Since 1951, the Good Food Guide from Waitrose and partners has been reviewing the best restaurants, pubs and cafes across the UK. Good Food Guide 2019 has now been revealed and it includes 10 new entries from Yorkshire. Some of the greatest chefs in the country started their careers in our county and we now boast 6 Michelin-starred restaurants. These new additions to the Good Food Guide are further confirmation that Yorkshire has a solid position on the culinary map. That’s proper champion, that!
Here are the latest Yorkshire additions:
Home is a dining concept from chefs Mark Owens and Elizabeth Cottam
Mark has worked at three Michelin starred restaurants and prior to opening Home, he was Head Chef at The Box Tree, Ilkley. Elizabeth kick-started her career with a Masterchef appearance back in 2016, before completing a successful residency at The New Ellington Hotel in Leeds.
Passionate about the area and locally available produce, the team at Home change their tasting menu each month to include both cultivated and foraged seasonal ingredients. Last month’s ten-course tasting menu included Scallop & Pink Grapefruit, Suckling Pig Beignet and Cucumber Cannelloni.
The Magpie Cafe, Whitby
The Magpie Cafe is an excellent fish restaurant in Whitby which is immediately recognisable to tourists due to its distinctive black and white building and the daily queues outside its doors. Known to people across the county for its exceptional Fish & Chips, Magpie Cafe is a must-visit for anyone visiting the seaside town.
For those who don’t fancy takeaway Fish & Chips, opting to dine in at Magpie Cafe will give you access to an impressive specials menu including fresh, locally caught fish and seafood. Tuck into Whitby Crab Bisque or sample Pacific oysters from the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve.
No Name, Sheffield
No Name is a small bistro in Sheffield that serves a short, but continually changing menu based around locally sourced seasonal produce. Opened by Owner and Head Chef Thomas Samworth in June 2017, No Name can only seat around 20 diners so we recommend booking in advance.
The menu changes weekly and comprises a simple selection of four starters, four main courses and a couple of dessert options. They also operate BYO so take your own wine and a meal for two should cost your approximately £60.
The Pig & Whistle, Beverley
The Pig & Whistle is another small Yorkshire bistro to have made it into this year’s Good Food Guide. The pint-sized bistro and charcuterie bar seek the finest produce from across Britain and Europe to use in their menu of small plates and sharing boards.
Head Chef, James Allcock opened The Pig & Whistle after deciding the popular small plate dining concept which had been popular in London, should be brought to the North of England.
The Moorcock, Sowerby Bridge
The Moorcock Inn is situated at the foot of 250 acres of productive moorland. The pub and restaurant own a 2-acre plot which has been developed to provide them with excellent organic produce for both their pub and restaurant menus.
Their seasonal restaurant menu comprises 9 tasting dishes and is priced at a very reasonable £35. All the dishes are made using only the finest, locally-sourced and cultivated organic ingredients and cooked over charcoal. Dishes include Salt-baked chicken, Grilled Mackerel and Creamed Cod.
Sheffield’s Ashoka Indian Restaurant has been serving gourmet Indian cuisine since 1967 and is just one of five restaurants in Sheffield to be featured in this year’s Good Food Guide.
The restaurant itself is decorated with hand-painted Sanskrit and mahogany mirrors to provide the perfect ambience for an evening of Indian food that’s a ‘cut above the norm’. For those seeking a superior Saturday night curry, they have an extensive menu of traditional dishes as well as some of their own unique creations.
Courtyard at Ox Pasture Hall, Scarborough
The Courtyard Restaurant serves an imaginative menu of traditional British dishes with a ‘creative twist’. Regarded as one of the best restaurants on the Yorkshire coast, it is housed in Ox Pasture Hall – a luxury country house hotel about 10 minutes from the centre of Scarborough.
Enjoy Crispy Duck Croquets with Rhubarb & Beetroot Ketchup before moving onto a main course of Twice Baked Ribblesdale Cheese and finishing with Granny Smith Parfait. The Courtyard at Ox Pasture Hall is also recommended in the Michelin guide so expect the food to be of a first-rate standard.
Issho is a contemporary Japanese rooftop restaurant in Leeds. This stylish eatery serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menus created by Head Chef Weike Zhao. Issho means ‘together’ in Japanese and with its offering of dishes designed to be shared and its open kitchen counter seating area, the restaurant was aptly named.
There are loads of different dining options to choose from but we particularly like the sound of their Pre-Theatre set group menu. For £25 pp (minimum of two people) you get five dishes and a glass of House Wine or Prosecco. Dishes include Dragon Roll Tiger Prawn Tempura and Chilled Caramel Pudding.
Partisan opened in York’s beautiful Micklegate in October 2016. The independent coffee shop and licensed restaurant is owned by a husband and wife team who share a love for artisan produce. Prior to opening Partisan, they created a kitchen garden growing herbs and vegetables and their produce is now used to create the dishes on their restaurant menu.
During the day they offer scrumptious cakes and delicious brunches. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, they offer a range of dishes inspired by various cuisines from across the globe, using only the best locally available ingredients.
The Greenhouse Tearoom, York
Another new addition for York is The Greenhouse Tearoom. It’s a conservatory tearoom in Vertigrow Plant Nursery that serves beautifully presented homemade food and traditional cakes.
On their menu, you will find a super selection of hot mains, light bites and fresh salads and freshly baked breads. Perhaps opt for their salad of baked Feta, courgette, prosciutto, Halkidiki olives and sun-dried tomatoes before satisfying that sweet tooth with a slice of one of their cakes, tarts or pavlovas.
Congratulations to all the new entries from Yorkshire in Good Food Guide 2019 and to all those who maintained their place for another year.
If you have eaten at any of the eateries mention within this article, we’d love to hear about your experience in the comments.