Yorkshire's food scene has exploded in the past few years and it is now one of the best regions in England to try modern British cuisine – the county also has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other region outside London. York and Leeds, in particular, have excellent eating options. Whitby, Malton and Helmsley are other good food destinations.

In rural and coastal areas opening hours are often reduced November to March.

Eat & Drink Like a Local

Yorkshire pudding The classic local dish, these puffy batter puddings are traditionally served with roast beef, but Yorkshire tearooms often serve them as a dish in themselves, with gravy. Try them at Ye Olde Naked Man in Settle.

Theakston’s ale Theakston’s was turning out best bitter long before the term ‘craft beer’ came into playhad been thought of. Try it at pubs all over Britain, or at Theakston’s Brewery in Masham.

Wensleydale cheese Famous as the favourite snack of animated characters Wallace and Gromit, this crumbly white cheese is made in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Try it at the source, at Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes.

Yorkshire rhubarb Traditionally grown in the ‘rhubarb triangle’ near Wakefield, Yorkshire forced rhubarb (early-season rhubarb grown in darkness) has achieved Protected Designation of Origin status. Try the Michelin-starred rhubarb trifle at the Pipe and Glass Inn near Beverley.

Curd tart A very old Yorkshire dish, a bit like cheesecake, traditionally baked for the Whitsun holiday. Try it at Bettys in Harrogate.

Parkin A rich and sticky cake made with oatmeal and flavoured with ginger and treacle. Try it at Hunters of Helmsley.