When I left London after two decades to relocate to Yorkshire, I knew there would be plenty to miss – friends, fashion, theatre – but above all, it would be the restaurant scene I knew I’d pine for. From the sheer breadth of cuisine to the class of the chefs, our capital is difficult to beat.

But a trip to Grantley Hall near Ripon, made me realise I needn’t have worried too much.

Fancy a hearty meal of comfort food and traditional classics, big flavours and bigger steaks? Head to Fletchers.

In the mood for a light bite and some heavy drinking? Pull up a pew in Norton’s.

Want a healthy and wholesome lunch (followed by a deep-tissue massage)? The Three Graces Spa has you covered.

Or maybe you’re after surf and turf with some sundowners? You’ll want to book at al fresco terrace, The Orchard.

And if you want to push the boat out? There are a couple of options for you.

First is Bar & Restaurant EightyEight – chosen as one of the Michelin inspectors’ 25 ‘Favourite New Restaurants’ in the latest Michelin Guide. Huddersfield-born head chef Samira Effa joined the team last summer and has helped elevate this pan-Asian restaurant to new heights. A two-time Great British Menu competitor, she grew up with a diverse range of culinary influences thanks to her Iranian mother and Nigerian father. Make sure you order the Warrendale wagyu beef tataki – the perfect blend of Yorkshire produce with Eastern flair.

And then there’s the coup de grâce: Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall – the one-Michelin starred flagship restaurant of this stunning English country house hotel.

Yorkshire folk are fiercely proud of their homeland – few more so than Mr Rankin – whose ten-course ‘Taste of Home’ menu is a seasonal celebration of the best produce from within a 30-mile radius of the restaurant – much of it grown in or foraged from the hotel’s grounds.

But once you’ve been, it’s always the same, right? Not so. Naturally the dishes shift with the seasons, but to keep the hotel’s offering fresh, there’s now ‘Grantley Gourmet’ – a series of special menus, recipes and intimate events held in the different outlets at Grantley Hall.

Next up in the series is a sake dinner at EightyEight on Thursday 19 October. 

The five-course menu is paired to a variety of different sakes from across Japan, expertly picked by EightyEight’s sake enthusiasts. Each course will be introduced by Chef Effa, along with pairing details about each sake.

It’s this kind of boundary pushing that sets Grantley Hall apart – and makes you want to keep coming back for more.

On my latest trip here, a young family was heading out the main door as we arrived. I overheard a young child ask her mother: “Can we live here forever?”

I know how she feels. (London, where?)

See more at grantleyhall.co.uk