The Angel at Hetton

Gastropub, Modern European·
Gold Award

SquareMeal Review of The Angel at Hetton

Gold Award

From the outside The Angel at Hetton is a quintessential Yorkshire pub. Inside, however, has been hollowed out and filled with crisp plaster, living fungus screens, and bonsai trees in a series of linked rooms. It’s clever, because Japanese nods aside it retains the feeling of a cosy local with the preservation of low-slung beams and crackling fires.

However good the interiors, the food is the biggest draw. Michael Wignall is a man who’s been collecting Michelin stars for decades. In fact, he’s one of the UK’s most awarded chefs yet flies somewhat under the radar as a bit of a chef’s chef rather than a media personality. This is his first family-run venture, and the passion is palpable.

There’s no doubt there’s a nerdy approach at play. Michael is well known for precision and love of technique. You can see it in the intricate, layerd dishes, but behind the scenes there’s also automation used on super yachts to moderate the kitchen’s power usage and home-grown hydroponic herbs.

They’re the herbs that are woven throughout the tasting menu. First, topping a fermented white asparagus tart and a ripple of silky chicken liver parfait for canapes and later crowing a clever cheese course which is balanced via tannin rich tea granita made with liquid nitrogen. If it all sounds a bit mad scientist, it is, but in a good way. Wignall conjures up food that’s easy to love with surprise elements along the way. Early on, a set savoury custard is an umami hug in a bowl, while later a dainty plate of hand cut pasta with mushroom dashi, a quail’s egg and tiny potato crisps is inspired, somehow seamlessly blending Italian and Japanese techniques in a little flavour-bomb. 

Everything – from the warm, well-briefed team through to the specially made crockery and own-brand gin – speaks of Michael’s obsession with perfection; he’s a man hellbent on giving guests a good time while in his care. It's food that's not just exciting but patently comes from a lifetime's work. You don't get to this level without years of hard graft.

There’s a lot you could say about The Angel at Hetton, you could write a dissertation on the incredibly detailed tasting menu alone, but ultimately, it’s just a joyful place to be.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Gastropub, Modern European
Cosy, Fine dining, Traditional
One Michelin star, SquareMeal UK Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Celebrations, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


The Angel at Hetton is widely regarded as one of the best gastropubs and destination restaurants in the UK, run by celebrated chef Michael Wignall and wife Johanna. The ancient inn has origins which date back to the 15th century, forming the basis of hundreds of years of delicious dining and drinking history. In recent years it has held the reputation of being the destination establishment, in one of the most exquisite corners of the North Yorkshire Dales. Famous for its food as well as its warm, welcoming atmosphere – it has maintained a strong following among locals as well as with customers from all over the world.

The Angel’s fortunes took an exciting turn in September 2018 with the arrival of a new management team. At the helm is chef patron Michael Wignall. Michael and his wife Johanna have a vision to keep everything that the Angel was famous for; fantastic food, a warm welcome and a deep connection with the dramatic Yorkshire landscape – and make it outstanding.

Two Michelin-starred chef Michael Wignall has reimagined the pub’s offering and created a host of fabulous a la carte and tasting menus. With a style that’s casual and contemporary, the new Angel is all about great food and great hospitality – and it aims to give people a relaxed experience. Examples of dishes from the tasting menu include Cornish brill with smoked pike roe and kelp, goat's cheese with lavendar honey and agen prunes, and a dessert of chocolate with hazelnut with yoghurt and Pedro Ximenez.

Michael Wignall delivers food that wows on every plate. His ever-evolving style creates unique dishes full of flavour, underpinned by a contemporary, less formal approach to fine cuisine. Describing his food as ‘modern, technical and meaningful’, each element brings flavour or texture, enticing diners to experience new combinations and ingredients.

In October 2019, just 12 months after taking over, Michael Wignall and his team were awarded a Michelin star.


Does it have a Michelin star?

Yes, it has one Michelin star.

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Who owns the restaurant?

Chef patron Michael Wignall owns and runs the restaurant with his wife Johanna.

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Can you stay?

Yes, there are rooms upstairs and a multi-course breakfast is included.

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Is the restaurant child-friendly?

Yes, there's a children's menu and kids are welcome for lunch and dinner in the bar area.

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Is it dog-friendly?

Yes, although please note that some areas in the restaurant are out of bounds for furry friends.

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Meet the team
The Angel at Hetton

Michael Wignall

Chef Proprietor

Michael Wignall’s life wasn’t always destined for food. As a teenager he wanted to pursue his dream of being a BMX rider but was persuaded to try catering college instead by his parents who worried about the longevity of his ideal career. Following his three years of studied, he headed to Spain before returning home to work in Broughton Park under the tutelage of Paul Heathcote. His first Michelin star came a few years later, at Old Beams in Staffordshire. A string of similar success followed as he moved from restaurant to restaurant over the years before landing at Latymer Restaurant at Pennyhill Park and taking the team there from holding two AA rosettes through to winning two Michelin stars. He now owns The Angel at Hetton in Yorkshire with his wife Johanna where the couple hold their own Michelin star (an accolade they won just one year after opening) and serve guests a menu of contemporary British food with a Japanese twist, all from the comfortable surrounds of a converted pub.


The Angel Inn, Hetton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6LT

01756 730 263 01756 730 263


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-13:30
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 12:00-13:30
Sat 12:00-13:30
Sun 12:00-13:30
Mon 18:30-20:00
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 18:30-20:00
Fri 18:30-20:00
Sat 18:30-20:00
Sun 18:30-20:00


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17 November 2019   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

No surprises as to why this place has recently been awarded a Michelin star for 2020, food, service and atmosphere was phenomenal! Thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend 

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