Culture and leisure

Food and drink

Yorkshire has a truly multicultural population, particularly in its university towns and cities, which is reflected in its food and restaurants. Hence you’ll be spoilt for choice, whether you’re looking to sample international cuisine, local Yorkshire specialities or buy ingredients.

Eating out in Yorkshire

Yorkshire has a great reputation for its food, partly because so many of the raw ingredients are grown here. You can sample Yorkshire’s fantastic fresh food everywhere from informal cafes, where you might buy a sandwich and piece of cake at lunchtime, to Michelin starred (an international hallmark for high quality dining) restaurants – of which Yorkshire has the most of any county in the UK, six in all. 

There’s also bars, quaint tea and coffee houses, traditional pubs and inns, award-winning real ale breweries and wineries, and numerous farmers’ markets and food and drink festivals held throughout the year.

Yorkshire’s cultural diversity means there’s a huge choice of cuisine to explore from Mexican and Lebanese, through Asian, French and Persian, to Thai, Vietnamese, Italian and Chinese (the list goes on and on and on). The city of Bradford in West Yorkshire is famous for its excellent Asian restaurants and is the reigning Curry Capital of Britain.

Delicious Yorkshire produce

Farmers’ markets are increasingly popular throughout the UK and Yorkshire is no exception. People love to buy fresh and seasonal produce directly from local farmers and producers. 

Most places also have a regular market, supermarkets are on every street corner, and there are an increasing number of specialist international supermarkets. Each university also has a range of different eateries across campus to make sure you can pick and choose food to suit your taste and purse.

Yorkshire beer and wine

Yorkshire has the oldest pub in Britain – ‘The Bingley Arms’ in Bardsey near Leeds – which dates back over 1,000 years to Viking times.

Yorkshire is also home to over 80 real ale breweries producing hundreds of varieties of real ale and almost a third of the UK's beer, while Rotherham in South Yorkshire hosts the fourth largest beer festival in the country.

Wine making is increasingly popular in Yorkshire, with five vineyards established over the past decade. Yorkshire is also home to the biggest wine school in the country – the Wine Academy in Harrogate – which provides informal tastings and events, and education and training to wine enthusiasts from all over the UK. 

Yorkshire food and drink festivals 

For information on food and drink festivals and other food events in Yorkshire, please take a look here.