Good Food Guide Award for Helmsley and the Howardian Hills

Jan 31, 2024 | News, News - Featured

Helmsley and the Howardian Hills in North Yorkshire were named Most Exciting Food Destination in the inaugural Good Food Guide Awards, held at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London.

Howardian Hills National Landscape Manager Ellie Hook accepted the award with Tommy Banks, chef director of Michelin-starred restaurant The Black Swan at Oldstead and the Abbey Inn, Byland, both near Helmsley.

Good Food Guide Editor Elizabeth Carter, Knife & Fork Media founder Adam Hyman, Michelin-starred chef Tommy Banks, Howardian Hills National Landscape Manager Ellie Hook and Good Food Guide Editor Chloe Hamilton.

They took their place alongside such luminaries as the team at The Sportsman in Kent, which received the Restaurant of the Year award and became only the fourth restaurant in Britain to be rated World Class by the Guide.

Ellie said: ‘The whole Howardian Hills National Landscape Partnership is absolutely delighted to receive this award. Helmsley and the Howardian Hills is such a hotspot for exciting and delicious food, we are thrilled that the Good Food Guide has given the whole area this recognition. The award, as well as our amazing local chefs and bakers recognise the importance of the Howardian Hills landscape and farmers and food producers in creating the conditions for high quality, healthy and delicious locally grown and reared food.”

The Good Food Guide has become a trusted and respected resource for both diners and the food industry over its 70 year history. In an age of recycled content, it continues to pride itself on in-depth inspections and detailed, longform reviews.

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