Food Awards 2017

Man_Behind_CurtainIt’s the awards time of year, so here’s a quick round up:

The 2017 Waitrose Good Food Guide came out in September with new entries for Ox Club and Tharavadu in Leeds, White Rabbit in Todmorden and the Crathorne Arms south of Middlesbrough. One of our favourites,  the Swine that Dines is credited in a list of ‘Best New Openings’ with our congratulations to Ian Myers who is named as ‘a chef to watch’.

 

Last week the UK Michelin Guide was published with no surprises for Yorkshire, just a sigh of relief I suspect for the six Yorkshire restaurants that retained their stars. They are: the Star at Harome, the Yorke Arms at Ramsgill; the Black Swan at Oldstead; the Box Tree, Ilkley; the Pipe & Glass at South Dalton and the Man Behind the Curtain in Leeds.

 

Among our near neighbours: Raby Hunt at Darlington has been awarded a second star, a stunning accolade and one of only 20 in the UK. Single stars are retained by House of Tides, Newcastle; Fischer’s of Baslow and Northcote at Langho.

 

Michelin’s ‘affordable dining’ award, the Bib Gourmand goes to Prashad in Drighlington, Chadwicks of Maltby and Le Langhe in York.

 

Yorkshire got a look-in at the Great British Pub Awards with

Best Beer Pub: the Sheffield Tap. Best Student Pub: the Doctor’s Orders, Sheffield. Best Cider Pub: Foley’s Tap House, Leeds and across the border Best Food Pub for the Freemason’s at Wiswell near Clitheroe.

Top chefs invade the Devonshire Arms

If you want to sample dishes prepared by the best Yorkshire chefs then you need to book a place at the Devonshire Arms (Bolton Abbey) Food and Wine Week which begins on Monday.

Mandy and I were invited last year for a cook-off lunch between the Dev’s chef Adam Smith and the Box Tree’s Lawrence Yates and it was terrific.

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Adam Smith, head chef of the Devonshire Arms

This year it kicks off with a dinner cooked by what is arguably Yorkshire’s top five chefs: Adam Smith (Devonshire Arms), Andrew Pern (Star at Harome), James Mackenzie (Pipe & Glass), Tim Bilton (Spiced Pear) and Stephanie Moon (Rudding Park).

On Tuesday it will be a War of the Roses lunch pitching Nigel Haworth from Northcote Manor in Lancashire, (who has his own food festival coming up) against Adam Smith.

If you’ve never been to the famous L’Enclume in Cartmel, Thursday is a chance to sample some of head chef Mark Birchall’s remarkable food.

The food and wine week closes on Sunday 7th December with an evening of wines from Joe Fattorini of Bibendum Wines and a tasting menu prepared by Adam Smith. Prices range from £30 to £95.

For more information go to www.thedevonshirearms.co.uk

To book: events@devonshirehotels.co.uk or T: 01756 718155

 

Four at the Top

In the last couple of weeks I have, by coincidence, had the rare treat of eating in four of our top ten restaurants, and what a delight. Everyone of them different and all of them operating at the top of their game.

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Yorke Arms at Ramsgill in Nidderdale

A night at the Yorke Arms at Ramsgill, presented a sophisticated summer menu full of delicate, fresh flavours sourced from their own veg. garden overflowing with produce.

Then there was our longstanding raffle prize to cash in, a night and dinner at the Pipe and Glass which despite its Michelin star still operates as a pub. We began in the bar with a pint of Two Chefs, the newish honey beer created by the two chefs James Mackenzie and Andrew Pern and a Mason’s Yorkshire gin and tonic, which was astonishingly different to your regular Gordon’s. Dinner was hearty and robust without sacrificing finesse – lovely food firmly set in the region. Scrambled eggs and smoked salmon brought to our room the next day rounded off a terrific stay.

We popped into the Star Inn at Harome one Friday evening on the off-chance and despite a busy bar the charming waiter found us a table, served up a beautiful plate of halibut, heady with truffle, and brought us more of that Two Chefs ale.

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Fox & Hounds, Goldsborough, near Whitby

Finally, a birthday celebration took us to another of our favourite places, the Fox and Hounds at Goldsborough. If you’ve never been to this hidden gem, (it really is tucked away on a clifftop hamlet miles from anywhere) then go now. A short but utterly perfectly balanced menu of crab risotto followed by monkfish with polenta doused in Greek olive oil rounded off with a supremely chocolatey chocolate torte.

Four of my all time favourite restaurants, all in Yorkshire. Please send your condolences for these tough assignments.

Catey Award for the Pipe & Glass

James MackenzieAfter reporting on the closure of Anthony’s it’s pleasing to be able to bring some good news. James and Kate Mackenzie of The Pipe & Glass, one of our favourite gastropubs in South Dalton, last night picked up a prestigious Catey Award for Best Pub and Bar at an award ceremony at Grosvenor House.

The Catey’s run by the Caterer and Hotelkeeper magazine are not known much outside the industry but are hugely respected in the trade, mainly because awards are nominated and voted for by industry insiders. They like to call them the Oscars of the restaurant industry.

No one else in the region collected an award but Simon Rogan of L’Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria scored a double, almost unheard of in the Catey’s, picking up the Chef Award and the Restaurant of the Year Award.  Congratulations to all.

 

Devonshire Food Festival

 

No sooner have we blogged about the stellar cast of chefs cooking at Northcote Manor’s

Obsession Festival, than the Devonshire Arms at Bolton Abbey are in touch to tell us about the Devonshire Food Festival  a week long event on similar lines to Northcote.

Though the cast list is not as internationally star-studded, at £34 for lunch and £59 in the evening, it is considerably cheaper. So here are the details.

The Festival runs for seven days from 19-25th November. It kicks off on Monday lunchtime when two chefs will compete against each other preparing a starter, main course and a dessert. The winner will be the chef who gets the most orders.

First up is the Devonshire Arms’ own Michelin-starred chef Steve Smith up against Mark Poynton of Alimentum in Cambridge; Tuesday it’s Alan Hill from their sister restaurant in Derbyshire, the Devonshire Arms at Beeley v. Rakesh Ravindan from London’s Cinnamon Club. Other chefs taking part are Anthony Flinn from Anthony’s in Leeds, Dan Birk from the Box Tree and Tim Bilton from the Hepworth Arms. You can see the full list and read the chefs profiles here.

No competitions in the evening, instead a dinner cooked each night by a top chef so you can choose from the likes of James Mackenzie of the Pipe and Glass at South Dalton; Kenny Atkinson, of Rockcliffe Hall, Darlington; Mark Birchall, from L’Enclume in Cartmel  and Simon Crannage from Swinton Park near Masham.  An excellent line-up at almost half the price of the Lancashire line-up, sounds like a good deal.
To book call 01756 710441 or visit www.devonshirefoodfestival.co.uk

 

 

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