NORTH Yorkshire, best known for its spectacular scenery, has today been named as one of Britain’s best culinary destinations.

The county features in a list of the top 50 gastropubs in Britain with the highest number of entries - four - for a county outside London.

The gastropubs in North Yorkshire include The Star Inn in Harome, near Helmsley.

The list was produced by a poll of food writers, chefs and licensed industry executives for the trade magazine, the Publican’s Morning Advertiser.

The magazine’s editor, Rob Willock, said: “The best pub food now competes on quality with the top restaurants, and arguably offers better value for money.

“This year’s list combines many long-established gastropubs with several new operators.”