The cheaper way to dine at Leeds’ Man Behind the Curtain and other Michelin starred restaurants

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Dining at a Michelin starred restaurant isn’t cheap and neither should it be.

You’re consuming some of the finest ingredients assembled and prepared by the finest chefs in the world.

Chefs and restaurateurs don’t, in theory at least, win Michelin stars for providing anything less than an exceptional dining experience.

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Unless you’re Jeff Bezos you probably can’t afford to dine at Michelin star restaurants every day. Besides, it wouldn’t be special if you did it every day.

So can you dine cheaply at Leeds’ one Michelin starred restaurant The Man Behind the Curtain – or indeed Yorkshire’s six other Michelin starred eating establishments? Of course not.

But elite dining doesn’t have to be as dear as you’d expect as some starred restaurants offer some reasonable deals.

You may still be hungry afterwards but that’s hardly the point; you’re not there to stuff yourself.

Man Behind the Curtain

Michael O’Hare serves up the unconventional at this Leeds city centre joint with equally weird decor.

The lunch menu is the cheaper option at GBP88, compared to the GBP132 dinner menu. Still, the lunch menu is packed with stuff you probably won’t find anywhere else.

The Angel Inn

The Angel, near Grassington, was rated the second-best restaurant in Britain in The National Restaurant Awards. As the number one restaurant wasn’t in Yorkshire that makes this restaurant, run by double Michelin starred chef Michael Wignall, the ‘best’ in Yorkshire.

The Sunday lunch menu will probably leave the smallest void in your purse.

It’s GBP65 per head but you get five extraordinary courses.

The Black Swan at Oldstead

Of this Banks family-owned gastropub, with Tommy Banks as its head chef, the Michelin Guide says: “Preparation is highly skilled, dishes are attractively presented, and every wine on the appealing list is available by the glass.”

According to its website, the tasting menu at this restaurant near Thirsk costs GBP135 to GBP150 per person.

Pipe and Glass

(Image: Peter Church)

Of this restaurant, near Beverley, The Michelin guide says: “Unfussy, instantly recognisable dishes are packed full of flavour and have some subtle modern touches. From a ploughman’s to parkin-crusted deer, everything is meticulously prepared.”

This is probably the most affordable of the seven restaurants as you can order a couple of dishes a la carte and not break the bank.

For example, you can enjoy a cold smoked Yorkshire reared duck breast starter followed by the restaurant’s signature fish pie for GBP33.

The children’s menu is also reasonably priced.

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Roots

Of this little sister of The Black Swan, The Michelin Guide says: “Creative, modern dishes are carefully prepared and deceptively simple to look at; offering great refinement and depth of flavour.”

The tasting menu at this York restaurant is normally GBP110 but you can have it for GBP95 at lunchtimes on Thursdays and Fridays before December 30.

Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall

(Image: Grantley Hall)

The Michelin Guide says: “Well-crafted dishes rely on natural tastes and textures and, while they may appear simple at first, have a subtle complexity and depth of flavour.”

There’s a six-course Sunday lunch tasting menu for GBP70, compared to GBP110 for the main tasting menu.

The Star Inn

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Situated in a thatched 14th-century building this is still very much a village local but the food ain’t pub grub.

The guide says: “This is a place that proudly champions its home county, with fish sourced from Whitby, game from the Yorkshire Moors and vegetables from the kitchen garden, and head chef Steve Smith uses them to create rich, gutsy, flavour-driven dishes with a classical base and modern overtones.”

Again, Sunday lunch is probably the way to go for the budget-conscious.

On a sample menu, you can have ‘marinaded North Sea octopus with roasted peppers, Rievaulx quail egg, anchovies and garden fennel sorbet’ followed by roast pork with special accompaniments for GBP25.50 – and there are cheaper options.

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