As a Yorkshire business, and the happy recipients of a 2015 Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Award, we pride ourselves on celebrating everything that our beautiful region has to offer both on Yorkshire Day and throughout the rest of the year too.
This August 1st we welcome Yorkshire Day and all of the Yorkshire pride the occasion brings with it. The two of us (Chris and Christine) come from Yorkshire farming families and we are very proud of our upbringings and influences, all of which we use to help decide how we run the business and what we stock here.
Did you know that a traditional Yorkshire custom is to eat a Yorkshire Pudding as a separate course before a main meal? Whilst this practice was allegedly created by money conscious mothers hoping to fill their families up, it is now a favourite amongst many Yorkshire folk. Come the festive season you may see some of us tucking into the tasty treat ahead of Christmas dinners in place of a starter.
Another famous Yorkshire symbol is that of that white rose. The origins of the White Rose of Yorkshire go all the way back to Edmund of Langley and the fourteenth century, the first Duke of York and the ruling Plantangenets. It is now the symbol for various local universities including Leeds, York and Sheffield and proudly adorns the certificates of graduates bound for greatness.
Yorkshire has a proud heritage when it comes to food and drink. At least 70% of the products stocked in our store are sourced from within the county. Delicious local produce on offer includes the fabulously creamy Brymor ice cream which is available to purchase in both 500ml tubs and also in cones through our dedicated ice-cream window during summer months.
Our deli counter is packed full of tasty home-grown fayre including Yorkshire ham and beef and various locally made pastries and pies. Cheese lovers will be happy to know that we carry many native varieties including our old friend Wallace’s favourite; Wensleydale.
As well as edible entities we also stock a range of regionally created beverages. For the beer-drinker, we have over 40 locally brewed bottled beers - including 'Riggwelter', Yorkshire Moors, Yorkshire Sparkle and Scarborough Fair. We also carry a delicious cider made by the Monks at the nearby Ampleforth Abbey as well as a fabulous selection of wine from award winning Ryedale Vineyards, the perfect thirst quencher following a long day exploring the nearby moors.
Alongside our alcoholic drinks, a vast variety of teas from the world famous Taylors of Harrogate can be found in-store. As we know, us Yorkshire folk enjoy nothing more than a brew with a piece of freshly made Parkin to accompany! Finally, we stock more locally created preserves than Yorkshire has Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - and that’s a lot! Our selection includes Yorkshire Marmalade, St Clements Curd and Tutti Frutti amongst many others.
So this #YorkshireDay why not pop to Hunters of Helmsley and pick up a feast that not only supports ‘Gods Own County’ but also tastes fantastic! What’s not to love?