10 irresistible restaurants along the route
It’s well documented that Yorkshire is emerging as one of the must-visit culinary destinations in the United Kingdom.
The fact that Yorkshire has more Michelin starred restaurants than anywhere in the UK outside of London, as highlighted in this feature, has helped to forge this reputation but there are countless delicious eateries, from pubs to fine dining, across the county that are well worth a visit.
In this article, we’d like to bring to your attention 10 places along the different routes for the Road World Championships that’ll guarantee you a good feed.
Let’s start in the epicentre of the Road World Championships action – Harrogate. There are so many good places in this town to eat but we’ve started with one that has been serving the patrons of Harrogate for over 40 years.
This cosy restaurant serves delicious, hearty British classics from slow roasted lamb henry to roasted belly pork with the best crackling you’ve ever likely to taste. As a wine bar too, you’re also guaranteed a drop of something delightful that’ll accompany your food perfectly.
In 2016, Matt Healy was runner-up in popular BBC series Masterchef: The Professionals and a year later he became owner of The Foundry, a slick & stylish wine bar and restaurant in Holbeck, an emerging destination within the city of Leeds.
During his Masterchef days, Healy became renowed for his fabulously deep sauces with Marcus Wareing describing them as some of “the best he had ever tasted” and this depth of flavour has been brought to his menu by the bucketload. Expect dishes that look simple to the eye but pack an unforgettable punch that’ll leave you yearning for more.
In icon in the Yorkshire foodie scene, The Box Tree held a Michelin star for numerous years and Ilkley locals swear by the quality of the fare at this institution. Head chef Simon Gueller, a keen cyclist, leads the team here and is passionate about pairing the locations Yorkshire roots with a modern French menu.
The interior is rustic yet modern with a welcoming room that has a traditional countryside feel to it whilst the restaurant is bright and vibrant. The food is delectable with the likes of deliciously cooked rack of lamb or salt aged fillet of beef more than likely to make your mouth water.
Another Yorkshire institution is The Old Deanery in the historic city of Ripon – the start location for the Women Elite and Men U23 Time Trials. Their stunning Grade II red star listed building dates back to 1625 and is a stone’s throw away from one of Yorkshire’s most magnificent landmarks – Ripon Cathedral.
Celebrating the best of Yorkshire produce and using only the freshest of ingredients, The Old Deanery’s modern menus and afternoon teas are sure to excite your taste buds.
The Devonshire Arms, in the picturesque setting of Bolton Abbey, is one of Yorkshire’s most loved country house hotels and within the hotel is The Burlington restaurant which specialises in a seasonal and ever-changing tasting menu.
The food is skilfully cooked and the presentation is precise and perfect by head chef Paul Leonard and his team. One of the most impressive things about The Burlington is the wine menu but menu doesn’t even do it justice – wine bible would be more precise as their incredible cellar contains wines from all four corners of the world to suit any taste.
The Angel at Hetton has long been known in Yorkshire food circles and was one of the locations visited by Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in their hilarious TV series The Trip. The restaurant itself had a major overhaul in September of last year when renowned Michelin-starred chef Michael Wignall took over at the helm.
Now rejuvenated and reimagined under Wignall’s stewardship, the menu the restaurant continues to deliver outstanding food and the warmest of welcomes to couple with the restaurant’s gorgeous rural location in the heart of spectacular Yorkshire Dales setting.
Masham will undoubtably be a popular destination for many during the final weekend of the Road World Championships as both the Men and Women Elite Road Races fly through on the final Saturday and Sunday. It’s a good job then that it has a suitably excellent eatery in Vennell’s to keep visitors well fed.
Opened in 2005, the restaurant is small yet perfectly formed and, as with all the places in this list, puts an emphasis of delicious local produce and regularly receives glowing write ups from the written press. The husband and wife team of Jon and Laura are always friendly and inviting and cook with a mixture of style yet hearty substance. A hidden gem!
The Men Junior Road Race sets off from Richmond and takes in some of the most glorious parts of Yorkshire but it’s a tough old course and the riders could be forgiven if they treated themselves to a good old feed the night before at The Frenchgate Restaurant in Richmond.
This fine dining delight, located on one of Richmond’s most picturesque cobbled streets, has a high-quality menu and their Georgian dining room is relaxed and warm with a selection of traditional oak tables and chairs to huddle round as you tuck into your flavoursome feast for the evening.
The Elite Women Road Race rolls out of Bradford on the penultimate day of the Yorkshire championships and it couldn’t leave a bigger hotbed of flavour as Bradford is famously the curry capital of the UK having won the title for 6 years in a row from 2011. There’s terrific places to have a traditional curry in the Bradford district like Akbar’s, Kashmiri Aroma and Aagrah but we’ve gone for one with a difference, Prashad.
Nestled in the village of Drighlington, a few miles out of the city centre, Prashad is a multi-award-winning Indian restaurant that cooks solely vegetarian dishes. You won’t find these dishes in any other restaurant across the county and were awarded a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand in 2015 – a testament to the quality and flavour of their dishes.
We started in Harrogate and seeing as all roads lead to Harrogate in September, it makes sense to go full circle and end back in this beautiful & historic spa town. In William & Victoria, we suggested a tried and tested classic but just up the very same road from them is a delicious destination called La Feria.
La Feria brings the buzz and attitude of contemporary Spain to the UK with their delightful tapas menu packed full of tasty morsels from the Iberian Peninsula. There’s all the classics; patatas bravas, chorizo, gambas al pil-pil and many other dishes and it’s the perfect place to head to with a bunch of friends after all the racing action in Harrogate has finished each day. Salud!