While you can treat your body like a temple in the fitness centre and the spa, all asceticism flies out the window when it comes to food and drink. After all, you’re in the home of battered puds, Wensleydale cheese and coma-inducing Sunday roasts.
There are three restaurants to pick from;
Fletchers serves modern British fare with a mild French accent – expect delicious steaks, delicate fish dishes and locally sourced seafood.
Fun-loving and flashy EightyEight is housed in the new glass-ceilinged wing, with a pan-Asian menu, an extensive cocktail list and DJs on weekends.
The fine-dining destination is Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall (currently holding a Michelin star), where the celebrity chef is getting back to his Yorkshire roots in style. The dining room is certainly grand – white tablecloths, delicate duck-egg-blue walls and a glittering glass chandelier – but Rankin’s ‘Taste of Home’ tasting menu is pure fun.
Haute takes on his childhood comfort foods include a starter of bread, butter, dripping and beef tea, a cheese and tomato sandwich and scampi with seaweed. Herbs and vegetables are grown on-site in the kitchen garden, meat comes from nearby farms and fresh seafood is from the Yorkshire coast. It’s understandably very popular, so be sure to reserve a table when you book your stay.