As any Yorkshire-man will tell you, the region boasts some of the finest cuisine you’ll find – from the legendary Yorkshire pudding, through to parkin, gingerbread and Wensleydale cheese, Yorkshire delicacies are pretty hard to beat.
However it also appears that the region is rapidly becoming something of a hotspot for fine dining as it’s recently been revealed that Yorkshire has more Michelin Star restaurants than any other county in England outside London.
The Michelin Guide 2014 was published recently along with announcements of the Michelin Star awards, naming five top restaurants in Yorkshire as having one of the coveted stars. The restaurants are The Box Tree in Ilkley, The Black Swan at Oldstead, The Old Vicarage in Sheffield, The Pipe and Glass Inn in South Dalton and The Yorke Arms in Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale.
In addition to the Michelin Star awards, a further three restaurants received a Michelin Bib Gourmand; awarded by Michelin to restaurants offering good cuisine at reasonable prices. The Bib Gourmand winners were Prashad in Drighlington, Vennell’s Restaurant in Masham and El Gato Negro in Ripponden.
The Michelin Guide was first published in the UK way back in 1911 and is probably the most highly regarded guides to restaurants and hotels in Europe.
The Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, Gary Verity, said: “It’s fantastic for our county to once again be recognised as a national leader in fine dining and indeed quality food across the board.
“We’ve known how good the food is here in Yorkshire for a long time, so it’s nice to have the Michelin guide acknowledge that too. We have some of the best food producers in the country, and for Yorkshire to have so many Michelin Star and Bib Gourmand restaurants is great for tourism.
“This is also welcome recognition for the county as Yorkshire prepares to host the world’s largest annual sporting event – the Tour de France – next July.”