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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Art on a plate in a gallery restaurant

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

The old Helmsley Highflyer, which used to link Leeds and York on the Victorian coaching route, doesn't run through here any longer, but you can still make it on the moorland steam train. Your destination is a delightful architectural dog's dinner, with a stone-built Elizabethan-style inn and a building done in herringbone half-timbering flanking a more sober-looking small Georgian house. Inside, a showcase for local artworks doubles as the Gallery restaurant, with paisley-patterned and plain blue walls the setting for a new chef to show his paces. Early indications are of impeccably contemporary food with the emphasis on counterpointing flavours and textures, perhaps starting with seared scallops with a parfait of their roe, sticky black rice, and apple and yuzu gel, with retro nods here and there, as when beef carpaccio arrives with a Marie Rose-dressed crab and tomato cocktail, or in main-course duck à l'orange 70s style, with Bull's Blood (the salad leaf, not the wine) and parsnip purée. Fish may be sea bass with clam chowder and samphire, while a version of Mont Blanc, the chestnut mousse dessert, with vanilla parfait and mandarin pulp is worth forsaking the chocolate creations for. English and European cheeses come arrayed in full fig, grape and quince.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for lunch: Monday to Saturday
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef: Alan O'Kane

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 39
  • Wines over £30: 166
  • Wines by the glass: 19

Price guide

  • Starter from : 8.50
  • Main course from: 18
  • Dessert from: 10
  • Tasting menu from: 65
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 65
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 50
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 65
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 50

Getting here

A170 towards Scarborough then Helmsley, hotel at end of Market Place, just off mini-roundabout

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