Not only is Wetherby a picturesque market town, well-known for being the mid-point between London and Edinburgh, it is also renowned for the excellent restaurants that you can find there.
The restaurants featured in this round-up are some of our favourites in Wetherby and beyond. They all have fantastic reviews on the world’s leading travel review website TripAdvisor. What’s more, the rankings on the site are based solely on customer reviews, which reinforce their credibility!
Ranging from a family run, Indian vegetarian restaurant, to a four-hundred-year-old pub with a passion for locality, once you read about what these restaurants have to offer, it’ll leave you feeling hungry!
So without further ado, here are our five top restaurants in Wetherby!
Mango is a family-run Indian vegetarian restaurant, which can be found in the heart of Wetherby and offers a unique dining experience. As well as receiving brilliant customer reviews on a regular basis, Mango has an impressive roster of awards, including “Best Vegetarian Restaurant in England” – Good Food Awards 2015; “Best Vegetarian Restaurant in the UK” – Good Food Awards 2014 as well as “Best Indian Curry in Yorkshire” – Leeds Curry Awards.
Established in 2008 by Rekha Sonigra and her family, Mango serves food originating from their native home of the west Indian state of Gujarat, a cuisine not commonly found in North Yorkshire!
On the menu, you’ll find the likes of Aurro (smoked aubergine curry) and pani puri, (a popular Indian street-food)
As well as serving unique recipes, Mango is renowned for its peaceful and ambient atmosphere.
What’s more, locality is a major factor for the Sonigra family, and they adjust their recipes according to seasonality, using local produce and complimentary spicing.
For a unique dining experience, you can’t go far wrong with Mango!
“As a meat eater I was dubious about going to mango, I like my meat dishes! I've been to mango several times now and despite not eating meat I've never left disappointed.
I love the fresh taste of light Indian food, the food here is fresh, zingy, tangy and Mango doesn't disappoint on any level. The food here is very similar to some we experienced in India, however, we were in a different province to where this restaurants flavour originate.”
Visited January 2017 – 5 Stars Trip Advisor
Sant Angelo is an exceptional Italian restaurant, found on Wetherby High Street. The food is delicious, the front of house staff is attentive and the service is second to none! It is a personal favourite here at Manning Stainton. As well fantastic food, you will often find live bands playing, including a host of tribute acts covering the likes of Michael Buble (2nd March,) Freddie Mercury (9th March,) Neil Diamond (16th March,) and many others, all of which adds to its already lively atmosphere!
The kitchen is headed up by Italian Chef Paolo Dessi, who, along with his team has catered for restaurant goers for over 20 years! Paolo said ““A lot of care and attention has been given to the creation of our all dishes both contemporary and traditional to recreate a little corner of Italy here in Wetherby.”
“My chefs have come from different regions of Italy, bringing a true diversity to the menu. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you that all the ingredients we use are from either Italy or locally produced, and whenever possible, in season. In that way, we have created fresh dishes that tantalise your palate and leave you with a memorable dining experience.”
Sant Angelo is reasonably priced and their menu is extensive. Amongst many delectable types of Pizza and Pasta, which will leave all the family in awe, you’ll find the likes of dishes such as Caserecce Al Tonno () at £11.95. Calamari Fritti (at £7.95.
Sant Angelo was recommended by our B&B landlady and my wife and I really enjoyed our meal there. I chose the Pizza Sant Angelo which was absolutely fantastic - tomato, mozzarella, mushrooms, ham, chicken, black olives and rocket. My wife had the pappardelle Ferrari, which she enjoyed too.”
Visited January 2017 – 5 Stars TripAdvisor
The Wetherby Whaler is well-known across Yorkshire as being one of the best Fish and Chips restaurants around! The Whaler dates back to 1969 when Phillip and Janine Murphy opened their first fish and chip takeaway in Tadcaster. Fast-forward almost 50 years and the Whaler is still going, stronger than ever.
With community at its heart, the Wetherby Whaler has proven itself to be a brilliant restaurant and due to its success has expanded to five branches (serving 750,000 portions of haddock per year.) What sets them apart from other Fish and Chip restaurants is their attention to detail, not only in their food but in the dining experience that they offer, being both a restaurant and take away.
At the Whaler, you can expect to find the likes of the Whaler “GIANT” Haddock at £16.10 (The name speaks for itself,) Golden Fried Scampi & Chips at £9.40 as well as an array of starters and desserts.
“We visit around once a month. WW never disappoints. The fish is always fresh and a decent sized fillet of haddock or place served in lovely crisp batter. You can also have poached salmon. We ask for our chips to be well done and they never disappoint. Bread is fresh, plenty of condiments available and the service always friendly. Desserts available too if you have the appetite.”
Visited January 2017 – 5 Stars - TripAdvisor
Dating back to 1685, The Scott family were the principal landowners in Sicklinghall. They built the inn as part of a rebuild of Sicklinghall after it was devastated by a fire. With one of the longest histories of any pub in North Yorkshire, The Scotts Arms regularly attracts an array of famous faces, it is also well-known for being haunted! But don’t worry; according to the staff, their ghosts are all exceptionally friendly. You can find a place at one of their log fires and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere.
The latest owners of the historic pub are Ted and Julie van Zeller, who has been dedicated to offering a friendly welcome to all since 2006.
Head Chef Andy Dawson and his team have a creative approach to the food served at The Scotts Arms and often change the menus. As well as this, they exclusively use ingredients that are locally sourced. Their Sunday Dinners are exceptional, and widely regarded!
Be it on a Sunday afternoon walk from Wetherby to Sicklinghall, or a relaxed dinner with the family, on the menu you’ll find a multitude of fantastic dishes which are sure to satisfy!
Dishes found on the menu include; Sticky BBQ Belly Pork at £7.25, their vegetarian Aromatic Garden Burger at £11.50, and Chicken Cutlet at £12.95 amongst much more!
“Fantastic fresh cooked quality food.
Stopped off on the way back from Newcastle to Sheffield-needed a place to eat and not fast food. A quick TripAdvisor search for Wetherby and the Scott's Arms came up with some quality reviews. About 5 miles off the A1, which was a 10-minute detour. But we are glad we did!
Do the same and don't miss out on an absolute treat! In a lovely area, it’s a lovely old pub with a homely feel and a top quality meal. We decided to go for the pie of the day which was steak and ale. It was a delicious, large portion of juicy, succulent steak pie with a lovely pastry and some perfect home cooked chips, crispy and fluffy.
Would recommend and hope to return now we know it's there. Enjoy.” - Visited January 2017 – 5 Stars (TripAdvisor)
A pub for more than 400 years, The Swan and Talbot in Wetherby was once a posting inn on the Great North Road.
Originally named the Dog and Swan, the pub was, until 1611, allowed to bear the coat of arms of the Swann family. The Swann family lived at Askham Manor in nearby Askham Richard.
The ‘dog’ was a Talbot hound – an extinct type of hunting dog whose closest modern-day descendant is the beagle – and the pub’s name was changed to The Swan and Talbot.
The pub and letting accommodation has recently seen extensive refurbishment and is proving to be a popular haunt for many of Wetherby’s locals and destination diners. Inside, the pub has low ceilings befitting the age of the place, and at one end, a huge fireplace over which hangs a brief history of how it acquired its name.
As well as serving excellent, traditional with a twist food, it was named the Traditional Pub of The Year at the Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Awards 2016.
The Swan and Talbot has a varied menu, serving the likes of Seared sea bass fillets on beetroot & mascarpone risotto, fennel, beetroot & watercress salad at £14.95, Portobello mushroom & goats’ cheeseburger with fries & coleslaw £11.95 and much more!
“We visited today as we were passing through Wetherby on our way home. We were made to feel extremely welcome and a table was found for us straight away despite having no reservation. We all opted to have the two-course Sunday lunch and were treated to fast attentive service where nothing was too much trouble. The beef was pink, succulent and well presented with a nice selection of veg. One of our daughters tried roast parsnips for the first time and loved them! There was a good selection of desserts and clean plates were left by us all! Keep the standards high please, we WILL be back!”
Visited January 2017 – 5 Stars – Trip Advisor