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Summary

“Well worth the long drive!”. Twenty-eight-year-old wünderkind, Tommy Banks “produces exceptional, exciting – even mind-blowing – tastes and textures, with subtlety, intensity, and integrity” at his family’s “sophisticated, elegant and welcoming” converted drovers’ inn, set in “a lovely location” down a single-track lane, on the fringe of the North Yorks Moors. Much of the produce is from the family farm, and it’s “the real sense of place that helps mark the place out, as well as the warm and friendly service” overseen by brother, James Banks. “The wine list is superb too! Almost 100 wines served by the glass using the Coravin method”. In October 2017, TripAdvisor crowned the place ‘The Best Restaurant in the World’. That might be overdoing it a fraction, but it’s certainly one of the top-20 highest rated destinations in our UK survey.

£124
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“A long way off the beaten track, charmingly located in a very quiet hamlet”, Tommy Banks’s converted pub, near Byland Abbey, again wins one of the highest ratings in the survey. “Excellent tasting menus” make a big effort to feature home-grown produce, plus locally farmed and foraged foods, and the result is “quite exceptional, with a tendency to the dramatic and theatrical” and served in a simple dining room “with such humour and attention to detail”.

£83
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“On the up, and ever-more exciting!” – chef Tommy Banks’s “immaculate” cuisine won some of the UK’s highest ratings this year for this “quaint” and “tucked-away” converted pub, near Byland Abbey; the highpoint is “a superb 9-course tasting menu, all from local sources”, served in a “simple yet beautiful dining room (with lots of copper and china)”.

£81
Exceptional
Very Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

A “friendly and cosy” former boozer, near Byland Abbey, hailed by most reporters for its “fantastic” cuisine and service, and in particular its “highly recommended” tasting menu (though a few meals “not up to expectations” were also reported); “excellent accommodation”.

£70
Very Good
Very Good
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

Highchair, Menu, Portions
Yes
18
8.15 pm
50
Oldstead, YO61 4BL
Opening hours
Monday6 pm-8:30 pm
Tuesday6 pm-8:30 pm
Wednesday6 pm-8:30 pm
Thursday6 pm-8:30 pm
Friday6 pm-8:30 pm
Saturday12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-8:30 pm
Sunday6 pm-8:30 pm

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