Harry discovers Yorkshire's best local food
Minster FM's Harry Hometime is on a mission to discover the best local produce from across North Yorkshire to celebrate our county's great food producers and outlets. He's dropping in on a number of great independent food businesses to find out more.
Listen out to his show to find out more, and check details of these great places below...
Shirley at the Red House Café, York
Shirley at The Red House Café is, as you would imagine, a café run by Shirley in the Red House on Duncombe Place, close to York Minster.
Situated on the first floor of the Red House Antiques Centre, the vintage style tea room matches the antique surroundings and compliments them with a traditional home-cooked menu.
While Shirley puts you at ease front of house, Sharon and Simone work their magic behind the scenes creating hearty traditional fayre such as homemade soups and quiche, oven baked jacket potatoes and toasted sandwiches. You can enjoy a range of delicious homemade cakes as well as afternoon tea and cream teas, with homemade cherry or sultana scones strawberry jam and clotted cream. They have recently started to make their own lavender jam, apple and ale chutney and caramelised red onion chutney.
Gemini makes organic, raw and dairy free chocolate that is both delicious and nutritious. It has been carefully handmade from bean to bar to be as healthy as possible without the expense of flavour.
The chocolate is raw because the cacao beans have not been roasted. This is to preserve their impressive array of nutrients and extremely high levels of antioxidants.
The unique flavour has also been achieved with Palmyra Jaggery, which is derived from the sap of the Palmyra Palm tree. It imparts a subtle caramel like flavour and an abundance of nutrients including Vitamin B12! Gorgeous, organic nuts and dried fruits are also used to achieve the characteristic bitter/sweet quality of ‘Chocolate to Live For’.
Robinsons, Bishopthorpe Road, York
Located on Britain's High Street of the Year - Bishopthorpe Road, Robinsons is a family run café serving a delicious selection of breakfast, brunch and lunch options that will appeal to all.
Dishes range from the classics such as Eggs Benedict and Smoked Salmon with Scrambled Eggs to the new favourites of Smashed Avocado on Toast and Halloumi Burgers.
Working closely with independent local suppliers Haxby Bakehouse, Johnson's Fresh Farm Eggs and M&K Butchers amongst others, inspires Robinsons to champion local produce where possible.
Rafi's Spice Box, York
As they say at the Spicebox, "We flippin’ love food!" and you'll love their food too!
They want to share with you their passion and knowledge of spices and Indian cookery, to help you create delicious food to feed your family and friends.
Pop by for tips and advice, menu planning ideas and handmade Curry Packs, tailored to your tastes. Rafi's stocks a large range of loose spices, gift sets and kitchenware, pickles and chutneys, snacks and sweets, breads, rice and much more.
Whether you’re a novice cook or avid foodie, Rafi's Spice Box will have something to tickle your taste buds and help you get creative in the kitchen.
Shambles Kitchen, York
Shambles Kitchen serves famously good sandwiches and street food on York’s most iconic street. Everything is prepared on site in our little kitchen and on our big meat smoker in the Shambles Food Court.
- ‘ Re-invigorating York’s culinary flare.’ GQ Magazine
- ‘ Dripping in it’s own juices and long on flavour.’ The Guardian
- ‘ Pulled pork paradise.’ The Daily Star
- ’21 things you must eat in York.’ Buzzfeed
Ampleforth Abbey Drinks
Based on the edge of the North York Moors, Ampleforth Abbey Drinks produce Cider and Apple Juice as well as an award-winning Apple Liqueur. The apples are picked, pressed and bottled on site using traditional methods and the orchard boasts over 40 different varieties of apple, a high proportion of which are heritage varieties that are rarely seen today, especially in a commercial orchard.
Ampleforth Abbey Cider is a whole juice cider which is produced using a variety of dessert and cooking apples, resulting in a refreshing cider that's light in body with a good balance of acidity and fruit flavours. The revenue from sales supports the works of the monastic community and also helps to spread the burden of costs involved in maintaining the trees. The abbey also started selling Ampleforth Abbey Beer in 2012. Derived from a 17th century recipe in the Belgian Trappist style, the beer is brewed in partnership with local brewery Little Valley Brewery and has won several awards to date.
Raisthorpe Manor, fruit liqueur producers based on the Yorkshire Wolds has launched two new gins using water that runs under the Manor gardens, blended with fresh botanicals and watercress to give the Distilled Dry Gin it’s unique peppery finish.
The Oak-Aged Dry Gin is rested in whisky barrels, has a smooth mellow flavour with a hint of vanilla and spice. They are offering you the chance to try these and all their other products at a 10% discount by ordering from their website at raisthorpemanor.com and quoting discount code MINSTERFM. Merry Christmas from Raisthorpe!
Yorkshire Wolds Bees and Spoggs
Yorkshire Wolds Bees and Spoggs are businesses run by the same family, both making very tasty, sweet delights.
Yorkshire Wolds Bees produces honey and world award-winning Honey Marmalades. All of their honey is 100% natural and unpasteurised using traditional methods of extraction ensuring all the natural goodness and health benefits stay within the honey.
Spoggs produces a selection of delicious handmade confectionery, and began by making Honey Tablet from Yorkshire Wolds Bees' honey. They have since expanded into their popular and irresistible range of fudges, along with boiled sweets, jelly sweets, cinder toffee and much more.
The Donut Kitchen, York
The Donut Kitchen serves award winning donuts in the heart of York City Centre. With their mouthwatering freshly cooked donuts, complemented by a range of homemade Belgian chocolate dipping sauces, they can really add a touch of indulgence to your day.
The Donut Kitchen are strong supporters of events in York city Centre and passionate about keeping business local!
Tancred Farm Shop, Whixley
Based at Whixley, Tancred Farm Shop is within easy reach of Harrogate, Wetherby and York, one mile off the A59 on the B6265 towards Boroughbridge. It's a family run farm shop where the butchery counter takes pride of place. From field to fork, the pork is bred on the farm and the Hullahs even make the food the pigs eat, which is the most important factor in keeping pork consistent, whether it's the pork chops, handmade sausages, homemade pork pies or the bacon which is dry cured on the farm.
They also have their own herd of pedigree Lincoln Red cattle along with sheep, goats, geese and ducks. There's an extensive range of fruit and seasonal vegetables as well as jams, chutneys and sweet treats. The coffee shop offers an excellent opportunity to call in for breakfast or a quick cup of tea and a cake or perhaps even to stay for lunch.
Tancred Farm Shop aims is to offer wholesome food with the focus on quality, taste and fair value for money.