Frances Atkins

Frances Atkins
Frances Atkins
Frances Atkins

Frances Atkins is a fellow of The Master Chefs of Great Britain and is one of very few female Michelin Starred Chefs in the country. This accolade was first achieved in 2003 and has been awarded every consecutive year since.

See Frances’ Forgotten Food Recipes – Medlar and Rose Jelly, Mutton, Medlar and Pine Ash and Whey Butter Aioli

Frances Atkins has been Chef / Proprietor of The Yorke Arms, Ramsgill in Nidderdale since 1997 working alongside her dedicated and trusted team.

Brought up in Ilkley she attended Bradford School of Food Technology working in the early days of the celebrated Box Tree Restaurant, Ilkley.

After The Box Tree, Frances spread her wings working in Scotland and Scandinavia, but it was in Denmark that her style really began to develop – free spirited but classically based.

She worked privately for the first ten years of her career until opening her first restaurant in Great Misssenden, Buckinghamshire. From there Frances moved to Speen winning many accolades.  On the strength of that she and her husband bought a beautiful house in Scotland and turned it into a Country House Hotel.  She then also headed up Shaws Restaurant in London in 1993further cementing her reputation.

Feeling the need to return to her roots, Frances began her search for a property in the Yorkshire Dales where she feels at her most inspirational. She is now very much settled at the stunning Yorke Arms.


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