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Restaurant review: Ogino, Beverley

The last time I wrote about Beverley’s high-end Japanese restaurant Ogino was after I visited on its second night of being open. Bypassing how obviously caddish it was of me to judge somewhere so recently opened, I found it generally very good with just a couple of wrinkles to iron out. On returning – almost a full five years later – I find that Ogino has matured into a truly excellent restaurant, run with confidence, consistency and flair.

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The Humber Tavern

Pub of the Week: The Humber Tavern, Paull

Paull has been in people’s minds for two reasons recently. This small, oft-mocked burgh on the north bank of the Humber is seen by many in neighbouring Hull as the odd outpost where their odder uncle mysteriously retired to, but in 2017 it has enjoyed a very funny reference in Richard Bean’s hit play The Hypocrite and was apparently far-and-away the best place to watch the fireworks on the opening night of City of Culture.

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The menu of small plates changes daily, but includes the likes of wild stone bass with seashore vinaigrette

Restaurant review: Jöro, Sheffield

Ameal built of many small plates in a restaurant constructed of shipping containers. Does this sound enticing? As we head towards Shalesmoor on a perishing night I’m beginning to question the wisdom, but we’ve come this far, and the prospect of a Nordic dinner in this (or any other) part of Sheffield is intriguing.

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The Hare & Hounds, Todmorden

Pub of the Week: Hare & Hounds, Todmorden

When Richard and Tiffanie Carlton came back to the Calder Valley after five years working in some of the best hotels on the Isle of Skye they opened a café in Todmorden market. But they soon got itchy feet and when leasehold on an old Whitbread pub came up, they jumped at it. Bought by Daniel Thwaites, £150k was thrown at it, the interior was ripped out and a drinker’s dive came up smiling.

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Chocolate Fondant at Gino de Campo restaurant, Leeds. Picture by Simon Hulme

Restaurant review: Gino D’Acampo – My Restaurant, Leeds

I’m not one for chain restaurants, even less so with a celebrity name attached to it. Why? For no other reason than there are so many independents where I would rather spend my money.

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Brewdog, York.

Pub of the Week: Brewdog, York

It was a hard battle with the planners, but Brewdog, the most talked about opening in York for some time, finally happened in December 2016. With over 200 pubs already in the city it was never going to get an easy reception.

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The Star Inn the City.

Andrew Pern’s Star turn in York

Rarely has there been such a fuss about a restaurant opening than in October 2013 when Andrew Pern, the Michelin-starred chef of the Star Inn at Harome. launched his second restaurant in a former pumping station on the banks of the River Ouse in York

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Stuart  Miller (left), Landlord  of the  George and Dragon pub at Hudswell with his mum and dad  Keith and Stephanie Miller, who are also part of the team.

Yorkshire village pub saved by locals is named UK’s best

A village pub in North Yorkshire that was saved from closure through a community buyout, and whose facilities now include a library and a shop has been named the best in the country.

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Video: How to cook the perfect Sunday roast

This weekend, time your joint, potatoes and Yorkshire puddings perfectly. Russell Johnson, head chef at the renowned Rose and Crown at Sutton-on-the-Forest, near York, shows you how, in this Yorkshire Post video.

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The (Little) Plough, Doncaster.

Pub of the Week: The (Little) Plough, Doncaster

Right up until the late Sixties, the Hewitt’s Ales brand was well-known throughout Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. They not only brewed their own beers, but they also built up an impressive chain of some 300 pubs. Today the only thing that remains is their name, confidently spelled out on the front of The (Little) Plough – there’s a bigger one a couple of miles away.

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Fillet of beef Wellington was delicious.

Restaurant review: The Nancy, Burton Pidsea

Calling it ‘The Curse of Holderness’ may be a bit over-the-top, but there certainly seems to be an ongoing issue with making going concerns of food pubs in the farming lowlands between the Wolds and the North Sea. Few pubs manage to strike the right balance between offering food and atmosphere worthy of a destination pub and keeping their regulars happy.

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Pictured: Restaurant manager Gio Conti with Martin Hicks, MD of Weetwood Hall and �2m new Mediterranean North Leeds restaurant, Convive. Image: Simon Dewhurst

New north Leeds restaurant ‘will rival anything in the city centre’

Some 25 new jobs have been created after a new Mediterranean restaurant opened in Leeds this week.

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The Plough Inn, Allerthorpe.

Pub of the Week: The Plough, Allerthorpe

The A1079 Beverley to York road may be insanely busy all day long, but it’s surprisingly poorly served by decent pubs.

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Lamb rump with provolone potatoes. Picture: Scott Merrylees

Restaurant review: Gimbals, Sowerby Bridge

Life as a food reviewer is tough. Week after week, we seek out bistros, gastropubs, cafes and bars and report back honestly to help you make an informed choice when you’re planning a meal out. The entire purpose, from my point of view anyway, is to gently guide you, given your dollar is hard earned and you really don’t want to chuck it away on some rip-off restaurant which doesn’t care if you make a return visit. What qualifies us to do this? Well nothing really, other than an abiding love of grub. As Kenneth Tynan put it: “A critic is someone who knows the way but can’t drive the car.”

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The Guns Bar, Saltburn.

Pub of the Week: The Guns Bar, Saltburn

Saltburn is an overlooked seaside town IMHO. It may be frayed round the edges, but I’ve got a soft spot for faded grandeur.

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60-day aged sirloin with  mushrooms and chips , ox cheek mac 'n' cheese  from the Winter tasing menu at The Pheasant Hotel at Harome

Restaurant review: The Pheasant, Harome

Without traipsing over old ground, just how a village the size of Harome can be home to not one, but two restaurants is still a marvel. That both of these have the prominence most can only dream of simply beggars belief. They also share more than a postcode with one (The Pheasant) having been owned by the other (The Star) but now operate independently; don’t ask, it’s complicated but seems to be working.

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The Angel on the Green, Bishopthorpe Road, York.

Pub of the Week: Angel on the Green, York

Sign that an area is achingly middle class No 233. When someone knits woolly hats and ponchos for a statue. And they don’t get nicked.

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Head of Steam, Sheffield

Pub of the Week: The Head of Steam, Sheffield

Now heading toward its first anniversary, the Head is part of a branded chain of venues owned by Cameron’s Brewery – there are at least another two of them in Leeds, and half a dozen or so elsewhere. The building itself couldn’t be more central to the arts district of the city, with the Crucible Theatre to the right, the Winter Gardens to the left, and the Graves Art Gallery and Lyceum straight ahead. It was originally built as a bank, and the new design has opened up the main hall into a big, airy space.

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Meat on the giant grill at Vaqueiros in York.

Steakholder society

For what we are about to receive... I am going to quote verbatim from the menu at Vaqueiros, a Brazilian restaurant which opened last month in York. Let me tell you this is not a menu where you choose, you get the lot. Let me tell you, too, that this excludes an all-you-can eat buffet of starters and desserts. Here goes, hope you’re feeling hungry.

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Incir - sticky, unctuous sun-dried figs with a dollop of whipped cream on top, crowned with a walnut.

Restaurant review: Jardelle, Beverley

Now this more like it. I’ve been complaining for a while that Beverley is filling up with chain restaurants and the local establishments are getting slowly pushed out.

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