where you can admire the breathtaking sea views.

D’Oyly’s Tea Room – A Countryside Treat

This tea room, on a family run farm, is in a superb location, situated in the picturesque village of Bolton Percy, close to both Tadcaster and York. You actually walk into the old farm house built in 1832 and the current tea room would have been the front room, now cosy, and with a warm welcome from Vicky. Why D’Oyly’s?? Well….Vicky told me ‘D’Oyly’s is named after our Grandmother, it is her middle name and years ago, we joked how much fun it would be to open a tearoom and call it doilies, or D’Oyly’s, after Granny. Twenty years later, we did just that!’ All the food is homemade and traditionally baked in the farmhouse kitchen Aga. A ‘special’ small soup (parsnip) and sandwiches (Brie and grape) was a comforting winter lunch. Along with a pot of tea served in vintage china. On the sideboard next to our table was a tempting plate of mince pies, and they tasted as good as they looked. In the hall is a gift shop of selected local crafts …

The Carding Shed – The Perfect Pit Stop

The Carding Shed sits in the village of Hepworth, close to Holmfirth. (For the unfamiliar, this is also where Last of the Summer Wine was set). It is reached just off the main road, well away from any noise, at Dobroyd Mills. Dobroyd Mills, which dominates the village, was once a major contributor to the West Yorkshire textile industry, producing fine worsted cloth for export. The Carding Shed housed the machines used for carding, a process that disentangles, cleans and intermixes wool fibres prepared for the spinning of cloth. On arrival it looks like any other building/warehouse, but on closer inspection there are slight differences. Just at the side of the main door are two rather large sets of traffic lights. And what sits beyond is vintage car after car, now home to IK Classics Garage Services. Some are in immaculate condition, others in the middle of renovation, and many being safely stored for their owners. Back indoors there is the delightful ‘Oil Can Café’, serving delicious homemade cakes, sandwiches and tasty looking pie and …

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 …