Michelin Star Dining within 35 Minutes

Roots, York

Roots, York is one of our favourites.

The food is fantastic… even when you ask for gluten or dairy free alterations. The menu changes with the seasons and even the drinks menu has been thoughtfully constructed. 

Refreshingly, the staff are also exceptional and knowledgeable about not only the food, but the culinary process used to achieve the final result.

Expect a relaxed dining atmosphere with an eclectic mix of diners ranging from couples in cocktail dresses to students in creased denim shirts and shorts.


The Black Swan at Oldstead

The Black Swan at Oldstead (23 miles/ 45 mins) is Tommy Banks’ home kitchen and was named the best restaurant in the UK in 2018 and best fine dining restaurant in the world in 2017 by The Food and Travel magazine.

We have tried several times to get a reservation, but never been persistent enough. From the outside, The Black Swan looks like a cosy, country pub, but on the inside they serve a ‘rustic fine-dining experience’ cooked using ingredients straight from their kitchen garden.


The Star Inn, Harome

The Star Inn, Harome (17 miles/ 30 mins) is a quirky, rustic dining experience housed within a cosy 14th Century thatch roofed restaurant. Chef Andrew Pern combines his love of french cooking with fresh Yorkshire produce and daily specials keep the menu tuned into local seasonal produce.

We also really enjoy The Pheasant which is just around the corner.

Expect informal dining in a rustic environment.


Note- There is also a Star Inn the City in York, also run by Andrew Pern. The standard of food and service is not as good as the original restaurant in our experience and we have found on the three occasions we have tried the food here, that the standard has been ‘satisfactory’. The location however is outstanding, so go and have a drink on the terrace by the canal or overlooking the gardens.

The Pipe and Glass, South Dalton

The Pipe and Glass, South Dalton (23 miles/ 40 minutes) is another rural pub turned exceptionally popular restaurant. This former coaching house has the dark wood interior you would expect of a rural drinking house. I’m not a fan of their conservatory extension for dining but everyone else seems to love it.

Draw your own conclusions: https://www.pipeandglass.co.uk/

Other places we enjoy that are worth a drive out…

The Wellington Inn, Lund (20 miles/ 35 minutes) was the only place I wanted to go during my third pregnancy. Your opinions on liver and mash aside… theirs really is the best.

This is where we go for classic pub food to a great standard.


Skosh, York

Skosh, York is a small, modern restaurant which serves small plates and snacks. I find this place fun and innovative. It helps if you feel a little bit excited deep down in your gut about eating (playing with) octopus suckers…

Just published at the number 18 in the National Restaurant Awards, they may have upped their game since our last visit.


Le Cochon Aveugle, York

We have heard great things about this place but we haven’t eaten there (they were unable to adapt the tasting menu to dairy free the last time we called). 

It just ranked 41 in the top 100 places to eat out in the UK so definitely worth a look-see.


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