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Monday, 22 August 2016

Deli's delight at national recognition

The Hunters of Helmsley deli has earned national recognition for its commitment to sourcing and promoting regional delicacies.

Judges highly commended the store in the best independent retailer category of the Great British Food magazine awards.

The awards were established three years ago to recognise the work of the artisans behind the nation’s favourite food and drink.

Friday, 12 August 2016

They've got it off to an afternoon tea

Ben Allnutt serves up a right,
proper Yorkshire tea.
Despite what its name might suggest, the word is that you can now get a rather nice afternoon tea at the Yorkshire bar and grill in York's Monkbar hotel.

It's serving up a true regional picnic complete with Yorkshire Ham hock sarnies, buns stuffed with Yorkshire goats cheese and Yorkshire curd tart washed down by a mug of Yorkshire Tea.

The new Yorkshire Picnic – afternoon tea for Northern folk is one of the new additions to a menu that boasts locally-sourced ingredients.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Ready, steady ... tuck in! Sinking their teeth into a taste of Rio in Ryedale

Hunters of Helmsley is celebrating the Olympics by serving up a taste of Rio in the form of a classically Brazilian Bauru sandwich.

Beefing up lunchtime ... the new Bauru sandwich
at Hunters of Helmsley
While the athletes stick to carefully-planned diets, fans back in Britain can now get a taste of Rio right in Ryedale. The Bauru sandwich, huge in Brazil, was created by law student Casemiro Pinto Neto, known by his nickname ‘Bauru’ back in the 1930s.

This sarnie consists of crusty bread, locally sourced beef home-cooked at Hunters, melted mozzarella, zingy pickles and juicy tomatoes. The South American treat will be available at the store throughout the games for £4.50.

Christine Garnett, who owns Hunters of Helmsley with her husband Chris, said: “We always love to celebrate exciting occasions and of course events don’t get much bigger than the Olympic games.

"After doing some research into Brazilian food, we came across the story of the Bauru sandwich. We decided to try it out and after one bite we knew we had picked a winner. It really is a delicious recipe and one that we’re sure people will enjoy trying – a little taste of Rio right here in the North York Moors."

Friday, 29 July 2016

Pub serves up a double success

A North Yorkshire destination pub is celebrating with “doubles all round” after scooping two accolades in quick succession.

Double driving force ... Graham Usher and Martin Firth.
After being named as one of the county's best pubs, The Drovers Arms, in Skipwith, near Selby, has been honoured with the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Graham Usher and Martin Firth bought the pub in 2014, and since then have turned it into a must-visit destination for both foodies, real ale fanatics and the avid gin drinker.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Game, set and strawberry match

On to something berry good. Strawberries
 and cream available through the ice cream 
window during Wimbledon.
Today marks the beginning of Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and to celebrate, Hunters of Helmsley is providing strawberries and cream to customers looking for a taste of the action.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

There's no batter than this lot when it comes to fish and chips

A York fish and chip restaurant has secured a top industry award.

Scotts Fish and Chips, off the A64 at Bilbrough, has received the National Federation of Fish Friers quality award.

Run by the trade body that represents the nation’s fish and chip shops, the quality awards are a way to ensure high standards as well as enhance the industry's profile.

This award comes just three months after its sister venue, Scotts of Helmsley, retained its quality award.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Hotel casks off with top ales award

York's Best Western Monkbar Hotel is the first hotel/restaurant in the city to receive an official recognition for the way it cares for its real ales.

Quality counts ... Monkbar Hotel’s bars manager Julius Meszaros
whose care of the real ales has earned the Cask Marque.
 The hotel – fresh from a £3m transformation – now boasts the Cask Marque – a proof of great quality cask ale.

The accolade goes to establishments that follow a set of strict guidelines for the way they keep their beers, and are judged by qualified assessors who make anonymous visits to ensure standards are not only met, but exceeded.

Monkbar general manager Graham Usher said: “We are very proud of achieving this well-known accreditation and it’s a reflection of the pride our bar staff take in their work.

“Whilst a number of pubs and bars in the city do hold this honour, we are the first hotel/restaurant to have been awarded this accreditation.

“For the Monkbar Hotel customers, this award means that the quality of beer we serve is the absolute best.

“The first four months of 2016 have proved to be momentous for the Monkbar Hotel. Since the completion of our £3 million refurbishment, we have gained a fourth AA star, have been top rated in a national awards scheme voted for by guests, and now, we have been awarded with the Cask Masque accreditation.”

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Souper success story earns a place at prestigious food awards

Soup producer Yorkshire Provender has been named as an SME brand of the year finalist in the Grocer Gold Awards.

The firm recently increased production capacity with a new factory and headquarters in Leeming Bar, creating 30 more jobs.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Hunters launches gluten-free range

Gluten-free Bakewell Tart
by Vida Villi.
Hunters of Helmsley is introducing a range of gluten-free goodies to mark the start of Coeliac Awareness Week which gets under way today (Monday 9 May).

Sutton on the Forest-based Vida Villi will now supply a fully-certified range of gluten-free frozen savouries and fresh cakes.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Award-winning pub man Antony proves a pint with new establishment

All hands to the pump ... Antony
 at his new watering hole.
Antony Pratt's decision to take over the running of his local four years ago is paying off with the launch of his fourth pub, the Duke of York Inn, in Ryedale, following a £165,000 refurbishment project.

Deli and chocolatiers give it some welly for the Tour de Yorkshire

A Yorkshire deli has commissioned some edible footwear in honour of the Tour de Yorkshire passing through its town on Sunday (1 May).

Hunters of Helmsley asked social enterprise, and artisan chocolate specialists, Ampleforth Plus to come up with some designs for yellow chocolate wellies, the symbol of the RNLI, which could be sold to raise money for the charity.

The social enterprise, on the edge of the Ampleforth Valley, employs chocolatiers alongside co-workers with autism or learning difficulties, who create their own range of chocolates, as well as creatively tackling bespoke orders.

The full-size welly will is being raffled for the charity. Made from white chocolate, coloured yellow, it stands ten inches high and weighs almost a kilo.  The winning raffle ticket will be drawn on Monday 2 May at 4pm.

Monday, 21 March 2016

When it comes to fish and chips quality, few do it batter

Scotts of Helmsley has received a National Federation of Fish Friers quality award for the second year in a row.

This scheme is run by the trade body that represents the nation’s fish and chip shops. The aim is to raise standards within the fish and chip trade, as well as enhance the industry's profile.

The federation's rewarded shops are the ones that provide good quality products, high standards of hygiene and high level of competence.

The federation assesses presentation, hygiene, staff training, equipment, frying and sales skills and the quality of the cooked product.

Last year, Scotts of Helmsley won an international sustainability recognition award due to it only serving fish from sustainable supplies, which saw it joining a select band of just 47 fish and chip shops in the country to carry the Marine Stewardship Council’s fisheries standard.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Cafe owners think outside the firebox

The firebox – the steam train area used by drivers and their crews to fry their bacon and eggs – is the inspiration for a new café that opens its doors today (14 March) in the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes.

The Firebox Café is being run on a franchise basis by Stage 1 Cycles owners Helen Pollard and Mike Allenby, who have also moved their cycle hire and repair business from Askrigg into the museum complex, in part of the town’s former railway station.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Puds and pints at new-look pub

A pint of view ... Mayor of Scarborough councillor Tom Fox officially opens the Londesborough Arms at Seamer following a £200,000 re-fit.
Its hot food menu will include homemade loaf tin Yorkshire puddings. The re-fit investment, in partnership with pub company Punch, has involved an extensive refurbishment of the premises and the 15 en-suite bedrooms. Wayne Lerigo and business partner Erkan Balon, who have taken over at the helm, are well known to locals having run a number of pubs and hotels in the area in recent years.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Town's food fair makes it a double

The distinctive green and white stalls of Scarborough's food fair will be back in Westborough on Saturday (20 February) – and will be trading twice a month from March on the first and third Saturdays throughout the year.

The market continue to include many of its regular traders, such as Yorkshire Wold Sausages and Pinfold Farm Pies. 

Co-organiser Caroline Anderson said: “We were delighted with the response to the Scarborough food fair in 2015 and as a result we will be setting out our stalls twice a month.

"This means there will be excellent products for customers to browse and purchase on a more regular basis."

Information on how to apply for stalls:

Friday, 27 November 2015

Dining team brings excellence to Bear

Winning Team! White Bear manager
Sue Thomas with Sarah Pentith,
David Nicklas, Sally Hall
and Gloria Balleste
r .
Masham's White Bear hotel is celebrating after winning a regional food accolade.

The T&R Theakston Ltd hotel scooped the Pub Food of the Year title in this year’s Flavours of Herriot Country Awards, after wowing judges during an unannounced visit with its selection of fresh, locally-sourced produce.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Guests raise their glasses as bar and grill officially opens

Cheers!  General manager Graham, Usher (second left) with, Kay Hyde from Visit York, Steve Brown from Make it York and Neil Faddy from Welcome to Yorkshire at the official opening of The Yorkshire Bar and Grill on St Maurice's Road. Seventy guests from York's business, hospitality and retail sectors attended the invitation-only event.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Tasty produce awards on the menu

Get ready Yorkshire producers! That's the message as glossy food magazine delicious spotlights Britain's top producers when it launches its 2016 awards in January. Winners will appear in the magazine’s pages in the October issue.

Top chefs and food writers will judge the eight categories in regional heats across the UK, looking for leaders in fishing, farming and animal rearing, as well as artisans making the best products from the raw materials. Regional finalists will go to the national judging heat in London.

Editor Karen Barnes said: “We know Yorkshire has a huge number of producers who should be praised and rewarded for the work they do and exposed to a much wider audience – we hope through our awards, social media activity and winners’ publicity we can help them continue their valuable work and grow their businesses.”

Readers can nominate their favourite producers, and producers can enter the awards, from
14 January 2016. For updates and to enter or nominate, visit:

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Food fair makes a return

Scarborough Food Fair returns on Saturday 21 November. Andrew Riley, one of the organisers, said: “The clocks have gone back, the days are shorter yet it’s never been a better time to wrap up, venture out into the late autumn sunshine and buy the best products available." Stallholders stage their Christmas market on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Town is in the market for foodies

Scarborough Food Fair returns on Saturday (15 August) with more producers than ever expected to set out their stalls in Westborough, three days after the official start of the grouse season.

Caroline Anderson of the Market Managers, which organises the event, said: “Scarborough Food Fair is the town’s leading outdoor foodie event at which customers can buy quality products for their larder. It’s the ideal time to stock up for that barbecue or picnic now that the holiday season is here. And for those looking for an edible gift or two, Scarborough Food Fair’s the place to be.”