We might be pretty spoiled for Michelin Stars in our region – with seven under our belt, to be precise – but it’s the cosy local establishments that steal our hearts the most.
See, the thing is, it’s not all about lavish decor and artistically presented plates that us Yorkshire folk are looking for. In fact, in the words of Shania Twain, that don’t impress me much at all.
It’s flavour, friendliness, and the kind of place that can incite a smile in the hardest faced of us (because let’s face it, Yorkshiremen in particular have quite the rep for this!). This is exactly how three Yorkshire restaurants have managed to pop up in TripAdvisor’s best restaurants of 2022.
The popular travel & review website revealed its finest dining spots in Britain and around the world today and these hidden gems in York, Doncaster and Wakefield managed to make the cut.
The independent Italian, found next to a Tesco Express, has joined the likes of the Oro Restaurante in Rio de Janeiro and the Mandarin Grill in Hong Kong in the TripAdvisor awards.
La Fiesta, Doncaster
Topping the list in Doncaster is La Fiesta Restaurant which serves up tasty Spanish foods – sangria, cocktails, wines, beers, desserts, coffees & liqueurs – all in a comfortable atmosphere with great service.
La Fiesta topped the list of the hidden gems by offering their guests regional Spanish food for an authentic and true taste of Spain in Doncaster. They serve seafood dishes & ideas from Galicia, Asturias & Andalucia, Paellas from Valencia and grilled, roasted and stewed meats for central Spain.
Buongiorno Bistro, York
The family-run restaurant Buongiorno Bistro has managed to bag itself the number five spot serving Sardinian cuisine – a cuisine that combines some of the most stunning flavours of Italy and the Mediterranean, in Woodthorpe just a short drive outside of the city centre.
The cosy restaurant specialises in hailing from the Italian island of Sardinia (where the owners also hail from). Naturally, as a small island, guests can expect plenty of seafood on the menu, with tons of fresh mussels, clams and more bringing the flavours of the Med to Yorkshire.
If that wasn’t all, there’s plenty of pasta and pizza dishes to tuck into, too, with some fans going as far as to call it the ‘best pizza in York’. That’s quite the claim!
Fancy trying it for yourself? Find them at Buongiorno York, Acomb Wood Dr, Woodthorpe, York, YO24 3XN Tuesday-Saturday.
In tenth place is Corarima in Wakefield which is an Abyssinian gluten-free restaurant that serves vegan-friendly, gluten-free food with the flavours of Abyssinian, otherwise known as Ethiopian cuisine. This includes vegetarian Tshebhi stew which is a veggie or vegan stew.10 Cross Street, Wakefield, United Kingdom
Top 10 list of restaurants recognised in the Hidden Gems UK category
- La Fiesta Restaurant, Doncaster
- MUSE Brasserie, Cheltenham
- Taste Vietnam, Coventry
- The Herd Steak Restaurant, Bath
- Buongiorno, York
- Myrtle Tavern, Meanwood,Leeds
- Spasso, London
- Myra’s Kaiseki, Dorchester
- Himalayan Restaurant Belfast, Belfast
- Corarima, Wakefield