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Good Food Guide rates Yorkshire pubs and restaurant among UK's best

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Shaun Curnow

A Michelin-starred restaurant and five pubs in Yorkshire have been ranked among the best in the country, according to the Good Food Guide, the UK's best selling restaurant guide.

Compiled by carefully selected inspectors and extensive reader feedback, the guide has revealed its Top 50 list every year for the last 60 years.

For 2016, chef Simon Rogan's flagship restaurant L’Enclume in Cumbria topped the tables as the best dining destination in the UK in this year's Top 50 Restaurant list – one of just two eateries to score a perfect ten (the other being Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London).


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Placed at 44th was The Yorke Arms in Ramsgill, an 18th century coaching house with a Michelin-starred restaurant, tucked away in Yorkshire's Nidderdale Valley. The restaurant features one of the top female chefs in the country, Frances Atkins, who cooks 'delicious cuisine, founded on a timeless, classical repertoire.'

You can see what else in on the Good Food Guide's 2016 Top 50 Restaurants here.

When it comes to pubs, Yorkshire-based drinking established accounted for ten percent of the 2016 Top 50 Pubs list, with the five destinations being chosen as exceptional.

Highest ranking (in 9th place) is the The Pipe and Glass Inn in South Dalton. This pub is not just recommended for being warm and inviting, the kitchen has also retained a Michelin star for the last six years.

Positioned 17th is The Star Inn in York. Positioned in the quaint village of Harome, on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, this gastropub can also boast a Michelin star, having held one between 2002 and 2011 and regaining it in 2015. The Star Inn serves what has been called 'modern Yorkshire' cooking. 

At 28th is The Falcon Inn. This pub in the village of Holderness, East Yorkshire has recently gained new hosts, who have relocated after running a successful restaurant in Hessle. It's already predicted that the recognition of a Michelin star won't be long in coming.


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Positioned 40th is The General Tarleton. This 18th century coaching house in Ferrensby, about five miles from Harrogate, is now a gastropub with rooms. The kitchen serves modern cuisine with a focus on locally sourced ingredients.

Finally, placed 46th is The Star at Sancton, located just outside Market Weighton in East Yorkshire. This traditional village pub serves local microbrewery beer and guest ales, with a menu that uses many ingredients grown in the pub's own garden allotment and orchard.

To see the rest of the Good Food Guide's Top 50 Pub list, take a look here

Discover some of Time Out's favourite restaurants that are slightly closer to home. 

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