Having been recently directed to this site by Simon's greatest fan, Jay Rayner, I noticed the paucity of Northern eateries mentioned. So to rectify this I want to extol the virtues of a wonderful place called the Golden Lion in Osmotherly, North Yorkshire. Set in a gorgeous little village between Thirsk and Middlesbrough, the GL offers really terrific food for exceptionally good value. I have been travelling the 40 miles from York to Osmotherly for about 12 months now primarily for the scrummy rough pate (more butch than rough), the slithery delights of the tarragon mussels or the to-die-for crab mousse with its seductive brown crab mayo. The main courses are equally as good - my own favs being the crisp yet melting sea bass, the punchy garlic and rosemary poussin and the oh-so-tender steak and kidney with its supermodel suet crust! And the chips aren't half bad either! So maybe you might be thinking there is nothing revolutionary in what I have described but that is not what the GL is about. The priority is simplicity, quality and affordibility. London? Pah! Get yourselves on the A64 and see how the other half lives!! Fantastic food which is locally sourced, disarming surroundings and jaw-droppingly cheap! I would like to go to The Ivy one day but frankly, with such delights on my doorstep, I just can't be bothered!