Yup, another article about food – you should know me well enough by now! This time I planned a whole trip around food in the beautiful county of Yorkshire in the north of England, just in time for Yorkshire Day! I have spent most of my life in the north of England, and adore it, so I was definitely looking forward to exploring more of Yorkshire on what I called my “Yorkshire Foodie Adventure”. There is no shortage of excellent food in Yorkshire, with plenty of local producers, markets, delis, pubs, and restaurants all selling delicious food and drink. I knew that I had no chance of trying all of the amazing food in Yorkshire on my week-long trip, so I had to find a way to narrow down my options. I was travelling on public transport, so I decided to plan my Yorkshire Foodie Adventure around the most scenic bus route in Britain.
Famous Food in Yorkshire along the Most Scenic Bus Route in Britain
I was planning to visit friends in Leeds when I saw on the BBC website that a bus route in Yorkshire had just been named the most scenic bus route in Britain. When I looked at the route, I started to get even more excited. The 840 Coastliner bus goes from Leeds, through York, Malton and Pickering before finishing in Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast. What makes the route so scenic is the stretch from Pickering to Whitby, which crosses the beautiful North York Moors National Park. I took the bus route all the way from Leeds to Whitby, stopping off along the way to eat my way through some famous Yorkshire food and drink – it’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it.
My Yorkshire Foodie Adventure Destinations
I love Leeds. I went to University there as a bright-eyed student and stayed for about 10 years. I still have a lot of friends in Leeds, and always enjoy a trip to see them, and explore some more of the city, which has changed a lot in the last 8+ years since I lived there. A huge new shopping centre with a food court and countless new bars and restaurants have opened, as well as the market getting a makeover. Leeds was a fitting start to my Yorkshire Foodie Adventure and set the tone nicely.
My Favourite Yorkshire Food in Leeds
Kirkgate Market is always my first top in Leeds. I love finding a bargain in the stalls here, which sell everything from shoes and clothes to Caribbean spices and fresh produce. Don’t miss the new street food section where you can grab a bite to eat – choosing between Yorkshire pudding rolls, gourmet hot dogs, Indian curries and more.
Where to Stay in Leeds
I stayed with friends for this trip, but last time I stayed at the Art Hostel, a social enterprise which works to further education and appreciation of the arts. The hostel was opened by the charity East Street Arts, and profits from the hostel go back into the charity. The hostel is in a renovated building on one of Leeds’s oldest streets, Kirkgate, and aims to provide unique accommodation in a playful, creative space, with a project space downstairs for artists to exhibit their work. Book now.
My next stop was York, another Yorkshire city I adore. I came to York a couple of years ago and visited the York Food & Drink Festival, and ate all of the afternoon teas in York that I could, so I was looking forward to coming back and sampling more of York’s edible delights. This time I focussed on chocolate and fresh, local produce that is here all year-round, not just for the food festival. I returned to an old favourite for some incredible Yorkshire cheese, ate all the chocolate I could manage and hit up the Shambles Food Court for a cheap and delicious lunch, as well as a bistro with a lovely garden for a relaxed lunch. I also watched a wonderful production of Romeo and Juliet at the popup Rose Theatre in York, which you should definitely do if you are in York this summer!
My Favourite Yorkshire Food in York
There are so many to choose from, but my love of cheese found it’s soulmate in Love Cheese, a little deli and café, which sells a wide range of cheeses. I ordered a sample platter of three Yorkshire cheeses, and was in absolute heaven. Cheese lovers rejoice! A close second is York Cocoa House, which deserves a special mention for their chocolate tasting and afternoon chocolate teas.
Where to Stay in York
Visit York kindly arranged my stay in York, and I spent two nights at the award-winning No.21 York Bed & Breakfast. Owners Simon and Andrea source local ingredients for their delicious breakfast and homemade bread, and source as many of their produce & services as possible from within a 20-mile radius of York. Book now.
I was excited about Malton, a small town which was christened the Food Capital of Yorkshire by the late great Antonio Carluccio. Any town worthy of the title of Food Capital of Anywhere had to be worthy of a stop on my Yorkshire foodie adventure, so I spent two nights here and sampled as much of the local produce in shops as I could, as well as eating my way through the monthly food market which is on the second Saturday of every month. For such a small town, Malton has a huge variety of producers, shops, pubs and restaurants make it an unmissable stop for anyone hunting down local food in Yorkshire.
My Favourite Yorkshire Food in Malton
Talbot Yard is hidden away through an alleyway close to Malton’s main square, but it is definitely worth finding! In the courtyard which used to house the stables for the Talbot Hotel, foodie producers have found their home here, with a butcher, bakery, an ice cream shop, French patisserie and a gin distillery. Yum!
Where to Stay in Malton
There are some excellent hotels in Malton, including the Talbot Hotel, which has an renowned restaurant and cooking school. However, on weekends when the food market is on you may struggle to find availability, as I did. Try the options on Airbnb instead, I managed to find a bargain for my two nights here! Check availability on Airbnb.
If you have never used Airbnb before, use this link to sign up & get £25 credit to use on your first trip!
I had been meaning to visit Whitby for years, a seaside town famous for fish & chips, and for Dracula. In Bram Stoker’s novel, Whitby is where Dracula first came to England’s shores, and Dracula’s dog ran up the 199 steps to where Whitby Abbey overlooks the town and the docks. Whitby is also famous for being the home of Captain James Cook, who lived in Whitby and trained here as an apprentice for the Merchant Navy before he became a Captain and went off to explore the Pacific Islands, Hawaii and Australia & New Zealand. As well as taking in the history of Whitby, I also enjoyed the local food and drink, from smoked kippers to Whitby fish and chips, scampi and Whitby gin. It was also lovely to get some sunshine on the beach – this summer has been one of the hottest in England for a long time, so I couldn’t resist an ice-cream overlooking the sea, that is what British summers are made for!
My Favourite Yorkshire Food in Whitby
Fish and chips is synonymous with Whitby, and everywhere you look there are restaurants and cafés selling their award-winning meals. My favourite was Trenchers, where I enjoyed a starter of scampi, followed by a huge portion of sustainable cod and chips, with bread and butter to make a chip butty of course.
Where to Stay in Whitby
With gorgeous sea views, the Riviera Guesthouse in Whitby is tough to beat. Run by Emma and Zed, who decided to keep the B&B in the family when Emma’s father passed away, a tasty breakfast and comfortable beds make this a wonderful place to stay in Whitby. Away from the hustle and bustle of the dock area, opening the curtains to a view of the sea every morning was worth its weight in gold (and eating smoked salmon of course)!
The North York Moors Railway
Once I had reached my final destination of Whitby, instead of taking the bus back, the North York Moors Railway provides a fantastic opportunity to travel back in time and take a journey through the stunning North Yorkshire Moors on a steam train. North York Moors Historical Railway Trust is a not for profit charitable organisation which is run by over 550 volunteers, and some paid staff, who work tirelessly to keep the 24 miles of the railway running. The trains are pulled by steam locomotives and heritage diesel engines and are as close to travelling in the 1960s as you can get! The stations along the track are also preserved as they would have been, including Goathland which was used as the location for Aidensfield in the UK TV show ‘Heartbeat’ and featured as Hogsmeade station in the first Harry Potter film. I spent the night at Levisham to sample some delicious pub food and had a quick stop off in Pickering to try what might well be the best pork pie in Yorkshire.
My Favourite Yorkshire Food in the North York Moors
Pub food reigns in the Moors, and there are several excellent pubs to choose from. However, my favourite food was a pork pie in Pickering. I only stopped briefly in Pickering to grab some lunch before catching the bus to York, but the pork pie from Elizabeth Botham’s Tea Rooms was absolutely incredible.
Where to Stay in the North York Moors
Each village along the railway has options for places to stay, but I was thrilled with my choice when I booked Hall Cottage in Levisham via Airbnb. Owners Louise and Luc were welcoming and kind and picked me up and dropped me back off at Levisham station. Breakfast in the morning was a feast, and I had a lovely evening chatting with Louise and Luc over a glass of wine. My only regret is that I booked for just one night! Book now.
If you have never used Airbnb before, use this link to sign up & get £25 credit to use on your first trip!
After my final stop in Pickering, I hopped on the Coastliner Bus back to York and took the train back home. I had a wonderful week enjoying the incredible food in Yorkshire and will be sharing more about each destination soon, so watch this space! In the meantime, happy Yorkshire Day to you all!
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