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Magnificent 7: Restaurants near Coxwold in the North York Moors

- 2 December 2021 -

Foodie Heaven in the North York Moors
Foodie Heaven in the North York Moors ©Tony Bartholomew, Turnstone Media

These are our favourite seven restaurants near Coxwold in this picturesque part of North Yorkshire. All are 15 minutes or less from Coxwold Cottages. We have reviewed our “Magnificent 7” restaurants near Coxwold in alphabetical order just so we don’t show any favouritism! Stay a week and you can enjoy a fabulous meal at a different place every night – from gastro pub, via bistro and trattoria to fine dining restaurants.

Bantam at Helmsley 

The new kid on the block, opening in Summer 2021. A bistro style restaurant, Bantam specialises in sharing dishes although it is possible to have a “normal” three course meal if that is what you prefer. Worth considering if you are driving back to Coxwold from the Yorkshire coast and looking for a relaxed eating experience. Located right in the heart of Helmsley with parking nearby on the market square (free after 6pm).

Durham Ox, Crayke

A perennial favourite. We prefer eating in the main bar/restaurant which has a cosy feel. All the classic gastro pub classics are available but do look out for the large fireplace in the middle bar restaurant – it will be festooned with blackboards detailing the specials, or choose from the main menu. We love the Baked Queen Scallops with garlic and parsley butter with a cheddar and Gruyère crust. Located in a small village with a fascinating history – Crayke being a detached part of County Durham until 1844!

Fairfax Arms, Gilling East

A great place on a Summer evening with a stream running past the outdoor tables. If it is a bit chillier, then the snug bar area or the spacious new orangery (opened 2017) are good options as well. Same menu wherever you decide to eat. The Fairfaxes were a long established Yorkshire family who owned extensive land and property in the county. Their principal residence was Gilling Castle in this village. And, if you travel to York, you can visit their famous Fairfax House – which featured extensively in BBC TV’s Gentleman Jack.

Hare at Scawton

The Hare must be on the verge of receiving a coveted Michelin star. Don’t expect to be able to just turn up – with only a handful of tables, the Hare can be booked up months in advance. The great thing is that means you really do receive friendly and personal service. The food is imaginative and fantastically flavoured – with lots of seasonal, local produce. We recommend going “all in” and ordering the wine pairing as well. Makes a wonderful meal truly sublime… Excellent for a special occasion. Just remember to book in advance.

Hovingham Inn, Hovingham

When you walk in you will think this is “just” a typical North Yorkshire pub – certainly the décor gives that impression. But ignore any first impressions and enjoy some of the best and heartiest food available in this part of North Yorkshire. They really take pride in what they do here, and rightly so. If slow braised beef cheek, wild line caught sea bass or roast free-range chicken supreme float your boat then this is the place for you! The drive from Coxwold takes you past Hovingham Hall where you will see the idyllic scene of pedigree cattle grazing in the parkland.

Stapylton Arms, Wass

Probably most famous for TV chef James Martin proclaiming that the Stapylton Arms served the “best scampi in Britain”! The nearest restaurant to us at Coxwold, just past Byland Abbey. Good quality gastro pub food at its best with all the favourites from tasty double-baked mature Cheddar Cheese souffle to yummy pan-fried medallions of pork. Formerly known as the Wombwell Arms after the Newburgh Priory family at Coxwold, the Stapylton Arms has now reverted to its original name from the period 1739 to 1896.

La Trattoria, Helmsley

A place where you can enjoy for breakfast, coffee, lunch or dinner, La Trattoria brings an authentic taste of Italian cuisine to the heart of Helmsley. Located right on the Market Square, this is a relaxed dining experience with lots of tasty food on the menu from Venetian tapas via pizzas to some seriously good mains. We have been meaning to try La Trattoria for ages but the recent electricity cuts provided the ideal opportunity. Great food and friendly service made us wonder why we hadn’t been before. There is a sister restaurant in Malton.

And, just to show off, Coxwold Cottages also just happen to have a Michelin starred restaurant on our doorstep as well: Tommy Banks’ Black Swan at Oldstead is just a couple of miles away. Hopefully we will have a second reappearing in 2022 when Andrew Pern’s Star Inn at Harome  hopefully reopens after a terrible fire in November 2021. In addition, the town of Malton, Yorkshire’s self-proclaimed capital of food, is just under half an hour away. There are so many restaurants near Coxwold, you really are in “Foodie Heaven” from the moment you arrive and start to enjoy one of our acclaimed welcome hampers!

Gastro Pubs to Fine Dining near Coxwold Cottages
Gastro Pubs to Fine Dining near Coxwold Cottages ©Tony Bartholomew, Turnstone Media
Magnificent 7 Restaurant - Bantam, Helmsley near Coxwold Cottages
Magnificent 7 Restaurant – Bantam, Helmsley is 8 miles from Coxwold Cottages
Magnificent 7 Restaurant - Durham Ox, Crayke near Coxwold Cottages
Magnificent 7 Restaurant – Durham Ox, Crayke is 5 miles from Coxwold Cottages
Magnificent 7 Restaurant - Fairfax Arms, Gilling East near Coxwold Cottages
Magnificent 7 Restaurant – Fairfax Arms, Gilling East is 7 miles from Coxwold Cottages
Magnificent 7 Restaurant - The Hare at Scawton near Coxwold Cottages
Magnificent 7 Restaurant – The Hare at Scawton is 8 miles from Coxwold Cottages
Magnificent 7 Restaurant - Hovingham Inn near Coxwold Cottages
Magnificent 7 Restaurant – Hovingham Inn is 10 miles from Coxwold Cottages
Magnificent 7 Restaurant - Stapylton Arms, Wass near Coxwold Cottages
Magnificent 7 Restaurant – Stapylton Arms, Wass is 2 miles from Coxwold Cottages
Magnificent 7 Restaurant - La Trattoria, Helmsley near Coxwold Cottages
Magnificent 7 Restaurant – La Trattoria, Helmsley is 8 miles from Coxwold Cottages