The Great North road trip

This gourmet route across northern England takes in some of Britain's top food- and drink-producing regions, and the restaurants taking pride in showing this off, mixed in with vibrant cities

By Infiniti
Published 30 Sept 2018, 10:23 BST
Boxtree Restaurant Leeds
Boxtree Restaurant Leeds


See & do: The Robinsons Brewery produces some of the finest traditional ales in Britain, but also offers tours and the chance to say hello to the stalwart shire horses that still work there. There's also the Hat Works, a Grade II-listed Victorian mill, which covers all things millinery, from flat caps to haute couture fascinators.

Stay:  Oddfellows on the Park offers spa treatments, a generous parkland setting, and rather hip modern rooms with stylish four-poster beds.

Nightlife: Head to nearby Manchester, where the eclectic Northern Quarter brims with quirky bars. These include Dusk Til Pawn, a speakeasy-style cocktail joint disguised as a pawnshop.

Eat: Also in Manchester, El Gato Negro is the result of chef-patron Simon Shaw falling head over heels for the food culture of Catalonia and the Basque country. Expect supreme Spanish flavours from jamon iberico, Valencia almonds and cider-drenched Catalan chorizo.

Nearest INFINITI Centre: Stockport
Why not book a test drive to discover the stylish Q30?

Drive time: Stockport to Leeds
The drive across the Pennines, which takes roughly an hour, is mainly along the M62 — it's Britain's highest motorway and is home to plenty of brooding moorland scenery.


See & do: Athena Rising, Britain's tallest mural, crowns Leeds' burgeoning street art scene. Elsewhere, the 700-acre Roundhay Park is ideal for summer exploration, and the Royal Armouries is full of weapons – but also has more contemplative displays on war and peace.

Stay:  42 The Calls is in a converted 18th-century flour mill by the River Aire, filled with original art and bold furnishings.

Nightlife:  The Hedonist Project serves some of Leeds' finest cocktails, but expect to be surprised if you haven't visited recently — it's given complete makeover every three months, changing menus, staff uniforms and decor. Previous incarnations include a surf shack and a mountain lodge.

Eat: Run by Simon Grueller, a veteran of three Michelin-starred restaurants, The Box Tree hones in on high-quality local ingredients such as Yorkshire duck and fresh-caught Whitby cod.

Nearest INFINITI Centre: Leeds
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Drive time: Leeds to Newcastle
Straight up the A1, it's about two hours' drive north from Leeds to Newcastle, although a diversion to the Yorkshire Dales for castles, waterfalls, picturesque villages and Wensleydale cheese is a tempting and ultimately rewarding prospect.


See & do: Newcastle has transformed into an arts hub, with the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne leading the charge. The Great North Museum is worth a look too, covering everything from Roman Britain to natural history.

Stay: The elegant Grey Street Hotel occupies a handsome Georgian building, with high ceilings, plenty of original features and a contemporary sass about the interior design.

Nightlife:  The Botanist has an eye-popping fantasy garden look and serves an extensive list of cocktails. There's also live music every night.

Eat: Inside a 16th-century townhouse, and with menus that change daily, House of Tides serves up mouth-watering sustainable dishes such as Cumbrian lamb and wild sea trout.

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