The beyond team has been hard at work eating and drinking on your behalf. You can thank us later, but in the meantime, here are five of our favourite choices to hang out in 2019.
Livin’ Italy has been quietly serving some of the best pizzas in Leeds from their restaurant in Granary Wharf and now the same team has opened another venue in the heart of the city centre. Dough House opened in Cloth Hall Street, just next to the Corn Exchange, and as well as the same brilliant pizzas, its other speciality is cocktails. There are 50 different cocktails to choose from and the food menu is just as extensive. A match made in heaven we reckon.
Cardamom & Dill
This is the kind of place that proves small is beautiful. Occupying one of the shipping crates in York’s Spark development, Cardamom and Dill is the brainchild of Kiki Salon and the food is inspired by her travels around the Mediterranean. The bowls are a little wonky, the cutlery a bit of a mismatch, but the food – seasonal plant based dishes with a liberal helping of spice – are guaranteed to be a bit special.
The Angel at Hetton
This Skipton restaurant is a bit of a Yorkshire institution and was turning out plates of fine dining long before anyone had heard of Heston Blumenthal. In recent years the place lost its way a little, but it’s time to grab a glass and raise a toast because The Angel is back and better than ever. Chef Michael Wignall and his wife Johanna, along with James and Jo Wellock, are behind the reboot and make sure you leave room for dessert, the Snickers peanut parfait is worth every single calorie.
Valerie Sykes is overseeing the renovation of this beautiful property in Ripon and we reckon that it’s going to be the opening of the summer. Alongside the 47-bed luxury hotel and more bars than you can shake a stick at, Grantley Hall will also see a brand new restaurant from Shaun Rankin. It’s a bit of a homecoming for the chef, who grew up in North Yorkshire, and if it’s as good as the Ormer Mayfair, which he will run alongside this venture, we are in for a treat.
Sisters Kate and Kelly Latham had an idea. They wanted to serve the kind of wine you normally only get in a fine dining restaurant in the more relaxed atmosphere of a bar where drinks could be served alongside charcuterie, cheese and beautiful desserts. Pairings opened three years ago and it has recently come into its own. The menu is extensive, but not daunting and if you are a bit of a novice opt for one of the wine flights, which come complete with tasting notes.