Going out for a nice slap up meal, be it with a partner, a date, family or friends, is one of life’s simplest pleasures. And there are foodie pleasures a plenty in Doncaster if you know where to look.
Over the past few years we’ve seen a steady shift in Donny’s foodie scene with local restaurants introducing us to new tastes and concepts to widen our pallet. It’s refreshing to see the comeback of locally sourced produce and cooking with real, fresh ingredients from scratch.
If you’ve fallen into a bit of food rut here are my top picks – in no particular order, of where to eat out in Donny.
One of our favourite places to eat out in Donny. We love the open plan kitchen, contemporary décor and adjoining bar next door making it perfect for celebrations as well as a mid week treat. Start with the Nacho’s then opt for the steak. The steaks are cooked to perfection (mines a rare), locally sourced, beautifully presented and partner perfectly with a glass of Malbec.
Spanning the ground floor of The Grand St Leger Hotel – opposite Doncaster Racecourse, the new £100,000 refurbishment would not look out of place in London. Restaurant owner Jon Din has a clear passion for fresh quality food, boasting seafood caught within 12 hours and the finest dry aged steaks. We absolutely loved the rare steak served with a mini blooming onion, whilst the whole ocean crab is a big talking point. Don’t miss the cocktail menu.
An old favourite that rarely disappoints. The menu is based on simple fresh food for those who appreciate natural flavours and great taste. There’s something for everyone with a choice of mezze, burgers, coal-fire skewers and fresh fish, steaks, pasta and salads. The portions are huge, it’s good value for money and a central place to catch up with friends and family.
An absolute gem just a few minutes drive south of Doncaster, serving fresh, unpretentious home made food and cakes. Owners Gina and Stuart proudly strive to source local ingredients where possible. All the meat is bred on local farms and the fish is from Doncaster Fish Market. The best bit about this place is how welcoming they are, with pets and cyclists especially catered for. Open Tuesday through to Sunday until 4.30pm.
A contemporary café culture vibe – yes really. Having been open for just over a year The Badger has experimented with it’s offering is now building a strong reputation as an eclectic Wine Bar & Craft Ale House. With tasty sharing plates and charcuterie boards it’s a must for those that like their cheese and wine. Great for date night or a catch up with friends this place also hosts live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Get there early, it fills quickly.
The Mayflower’s superb Sunday lunches and award winning desserts are attracting more and more diners from across the Doncaster area. Chef Rob Hudson offers daily specials full of seasonal flavours and an excellent menu using fresh and locally sourced produce. Whatever you do make sure you leave room for dessert it’s absolutely outstanding.
Low ceilings, dark wood tables and brick archways create an invitingly cosy atmosphere, whilst Italian chefs Franco and Giuseppe are chatty and passionate about the food they serve. The chef specialty Polpette Della Casa or the Risotto Della Casa if you’d rather skip the gluten are both delicious. And the best bit, they bring Limoncello Cream Shots to accompany the bill.
Rarely seen empty, even mid week, locals rave about this place. Top quality fish and chips prepared fresh to order and thoroughly delicious. Keep it simple and order fish & chips with sides of mushy peas and curry sauce. Family friendly and lovely staff. The team have done well to create a chippy authenticity, in restaurant form.
The co-owned Rum Rooms & Mason’s Arms in Doncaster’s market place combine fine dining @ Rum Rooms with a new healthy super food lunch time offering in the Mason’s Arms pub. This is food that feels good and tastes delicious all locally sourced and prepared to order. Try something new here like the Asian duck salad with tendersteam broccoli, ginger and quinoa and Jamaican surf & turf. Combined with vintage decor, a fab location and an outside courtyard, this duo are top picks.
This traditional country inn is full of character. Beams and low ceilings add to it’s charm and make a beautiful country setting for a Sunday lunch or evening meal. The menu hosts all of the homemade posh pub classics with little twists for those who like something different, from Beef Wellington to Seabass with garlic seared tiger prawns to Medallions of beef fillet chandelier with brandy sautéed mushrooms tomatoes and cream. Totally yummy and worth the drive.