Yorkshire is home to the world-famous Bettys and a visit to the county is not complete without indulging at one of its tearooms. The closest to Brompton Lakes are at Northallerton, Harrogate (one in the town centre and a second at the RHS garden at Harlow Carr) and York. Each tearoom has its own distinct character but all offer elegant surroundings, old fashioned service and mouthwatering delicacies. Visit:www.bettys.co.uk
The Station, Richmond
If you are visiting nearby Richmond or, better still, if you walk from Brompton Lakes to the town via the old railway line (please ask a member of staff for details of the route) then you come to The Station – one of the area’s most popular social venues. Here you can eat in Season’s café/restaurant, which serves a wide range of refreshments from teas to glasses of wine and light lunches to three-course meals. Alternatively, you could sample one of the many flavours offered by Archer’s ice-cream parlour. This delicious jersey ice-cream is a firm favourite with adults and children alike! The Station has outside seating in the summer months. Visit: www.richmondstation.com
Located on the first floor of this popular interior design shop, the tearoom provides a welcome stop when visiting this bustling market town. It serves imaginative lunches and cakes and, if you are lucky enough to secure a window seat, you can watch the world go by in the market place below.
The Country Café at Ellerton Lakes is just beyond the village of Bolton on Swale on the road to Northallerton. The café offers a wide range of home-made food, where possible sourced locally. There is also a large enclosed children’s play area outside to occupy the younger members of the family. Visit: www.thelakesidefarmshop.co.uk
This Jacobean manor house is worth visiting in its own right to view the elegant interiors and lakeside gardens but Kiplin Hall also has a tearoom which can be accessed separately. Tea is served in splendid 17th century surroundings and the delicious cakes are all home-baked. The Hall is open from Easter weekend until 30 September, Sunday-Wednesday, from 2-5pm. Visit:www.kiplinhall.co.uk
Dales Bike Centre, Fremington (near Reeth)
As its name suggests, the café at the Dales Bike Centre provides a welcome stop for cyclists and walkers but it is by no means exclusive to this clientele. It uses local produce to offer great quality café food, for example home-made soups, sandwiches and panninis. It also serves fantastic coffee, tea and a range of cakes that leaves you struggling to decide on just one. The centre is closed on Wednesdays during Dec/Jan/Feb. Visit: www.dalesbikecentre.co.uk
Scorton Village Hall
This may seem like an unusual venue at first glance but nearby Scorton has a community-run tea room in its village hall. The team of volunteers provide a vast array of home-made quiches, sandwiches, cakes and bakes at very reasonable prices, with daily specialities like lemon meringue pie and fruit pavlovas. The atmosphere is informal and friendly. Open week days only.
The Blue Lion, East Witton
Widely regarded as one of the North of England’s leading country inns, the Blue Lion has received a host of regional and national culinary awards, including three-times winner of the Dining Pub of the Year. All food is freshly prepared, using a wide variety of mainly Yorkshire ingredients. There is also a wide selection of vegetarian dishes to choose from. Tel: 01969 624273. Visit: www.thebluelion.co.uk
The Heifer, Scorton
This modern pub in the nearby village of Scorton, serves evening meals and lunches, including traditional Sunday lunches. Also offers a unique takeaway service for Brompton Lakes guests. Tel: 01748 811357. Visit: www.theheifer.com
Rustique, Chantry Wynd, Finkle Street, Richmond.
A warm welcome awaits you at Rustique where they strive to provide a first class dining experience. The restaurant specialises in french cuisine - you may even feel like you are dining in the heart of Paris. Tel: 01748 821565 Visit: www.rustiqueyork.co.uk
The Bay Horse, Hurworth
The Bay Horse is a traditional English pub with open fires and hand pulled local ales. The restaurant serves classic English dishes with a variety of daily specials. Locally sourced produce is used wherever possible and all bread is baked on site with a different selection every day. Main courses include Beef and Cumberland Ale Pie with Baby Mushrooms and Pancetta or Pan Fried Salmon with a Creamy Casserole of Mussels. Tel: 01325 720663. Visit: www.thebayhorsehurworth.com
The Black Horse, Kirkby Fleetham
This popular village pub offers quality food and drink. The speciality board showcases the very best local produce, from home-cured salmon to fine British cheeses, or home-made Scotch eggs. The restaurant offers classic British dishes including a Sunday roast. Tel: 01609 749010. Visit: www.blackhorsekirkbyfleetham.com
La Piazza 2, Dundas Street, Richmond
This newly opened restaurant has a modern, open-view kitchen, stone tiled floors, outside decking and feature fountains. The menu is classic Italian with a wide selection of pizzas, pasta, meat-based and vegetarian dishes. Tel: 01748 825008.
The Frenchgate Hotel, Richmond
This restaurant was recently awarded two rosettes by the AA and presents some of Yorkshire’s finest food and wines in stylish surroundings. The menus change frequently but typical main courses are a loin of Yorkshire lamb together with a confit of shoulder, a fillet of local beef, fresh halibut or a vegetarian option. Tel: 01748 822087. Visit: www.thefrenchgate.co.uk
Overton House Café, Reeth
As well as a lunchtime menu, the café also offers evening dining. Sample dishes include: country pork and game terrine with pineapple pickle; steamed Shetland mussels in Thai coconut broth; pork fillet with celeriac and Swaledale Blue risotto. Limited opening. Please call for current opening times and to book a table. Tel: 01748 884332. Visit: www.overtonhousecafe.co.uk
The Wensleydale Heifer, West Witton
As The Times said on 30 June 2007, "reel in a prize catch with Whitby cod, crackling Black Sheep batter, fat chips and posh peas which is the best fish supper you'll eat all year, in or out of a newspaper." The whole of the ground floor of this former 17th century coaching inn has been transformed into an elegant, contemporary dining experience, with log fires in the spacious lounge. The à la carte menu is predominantly on the seafood theme, e.g. Thai coconut fish curry with halibut, salmon and tiger prawns, or salmon fillet with lobster and crab, served with crushed new potatoes, buttered spinach and herb cream. Tel: 01969 622322. Visit: www.wensleydaleheifer.co.uk
Imperial Express Cafe, Northumberland Street, Darlington
With its bright, black and white interior and Italian-themed lunch and early evening menus, the Imperial Express Cafe is a popular in-town venue. Breakfasts are also recommended here. Tel: 01325 383297.
The Sandpiper Inn, Leyburn
There are three main menus, lunch, dinner and Sunday lunch, which are taken in a separate dining room. Main courses feature dishes such as beef fillet and wild mushrooms, leeks and black bacon, or Moroccan spiced chicken with cous cous. Vegetarians are not overlooked, with grilled haloumi on a salad of roasted vegetables as a tasty example. Desserts include mango vacherin and raspberry sauce or a terrine of three chocolates with a pistachio sauce. Closed: Monday. Tel: 01969 622206. Visit: www.sandpiperinn.co.uk
The Charles Bathurst Inn, Arkengarthdale
The Inn takes delivery of fresh local lamb and beef which is reared and butchered in the area and game is shot locally from the surrounding moors according to season. Fresh fish is delivered daily from Hartlepool and the second Tuesday of every month is fish night. Dishes can range from a hearty lunch of steamed beef suet pudding or a more sophisticated evening meal of roasted halibut stuffed with smoked salmon mousse, confit of fennel with prawn and martini sauce. Tel: 01748 884567. Visit: www.cbinn.co.uk
The Punch Bowl Inn, Low Row
As with it's sister establishment in neighbouring Arkengathdale, The Punch Bowl has gained a reputation for food of the upmost quality using the same local purveyors and suppliers. The unique wooden bar was designed by Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson of Kilburn. Tel: 01748 886233 www.pbin.co.uk
The Burgoyne Hotel, Reeth
This hotel’s elegant restaurant offers a daily changing menu of locally sourced and fresh ingredients. Examples of dishes include: roasted grouse with bacon; bread sauce and game chips; and baked Guinea fowl in orange and sherry with cinnamon and medjool dates. Closed: January - mid February. Tel: 01748 884292. Visit: www.theburgoyne.co.uk
The Bridge Inn, Grinton
Bar food includes filled baguettes and baked potatoes, soup, grilled goats cheese with a honey, thyme and walnut dressing, smoked mackerel pâté, steak in ale pie, Cumberland sausage with onion gravy, garlic and sage pork belly on a stew of lentils, smoked bacon, and tomatoes, and puddings such as dark, milk and white chocolate tart and lemon and lime cheesecake. Also serves traditional Sunday lunches. Tel: 01748 884224. Visit: www.bridgeinn-grinton.co.uk
The Bolton Arms - Downholme
Bar food includes sandwiches, soup, smoked chicken Caesar salad, fresh seafood pancake, garlic king prawns, steak and mushroom pie, pasta with button mushrooms in a creamy garlic sauce, lamb’s liver and bacon, duck breast with honey, orange and ginger sauce, a spicy Thai chicken stir-fry, fillet of salmon with a creamy prawn sauce, and various puddings. Closed: Tues lunchtime. Tel: 01748 823716. Visit: www.boltonarmsdownholme.com
The King’s Head, Richmond
A variety of lunches and suppers are served in the bar downstairs. Dinner is available each evening in an attractive restaurant located on the first floor with views across the cobbled Market Place. The dinner menu offers a variety of meat, fish and vegetarian options. Example dishes include: roast fillet of lamb with pancetta and spinach, thyme and orange jus with dauphinoise potato; or haunch of venison, with herb and black pepper crust, butternut squash, celeriac and beet risotto. For Sunday lunch, there is a choice of roasts. Tel: 01748 850220. Visit: www.kingsheadrichmond.co.uk
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