Nature & Bounty – Eating and Exploring from Malton – Yorkshire’s Food Capital
Charles Dickens knew he was onto a good thing when he visited Malton, so inspired that The Counting House on Chancery Lane influenced his famous novel “A Christmas Carol”
Malton is Yorkshire’s Food Capital, famous for its year-round food festivals celebrating local produce and for its trailblazing town centre of independent food stores and award-winning artisans, where you can find anything your taste-buds desire. Not just a place to eat food, this is a place to experience food: from exquisite patisserie to micro-brewing, from the country’s top gelaterie to Yorkshire’s best bread, from fishmongers to greengrocers, it’s locally-made or grown, bursting with fresh local ingredients (and we mean door-step local), and showcasing exceptional craftsmanship – and often in demand in the finest restaurants across the UK!
Today a rejuvenated Malton overflows with artisanal food options – from Macaroons at Florian Poirots to the delight of the “Hairy Bikers” – to a Malton Rascal at independent and award winning coffee house Leoni’s.
Malton is Yorkshire’s Food Capital – and so much more! It’s one of the most satisfying places to shop, with streets and squares brimming with small and unique stores, independently-owned and extraordinary for their range, quality, craftsmanship and care for the customer. Enjoy a rummage, but for a taste of nostalgia also make sure you indulge in the traditional bakers or butchers, pie-makers or patisseries, grocers or gin shops
Head beyond Malton to explore its glorious countryside, with fabulous walks on the Yorkshire Wolds Way, but more besides. See the stunning wildlife art of Robert Fuller at his gallery in Thixendale, marvel at the majesty that is Castle Howard and fire up your senses with a visit to the renowned Wolds Way Lavender.
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Yorkshire Wolds Way: Nature & Bounty
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Based in Malton, Yorkshire’s Food Capital, enjoy 3 days of nearby trips into the beautiful and contrasting countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds and Howardian Hills, returning each evening to the charm and comfort of the dynamic Market Town.
Day 1 - On Top of the Wold
Day 2 - A Grand Day Out
Day 3 - In Big Sky Country
There is a wide variety of accommodation in and around Malton to suit different budgets
Talbot Hotel A large Traditional 17th Century Coaching Inn
Mount Hotel, with great views towards the Wolds
Old Lodge, stay in a 17th Century Tudor Mansion
Brambling Fields B&B, situated close to Malton and the Wolds
Ham and Cheese, village pub in nearby Scagglethorpe
Wentworth Arms, traditional pub in nearby Old Malton
Chapter Two, family friendly accommodation in the centre of town
Dawnay Arms, lovely village pub in nearby West Heslerton
Wolds Walk Glamping, a luxury experience with an outstanding view in nearby East Heslerton
Wolds Way Camping and Caravan Site, a delightful camping location near Wintringham
Food & Drink
The Visit Malton website has plenty of information on food & drink options in Malton, including some listed below
Chapter One Bistro Good Food Award winner in the heart of Malton
Florio’s Italian Family Friendly Pizzeria since 1984
India The Restaurant Authentic home-style Punjabi cooking
La Trattoria Italian Bistro and Pizzeria
The Mount Hotel with restaurant and Will’s basement bar
No 46 Bar & Restaurant
The New Malton warm & welcoming pub restaurant in the centre of Malton
The Old Lodge dining in a 17th Century Tudor Lodge
Stew & Oyster popular restaurant in the Old Town Hall
The Talbot great seasonal menus on offer in this 17th Century Coaching Inn
Tui’s Thai Restaurant and cocktail bar
Brass Castle popular brewery and tap house in Malton
The Library Speakeasy (if you can find it!)
Leoni’s long established award winning coffee house
Roost Roastery and Coffee House in a lovely location
Cross Keys, Thixendale much loved pub popular with walkers on the Yorkshire Wolds Way
Wolds Way Lavender refreshments in the lovely setting of the Lavender Farm
Scampston Hall enjoy light lunches in the Garden Cafe
Activities & Experiences
There are plenty of activities and experiences to enjoy as part of this 3 day itinerary based around Malton
Gin School at Rare Bird Distillery learn about gin and take home your own bespoke bottle
Malton Food Tour Taste your way around Yorkshire’s Food Capital
Robert Fuller Gallery Visit the amazing gallery of Wildlife Artist Robert Fuller in Thixendale
Wharram Percy Enjoy the tranquillity of Wharram Percy, Britain’s best known deserted medieval village
Castle Howard Admire the splendour of this magnificent Stately House and Gardens
Yorkshire Arboretum An amazing collection of trees from around the world
Wolds Way Lavender Sights and Sounds to amaze the senses
Scampston Hall Gardens See the variety of the different outdoor “rooms”
Malton Museum Discover Malton’s history
Kirkham Priory A peaceful location with a Winston Churchill link
Great Ryedale Maze Visit in Summer to have fun at the maze in Sherburn right by the Yorkshire Wolds Way
General walking gear is needed but no specialist walking equipment necessary.
The walk at Castle Howard or the Yorkshire Arboretum is fairly gentle.
The walks from Thixendale or Wintringham are moderate, with a few ups and downs which allow great views across the Yorkshire Wolds
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