Food & Drink

Eating Out in Yorkshire

A County that caters for everyone’s budgets and tastes

If you are looking for somewhere to eat out during your stay in Yorkshire, you will certainly not be disappointed.  A city renowned for great hospitality, Yorkshire’s streets are littered with wonderful award winning restaurants, quaint tearooms and welcoming cosy pubs.

Many of Yorkshire’s hotels boast amazing restaurants, serving exquisite cuisine, and more hearty fare can be found in country pubs in and around Yorkshire.  All tastes really are catered for, with British and international food in all price ranges.

For people who really love food, a selection of food and drink events run throughout the year, and you will find local produce and tasty treats at local farmers’ markets in Yorkshire and the surrounding towns.

Below you will find a number of pubs, cafes and restaurants to suit your tastes and budget.

Good Food & Drink

Eating well is a vital necessity in life. Something that’s required by each and every one of us regardless of how old we are. Our daily food choices have a strong impact on our overall health and wellbeing, essentially contributing enormously to how we feel and look. Evidence suggests regularly eating healthily, by consuming well-balanced meals, contributes to sustained weight maintenance, a better mood, increased energy levels, positive inspiration to others and the potential for a heightened quality of life.

We keep our energy levels up by eating regularly and also consuming enough calories. The amount of calories needed differs for each individual, it all depending on such thing like age, gender, height and weight, and how active we are. Too many calories and too many poor quality foods can lead to serious health problems such as diabetes.

Our everyday food choices have a big impact on the many amazing functioning elements of our body. For example; an incredibly good source of high-quality nutrients that many people are deficient in can be found in a single egg. Proteins are essential for the building, maintenance, and repair of body tissue such as the skin, internal organs, and muscles. They are also the major components of the immune system and hormones. Another example, fibre. It is an important part of a healthy diet. A diet high in fibre has many health benefits. It can help prevent heart diseasediabetesweight gain, some cancers, and it can also improve digestive health. However, many people don’t get enough fibre. On average, most people in the UK get about 14g of fibre a day but should actually be aiming for at least 18g a day. Fibre is only found in foods that come from plants.

Eating well isn’t just a diet or programme its part of a healthy lifestyle. A balanced diet consists of eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, plenty of starchy foods, some milk and dairy foods, some non-dairy sources of protein such as meat, eggs and beans and also eating just a little of what we fancy. It is advised we eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, that we choose starchy foods high in fibre, that we eat quality meat, that we select dairy products low in fat such as semi skimmed milk as opposed to full fat milk and when eating a little of what we fancy that we remember a 1kg bar of chocolate consumed in one sitting does not qualify as a little. Try to cut down on foods that are high in

saturated fat and have smaller amounts of foods rich in unsaturated fat instead.  Most of us need to cut down on foods with added sugar, so Instead of a fizzy drink, maybe try sparkling water with a little cordial instead. Little changes make big differences.

Just by eating out in good quality eateries, we can be confident that what we do eat, are all the right foods that we should be eating. And better still, enjoying good food brings people together and takes the hassle out of cooking at home, all we are left to do is enjoy the delicious food served on our plates.

Annandale Distillery – a Spirit Reborn

One of the most ambitious tourism stories of recent years in Dumfries and Galloway is the rebirth of the old Annandale Distillery and its transformation into a 21st century whisky-making centre and visitor attraction. Born 1836, fell into a deep sleep 1918, wakened from slumber 2007, restoration of natural beauty begins in 2011… “A sleeping beauty awakens” is how the re-development of the historic Annandale Distillery has been described. The formidable Annandale Distillery spans 3 whisky making eras and a period when it was used in farming.

Tours start under the Charles-Doig-designed malt kiln and visitors can see the handcrafted wash backs and mash tuns and the vibrant copper stills hand-built by Forsyth’s of Rothes.  A viewing platform enables a peak into the mill room which houses the malt bins, conveyors and Porteous Mill, which has come from the now demolished Caperdonich Distillery in Rothes. Outside, the historic site of the old still room was excavated by archaeologists from Glasgow University

The project incorporates local cultural knowledge, too, for Annandale Distillery’s branding is a tribute to Annan’s rich maritime history and ship building heritage , with the ‘A’ of Annandale in the image of a billowing sail. Between 1830 and 1930 over 2.5 million people emigrated from Scotland, many of them leaving from Annan and the other Solway ports.

Visitors are offered different tour options and can meet Distillery Manager, Malcolm Rennie, formerly of Kilchoman Distillery, Islay. Local craftsmanship is displayed in the woodwork and furniture which has been made by Kirkcudbright master craftsman, Ian Cameron-Smith.

A visit to the distillery would not be complete without a sop off in the spectacular Maltings Coffee shop, renowned for its best in class home baking.

Annandale Distillery, Northfield, Annan DG12 5LL [web]

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