At Hipping, even the simple things are done well: the welcome is warm, the rooms comfortable and the food is outstanding. The restaurant occupies a 15th-century Great Hall with a congenial atmosphere, where the staff wear contemporary yet utilitarian aprons marking the building’s past as a smithy. Head chef is prodigiously talented 29 year-old Lancastrian, Oli Martin, whose passion is to produce dishes with strong rustic flavours and finesse; wine is taken equally seriously. As for the gorgeous bedrooms, local interior designer James Mackie has worked his magic and kept things local, again reflecting the smithy of old. Walls are painted with pigments exclusively created by local artists Pip Seymour and Rebecca Wallace who have made use of minerals from within 15 miles of Hipping. Owner Andrew Wildsmith and his dedicated team are bursting with creativity and enthusiasm and it shows. Doubles from £169.
Name to Know: Head chef Oli Martin, who will be able to suggest one of the local gins, with choices from Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria, before enjoying his tasting menu.
See: Whitescar Caves, the longest caves open to the public in Britain, a spectacular natural cave system in the Yorkshire Dales.
Eat: Try the restaurant’s nine course tasting menu, bursting with locally sourced produce from Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria.
Buy: Get your mitts on some tasty cheese from Courtyard Dairy and a bottle of wine from Buon Vino, perfect for a picnic.
Want to find out more? Visit the hotel's website.
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