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Eat and Drink
December 2023
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Here's our pick of the finest local produce from across Yorkshire

From award-winning ice cream and speciality roast coffee to delicious farmhouse cheese, indulgent handmade chocolate and perfect preserves - there's plenty to stock up on this Christmas.
Mr Stanley’s Mr Stanley’s

Mr Stanley’s
Mr Stanley’s confectionery can be traced back to 1843, when a small, family-owned factory became known and loved for producing high-quality, traditional fudge. Fast forward to today and the business continues to handcraft all their treats, using the finest ingredients and traditional methods such as boiling in copper pots and hand-mixing. Expanding the range over the years, the Mr Stanley’s collection includes tiffin fudge, Victoria sponge sweets, white chocolate golf balls and festive tipple candy canes.

The Yorkshire Pasta Company

07746 052601

After learning from Italian artisans who make authentic and traditional pasta, Kathryn Bumby decided to set up her own premium British pasta company right here in Yorkshire. Drying the pasta slowly overnight and allowing the dough to gently mature and develop flavour, The Yorkshire Pasta Company create tortiglioni, fusilli, penne, conchiglie and maniche rigate shapes. Find the collection at stockists Yorkshirewide.

Girl Gone Wild
On a mission to showcase the health benefits and great flavours of wild meat, Girl Gone Wild ready meals are made from UK-sourced pheasant and venison which are slow-cooked and carefully seasoned. The dishes include wild venison chilli and fennel meatballs, venison bolognese and pheasant Keralan curry and each is made with the highest quality ingredients. Find the range at stockists Yorkshirewide.

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Bullion Chocolate

73–101 Neepsend Lane, Sheffield S3 8AT
0114 296 0363

Creating single-origin chocolate bars and following a bean-to-bar process, Bullion Chocolates are created in small batches. Based in Sheffield, the team here create a core range of chocolate bars including milk, dark, roasted hazelnut and candied ginger, plus a selection of luxury hot chocolates and brownies. Look out for their Christmas range with chocolate snowflakes in peppermint, orange, milk and dark flavours.

New Yorkshire Emporium
This small family business create delicious chilli sauces, spicy pickles and chilli nuts by hand in Holmfirth. Yorkshire lad Guy has 20 years of experience in the catering industry, and was inspired to start the business after gorging on smoky barbecue foods during a trip to the US. We recommend the Great Taste award-winning Gi’o’er Nah sweet and spicy chilli jam. If you’re after something with a festive twist, the Na’then Cranberry Ketchup is delicious on leftover turkey sandwiches.

Wensleydale Creamery

Gayle Lane, Hawes, Wensleydale DL8 3RN
01969 667664

Nothing says Christmas quite like a luxury cheese board, and Wensleydale Creamery in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales is the place to go for fabulous artisan cheese. Using time-honoured recipes, the skilled cheesemakers here handcraft a range of artisan cheese with fresh, subtly-sweet milk from local farms. As well as classic cheese, enjoy fruity flavours, blue or caramelised onion varieties, or take the stress out of creating your own cheese board by ordering one of their delicious hampers, filled with cheese, crackers and chutney.

Sawley Kitchen Sawley Kitchen

Sawley Kitchen

01765 607010

Ripon-based Sawley Kitchen is an artisan family-run bakery which produces a selection of award-winning treats. Specialising in handcrafted bakes, which have been made the traditional way using family recipes, shop everything from cranberry and orange shortbread to chocolate crumble cookies, giant meringues and savoury crackers.

Thankfully Healthy
Harrogate-based Thankfully Healthy produce a range of unique teas that address daily imbalances such as digestion issues, fatigue, stress and restless sleep. With a blend of herbs and spices, the cosy warming tea is perfect for rest and recovery, whilst the nourishing skin glow tea contains a combination of nature’s best herbs to give a healthy glow to your skin.

The Baytown Coffee Company
Hand-roasting artisan coffee from their converted cowshed in Whitby, this family business delivers fresh coffee straight to your door. This Christmas try the Maritime Mornings coffee which is a full-bodied, single-origin coffee that has chocolate, nutty and cherry flavours. For something richer, try the Bay Bank blend with notes of raisin, blackcurrant and nougat.

Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil

Swaledale Cheese Company
Swaledale Cheese Company has been selling delicious artisan cheese for more than 30 years, all made with locally-sourced milk and following traditional recipes which date back to the 11th century. Try the Swaledale blue with nutty tones for a delicious addition to your festive cheese board, or enjoy the oak-smoked Swaledale cheese which has been smoked for eight hours, giving a rich yet delicate flavour.

Balqees Honey

Botanical Gardens, Clarkehouse Road, Sheffield S10 2LN
0114 400 0295

Sourcing directly from rural beekeepers, this honey business is all about supporting local communities whilst producing pure and natural raw honey. From raw Yorkshire honey to ginger, saffron and orange fusions, there’s a flavour for everyone here. We love the Great Taste Award-winning Yemeni Sidr Do’ani honey with caramel and butterscotch tasting notes – it’s perfect for festive charcuterie and cheese boards.

Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil
Get a taste of Yorkshire this Christmas with the award-winning range of oils, dressings, mayonnaise and sauces from Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil. Based on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, this family business has been proudly growing, pressing and bottling award-winning products since 2008. At stockists Yorkshirewide, find Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil with garlic (perfect for roasting potatoes in), pick up the sweet cranberry dressing for post-Christmas turkey sandwiches, or try the Christmas collection hamper, great for a foodie gift.

Dark Woods Coffee Dark Woods Coffee

Annabel’s Deliciously British
A fifth-generation Yorkshire farmer, Annabel Makin-Jones gained an excellent reputation selling home-grown strawberries. After years of selling to top restaurants and retailers, she decided to create a range of zingy chutneys, preserves, jams and honey, all made with the finest ingredients. The award-winning rhuberry conserve, made with Yorkshire strawberries and forced rhubarb, is superbly soft and sweet – it’s delightful on croissants for breakfast on Christmas Day. Stockists Yorkshirewide.

Yorkshire Sea Salt Co
Specialising in pure sea salt flakes which are hand-harvested near Saltburn, Yorkshire Sea Salt Co. have brought back a long-lost tradition which began in the area more than 6,000 years ago. The unique mineral structure of Yorkshire Sea Salt can only be found on our Yorkshire coastline. The small batches are processed using innovative, modern methods which create pure, nutrient-rich sea salt, which has already won two stars at this year’s Great Taste Awards. Great for cooking or for seasoning, buy Yorkshire Sea Salt online or at stockists Yorkshirewide.

Dark Woods Coffee

Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, Marsden HD7 6LS
01484 843141

Adventurous coffee roasters nestled on the edge of Marsden in West Yorkshire, Dark Woods carefully source, roast and hand-package all their coffee. With more than 80 Great Taste Awards you know you’re in good hands. We recommend the Good Morning Sunshine blend for a medium roast with notes of French toast, or for a sweeter cup, try the Arboretum espresso blend with fruit and citrus notes. Visit the roastery to brush up on your latte skills, or buy coffee online.

Yockenthwaite Farm Yockenthwaite Farm

Yockenthwaite Farm

01756 701030

The Hirds family have farmed at Yockenthwaite Farm in the Yorkshire Dales since 1842, and as fifth generation sheep farmers they know just what’s needed to fuel a hard day’s work. Discover the range of naturally delicious granolas, handmade from whole grains, nuts and seeds, then drizzled with honey and baked into delicious crunchy clusters. Yockenthwaite Farm also create fruity overnight oats, simple muesli and real oaty porridge.

Birdgate Chocolatiers

14 Birdgate, Pickering
YO18 7AL
01751 477755

In the market town of Pickering, Birdgate Chocolatiers create a range of handmade chocolates and chocolatey gifts. Using locally-scoured ingredients where possible, including heather honey, rhubarb and hand-roasted coffee, discover the range of traditional and unique chocolates at the chocolate shop or online. We love the nut selection box, filled with pistachio creams, hazelnut truffles, praline whirls and chewy caramels.


High Jervaulx Farm, Masham HG4 4PG
01677 460337

Brymor create real Yorkshire ice cream, handmade on their farm near Masham. Using local milk and cream from cows grazing the Dales, their award-winning scoops include everything from amarena black cherry and cookie dough to Sicilian lemon sorbet and rich rum and raisin flavours. Visit the ice cream parlour to discover the range.

Rosebud Preserves Rosebud Preserves

Bessie’s Yorkshire Preserves

07973 566221

This small York-based business specialise in award-winning, homemade chutney, jam and artisan fruit vinegars. Using a traditional open-pan method alongside a variety of local ingredients, discover tasty options such as fig and balsamic chutney, plum and mulled wine jam and rhubarb and ginger vinegar. For the perfect accompaniment to your festive cheese board, we recommend the tasty tomato and red pepper chutney – it goes great with local cheese.

Shepherds Purse Artisan Cheeses
Shepherds Purse Artisan Cheeses began in the late 1980s after Judy Bell discovered her passion and talent for cheese making. Her mission was to create quality dairy alternatives for cow’s milk allergy sufferers, and more than 40 years later the business is known for its delicious sheep milk cheeses, as well as its Yorkshire and Harrogate blue cheese.Their delicate white lavender cheese and their Olde York creamy cheese are both great on a festive cheese board. Shop online or at stockists Yorkshirewide.

Rosebud Preserves

01765 689174

Established in 1989, Masham-based Rosebud Preserves create fresh and flavoursome chutney, honey, jam, jelly and pickles using seasonal ingredients. Following traditional recipes and techniques, the range includes Boxing Day chutney full of subtly spiced cranberries, Bramley apples and plump raisins – delicious on a cheeseboard. The red tomato relish is great for a sweet kick on leftover turkey sandwiches. Stockists Yorkshirewide.

Charlie & Ivy’s Charlie & Ivy’s

Yorkshire Flapjack

07779 023096

Using a recipe which has been passed down the generations, Yorkshire Flapjack create artisan flapjacks from quality ingredients. Their award-winning flavours include flapjacks for chocolate lovers, vegans and gluten-free flapjacks, but we recommend the festive flapjack with sweet and fruity mincemeat and mixed spice – it’s the ultimate Christmas treat.

Charlie & Ivy’s

01759 369573

For award-winning bread dippers, delicious mayonnaises and fabulous dressings, look no further than Charlie & Ivy’s. Launched in 2014 from a desire to create simple, great tasting food, the family business has gone from strength to strength. Found at stockists Yorkshirewide, the blackberry, thyme and balsamic bread dipper is great drizzled over duck, game or goats’ cheese, and if you’re looking for a fabulous gift, their hampers are perfect.

Mummy Meegz
Redefining luxury with her Swiss-style silky chocolate which is vegan and sustainable, Mummy Meegz is the place to get your chocolate fix this Christmas. Based in Cottingham near Hull, 79-year-old Meagan has created a range of delicious vegan chocolate, including her latest choccy balls range which can be found at stockists Yorkshirewide.

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