Words & Photos: Eva Piskadlo [insta] @thefoodpilgrims

The humble Yorkshire pudding may be its greatest culinary claim to fame, but England’s largest county is plentiful in its food offerings. We spent three years living in the city of York, voted in some poll or other as the UK’s number 1 place to live! And being two individuals where our lives revolve around food, York caters to this lifestyle extremely well.

 

There are an array of eateries, such as Andrew Pern’s ‘The Star Inn The City’ serving up traditional British fare with a twist, pleasantly situated at the edge of Museum Gardens in a modern glassed dining room. We’ve celebrated Valentines day and both of our Graduations in this humble little restaurant, and it was always the right choice! 

 

In the center of the city itself, independents Le Cochon Aveugle and Skosh offer Modern European food in fine form. Winning numerous awards and featuring dishes such as black pudding macaroon and blow torched mackerel, these intimate restaurants with huge ambition have won our hearts, and we are longing to return to York just to sample their food served with true character.

 

York is also the place to experience a quintessentially English afternoon tea at Betty’s Tearooms, the home of Yorkshire Tea and crumpets. Relax with delicate teas and the most exquisite cake selection, or mull over a glass of English bubbly and legendary fat rascal, whilst people watching in the heart of York’s St Helen’s Square. 

Having then had the pleasure of living in Leeds for two years, it is fabulous to see that the booming food scene in the city has seen as large a growth as that in the big smoke over the past five years. The playing field has erupted into one of the most diverse and eclectic in England, where both visitors and locals benefit from the regular food festivals and array of restaurants.

 

The Northern powerhouse is a place that nurtures creativity, where events and businesses liaise in an epicurean circle. From the wacky and exciting The Man Behind the Curtain to the vibrant street food of Zaap Thai, Leeds caters to whatever mood and food you’re craving. 

 

Some of our finer favourites include Crafthouse and ISSHO, who serve star dishes such as venison wellington and black cod respectively. Iberica is another that excels, a tapas joint in the grand old setting of listed antique Hepper House. Dishes here range from the most exquisite cured meats and cheeses to tapas classics such as paella, dreamy croquettas, and fiery chorizo. And did we mention that this is also home to the most beautiful bathrooms in the North?