Free Dating In Yorkshire

We were sad to leave Australia after all the fun dates we found in Melbourne, however here at FreeAndSingle we’ve had a fantastic fortnight roaming the Yorkshire Dales in the UK. We’ve found everything from bistros to country pubs, and the winner has now been announced. In case you missed any of the restaurants along the way, let’s have a look over the Top 10 Yorkshire restaurants for dates restaurants.  Click on the links to read the reviews in full and comment below to tell us what you think!

 

10. Greenhead House, Sheffield

A charming old building on the outskirts of Sheffield, this family-run restaurant warmed our cockles with its traditional approach to good food and great service. A perfect example of how Yorkshire can get hospitality spot on.

 

9. The Anvil Inn, Scarborough

Offering a gastro twist on pub grub that makes it perfect for Yorkshire dates, this old blacksmith shop has come a long way from its meagre beginnings. The perfect end to a day at the beach, stay in the B&B for a wonderfully romantic weekend away.

 

8. The Orchid, Harrogate

Modern Asian cuisine in an intimate setting makes The Orchid a perfect setting for a romantic evening in Harrogate. Renowned for being one of the best places to eat in this spa town, be sure to book in advance for a special occasion.

 

7. Oxo’s on the Mount

Just outside of York this five star hotel and restaurant is an exquisite place for a date in Yorkshire if you really want to treat that special someone.

 

6. Ditto, Whitby

Whisk yourselves to the seaside for a great day out in Yorkshire and top it off with a date at Ditto. Offering divine food at unbelievable value, there’s no wonder that this little restaurant is packed throughout the year.

 

Yorkshire Restaurants

Top 10 Yorkshire Date Restaurants

 

5. Salvo’s, Leeds

Italian food is full of passion, so Salvo’s is a safe bet for a date whether it’s your first meeting or an anniversary. Popular with visitors and locals alike, you’ll always get a good feed here and a great atmosphere.

 

4. The Angel Inn, Hetton

Take a road trip through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales to discover this gem of a restaurant. Choose to dine in the restaurant or the more informal bar area to shape your perfect date, whatever the occasion.

 

3. Kendall’s Bistro, Leeds

This quirky independent bistro in the heart of the city is a unique place for a date in Leeds. Serving delicious French cuisine in a relaxed and comforting setting, you’ll soon feel at home tucking into great food and drink.

 

2. The Box Tree, Ilkley

Although it might be a little expensive for a first date, who can argue with a Michelin star when it comes to fine dining? For a truly memorable Yorkshire date, this antique-laden restaurant is a top choice.

 

1. Bettys, Harrogate

An unusual but winning choice for a date in Yorkshire, Bettys Harrogate really shines through as a unique place to take someone special. Whether visiting for breakfast, lunch, dinner or afternoon tea, it gets it right every time and that’s why we just had to award it with #1 in our countdown.

So that’s a wrap! What do you think of our Top 10, would you do it differently? If so, let us know and feel free to comment below.

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Salvo’s

 

115 & 107 Otley Road

Headingley

Leeds

West Yorkshire

LS6 3PX

 

http://www.salvos.co.uk/

 

Good place to take a date:

8/10

Having opened its doors to Headingley close to 40 years ago, this family-run restaurant is well-established as a favourite spot for Yorkshire dates in Leeds.  Head out of the city centre to this thriving suburb and feel as though you’re amongst friends in Salvo’s. Perhaps a little too busy to be intimate, it’s nevertheless a fun spot for a meal on a Friday night if you love good Italian fare. The staff are happy to throw in a few personal touches for a special occasion if you let them know, such as birthday desserts or champagne on ice. As a result, it’s more than just your average pizzeria if you want to enjoy your favourite cuisine somewhere that does it with class.

 

Good place to meet for a first date:

9/10

You know next to nothing about them except that you want your first date in Yorkshire to go well. Then Salvo’s is a great bet. With classic Italian dishes done well, amicable staff to make things run smoothly, and a lively atmosphere to warm things up, this restaurant has all the ingredients of a recipe for success. Visit on an evening for a vibrant and vivacious date, or play it cool with a lunchtime booking if you want to suss them out without going all out. The family focus of the restaurant makes it stylish without being stuffy, and you won’t have to worry about finding something on the menu as Italian food is a winner every time.

 

Salvo's Leeds

Salvo’s Leeds

 

Average age:

Find a healthy mix of diners at Salvo’s whenever you time your visit. Families, couples and friends all intersperse to create a welcoming atmosphere that’s without pretence. There’s always a birthday or anniversary being celebrated in Salvo’s, but equally you won’t feel out of place turning up after work for an informal meal either.

 

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If you’ve planned a last minute Yorkshire date don’t worry, Salvo’s keeps a few tables aside every night for walk-ins to maintain that casual feel to the place that makes it so popular. Open for lunch and dinner throughout the week, it welcomes you with open arms to its warm embrace of Italian food and drink.

 

Average cost of a meal and a drink:

Expect to pay around £10 for pasta or pizza, or a little more if you want something a bit more adventurous to satisfy your appetite. At £17.50 for 3 courses the early bird menu is great value, and to escape the string of chain restaurants from the city centre it’s certainly worth the price to avoid being predictable.

 

Type of cuisine:

Even the fussiest of foodies will find something to smile about on the menu at Salvo’s. Traditional pizzas and pastas sit happily alongside confit of duck and fillet of sea bream. Teamed with a fruity Italian wine you’ll experience a taste sensation that will hopefully match your conversation on a date to this restaurant.

 

Final word:

For the food, drink, service and atmosphere, there’s little to disagree on for a Leeds date in Salvo’s. It might not be the most adventurous option for a date in Yorkshire, but who’s to say that’s a bad thing? With decades of experience in doing Italian food right, you won’t go far wrong if you bring your lover girl or boy here for a feast.

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Ditto

 

26 Skinner Street

Whitby

YO21 3AJ

 

http://www.ditto-restaurant.co.uk/

 

Good place to take a date:

9/10

A trip to the seaside doesn’t have to translate to fish and chips, and if you want a more sophisticated way to round off your visit to Whitby, Ditto fits the bills. Recently under new management, this quaint little restaurant looks humble from the outside, but the locals know otherwise. Intimate and personal, Ditto easily creates a romantic atmosphere for a Yorkshire date if you can manage to get a table. Unhurried service with a smile helps to tailor a special occasion, that the succulent dishes only serve to enhance. A little gem in a Yorkshire coastal town that isn’t renowned for being refined, it’s a perfect way to add a little class to your day trip to Whitby.

 

 

Good place to meet for a first date:

9/10

There are few better ways to get to know someone than a day at the seaside. From walks on the beach to slots in the amusements, it’s a light-hearted way to spend a weekend for a Yorkshire date. So after you’ve worked up an appetite on the blustery pier, charm them with this enchanting little restaurant. Ditto presents impressive dishes in a setting that is totally unpretentious and personal. In fact, it feels more like home than a top-rated restaurant, and should make you feel at ease as you delve into conversation and hearty dishes. The only problem is that you might have to ask them on a date a few weeks before you want to visit, as this small but incredibly popular restaurant tends to be fully booked around the clock! Perhaps a booking to gamble on in the hope that a second date comes onto the cards…

 

Ditto, Whitby

Ditto, Whitby

 

Average age:

Romance is the dish of the day at Ditto, so whether you’re a pair of young lovers or have a love that’s lasted through the ages, it’s a top choice for Whitby dates. Dress up if you like but don’t feel embarrassed to come in from the cold after a long day exploring the Yorkshire coastline, for the cherry on the top of your date.

 

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Not only because of the size of the restaurant, you’re unlikely to get a table for two on a whim at Ditto. Open Tuesday to Saturday on evenings only, it has a loyal customer base that intertwines with the visitors coming to the area to keep the atmosphere fresh and welcoming. Book a table early evening as a perfect way to round off your Whitby visit before heading home… or back to the hotel.

 

Average cost of a meal and a drink:

At three courses for £30 you really can’t argue with the prices at Ditto. You might even be able to stretch to a pot of Yorkshire tea for a few pounds extra. Ditto serves quality dishes at a fraction of the prices that you’d find in London and even places such as York, Leeds and Harrogate, making it an affordable option for Yorkshire dates for big occasions and tenuous first dates.

 

Type of cuisine:

Ditto is true to its roots and indulges in a fair representation of fish dishes on the menu, but without placing the focus exclusively on seafood. Tarte tatin, braised pork belly and cheese soufflé are just some of the other delightful dishes available at Ditto. And make sure you leave room for dessert, and show your sweet side with some of the indulgent treats to finish your meal.

 

Final word:

Find a perfect excuse to spend the whole day with your date by a visit to Whitby topped with a meal at Ditto. Beautiful food in an unimposing setting, you’ll feel right at home as you tuck into great food and even better conversation in this intimate restaurant. And you’ll breathe a sigh of relief when the bill comes too!

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The Box Tree

 

35-37 Box Street
Ilkley

LS29 9DR

 

http://www.theboxtree.co.uk/

 

Good place to take a date:

10/10

You don’t have to go to the cities to find Michelin star dining. The Box Tree is a lavishly appealing place for a Yorkshire date if you want an experience to treasure. Ilkley is a bit of a haven for antique and gift shops, so it only seems fitting that its star attraction is garnished with oldy-worldy furniture and artwork that make it so atmospheric. Enjoy faultless silver service as you dine like a star with that special spark in your life in comfy chairs in the charming restaurant. You won’t be able to resist taking a few snaps of the food to remember the occasion, and you’ll hopefully clinch the deal with your date too!

 

Good place to meet for a first date:

9/10

If money is no object or you really need to pull out all of the stops for a show-stopping first date in Yorkshire, The Box Tree is the winning ticket. Michelin star quality with effortless ease, you won’t feel uncomfortable as you’re waited on hand and foot by the amicable staff. Find plenty of cause for conversation as you admire the antiques, the presentation of the food… and perhaps even each other. You’ll want a second date together just to marvel at the magnificence of the first!

 

The Box Tree

The Box Tree

 

Average age:

Budget is more of a determining factor than age for Yorkshire dates at The Box Tree, and if you want to make the most of the Michelin star experience then you don’t want to be scraping the barrel of a tight budget. This is definitely a spot for wearing your Sunday best, so make a real effort to sparkle as bright as the cutlery on a visit to this fancy restaurant.

 

Time of review:

Open from Tuesday to Saturday for dinner and Friday to Sunday for lunch, The Box Tree is an incredibly romantic restaurant for an evening meal but can also be a highlight of the weekend if you want a sublime lunch date. Book ahead, because you’ll look like a royal fool if you walk in to a Michelin star restaurant without a reservation…

 

Average cost of a meal and a drink:

For the real Michelin experience, sample the Menu Gourmand that, with wine, costs just over £100 per head. A hefty price, but an unforgettable culinary treat if you can afford to shell out for something sensational. However if you want to see what fine dining is all about without breaking the bank, the 3 course daily menu is much more reasonable at £30 for lunch, £40 for dinner.

 

Type of cuisine:

Any restaurant that pairs its menu with a sommelier’s choice surely knows what they’re talking about. Advanced creations such as celeriac and truffle foam show that The Box Tree is cutting edge in the kitchen. However the overall feel of the menu isn’t showy, and irresistible options such as loin of lamb and strawberries with champagne bring the restaurant back down to earth for the average diner.

 

Final word:

Showing the world just what Yorkshire is capable of, The Box Tree makes a stunning spot for an Ilkley date. Be sure to wait until pay day, but when you visit you won’t be disappointed.

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Bettys

 

1 Parliament Street

Harrogate

HG1 2Qu

 

http://www.bettys.co.uk/bettys_harrogate.aspx

 

Good place to take a date:

10/10

Rating for dating aside, Bettys is a British institution. A beacon of the North for tradition and class, this fabulous café-cum-restaurant is quintessentially English. From the china tea cups to the immaculate staff, the overall effect of this place is really something special. So surprise your partner with an altogether different Yorkshire date and pay a visit to Bettys for brunch, afternoon tea, or even dinner. Be prepared to queue, but the buzz of excitement of the diners and the eye-catching treats displayed all around make it a worthwhile wait. And you’ll be made to feel like a valued couple when you are seated.

 

Good place to meet for a first date:

10/10

Show your date a spontaneous side and break away from the traditional dinner date with a trip to this quaint and elegant tea room. Whilst it might be a little on the expensive side for a first date in Yorkshire, the novelty totally justifies the price and you won’t get swindled on portion sizes either. After all, you’re in Yorkshire now. Take afternoon tea for two or tuck into more hearty British dishes as you watch the world go by out of the window and soak up the warm ambience of the restaurant. It’s really got pretty much everything going for it.

 

Bettys Harrogate

Bettys Harrogate

 

Average age:

Turns out it isn’t just little old ladies who love tea and cake. Find businessmen, friends, family and couples all queuing to discover the joys of a trip to Bettys. A must-do attraction in Harrogate whether you’re visiting for the Tour de Yorkshire this summer, attending a show or conference, or simply wanting a relaxing weekend away in the spa town.

 

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From morning til late, Bettys is packed with tourists and locals alike treating themselves to a five star experience in Harrogate. The brunch menu is delightfully tempting if you want to get in early, whilst the versatile menu works for lunch and dinner depending on when you want to visit. There’s always a busy buzz about the place, just leave time to queue for a table.

 

Average cost of a meal and a drink:

If you’re just wanting a cuppa and a cake you might be shocked at the prices in Bettys. However you pay for the finest ingredients in everything from the coffee to the main meals, and you really can taste the difference. An elegant twist on British cuisine, go all out with a champagne afternoon tea for two at £25 a head, or keep it simple with tea and cake for just under £10.

 

Type of cuisine:

Bettys brands its food as drawing ‘from the Swiss Alps to the Yorkshire Dales’, allowing the wider European influence to shape the menu without straying away from its focus. As a result, you’ll find Yorkshire rarebit alongside more exotic things on the menu such as Flammkuchen and Tarte au Citron, providing plenty of choice.

 

Final word:

As a totally unique idea for a Yorkshire date that will leave your belly full and your eyes opened to the joys of British traditions and cuisine, it’s no wonder that Bettys only increases in popularity over time. An utterly fabulous alternative to your standard evening meal, it’s a great way to show off your fun side on a visit to Harrogate. That’s why we’ve crowned it the winner of our countdown.

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 Kendall’s Bistro

St Peter’s Square
Leeds

LS9 8AH

http://www.kendellsbistro.co.uk

Good place to take a date:

9/10

Inject a little French fancy into your relationship with a fun and scandalously tasty trip to Kendal’s Bistro. Romantic in a laid-back sort of way, it’s the Santa’s Grotto of the Yorkshire date restaurants and the gifts are in the form of food. The restaurant’s warm glow and buzz of conversation brings it to life every evening, and makes it an informal but special spot for a meal with the spark in your life. Make a night of it and get your fill of French food here before heading to the West Yorkshire playhouse down the road for a performance; Kendall’s Bistro is bang in the Arts centres of Leeds and its pre-theatre menu is the perfect precursor to an evening of entertainment.

 

Good place to meet for a first date:

9/10

Kendall’s Bistro puts a Northern spin on French cuisine that makes has been an instant hit with locals and visitors alike in Leeds. Kendall himself is quite the eccentric, and his ‘my way or the highway’ approach to bistro food is remarkably refreshing. Fairy lights and mismatched candles combine with remnants of Renaissance art spanning the walls to create a unique and relaxed atmosphere that should ease you into conversation. A few glasses of wine and an impressive meal are sure to have you saying ‘ooh la la’ by the end of your first date in Yorkshire.

 

Kendall's Bistro

Kendall’s Bistro

 

Average age:

Age is just a number, right? There are no rules and regulations on a visit to Kendall’s. Like the host himself says, ‘I want people to come for the food, not the artwork on the walls or the sexy sultry looks of the Maitre de.’ So if you love French food, fantastic wines and a certain… je ne sais quoi, then you’ll feel right at home here. Make a little effort on the dress code, but don’t feel you have to go overboard if you’re rushing from work.

 

Time of review:

Open for dinner Mondays to Saturdays, Kendall’s Bistro has a booming trade from the theatre goers, with a prix fixe menu earlier in the evening.  Book a table ahead to avoid disappointment, and if you’re planning a visit for a special occasion then let them in the know and they are willing to help make it perfect.

 

Average cost of a meal and a drink:

Get three courses and half a bottle of house wine for £25.95 on the prix fixe menu, a price which we’d be willing to pay anywhere for a Yorkshire date. The fact that the food, wine and ambience is top notch is surely just a bonus. On the regular menu, main courses average around £15, so if you can get in early then you’ll get much better value for money

 

Type of cuisine:

Don’t fill up on the free bread on your visit to Kendall’s, you have a culinary feast to follow and you’ll want to make the most of the classic French flavours that put your mouth in a frenzy. The menu changes almost daily depending on the seasonal and local produce available, but expect a few favourites from Cassoulet to Crème Brulee along the way.

 

Final word:

In a city full of chain restaurants and fancy fine dining, Kendall’s Bistro brings a personal and eccentric touch to Leeds and as a result has struck gold. A top choice for dates in Leeds, round off a day exploring the city or head here before a trip to the theatre to span out your time with that special someone.

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The Angel Inn

 

Hetton

Near Skipton

North Yorkshire

BD23 6LT

 

http://www.angelhetton.co.uk/

 

Good place to take a date:

10/10

If you want an exquisite spot for a Yorkshire date with that special someone, you can choose few better places than The Angel Inn at Hetton. Take a leisurely drive into the countryside and enjoy a brisk walk in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales before a hearty lunch in the Bar Brasserie, or whisk yourselves away to stay for the weekend and get spruced up for the restaurant. The Gourmet Tasting menu is a gastronomically brilliant journey for any food fanatics, and will give you a few hours to schmooze over exciting creations with plenty of wine to accompany it. Be treated like royalty with the faultless service of the staff and feel utterly fabulous by the time you’ve finished your meal.

 

Good place to meet for a first date:

8/10

A road trip is a great way to get to know someone, and the Yorkshire Dales is a terrific drive out on a sunny weekend in the summer. Surprise them with your style as you pull up outside the ivy-clad building that is The Angel Inn, but be prepared for a little shock at the prices too if you haven’t check the website out first. This isn’t just your average country pub that you stumble across on a Sunday, it’s an award winning spot in the heart of the Dales that serves fine dining in and even finer setting. If you don’t want to scare them off with an overly intimate dining experience on your Yorkshire first date, dine in the Bar Brasserie instead for a more homely and hearty setting that’s also far more affordable.

 

The Angel Inn

The Angel Inn

 

Average age:

You need a car and a healthy budget to begin with if you’re thinking of visiting The Angel Inn. And don’t even think about visiting if rolling hills and old pubs full of character don’t enchant you.  Nevertheless, people of all ages are coming around the delights of retreats such as this one, and if you appreciate natural beauty, then it won’t just be your date that impresses on a visit to this restaurant.

 

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As most people have to earn their keep throughout the week, the older and richer generations keep The Angel Inn busy even during the off-peak times. However the place really comes to life on a weekend, as a fantastic escape to the countryside or way to round off a walk in the Dales. Visit on a Sunday for a sublime roast at a surprisingly reasonable price, and choose to eat in the Restaurant or the Brasserie depending on the occasion.

 

Average cost of a meal and a drink:

The Angel Inn has a baffling array of options for a date in Yorkshire, whether you want the £55 gourmet menu in the restaurant, a set menu Sunday lunch in the Brasserie, or simply a few favourites from the a la carte menu for wider selections. Book your visit after pay day and go all out on your visit to this Dales gem. After all, it’s a special spot that deserves to be done properly. And surely your date is worth it anyway?

 

Type of cuisine:

You won’t be surprised to learn that the restaurant sources its ingredients both locally and seasonally. As such, the menu evolves and changes throughout the year, featuring the freshest food in season and new creations as they think them up. Delicate fish dishes are off-set by juicy games and meats that you can really get your teeth into. All of them are, of course, beautifully presented.

 

Final word:

What we love about The Angel Inn is its chameleon-like character that lends itself to almost any occasion. Whether you want good pub grub after a long walk across the Moors or fine dining in the stunning setting, you can mould the perfect date in Yorkshire to your individual circumstances.

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Oxo’s on the Mount

 

The Mount Royale Hotel

119 The Mount

York

YO24 1GU

 

http://oxosrestaurantyork.com/

 

Good place to take a date:

10/10

York is saturated with quaint cafes and popular chain restaurants. But if you want a truly special location for a date in York then Oxo’s on the Mount takes the city’s gastronomic standards to a new level. A short drive out the city takes you to the Mount Royale hotel, where you’ll feel like a minor celebrity as you’re welcomed by the professional staff to your table. Dine in the atmospheric restaurant on an evening, or enjoy al fresco food and drink in the summer, in a setting that you’ll struggle to believe is so close to the city centre. If you want to show that you’re serious with your date, whisk them away for a romantic stay in the hotel exploring the Shambles of York by day and sampling the delights of Oxo’s menu by night.

 

Good place to meet for a first date:

8/10

Awarded with two AA rosettes for culinary excellence, there’s no doubting that Oxo’s on the Mount is a star-studded spot for a York date. The warm service and melt-in-the-mouth flavours make it a top restaurant in the city, and takes the edge off the fine and fancy atmosphere that the glistening surroundings suggest. The glamorous presentation of the food is sure to get you talking, although if it doesn’t then you might be a little disappointed at the total of the bill at the end. It’s an expensive risk for a first date in Yorkshire, but one that’s should do the trick at impressing that special someone if you’re certain they’re a safe bet.

 

Oxo's on the Mount

Oxo’s on the Mount

 

Average age:

As a historic city rich in architecture, gift shops and activity, York is flooded with tourists exploring the delights of Yorkshire. Renowned as one of the best places to eat in the city, Oxo’s on the Mount has a bustling trade of foodies from around the world, giving it a vibrant and lively atmosphere around the clock. Get smartened up for a date here if you want to look the part.

 

Time of review:

You’ll of course need to make a reservation if you want to visit Oxo’s on the Mount on a weekend, however it tends to be pretty packed throughout the calendar. For a different experience to the standard dinner date in Yorkshire, why not give this place a try for a cracking Sunday lunch, or summer dining on the gazeover on a hot sunny day.

 

Average cost of a meal and a drink:

Oxo’s on the Mount isn’t a one-course sort of place, so put aside some pennies if you want to do this date properly. Expect to pay £50 a head for three courses with wine, and for that you get to enjoy some of the finest food and drink in York accompanied by faultless service in a fantastic atmosphere. The Sunday lunch menu is in fact very reasonable at £20.95 for 3 three courses, but you’ll need to book ahead to get a slot for this popular sitting. Oh, and you might want to save a bit extra for a taxi back into York if you want to sample a few tipples!

 

Type of cuisine:

Putting a premium spin of Best of British, Oxo’s on the Mount sources quality ingredients and presents them beautifully on your plate. Typical highlights of the menu include seared king scallops, rump of lamb, delectable fish dishes and very tempting desserts.

 

Final word:

Oxo’s on the Mount has the whole package for an impressive Yorkshire date. The five star food and drink does justice to the sophisticated setting of the hotel, and with outstanding service you can rest easy knowing that the date will go smoothly… at least on the restaurant’s behalf…

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The Orchid

 

28 Swan Road

Harrogate

HG1 2SE

 

http://www.orchidrestaurant.co.uk/

 

Good place to take a date:

10/10

Elegant dining in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate, The Orchid has been a firm favourite for dates in Yorkshire for many years. Serving flavoursome and fresh oriental cuisine in a modern and stylish setting, the welcoming staff know how to make an evening special. Sip champagne at the sleek black bar before being shown through to the small but intimate restaurant for a show-stopping meal. If visiting Harrogate for the weekend or the Tour de Yorkshire this summer, a meal at The Orchid is the perfect way to top off a stay at the Studley Hotel, underneath which this gem of a restaurant is situated.

 

Good place to meet for a first date:

7/10

As one of the most popular places to eat in Harrogate, you might struggle to get a table for two unless you book in advance. Nevertheless, as soon as you tuck into the delicious Asian dishes you’ll understand what makes it a top spot in this spa town. Be sure that you’ll have plenty of conversation for your visit to The Orchid; surrounded by families and couples celebrating anniversaries and special occasion, each table is an intimate space where you’ll find little relief for those shifty silences if they do happen to settle. If you’re not sure quite what the evening will hold, you might want to save this one for a second or third date in Yorkshire when you want to spice things up a little.

 

The Orchid, Harrogate

The Orchid, Harrogate

 

Average age:

With its contemporary bar and cutting edge menu, The Orchid has modelled itself with a young and modern brand that makes it a hit with all ages and groups looking for top notch food in Harrogate. You’ll find families, couples and friends all clinking glasses on an evening, giving it a fun and friendly atmosphere that the small dining area only adds to.

 

Time of review:

Whether visiting on a week night or weekend, The Orchid is often booked up around the clock, so reserve a table to avoid disappointment. On the cusp of the town centre, it’s a great spot for a Yorkshire date on a Friday or Saturday night, with plenty of bars down the road if you fancy moving on for more drinks after your meal.

 

Average cost of a meal and a drink:

Quality comes at a price, and The Orchid is certainly at the higher end of the price range for Yorkshire restaurants. But when you can taste the freshness in the food and sample some of the finest culinary creations from all over Asia, it’s worth the money. Mains range between £12-£20 with a baffling array of choice for each course. Easier decisions and more affordable prices are on offer during the day, with three courses for £15.95 making the express lunch a tempting offer.

 

Type of cuisine:

A charming touch at The Orchid is the fact that they state the country from which each dish is drawn on the menu. Sample Korean dumplings, Thai green curry, and spicy Sichuan belly pork during a visit to the restaurant. Begin your date with a selection of starters to break down the boundaries as you share your nibbles, before turning up the heat with the Weeping Tiger steak. There’s plenty of choice for even the fussiest of eaters at The Orchid.

 

Final word:

The Orchid is more than just your average Chinese (although they do offer takeout if you prefer a cosy night in with a bottle of wine…). A distinct spot for special occasions with faultless food and service, it’s a great place to talk the evening away as you tuck into a feast of oriental delights on a romantic date.

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The Anvil Inn

 

Main Street

Sawden
Scarborough

YO13 9DY

 

http://www.theanvilinnsawdon.co.uk/

 

Good place to take a date:

9/10

A good British pub should have plenty of character, and The Anvil Inn certainly has this and so much more. Refining the traditional interior with a winning menu, hospitable staff and an inviting ambience, it’s a fantastic spot for dates in Yorkshire. Combine with a trip to the seaside at Scarborough for a fun day out on the weekend, and work up an appetite with a walk on the beach before being welcomed into the warmth of the restaurant in Sawden. If you want to treat your date to a special weekend away, book a night in the Old Nail Shed; far more glamorous than the name suggests, it’s a charming and atmospheric place to stay for a romantic night away, and means that you don’t have to worry about who’s driving!

 

Good place to meet for a first date:

8/10

There’s surely no better way to ‘forge’ a relationship than dining in an old blacksmith’s shop. The Anvil Inn wasn’t always a pub, and the exposed brick walls of the old building create a good talking point to warm things up on a first date in Yorkshire. A healthy blend of locals and visitors give the place a buzz that should prevent awkward silences, and if all else fails you can turn your attention to the sumptuous food and drinks menu. The oldy-world feel of the pub is brought into the present with the adventurous dishes that push the boundaries of pub grub for modern dining, creating a comfortable space for a wonderful meal with your date.

 

 

The Anvil Inn

The Anvil Inn

 

Average age:

Gastro pubs have risen to prosperity in recent years, and the locals who weathered the storm during the recession have been rewarded with a new generation looking to escape the city for good, honest grub. As such, you’ll find a happy mix of ages, occasions and groups in The Anvil Inn, especially on a weekend when people flock to the coast for some sea air.

 

Time of review:

Closed on a Monday and Tuesday, The Anvil Inn enjoys a thriving trade throughout the rest of the week, especially on Sundays. For a good test whether you and your date are compatible, take them for a brisk down the beach on a windy day before tucking into a roast on a Sunday afternoon. Then figure out if you can see yourselves doing the same thing together in a decade.

 

Average cost of a meal and a drink:

Whilst the food is obviously going to set you back a lot more than fish and chips on the beach, the dining experience and quality of the dishes at The Anvil Inn make it worth the money. Expect to pay £12-17 for a main depending on how expensive your taste it, and add a few pounds extra for any starter or dessert.

 

Type of cuisine:

The Anvil Inn takes classic dishes from around the world and makes them its own. The well-written menu includes a tempting selection of dishes such as mussels Mariniere, Morrocan cuisine, and venison steak that are sure to have you sharing forkfuls of flavour with each other. Leave room for pudding, as the nostalgic sweet treats are too good to miss, and give you an excuse to span out your Yorkshire date.

 

Final word:

A trip to the seaside is the classic British day out, and makes a romantic option for dates in Yorkshire. So top off your trip with a meal at The Anvil Inn and soak up the historic surrounding with great food and drink that will really warm the cockles.

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