Shoot for the stars: dining at Yorkshire’s Michelin restaurants
Words by Lauren Entwistle
Yorkshire has quite the reputation in foodie circles. From up-and-coming gastropubs to tiny hideaways that serve unique dishes, our county has got a lot going for it should you ever need to stop for grub. But that also means that we have a host of brilliant restaurants that are at the forefront of the dining game.
Here is our compilation of Michelin-star awarded eateries in and around Leeds – perfect to sink your teeth into.
The Box Tree
Based in Ilkley, The Box Tree serves up a French classical menu that hardy foodie’s are sure to love, including an extensive wine-cellar. Set in one of the oldest buildings in the town (in a sandstone cottage, to be exact) – owner Simon Gueller is committed to sourcing fresh local ingredients from farmers and suppliers in the West Yorkshire area. Visit if you fancy classic food in a plush and welcoming atmosphere.
The Black Swan
This Michelin-star wielding pub is a real stand-out – as it’s the only pub with accommodation in the north of England with a Michelin star! Nestled in a stunning rural location near Byland Abbey with the building dating back to the 16th century, The Black Swan serves delicious homely meals with flair. With head chef Tommy Banks taking a lot of inspiration for his dishes from nature, you can easily while away the hours with a full stomach looking at the vista before retiring to your AA 5-Star awarded room.
The Yorke Arms
Hidden in Yorkshire’s gorgeous Nidderdale Valley, The Yorke Arms is an 18th Century coaching house and shooting lodge that now serves as a fantastic getaway. With a Michelin-starred restaurant helmed by top Chef Frances Atkins, you can be sure that your dinner takes the best from local Yorkshire sources and serves it with serious creative innings. The menu is constantly changing to accommodate new and innovative dishes – just be sure to bring your camera because the presentation is more than Instagram-worthy.
The Man Behind The Curtain
The enigmatic and strangely named ‘The Man Behind The Curtain’ has claimed Yorkshire’s newest Michelin star and it’s easy to see why. Chef Michael O’Hare creates dishes with an ultra-modern feel, inspired by art, music and contemporary culture. Intruiged? You should be. With selections titled: ‘The insecurity of postmen in Oakley in sunglasses’ which translates to pork presse, mandarin and basque fois gras on the plate – this is sure to be a dinner-party conversation winner for months.
The Star Inn
Sat at the very edge of the North York moors in the tiny village of Harome, Andrew Pern frequently switches up his menu to reflect the best of what’s on offer from the restaurant’s picturesque surroundings. From Butter-roast Asparagus with Aged York Ham shavings to a host of delicious game meals (an autumnal staple), The Star Inn offers traditional dishes that have been perfected. After all, who can beat a good ol’ roast?
The Pipe and Glass
With all the warmth and character of a traditional country pub, The Pipe and Glass is East Yorkshire’s first and only Michelin-star holding restaurant. Committed to sourcing seasonal local meats, vegetables and other fresh ingredients, expect a hearty portion of carefully crafted and flavourful food to land on your table. There will be no stomachs rumbling here!
Hidden on Kirkgate and opening today, Home is the fresh-out-the-pan joint venture of Elizabeth Cottam (you’ll know her from Masterchef 2016) and Mark Owens, the former Michelin-starred chef of The Box Tree in Ilkley. They approach their venture as ‘fine dining, re-imagined’, offering a seriously impressive ten-course tasting menu featuring a top range of seasonal and local ingredients. As the name suggests, Home is firmly rooted in a sense of heritage and a warm welcoming atmosphere – making this restaurant one we can’t wait to check out.