With an ever growing foodie offering, Ingrid Flute Yorkshire Holiday Cottages has compiled a guide for foodie breaks in Yorkshire.
1. Award winning restaurants
It’s always a good starting point and a handy draw card to have award winning restaurants up your sleeve. With the likes of The Staithe House (Catey’s Newcomer of the Year 2016) rubbing shoulders with Britain’s most acclaimed chefs, you know you’re in for a decent dinner if you fancy an excellent meal out during your holiday. With a nod to the ambition of Yorkshire foodies, Britain’s youngest chef to be awarded a Michelin star is head chef at Oldstead’s The Black Swan. Bon appetit!
2. The home of afternoon tea
Bettys of Harrogate is an icon of Yorkshire. Bettys is to afternoon tea, what Mary Berry is to Victoria Sponge and Rick Stein is to seafood. Synonymous. Rejoice at there now being six Bettys venues across the county: Beckwithshaw, Northallerton, Ilkley, two in York and the original venue in Harrogate. For the most traditional afternoon tea, look no further. And for a treat with your evening cuppa back at the cottage, there’s a shop too!
3. A capital of food
Albeit self-styled, Yorkshire’s capital of food certainly competes well for the title. Monthly food markets on the second Saturday of the month draw crowds from miles and miles. If you’re visiting at any other time in the month there’s a town food tour to whet your appetite and ensure you won’t go hungry. The annual Malton Food Lovers Festival at the end of May attracts the likes of Levi Roots and Prue Leith.
4. World famous cheese
Wallace & Gromit put Yorkshire cheeses on the map with a plasticine penchant for Wensleydale. A trip to the Wensleydale Cheesery is a day trip in itself for those with a similar dairy weakness. Yorkshire Fettle also caused a global stir when its popularity spread and its original name (Yorkshire Feta) upset the Greeks. From crumbling sheep’s milk cheeses to mighty blues, you’ll want to stock up on crackers in your holiday cottage kitchen.
5. A triangle of rhubarb
Yorkshire is home to the Rhubarb Triangle. Once covering a 30 square mile area, it’s now only 9, but the traditions remain. Yorkshire’s damp and chilly winters are not unlike Rhubarb’s native Siberia, it would seem, and the stuff thrives here! Since the beginning of the 20th century, Yorkshire has been growing forced rhubarb in a concentrated and methodical fashion. So much so, the EU lept at the chance to award Yorkshire forced rhubarb Protected Designation of Origin status in 2010. Take a tour and take some back to accompany those cheeses. Delish!
6. Ice cream
When a homegrown ice cream goes national in a high-end supermarket, you know it’s time to stock up the freezer, and quickly. Northern Bloc ice cream is renowned for its slightly wacky flavours but it ticks all the foodie ‘now’ boxes: made using fresh milk from a local farm delivered daily, not made with anything artificial, no additives, and it’s suitable for coeliacs and vegetarians. If you get it back to your Yorkshire cottage without eating it, save us a spoonful...
7. Craft beer
“Beer that makes you want to sing,” is how the brewers refer to a pint of Bad Seed. Only they’re meaning after just one sip not ten pints. What seemed like a bad seed of an idea has become a popular beer made following creative recipes and no filtering so they’re full of taste. Homegrown in every sense of the word, this Yorkshire beer is as good now it’s got a following as when they first micro-brewed in 2013. Thank goodness they’ve got a shop to take some home with you.
8. Gin on trend
Given that Malton has a gin & whiskey boutique it’s not surprising to find an array of Yorkshire gins seeping out of the county. Naturally, they’re doing it the Yorkshire way. Slingsby Gin’s 24 flavours incorporate tea from Taylors of Harrogate and herbs from Rudding Park Estate. Going out on a limb, The Lickerish Tooth in Skelton produces what can only be referred to as curious concoctions (like Ginger Ninja).
9. Preserving the best of Yorkshire food
Jams, pickles and chutneys combine some of Yorkshire’s freshest produce to create superb accompaniments for some of the foods we’ve already tempted you with. To stock your cottage pantry with and get you from breakfast as far as the cheese course, the options from producers like Peckish Kitchen include pink grapefruit and prosecco marmalade, roasted garlic pickle, and chilli & red pepper chutney.
10. Staying local
Malton is the heart of the Yorkshire foodie revolution but the ethos is spreading like wildfire. From locally roasted coffee to traditional bakehouse breads and locally bred and cured meats, if you choose independent producers and eateries, you’re bound to eat local on your next Yorkshire holiday. What a perfect way to put the taste back into self-catering. Enjoy!