With international travel continuing to look uncertain for 2020, there’s no better time to discover the hidden gems that sit within the rolling hills of the British countryside. Just outside the City of York lies the market town of Malton, a gastronomical paradise of narrow streets and enticing scents and flavours from the artisan food and drink producers that line them.

Heralded as Yorkshire’s Food Capital, the town’s businesses – from delis to cafés, restaurants, distilleries, roasteries, bakeries and more – draw in visitors from up and down the country, often to experience one of the events featured in Malton’s busy events calendar such as Monthly Food Markets, the annual Food Lovers Festival and the Marathon du Malton.

Although in a post-pandemic climate these events may be postponed or look somewhat different, it’ll be very much business as usual for the shops in Malton, with plenty of artisan food and drink producers plus a burgeoning collection of ‘makers’ there’s enough for you to spend an entire day (or more!) exploring.

Malton’s popular Monthly Food Markets are back in a revised format, allowing visitors to browse tasty wares and fares from Yorkshire, outdoors and with social distancing measures in place.

The Talbot has just re-launched under The Coaching Inn Group brand and another foodie jewel in the Malton crown, the Malton Cookery School, will be back in October offering a series of exciting cooking courses in a new socially distanced format, specializing in game, seafood and baking, all using local Yorkshire produce.

The beauty of a staycation in Malton is its close proximity to the stunning Yorkshire Coast, the bustling historical City of York and the walking and cycle routes around the stunning Yorkshire countryside. The town itself maintains a quiet haven in the scenic countryside, where families, couples and individuals can escape the crowds and enjoy the culinary delights of Yorkshire’s Food Capital.

Some of the artisanal delights on offer around Malton include:

  • Handmade macarons from Master Patissier Florian Poirot
  • Authentic Italian gelato from Groovy Moo
  • Craft beers from Bad Seed Brewery, Brass Castle Brewery and one of the UK’s smallest micro-breweries, Malton Brewery
  • The perfect sourdough from Bluebird Bakery
  • Locally sourced meat, poultry and game from Derek Fox The Butcher
  • An enviable selection of wines from Maison du Vin
  • Fresh seafood from the Yorkshire Coast at Malton Fisheries, including Yorkshire lobster and crab
  • Beetroot quiche and cashew nut roast amongst other delicious vegan delicacies from The Purple Carrot
  • There’s ‘always something new’ at Food 2 Remember – the butchers and deli in Talbot Yard
  • Sample gins distilled in town from the Rare Bird gin distillery
  • Speciality coffee from roasters Roost
  • Specialist gin and whisky shop McMillans
  • Artisan bakery, coffee house and eatery YO Bakehouse

Take a look here for the full list of businesses currently open in the Ryedale area.

For more information on the Monthly Food Market, check out Visit Malton.


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