Food & drink

We are located just 25 minutes away from Yorkshire's award winning food capital, Malton, with its monthly food market and twice-yearly food festival. We are also lucky enough to be surrounded by an abundance of excellent country pubs, cafés and local Yorkshire deli's. See some of our top picks below:



Fine Dining

The Black Swan at Oldstead (4 miles) Family-run Michelin-starred Inn recently rated as the best fine dining restaurant in the world on TripAdvisor!

The Star Inn at Harome (7 miles) A quaint and cosy Michelin-starred Inn believed to date back to the 14th century


The White Swan, Ampleforth (1 min walk) Local dog friendly pub with restaurant, bar food and beer garden. Winner of 'Yorkshire's favourite pub in 2017' **10% off your food bill for guests at The Owlets!**

The White Horse Inn, Ampleforth (2 min walk) Cosy and dog friendly local pub serving home cooked food and local ales

The Stapylton Arms, Wass (2 miles) A recently refurbished and family-run pub serving contemporary yet traditional restaurant food

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Kirk’s Coffee House & Kitchen, Ampleforth (2 min walk) Local café selling great coffee and superb food including home-baked cakes and fresh bread

Ampleforth Abbey Tea Room, Ampleforth (1 mile) Tea room in the Abbey grounds serving tea, coffee, homemade cakes and light meals, as well as Ampleforth Abbey cider and beer

High Paradise Farm, Boltby (11 miles). A walker’s tea room in a traditional moorland farmhouse. Serves sandwiches, soups, deli boards, cakes and scones, and homemade pizzas cooked in an outdoor pizza oven

Local shops

The local shop and Post Office in Ampleforth sells basic supplies and fresh produce. There are small Costcutter and Co-op supermarkets in Helmsley (4 miles) and larger Tesco, Lidl and Aldi supermarkets in Thirsk (12 miles).

Local outdoor markets are held in Helmsley on Fridays; Thirsk on Mondays and Saturdays; and Ampleforth on the last Saturday of each month.

Helmsley also has a good selection of bakeries, deli's and ice cream shops selling delicious local produce.