If you’re watching the Tour de Yorkshire this weekend you have plenty of choice when it comes to location. Taking in over 500km of roads through some of the region’s most picturesque towns and villages, it’s a great excuse to get out and enjoy everything Yorkshire has to offer. As a local food producer, we thought we’d highlight some of the must-visit foodie stops along the Tour de Yorkshire route – whether you visit them this weekend or in future they’re well worth a look for their amazing locally-produced food and drink.
Stage One – Beverly to Settle
The Westwood – Named one of the Top 100 places to eat in the UK just a couple of years ago, this restaurant in Beverley serves the best of British cuisine, serving seasonal food like Yorkshire lamb and wild venison. At around £120 for two including wine it’s not a cheap choice, but if you want to see the start of the Tour de Yorkshire in style this is the place to go.
The Talbot Arms – A more ‘traditional’ option for the close of Stage 1, The Talbot Arms in Settle stands out amongst a great choice of pubs in town. With real ale, home-cooked food and a proper beer garden, everyone from cyclists to walkers and families to couples will find something to like about this pub. It’s on our list of foodie stops because of its great range of beers and ales – there’s something for every palate!
Stage Two – Otley to Doncaster
Otta’s Leah – For a truly local dining experience, you can’t go far wrong with Otta’s Leah in Otley. Using the ancient name for the town of Otley, they’re supplied by local butchers, farmers and brewers, using seasonal produce to create great British dishes. They even feature in this video, made by Otley folk to support local World-Champion cyclist Lizzie Armistead!
The Earl of Doncaster – Something of an institution, afternoon tea at the Earl of Doncaster is well worth a try if you’re watching the Stage Two finish. This Art-Deco style hotel certainly has the wow factor with its opulent decor, and that’s before you get to the sumptuous sandwiches, scones and cakes that make up their traditional afternoon tea.
Stage Three – Middlesbrough to Scarborough
Brasserie Hudson Quay – Calling all serious foodies, the Brasserie Hudson Quay is a Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking the waterfront in Middlesbrough, with a European ambience that perfectly fits the spirit of the Tour de Yorkshire. As befits a Michelin restaurant it’s not cheap, but if you can’t get over the Tour weekend they do some great offers midweek.
Jeremys – Scarborough may be known for its fish and chips, but you can’t beat Jeremy’s, just round the corner from Peasholm Park. Mentioned in the Yorkshire Post, The Times and the 2015 Michelin Guide, it’s a gem in this town better known for its donkey rides and penny arcades. You’ll need to book if you want to enjoy their contemporary cuisine, but we can’t think of a better place to mark the end of the epic Tour de Yorkshire.
And a final, bonus stop:
The Board Inn – Lealholm may be around the middle of Stage Three, but The Board Inn is too much of a well-kept secret to be left out of our top foodie spots. The Sunday lunch is not to be missed, so if you’re wondering where to retire to after the cyclists zoom past, we recommend this country pub.