Six best places to eat in Richmond, North Yorkshire


This blogpost has now been updated for 2012 with a new version here.
My whistlestop guide to the best eating on offer in the lovely market town of Richmond. For walkers, this is the half-way point on the Coast to Coast meaning you’re sure to be hungry when you arrive so best to plan ahead.

Pub grub

Meaty: Lamb steak
Meaty: Lamb steak

The Black Lion Hotel in Finkle Street is hard to beat. A good selection of traditional specials as well as a blackboard full of regular favourites – everything from cheese and onion tart, to lamb shank and mash or halibut streak. Everything is well-cooked, unfussy and attractively presented with large portions the norm. The interior of the pub has retained a traditional feel, mostly set out as dining areas but it is also possible to have food served in the bar. It isn’t the cheapest place to eat in the town (expect to pay between £9 and £14 a main course) but the food is of a consistently high standard and the atmosphere welcoming. Call: 01748 826217.

Home-cooked food

Conforting: Haddock and prawn gratin
Comforting: Haddock and prawn gratin

The Cross View Tea Rooms is possibly the only cafe I’ve ever known where you’d be recommended to book for a wet Wednesday lunch-time! It’s regularly so busy that locals in-the-know book tables well in advance. The reason – the biggest  (the lemon meringue pie peaks always look as if they should form mountaineering training), freshest homemade cakes in town  but also because they serve traditional meals like you’d get at home such as fish pie or sausage and mash. It’s also good for a fry-up breakfast or just a cup of tea. Good value with prices to suit all pockets and special promotions through the ShopLocal scheme. Call:01748 825897

Fine dining

Frothy: Guinea fowl with truffle foam
Frothy: Guinea fowl with truffle foam

(Sadly) There’s only one place in town which passes muster for formal dining and that’s The Frenchgate Restaurant and Hotel. It’s the sort of place to get dressed up for a special occasion and provides a personal service which will typically see you greeted by name on arrival, offered a pre-dinner drink in the elegant lounge while perusing what can be a fairly ambitious menu. The cuisine falls into a modern European style and expect to find the menu (rather pretentiously, imho) adorned with “jus”, “foam” and such like. It is worth finding time to spend the evening on the experience and be sure to save some space for the regional cheese board which boasts some interesting options. On the pricey side at three courses for £34. Sample menu here. Call:0174 8822087.

Smart lunch
The venue makes this one. The former station building has been transformed from the massive and delightfully hodch-potch hardware store it was some years ago (think Two Ronnies “four candles sketch”) to the award-winning, airy building it is now. As well as housing a cinema and some specialist food shops, The Station is home to the Seasons Restaurant which is smart place to lunch with an interesting brasserie style menu utilising local produce. With daily specials, free wi-fi and wide selection of teas and coffees it’s also a good place for any business related meet-ups. Call: 01748 825340.

Fish and chips
The room above Barker’s take-away in the Trinity Square has been given a bright and smart make-over to give diners a licensed eat-in option which includes lighter options such as large plate salads as well as the favourite cod, chips and mushy. And the good old usual is done well here with crispy batter, plentiful fluffy chips and a hearty serving of peas. A few pounds more than the take-away price for friendly service a stone’s throw from the castle and the chance to sup a reviving cuppa. Call:01748 825768.


The Delhi-cious kitchen maybe on the outskirts of town, but those who haven’t yet made it to the door can always order a delivery and judging by the frequency the signwritted car is seen around town, plenty do. Easily the best Indian food in town, anyone wanting a quick cookery lesson can do worse than popping along to Cutpurse Lane to watch the chefs at work through the large glass window separating the waiting area from the kitchen. They do offer some unusual specialities such as whole tandoori trout and I’ve been particularly impressed with the vegetarian selection with dishes ranging from the mildest tarka dhall to a hot a spicy chana massala. Call 01748 824916.


16 thoughts on “Six best places to eat in Richmond, North Yorkshire

  1. We had a dire breakfast at the Cross View Tearooms, the sausage had no meat content – the tea and coffee we’re really terrible too.


    1. Could not disagree more with the above comment! We’ve recently been for breakfast at Cross View and were more than impressed with the hearty breakfast we were given – the sausages infact were perfect.


      1. The sausages are those cheap one you can buy at frozen food outlets 30 for £1.50 with no meat content. I left mine


  2. There is a new french restaurant opened in Richmond call rustique on finkle street, it is brilliant food and the 2 courses for £10.95 is fantastic. Booking is essential at weekends though very popular place the best in town by far.


    1. Thanks for the contribution. I’ve eaten at Rustique a few times and there’s a lot to recommend it but also had some strange experiences there – including receiving advice from the waitress not to drink the fingerbowl :0 Overall it’s a great addition to Richmond and I’ll probably review it at some stage.


  3. Try Deli DL10; it’s a coffee shop in Queens Road, and the owner – Karen – only does meals on Thursday and Friday evening. They’re good, well presented and imaginative dishes, and the place is BYO-only (which I wish there was more of in Richmond).

    Sadly, because of the odd hours and the slightly out of the way location, I think Karen may be planning in future to open only if there are bookings. That would be a shame.


    1. Thanks for the tip. I do sometimes get along there at a lunch time but keep meaning to try at night as th menu does look very interesting.


  4. I have also found La Rustique to be wonderful. My husband had steak which was incredibly tender and so tasty and i had chicken breast in a white wine and mushroom sauce.
    All the food was piping hot and full of flavour and the wine was lovely too. Eventhough the place was heaving with custom, the waiting staff were completely on the ball and always had a smile and were non – patronising. We will definitely be going again.


  5. Hi Has anyone eaten at the Black Bull Inn, it hs a great website but sometimes can be deceiving, I am wanting to take friends for a birthday Sunday Lunch, please please let the Beef be pink!!!


    1. Hi Helen, glad you checked in here before setting off….as you’ll see from the date on this post, it’s quite old. Since writing this the pub has been put up for sale and, the last time I visited, I was very disapointed with the food. Maybe it was a one-off but……didn’t have the same feel to it tbh. I will do an updated version of this post before we get too many visitors descending on the town – my recommendation for a pub these days would be the George and Dragon at Hudswell, just a mile and a half away. It’s a community pub that specialises in Fijian food! Please do let me know how you get on, whereever you end up.


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