As you explore Northern England’s scenery and immerse yourself in its rich history, why not also make the most of the opportunity to enjoy a gastronomic adventure? After a full day exploring, discerning adventurers will be spoilt for choice in quaint country town and cosmopolitan city pubs, cafes and elegant restaurants. Serving the finest locally produced food, “The North” is a gastronomic getaway that will tantalise the taste buds and leave you wondering why you haven’t been here before.
Fine Dining in the Lake District
Combine walking, paddling or cycling around Lake District with mouth watering food at renowned country house hotel, Holbeck Ghyll. With spectacular views across Lake Windermere, the restaurant and hotel has won numerous awards. The fine dining menu with a diverse complementary wine cellar will satisfy food and wine buffs featuring rabbit and guinea fowl on the menu and a range of delectable accompaniments.
Stay for the night or stop by for an elegant afternoon tea and quick trip to the spa. This is arguably one of the Lake Districts finest establishments sure to leave you satisfied and reflective about the beauty of using local produce.
Another award-winning hotel and restaurant is the Northcote. Strung along the Southern reaches of the Ribble Valley this small luxury hotel has a Michelin star restaurant. Stay and indulge in the striking scenery, the delicious meals or join the cooking school to wow your guests at home with new Michelin star techniques.
From fine-dining to the humble pie, England’s Northern counties can cater for all.
Wigan in Greater Manchester is proud of its pie-eating heritage. Starved back to work in 1926, Wigan’s miners were forced to eat “humble pie”. Wigan is now home to the World Pie Eating Championship held annually at Harry’s Bar since 1992.
Thankfully, the pies are now far from ‘humble’ with the oldest pie-making company, Poole’s Pies, boasting a heritage of esteemed pie-making in Wigan since Margaret Poole first opened her doors in 1847.
Cheshire is a Roman city filled with history. Its country fields, Cheshire Ring canal, quaint village pubs, cafes and delicious restaurants are just waiting to be experienced by the discerning gastronomic adventurer.
Why not experience the crumble of the famous Cheshire cheese on a wine and cheese tasting tour? Thought to be one of the earliest cheese-making regions in England, Cheshire cheese is characterised by its moist, crumbly texture, with its deliciously mild and slightly salty taste. White, Red and the difficult to find Blue Cheshire are popular varieties.
English Mustard of Durham
Complement your scenic tour of this cathedral city and visit farm shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants around Durham. For a memorable experience visit a farmers market at Barnard Castle or Middleton-in-Teesdale, meet producers and fill your bag with delectable, fresh-from-the-field goods.
Pack a picnic lunch and visit High Force Waterfall where you can enjoy afternoon tea in the Georgian Drawing Room and admire the Walled Garden and Norman architecture of Durham Castle.
But don’t forget the mustard on your picnic sandwiches! In contrast to the wholegrain European mustards, the smooth paste of English mustard had its beginnings in Durham, when Mrs Clements developed a process to finely mill mustard seeds into flour.
The Good stuff at Newcastle upon Tyne
A meal at the Broad Chare will fill you with warm pub food. Listed in the Top 50 Pubs, this inviting venue aims to make you feel at home, where “Good beer, Good food, Good conversation, Good company” is the slogan. It’s a good start!
Northumberland’s local delicacies
Immerse yourself in Northumberland’s history filled with Roman, Royal, and Viking skirmishes, characterised by Hadrian’s Wall, dividing Scotland from England. Between visits to historic sites, take time to visit the variety of pubs, restaurants, Inns and cafes as well as award winning farm shops.
Cheese, seafood and beer are the specialties to sample in this coastal county. Take the Northumberland Cheese Company tour to learn to make your own cheese or pour a refreshing ale on a microbrewery tour. For a sweet treat, try some homemade ice cream or visit the Chainbridge Honey Farm. Enjoy Lindisfarne Oysters, a local delicacy, or the quintessentially English smoked kippers on crusty bread.
Who could pass on a famous English pastime – drinking tea? Howick Hall Gardens was the home of the Grey Family from 1319 and claims the title as the home of Earl Grey tea.
Chocolate of York
A walking tour of the chocolate trail in York is a must for any sweet-toothed traveller. The city has a rich chocolate history, seeing the cocoa bean way back in 1725. The trail takes you through some of the most well-known chocolatiers and is educational, very tempting, not to mention, absolutely delicious. You can visit Terry’s and Rowntree’s of York and see the birthplace of the world famous KitKat.
York boasts several food and wine festivals throughout the year, including the York Food and Drink Festival, one of the biggest food festival in the UK and is a celebration of all delicious Yorkshire fare.
Wiswell pub fare
Freemasons will take your taste buds on an unforgettable foodie adventure. Rated number six in the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub awards this is definitely a place to relax in the ambience and enjoy the menu. Located in the Ribble Valley near Leeds and Cheshire, this gastro-pub is one not to be missed.
Bradford – the curry capital
Make Bradford a stop on your itinerary to revel in spicy aromas and mouth-watering Asian delicacies. Bradford has the distinction of being the only city ever to be crowned ‘curry capital of Britain’ for five years running, making this city a must-visit destination for any curry connoisseur.
Variety of Leeds
After exploring the West Yorkshire country, stop in Leeds, embrace history and an array of tasty and innovative culinary options to suit any palate.
Enjoy a real taste of history at the oldest fish and chip shop in England. Located in Yeadon, proprietors have been serving up this uniquely English staple since 1865.
Thanks to BBC’s The Great British Bake Off, the program has led to an array of creative and delicious layered cakes, cupcakes and hot chocolate filled brownies, with Leeds basking in the glow of one season’s winner. Enjoy these delectable delicacies, a cup of tea and watch the world go by at the Cupcakes by Charlie, Mint Cafe, Love Rouge, Hepworth’s Deli or Layne’s.
Bulgogi Grill, Leeds’ first Korean restaurant, includes a barbecue plate on your table to cook your own meal, to your own style or visit Abyssinia for a mind blowing Ethiopian feast sure to capture all your senses.
For a night filled with good food, cocktails and entertainment, try the unique Bibis Italianissimo. There is sensational tasting Italian food, cocktails and live jazz, soul and Motown ensembles.
After a delicious meal, enjoy the panoramic views and city lights from one of Leeds’ elevated or rooftop bars. The Hilton Doubletrees SkyLounge on the canal, the wrap-around outdoor terraces of the Angelica or Alchemist, also offer a concoction of interesting cocktail mixes.
Whether you are after an unrivalled fine dining experience with some of the world’s most spectacular panoramic views, a uniquely British meal of fish and chips or meat pies with a history dating back centuries, or something in between, Northern England really does have something for everyone.