A1, Junction 48; 4 minutes
Vegetarian or vegan options
Pretty Boroughbridge is bounded by gently rolling hills and pockets of history. Stretch your legs by the River Ure or walk to the edge of town to find three ancient standing stones, known as the Devil’s Arrows and said to have been flung there by Satan himself. Refuel at Bowe & Co, a relaxed and friendly café-deli on the high street. Lunch is wholesome, generous and freshly made. Regulars rave about the salads, which are served alongside soups (maybe beetroot and horseradish), quiches and frittatas.
The go-to Yorkshire platter is an enormous plate of salads, cooked ham, cheese, crisps and a pork pie; cakes are playful – try the coconut and Malibu, raspberry and amaretto or orange and almond. Coffee is deliciously smooth; the tea is Yorkshire, of course. The deli counter is ripe for the picking – fabulous cheeses, sandwiches (maybe pastrami or local roast beef) and anti pasti.