Celebrate St George’s Day with some great British Food
April 23rd is St George’s Day – a day which is quite
often overlooked in our own country (which some might see as slightly odd given
the emphasis given to supporting things like National Chocolate Week and
National Beer Day - although they both sound pretty good to us too!)
The national celebration of the day dates back to 1415, although it
was 1222 when the Council of Oxford first declared the date St George’s Day. St
George was persecuted, tortured and killed by the Roman empire for his
Christian beliefs, and his death was said to have occurred on 23rd
April 303AD. Given this happened in Turkey, quite how his bravery led to him
being named patron saint of England is a matter of some debate, but we’re not
alone. He is also the Patron Saint of lots of other places, including Barcelona
in Catalonia, Russia, Bavaria, Portugal, Lithuania and Hungary.
The legend of St George and the dragon dates back to medieval times.
The story is that a dragon was awoken from its sleep and to placate him, the
people of the local town offered sheep – and when they ran out, they started
offering maidens. Lots were drawn to decide who would be sacrificed and the
King’s daughter was chosen. But just as she was about to be given to the
dragon, St George came along on his white horse and slayed the dragon to save
the princess. Brave indeed!
So how should we celebrate St George’s day? Traditionally people
wore a red rose in their lapel, flew the flag and sang Jerusalem.
But what better way to celebrate, we say, then tucking into some
traditionally English food and drink?
How about starting the day with a great English fry up? Local bacon
and sausages, enjoyed with free range eggs from a local farm, and a loaf of
freshly baked bread, made for us by the Devento Bakery in Malton….sound good?
That’s bound to fill you up for a while, but maybe by mid-afternoon
you’d be ready for a spot of afternoon tea. Come peruse our range of fine teas
– English Breakfast or herbal, tea bags or loose leaf – we can cater to every
taste for this great British institution! From Taylors of Harrogate to
Twinings, at Hunters we know (and love) our cuppas. (Don’t worry – we do also
have some excellent coffees if that’s more to your taste.)
Of course, you’ll need a biscuit, cake, or maybe a scone to go with
your afternoon tea. For biscuits, our own range, produced near York, take some
beating (even if we do say so ourselves). Try Salted Caramel Shortbread, Lemon
Cookies, Apple & Cinnamon Oaties or the ever so moreish Rhubarb and Custard
Shortbread – how very British! And if you’ve worked up an even bigger appetite,
how about one of our famous deep-filled English roast beef and horseradish
sandwiches to start you off?
For dinner, why not enjoy a cheeseboard of English cheeses, paired
with some Hunters Hot & Spicy Chutney or Carrot Relish on sourdough
crispbread or seeded oatcakes? There’s Whitby
Cheese Co.’s Whitby Jet with Chilli, Yorkshire Blue from Shepherd’s Purse,
charcoal cheese and lots of goodies from the Wensleydale Creamery.
You’ll want something to drink with your
cheese of course, and we do an excellent range of English wines, beers and
ales. We’d highly recommend Riding the Striding from the Helmsley Brewing Co,
or a bottle of Yorkshire’s Sunset from the Ryedale Vineyard. If cider is more
your thing, why not try something from Ampleforth Abbey, or for spirits,
SLOEmotion’s Sloe Gin is a winner with everyone.
And to finish off, why not enjoy some
locally made ice cream from the guys at Brymor? We even have a diabetic range
for those who need or want to watch their sugar intake.
However you choose to spend St George’s
Day, we hope it’s a good one – and full of only the very best food and drink!