Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Spoil Yourself with a Getaway to the Food Capital of Yorkshire

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Spoil Yourself with a Getaway to the Food Capital of Yorkshire

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If you consider yourself a bit of a foodie, you might want to give Malton in North Yorkshire a try for your next weekend getaway. This gem of a market town is tucked away in the picturesque countryside along the River Derwent, not two hours drive from Manchester (or more like three, if like me you're foolish enough to leave at rush hour).

As well as an annual food festival - taking place at the end of May next year - the town boasts a monthly food market, a cookery school and a host of fantastic gastro-pubs, delis and restaurants. It's no wonder then that famed chef Antonio Carluccio dubbed Malton the food capital of Yorkshire.

An excellent base to explore Malton and its surroundings is The Talbot - a comfortable hotel situated just a two-minute walk away from the centre of town, and a foodie paradise in its own right.

With 26 elegant rooms to pick from, you can choose between the spacious and the downright luxurious - think four-poster beds and baths big enough to swim in.

Along with more casual dining at the hotel's Malton Brasserie, which offers the likes of steamed mussels and Yorkshire game at very reasonable prices, you can also treat yourself to a traditional afternoon tea served in the drawing room - or on the terrace for a more al fresco setting, if the weather allows it.

However, the real draw of the hotel is its fabulous Wentworth Restaurant. Here, head chef Dan Graham combines local, seasonal produce to create contemporary dishes that give a true taste of Yorkshire.

The menu is constantly changing, and right now the restaurant is offering a nine course taster menu designed to take you on a culinary journey of the best the region has to offer - such as hay baked Yorkshire carrots and charred east coast mackerel. It's a great way to try a little bit of everything.

If you feel like venturing out of the hotel to eat, there's plenty of other options within Malton itself.

The New Malton is a must-try, with posher nosh than you would expect from your average gastro-pub, as well as sophisticated takes on classics like fish and chips. The pub is quite cosy and gets very busy, however, so I would suggest booking in advance if you want a table. …

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