Great Places to Eat

We often refer to ourselves as being situated in ‘foodie central’. We are surrounded by some of the best restaurants in the country, from Michelin starred eateries through to traditional gastropubs serving honest hearty meals sourced from local produce.

The Black Swan in Oldstead

Distance: 3 miles

The Black swan in Oldstead is run by celebrity chef Tommy Banks
Much of the produce is grown in the adjacent kitchen garden
Emphasis is on the short journey from field to plate

This Michelin-starred restaurant is run by chef Tommy Banks – star of Masterchef and the Great British Menu. Tommy Banks is Britain’s youngest chef to hold a Michelin Star. Named ‘best restaurant in world’ by TripAdvisor in 2017. Booking is essential.

The Black Swan offers a Tasting menu, which is critically acclaimed for its commitment to locally sourced ingredients and uses a combination of age-old and modern culinary techniques. Emphasis is on the short journey from field to plate, made achievable by the extensive, adjacent kitchen garden and the family farm in Oldstead itself.

The Star Inn Harome

Distance: 8 miles

The Star Inn Harome – a low, magical building with a thatched roof

The Star Inn Harome has been our favourite restaurant for over 40 years. Situated in a picturesque village, a couple of miles outside the market town of Helmsley. The much loved inn has origins dating back to the 14th Century. Run by chef-owner Andrew Pern this Michelin-starred restaurant has been consistently rated as one of the UK’s top eateries. Whether you pop in for lunch or go along in the evening you will be assured of making a food memory.

Sadly The Star Inn at Harome suffered a fire in 2021 but Andrew Pern has reassured those of us desperate to dine at The Star Inn that they will be back soon. Hopefully it will be open in late Autumn.

The White Swan in Ampleforth

Distance: 1.2 miles

The White Swan is popular with locals and visitors alike. Previous winner of Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub and finalist in Welcome to Yorkshire’s White Rose Awards. Owned for years by The Fawcett Brothers who were born and bred in Ampleforth.

Now run by Catherine Feather a “local lass” who has grown up in the hospitality world. Who understands what people look for in a country pub and she has set about making it one of the best in the area . Having friendly staff with plenty of local knowledge  and warming welcoming smiles . Catherine has sourced the very best connections to supply their kitchens with food drawn from the local reputable food suppliers

The Magpie Cafe

Distance: 35 miles

A Trip To Whitby isn’t complete without a visit to The Magpie Cafe. It’s known throughout North Yorkshire and beyond as one of the finest fish and chip restaurants. With an extensive menu . How about kippers for a starter with bread and butter and strawberry jam …yes that’s right – jam – to cleanse your palate before you tuck into your main course.

One of the things every visitor to Whitby notices is the queue outside Magpie in all weathers and seasons to sample the finest fish and chips in Yorkshire. They have a take away fish and chip shop to the right of the restaurant. Framed signed photos grace the wall inside of famous faces who over the years have dined there.

Wass Farm Shop

Just across the road you’ll find Wass Farm Shop.  Voted in the top 3 farm shops in Ryedale for supplying.And a finalist in the Ryedale Business Awards  The meat is free range, grass fed, and all from the farm. Wild game from the woodlands and pastures of Ryedale is their speciality. Take home a taste of Yorkshire. There is a great selection of charcuterie – chose from tasty salamis, Heritage Breed Pork Nduja and other sliced treats for you to make your snacks while you stay with us