Gourmet Getaways for Foodies in Yorkshire
Gourmet getaways are perfect for foodies and food heaven awaits in Yorkshire. The region has more Michelin starred restaurants than anywhere in the UK outside of London, not to mention gourmet food festivals and market towns serving up the very best in local produce and ingredients. Or if you’re an aspiring chef, you might fancy putting your own cooking skills to the test.
Michelin Star Experience
For an unrivalled food experience, look no further than one of Yorkshire’s six Michelin Star restaurants. Recognised as being among the very best places to eat in the UK, they put Yorkshire firmly on the map as a top spot for foodie breaks. Those boasting a Michelin star and outstanding culinary reputation are North Yorkshire’s The Black Swan at Oldstead, The Star Inn at Harome and The Yorke Arms at Pateley Bridge; West Yorkshire’s Box Tree in Ilkley and The Man Behind the Curtain in Leeds; and The Pipe and Glass Inn in South Dalton, East Yorkshire.
Gourmet getaways can be a chance to brush up your own culinary skills. Learn from the experts at Bettys’ award-winning Cookery School. There’s a variety of courses running throughout the year and young chefs aged 8-11 can enjoy a fun filled cooking experience too. Or take a trip to ‘Yorkshire’s Food Capital’ and try out your skills at the Malton Cookery School, part of The Talbot Hotel, well-known for its fine dining restaurant. Learn the basics, enhance your skills, learn new techniques or perfect the classic dish – there’s a huge choice of family friendly, informal and specialist courses.
Take a tour and tasting at Yorkshire Heart – an award-winning, family run vineyard based in Nun Monkton, a picturesque village between Harrogate and York. Arrive at the vineyard to be greeted with a glass of something sparkling which you can enjoy as you’re being shown around by the owners. Finish off with a tasting selection of white, red and rosé wines and some delicious refreshments.
Perhaps you like the idea of staying in on your foodie break and hosting your own dinner party, particularly if you’re staying in one of The Lawrance’s well-equipped luxury apartments in York or Harrogate. For the very best in fresh, local ingredients, Weetons Food Hall, over-looking The Stray in Harrogate is the perfect place to shop. You can browse the delicatessen, butchery and bakery ranges to your heart’s content. Fodder’s Food Hall is another top spot for the best of Yorkshire produce. Or for a luxury night in, call in your very own private chef. French Chef at Home is a Yorkshire dining experience for foodies where you can enjoy signature, French inspired dishes cooked by a true expert.
Yorkshire Food Festivals
No gourmet holiday would be complete without sampling the very best in Yorkshire food at one of the many local food festivals. It’s also a great way to discover the picturesque villages and market towns of the Yorkshire Dales and Yorkshire Moors. The Dales Festival of Food and Drink at Leyburn, (17/18 June) sponsored by Wensleydale Creamery, is a treat not to be missed. Or enjoy some of the best street food in the UK at the Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival (22/23 July) at Funkirk Farm just outside Skipton. Look out for top chefs John Torode and James Martin demonstrating their skills in the celebrity cookery theatre. The magnificent setting of Castle Howard near York is home to this year’s Great British Food Festival (29-30 July). With over 100 artisan food stalls, top chef demos, kids entertainment and live music, it’s sure to be a great day out for food fans. August sees the return of the Streat Food and Family Fun Festival Harrogate (25-28 August). More than 60 amazing street food traders will be on site in the Valley Gardens, the deck chairs will be out and the Craft Beer Teepee will be back! And York Food and Drink Festival 2017 showcases Yorkshire’s finest producers, chefs and cooking with a large market, pop up bars, street food, demonstrations and more. Look out for the main event later in the year (22 Sept-1 Oct) with a taster event of what’s to come in early June.
So, it’s fair to say Yorkshire really is a leading destination when it comes to food and you’re sure to go home satisfied after a foodie break in the region.
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