The Crathorne Arms, Crathorne
This North Yorkshire gem is as cosy as it gets at Christmas. A great place to gather the family in the snug, enjoy a glass of mulled wine by the roaring fire, and dine in style. Festooned with antique furnishings, fairy lights and a towering Christmas tree on its doorstep, it’s a haven of home comforts when it comes to the design – and there’s no compromise when it comes to the dishes, too.
To start >> McCoy’s seafood pancake is always a good idea. A parcel packed with chunks of seafood, topped with the most delightful seafood sauce – to be soaked up with warm, crusty bread.
For mains >> The button mushroom, braised leeks and tarragon pie is a great winter special for veggies. Served with mash and wilted greens – it’s as hearty as it is heavenly.
For pud >> Kick back by the fire with a glass of Baileys and a Christmas pud with brandy sauce.
The Rise Restaurant, Terrace & Bar, The Grand York
There’s no city quite like York at Christmas – and where better to enjoy a fabulous festive feast than The Grand Hotel? The Rise is a refined, contemporary setting with seasonal produce at its heart – paired with an exquisite, five-star service.
To start >> The cauliflower velouté is a great place to start – served with Crabley goat’s cheese and rosemary pistou.
For mains >> Go traditional with a tasty twist. The Yorkshire turkey parcel is served with chipolata, roast potato and winter veggies.
For pud >> Treat yourself with baked white chocolate custard, served with cherry truffle and mulled wine sorbet. Delicious.
Coach House, Middleton Lodge
Revel in the rustic beauty of Middleton Lodge’s Coach House this Christmas, where you’ll fine festive feasting aplenty – and lots of lovely, seasonal events to bring a bit of Christmas cheer! The Coach House Christmas Day menu kicks off with champagne and nibbles, followed by seasonal meats, fish and veggie dishes, straight from the Walled Garden.
To start >> Cured salmon, shallots, cucumber, capers and horseradish crème fraiche – as fresh as fishy, festive dishes come.
For mains >> Roast venison wellington, pickled red cabbage, roast winter roots.
For pud >> Christmas pudding, Rum & Raisin ice cream and brandy sauce.
The Star Inn, Harome
Wander over the Moors to the whimsical and romantic gastro pub that is The Star Inn at Harome this Christmas. This charming thatched inn near Helmsley serves up honest, home-cooked comfort food, with Michelin star class. Book a table with the family and reach for the stars with a fantastic festive feast in North Yorkshire.
To start >> The Christmas Day menu kicks off with cured and smoked North Sea halibut with coastal vegetables, Lindisfarne oyster crème fraiche and nutmeg-buttered brown shrimp pikelets.
For mains >> Indulge in butter-roast free range turkey, fig ‘n’ chestnut sausage roll, goose fat roasties, Harome parsnips and all the trimmings.
For pud >> A cheese board seals the deal – packed with stilton, truffled camembert and festive chutney.
The Forth, Newcastle
A proper, city centre pub with an off-beat edge, The Forth is a great place to hang out with friends and family – and spread festive cheer from 17th November until 1st January 2020. Think exposed brickwork, open fires and local artwork. It’s cool, it’s contemporary but it’s incredibly cosy.
To start >> First things first, something fruity. Opt for the roast pear appetiser, served with wheatberry, apple and cranberry salad.
For mains >> The Forth’s fish game is strong. Order the pan-fried sea bass for mains – sitting on a bed of beetroot gnocchi with tenderstem broccoli, parsnip crisps and pesto.
For pud >> Christmas is for sweet treats, right? Lap up treat season with a delicious millionaire’s salted caramel torte – complete with caramel sauce and sprinkles. Dreamy.
Crab & Lobster, Thirsk
The Crab & Lobster is an elegantly eccentric spot, perfect for a hearty winter meal with loved ones. Embracing local produce, fresh seafood and a wide variety of seasonal, gourmet dishes, the place is traditionally British with a real Yorkshire feel, yet its packed with treats and trinkets suggesting both local and exotic destinations across the globe. Go here for a cosy feast in the bar, or a fancy, candlelit dinner in the restaurant. It’s the ultimate celebration spot, and it really comes to life at Christmas time.
To start >> Start with the warm tartlet of Whitby crab with dill and gruyere, parsley and chive crème fraiche.
For mains >> The roast sirloin of aged grand reserve beef is a hearty main, sure to warm you up this winter. Served with braised onions, Yorkshire pudding, mustard and creamed horseradish.
For pud >> Satisfy the sweet tooth with the baked whisky and orange marmalade cheesecake.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, Durham
For a festive feast with all the trimmings, head to the very merry Marco Pierre White Steakhouse in Durham city centre. Their seasonal set menus add a sprinkling of magic to any mouthwatering Christmas meal. Foodies can expect everything from smoked salmon and roast turkey, to ribeye steak and Bakewell tart.
To start >> The duck rillette is what dreams are made of. Dunk in a chunk of sourdough and top with cornichons.
For mains >> The creamy polenta is the perfect veggie dinner, served with aged Italian cheese, mushrooms and buttered leaf spinach.
For pud >> Treat yourself to the traditional plum pudding – with a delicious drizzling of brandy sauce.
For continental, Parisian-style dining in Yarm, book a table at Muse – a beautiful bistro serving rustic and seasonal dishes, with a bit of French flair. This year’s Christmas dinner menu is packed full of flavours, with everything from ham hock terrine and slow cooked lamb, to celeriac wellington and maple syrup tart. It’s a bright, light and buzzy place to raise a glass this festive season.
To start >> We’re already dreaming about the creamy wild mushroom soup – topped with blue Wensleydale and truffle oil.
For mains >> Get your game face on and tuck in for roasted pheasant wrapped in bacon, served with pressed game sausage, kale, parsnip puree, cranberry gel and parsnip crisps.
For pud >> A cheese-lovers dream seals the deal. A board of Harrogate Blue, Brie de Meaux, and Godminster Cheddar – served with pear chutney, biscuits, grapes and Christmas cake for good measure!