5 of The Best Places to Eat in Thirsk

Are you looking for places to eat in Thirsk?

Thirsk, in the district of Hambleton, is a traditional Yorkshire market town. Once home to the renowned vet, James Herriot and Thomas Lords (founder of Lords Cricket Ground), its cobbled streets are walked upon by a population of  11,000 people in addition to the 36,000 tourists who visit the town each year.

We know there is plenty for people to do from a leisure perspective. The World of James Herriot is obviously the most popular local attraction and its close vicinity to both the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors makes it idea for hiking and exploring.

But…where does one eat? Whether you’re planning a short visit, an extended stay or even if you’re a new resident of the town, we’ll have something to tickle your taste buds on our list of the best restaurants in and near to Thirsk.

Places To Eat in Thirsk, North Yorkshire

The Lord Nelson

The Lord Nelson,  places to eat in Thirsk

The ‘last remaining pub on the green’ serves traditional homemade pub food in it’s newly refurbished lounge area. The food itself is great value for money as the portions tend to be rather generous in size. Sunday Lunch is particularly popular at The Lord Nelson – huge Yorkshire Puddings bursting with tender slices of meat, roast potatoes and freshly cooked veg!

The Lord Nelson, 40-41 St James Green, Thirsk, YO7 1AQ

The Carlton Inn

The Carlton Inn, Thirsk

You’ll find The Carlton Inn in the nearby village of Carlton Husthwaite. They serve a reasonably priced menu made with some excellent locally sourced ingredients which are delivered to the restaurant daily. Begin with ‘Yorkshire Blue Cheese & Garlic Cream Mushrooms’ before tucking into ‘Slow Roasted Belly Pork’ which comes with Black Pudding Bon Bons, Pineapple Salsa and Barbecue Sauce. Nom nom…

The Carlton Inn, Main Street Carlton Hustwaite, Thirsk YO7 2BW

Little 3

Best Restaurants in Thirsk

On the ground floor of Little 3 you’ll find a great pub serving local ales, premium spirits and classic cocktails. Head upstairs, however, and you’ll discover their World Kitchen Restaurant serving classic dishes from across the globe. Start your culinary journey in Italy with a fresh Caprese  Salad and then head to Indonesia for ‘Monk Fish & King Prawn Curry’ served with Coconut Rice and Satay Sauce. This place is great for those families who cannot agree on a particular cuisine!

13 Finkle St, Thirsk YO7 1DA

Crab & Lobster

Crab & Lobster in Thirsk

The Crab & Lobster is the award-winning gourmet restaurant at the Crab Manor Hotel, located 5 miles from Thirsk Racecourse. It’s one of the best places to eat in Thirsk. Open since 1991,  they offer a variety of dining experiences including lunch on their pavilion and candlelit dinners in their cosy restaurant. As the name suggests, they serve lots of seafood including Shetland Mussels, Grilled Queenie Scallops, Lobster Thermidor and Lindisfarne Oysters. Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of fish – they also serve plenty of meat-based and vegetarian dishes.

The Crab & Lobester, Dishforth Rd, Thirsk YO7 3QL


This authentic Italian restaurant with rooms and a friendly bar, is a 10-minute walk from the centre of Thirsk.  The bar at Fantinos serves an excellent range of Italian Wines and Lagers, as well as some great real ales from Yorkshire. Their pizzas start at just £8.50 and are cooked in full view of the diners in a traditional wood-fired oven. Other dishes on their extensive menu, include Calamari, Gnocchi, Linguine alla Carbornara and Risotto. Buon Appetito! 

Fantinos, Front St, Sowerby, Thirsk YO7 1JF

Map of Places to Eat in Thirsk

If you don’t see your favourite Thirsk restaurant on our list,  don’t worry because we intend to add more over time. Feel free to share your suggestions in the comments section

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