Yorkshire is becoming as well know for its fabulous food as for its stunning countryside and is one of the reasons more people than ever are flocking to this region. From Food Markets to Food Festivals and from Fine Dining to Farm Shops, there is always something new to try on a visit to Yorkshire. Here are some of my personal favourites:
Food Markets and Festivals
Malton Food Market
Malton has become known as Yorkshire’s capital of food and the monthly market is a great place to find the best local producers and the freshest ingredients. It’s held on the second Saturday of the month and has previously featured Antonio Carluccio hosting a cooking demonstration.
Monthly Farmers Markets
You’ll find Farmers Markets in many Yorkshire towns with options including Harrogate, Otley and Knaresborough. As well as fresh local meat and vegetables you’ll find artisan bakers, sausage makers and lots of cheese and cakes. It’s a great way to find new producers of quality hand made food, without the expensive price tag that you may get in big cities!
Highlights of the foodie calendar include the Dales Festival of Food and Drink in June, Foodies Festival, held in Harrogate each August and the York Food Festival at the end of September.
Michelin Star Restaurants
You don’t need to head to London to dine at a Michelin Star restaurant – this trio of fine dining eateries offer stunning food is some beautiful (and peaceful) locations. What more could you want?
The Yorke Arms
You’ll find this 18th century coach house on the Nidderdale Way close to Gouthwaite Reservoir. Owned and run by talented chef Frances Atkins, it first won a Michelin Star in 2003 and has retained this ever since. Food choices include surprise tasting menus and some Seasonal Inspirations.
The Black Swan at Oldstead
The Black Swan is on the edge of the North York Moors National Park and is a real family affair with Tommy Banks heading up the kitchen while his brother James manages front of house. The Banks family have lived and farmed in Oldstead for generations and many of the ingredients used in the restaurant have been grown by them. The restaurant has 4 AA Rosettes as well as a Michelin Star.
The Star Inn at Harome
Situated just a couple of miles from the gorgeous town of Helmsley, The Star Inn dates all the way back to the 14th century. It is everything you would expect from a period inn with low beams and quirky walls that aren’t quite straight. The restaurant regained its Michelin Star in 2015 and the food in modern Yorkshire with an emphasis on locally grown ingredients.
Farm Shops and Delicatessens
This seriously stylish delicatessen and butchers has a fabulous position overlooking The Stray in Harrogate and you’ll always find the freshest food from the best local suppliers. Definitely worth a visit – the only problem will be stopping yourself from buying too much!
Town End Farm Shop and Tea Room, Skipton
Offering fresh Malhamdale meat including grass-fed lamb, traditional breed cattle and rare-breed pork, you can choose to purchase it from the Farm Shop to cook yourself or sample it in the on-site tea room which offers ‘Field to Fork’ food against the stunning backdrop of Malham Cove.
Balloon Tree Farm Shop, Near Stamford Bridge
Balloon Tree grow around 30 types of fruit and vegetables with over 150 individual varieties. The produce is their shop is fresh from the farm each morning and a Pick Your Own season runs from May with strawberries to October with pumpkins. Look out for the asparagus season which runs from April to June. Balloon Tree also has an on-site bakery that produces a range of sweet treats for the on-site cafe.