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Yorkshire Pub review: Garden Gate , Leeds
There’s no indication that we have to, but if we did, we should fight tooth and nail for the life of this extraordinary Leeds landmark pub. It’s 30 years since I set foot inside the place and I’m ashamed it’s taken so long for...
5 October 2015
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Man Behind The Curtain, Leeds
17 September 2015
White Swan Inn, Pickering
7 September 2015

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Inn review: Oak Tree Inn, Helperby
They do things beautifully at the Oak Tree. Simple as that. The public rooms  have been refurbished in a sensible contemporary style that works well with the old beams and exposed brick.  You can eat in one of two dining areas or outside in...
2 October 2015
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No 54, Helmsley
27 September 2015
Elmet Farmhouse, Hebden Bridge
31 May 2015

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Good Food Guide
There’s been a lot of excitement about the Man Behind the Curtain getting a Michelin star and deservedly so. We’ve championed Michael O’Hare since his early days in York. Now everyone wants to go and you won’t get a table on Saturday night un...
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Helmsley Walled Garden
If you’ve never been to Helmsley Walled Garden and even if you have, June is the time to see at its extravagant best.
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Recipes If we can make it you can!

Scallops with lemon, mint and sea spaghetti
Sea spaghetti has been described as mild, crunchy and moreish. The young shoots are very good to eat and taste rather like salty asparagus.
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Made in Yorkshire Local at its best

Yorkshire Crab & Lobster
The rocky shoreline form Staithes to Spurn Point provides some of the best Yorkshire lobster and brown crab in the world.
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Black Swan at Oldstead

Elmet Farmhouse

Farewell Fox & Hounds

Vine House Cafe

Helmsley Walled Garden

Jamie's Italian


Lemon and Elderflower Polenta Cake

Friends of Ham in Ilkley

Riverford Farm Recipe Box

Auberge de Chassignoles

Asparagus Time

Malton Food Festival


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