The Region’s Michelin Star Restaurants

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We love talking food on this blog! We frequently post about new, exciting restaurants throughout the region as well as some of our old favourites. With this being said we thought we’d take ‘The Northern Niche’ a bit more up market & put together a list of the region’s Michelin star restaurants…enjoy!

There is yet to be a northern restaurant awarded three Michelin stars but this may soon change so you’ll have to keep an eye out.

Two Michelin Star Restaurants

L’Enclume, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria

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The Telegraph called L’Enclume, ‘Britian’s most exciting restaurant’. Located in one of the most scenic parts of our region, Simon Rogan’s flagship restaurant continues to create an innovative tasting menu that stays true to it’s surroundings.

Check out the website here.

The Raby Hunt, Summerhouse, County Durham

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The North East’s first and only two Michelin star restaurant from acclaimed chef James Close! James is known for his highly original, simple, yet visually stunning food. The restaurant has also recently undergone a restoration and now showcases a beautiful open kitchen so you can take a glimpse into a busy working kitchen. They also offer a ‘Kitchen Table’ dinner where up to six diners can sit in the front row to the kitchen – sounds very cool if you’re an avid foodie!

Check out their website here.

One Michelin Star Restaurants

House of Tides, Newcastle, Tyne & Wear 

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Situated on the beautiful quayside of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, House of Tides is a beautiful grade 1 listed, 16th century townhouse. Owners Kenny & Abbie Atkinson wanted to create a casual and informal space where everybody should feel comfortable and relaxed. They also focus heavily on seasonality & sourcing the best possible ingredients from the North East region.

Check out their website here.

Forest Side, Grasmere, Cumbira

The Forest Side’s restaurant is designed to reflect the beautiful Cumbrian landscape in which it sits. Head Chef Kevin Tickles’ upbringing is reflected in his menu with local ingredients being a common theme. The restaurants decor is also designed to help the guests take in the full natural wonder of their surroundings with many windows creating a light & airy feel.

Check out their website here. 

The Samling, Windermere, Cumbria

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After a recent renovation, The Samling’s restaurant is now expanded and offers incredible views of Lake Windermere. Head chef Nick Edgar works with internationally renowned food experts to create the most exciting & pioneering dishes. They also take part in what is known as a ‘seed exchange’ meaning they take seeds from some of the world’s best restaurants and grow them in their native Lake District. You can’t beat northern soil!

Check out their website here.

Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, Windermere, Cumbria

This restaurant combines Lake District produce and classic methods to create imaginative, modern British dishes with a bit of an Asian twist. Examples of dishes includes ‘chilli glazed poached lobster’ and a ‘loin of spring lamb with masala sauce’. This really sounds like our kind of restaurant!

Check out their website here.

The Yorke Arms, Harrogate

Situated in Ninnerdale’s ‘Area of Natural Beauty’, the Yorke Arms is headed up chef Frances Atkins. The food is designed to be an elevation of the very best local ingredients. It has held its Michelin star since 2003 and promises guests a relaxed experience and friendly atmosphere.

Check out their website here.

The Black Swan at Oldstead, York, North Yorkshire

Situated just outside of the North Yorkshire Moors national park, The Black Swan is owned and run by the Banks family. Tommy Banks heads the kitchen with his brother, James running the front of house. Their family have farmed in Oldstead for generations with this restaurant designed to showcase the style and tradition of the region with a creative edge.

This is definitely on our list to try!

Check out their website here.

The Pipe and Glass Inn, South Dalton, Beverley

The Pipe and Glass Inn is a real family affair with a husband and wife duo running the show. It is often recognised as one of the UK’s finest gastropubs so if you’re into a bit more of a relaxed setting this place is for you. There Sunday lunch looks gorgeous too!

Check out their website here.

The Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds, West Yorkshire

This restaurants website doesn’t really give much away so maybe the name is derived from its secretive nature? We do know, however, that is offers a tasting menu of between 10 and 14 courses and seems to be an immensely creative restaurant. The recent cod dish comes on 15 skate decks (pictured below).

Visit their website here.

The Box Tree, Ilkley, West Yorkshire

There website intro sums the restaurant up pretty well, “The Box Tree represents a combination of 21st century efficiency and exquisite good taste. Whilst the kitchens boast the latest equipment, the restaurant features a collection of art and antiques which define the style and luxury for which the Box Tree is famed”.

Check out their website here.

What seems to be a recurring theme in all of the restaurants above is the use of local produce. What differs, of course, is the unique ways they use these ingredients. We love championing the North and it’s great to see amazing restaurants in the region.

We’ve featured quite a few restaurants on the blog previously including Leeds’ ‘Crafthouse’ and Middlesbrough’s ‘The Curing House’. You can check out our full ‘Food & Drink’ category here!

Hope you enjoyed this post! Have you tried any of these restaurants?




P.S – We’ve also started a ‘Champions of the North’ series where we feature someone who does great things for the region – check it out here.


  • Oh I’ve dined at a few of these. I was really disappointed with The Box Tree – it wasn’t special and the service really let it down. I did however LOVE their chocolate box where you can dip in and pick a few treats to go with your coffee.

    We dined at The Pipe and Glass last year – it was just Steve and I but we were the only ones in the restaurant (early evening) which was a bit weird! The food was lovely though and the service spot on.

    My favourite from the list has to be House of Tides – loved it! Must book again soon.

    I’d LOVE to visit L’ Enclume. It’s been on my list FOREVER. I did dine at The French in Manchester when Simon Rogan was in charge and it was absolutely divine!

    • Such a shame that you felt disappointed with the Box Tree – you shouldn’t get that with Michelin star restaurants!
      We really want to try House of Tides for sure! It looks amazing and in such a lovely location down on the quayside.

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