There are plenty of great restaurants in Leeds, York and across Yorkshire that provide a wonderful summer visit for a variety of culinary experiences. From city stunners cooking summer menus to countryside settings serving seasonal produce, eateries everywhere are making the most of their outdoor spaces and sunny vibes. We picked six of the best places to taste the summer.


In one of Leeds’ finest old buildings, Iberica is an elevated experience all year round. The focus on authentic flavours from their homeland will transport you to a summer in Spain, where you’ll sit back with a wine selected from small Spanish boutiques and tapas that turns incredible regional ingredients into classic and contemporary small plates. A real summer treat.

The Box Tree

Ilkley is a popular summer destination for its wonderful walks and vast views. Whether you’ve hiked the moors or simply strolled this lovely town, you’ll want to stay for a hearty Yorkshire dinner. The Box Tree offers this with added refinement and a French twist. This iconic restaurant celebrates its 60th year with a luxurious summer menu which takes in meat, fish, veg and desserts all done with classic skill and modern style. Tres bien.

The Star Inn The City

In the heart of York, The Star Inn The City feels far away from the hustle and bustle of a city centre. It’s wonderful setting on the edge of the Museum Gardens is perfect for their large terrace, on which you can relax by the riverside under the York sun. The enviable location is not the only attraction here, as the food is a showcase of local produce cooked into excellent modern British dishes, to enjoy morning afternoon and evening.


The community spirit of Bishopthorpe Road is well known throughout York, but really comes to life in the summer months. One place that embodies the positive vibes and personal values is the independent cafe, Robinsons. For breakfast, brunch and lunch, they’ll serve you worldies with a Yorkshire smile, from British bacon butties and American pancake stacks to Turkish eggs and Indian kedgeree. Terrific tea and cracking coffee too.

Three’s a Crowd

The spa town of Harrogate is as attractive as it is affluent, with a choice of eateries which reflect this handsomely. Opposite the open outdoor space of The Stray sits Three’s a Crowd, a pub which provides traditional comfort and modern gastronomy. Local produce is elevated in classic favourites, which can be enjoyed in the plush interior or if you can get a seat out on the summer terrace.

Devour at the Dyehouse

Devour at the Dyehouse is a serious restaurant with a light touch, making it a marvellous summer visit. Out in the village of Thongsbridge, Holmfirth, this is a picturesque setting for a luxurious meal at the Dyehouse or a laid back bite by the Riverside. Devour offer both, with a stunning Italian menu of Yorkshire produce at the former and delicious wood fired pizzas at the latter. Whichever you fancy, this is food that brings people together.

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