Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
8:26 AM 11th October 2020

Malton – God’s Own Staycation!

If Mauritius or Manila are not to your taste and Mexico seems somewhat morbid with its Day of the Dead…..then look no further than Malton in North Yorkshire, one of the county’s undiscovered gems.

There’s never been a better time to head out to the East coast with all the uncertainty still surrounding international travel.

And the market town of Malton, which lies just outside the City of York, is setting out to put its narrow streets and gastronomical delights firmly on the map!

Whether it’s locally sourced meat, poultry and game from Derek Fox The Butcher...
...or fresh seafood from the coast via Malton Fisheries (including Yorkshire lobster and crab!), Malton has it all (apparently!).

Heralded as Yorkshire’s Food Capital, the town’s businesses – from delis to cafés, restaurants, distilleries, roasteries, bakeries and more - draw in visitors from up and down the country, often to experience one of the events featured in Malton’s busy events calendar such as Monthly Food Markets, the annual Food Lovers Festival and the Marathon du Malton.

Although these events may be postponed or look somewhat different in the post pandemic climate, it’ll be business as usual for the shops in Malton, with plenty of artisan food and drink producers plus a burgeoning collection of ‘makers’ on display for people to spend an entire day (or more!) exploring.

Malton’s popular Monthly Food Markets are back in a revised format, allowing visitors to browse tasty wares and fares from Yorkshire, outdoors and with social distancing measures in place.

The Talbot has just re-launched under The Coaching Inn Group brand and another foodie jewel in the Malton crown, the Malton Cookery School, is back this month offering a series of exciting cooking courses in a new socially distanced format, specializing in game, seafood and baking, all using local Yorkshire produce.

Some of the other artisanal delights on offer around Malton include:

Handmade macarons from Master Patissier Florian Poirot
Authentic Italian gelato from Groovy Moo
Craft beers from Bad Seed Brewery, Brass Castle Brewery and one of the UK’s smallest micro-breweries, Malton Brewery
The perfect sourdough from Bluebird Bakery
Beetroot quiche and cashew nut roast amongst other delicious vegan delicacies from The Purple Carrot
There’s ‘always something new’ at Food 2 Remember - the butchers and deli in Talbot Yard
Sample gins distilled in town from the Rare Bird gin distillery
Speciality coffee from roasters Roost
Specialist gin and whisky shop McMillans
Artisan bakery, coffee house and eatery YO Bakehouse

For a full list of businesses in the Ryedale area that are open, please visit:

For more information on the Monthly Food Market, please visit: