Malton – Yorkshire Food Capital

We love traveling to discover towns and culinary hot spots around the world. In fact, as Oprah might say, it’s one of our favorite things. The good news is that there are more of these unique culinary destinations than you can imagine. On a recent trip to Northern England, we had the sheer joy of experiencing the town of Malton located in North Yorkshire, England.

Malton has many labels but our favorite is “Yorkshire’s Food Capital.” Located midway between the North Sea and the city of York it is a historic market town with many claims to fame. Did you know that Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” in Malton? We didn’t either.

Back to the food. The main streets in town are full of quaint stores full of local produce, homemade foods made with local ingredients, a brewery, restaurants, coffee shops and so much more. Check out this short video on Malton:

My favorite quote in the video is from Michelle the owner of Groovy Moo Ice Cream, who sums up Malton simply with, “Everything people used to be this place still is.” And she’s right. When you arrive in Malton you immediately feel relaxed and welcomed. Although you are surrounded by historical buildings Malton doesn’t feel dated or old, it feels alive.

Malton Cookery School Welcomes Food Travelist

We stopped at the Malton Cookery School and couldn’t have felt more welcomed. Yes, they knew we were coming, but the atmosphere was warm and we felt immediately at home. Head Tutor, Gilly Robinson, all around nice person, and a great cook, was kind enough to let us help the class in session complete their meal. So fun, and all made with delicious local Yorkshire ingredients.

Malton Cookery School Gilly and Diana

Right behind the school is Brass Castle Brewery. We walked over while they were busy working and got the scoop on this award-winning brewery. There are a couple of unique things at Brass Castle. First, they produce cask beer, which is served from a cask without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure. It’s unpasteurized and unfiltered. This was a traditional way of making beer in England and the type of beer consumed by ordinary folks in pubs. Their beer is also vegan and vegetarian-friendly – they use no animal-derived ingredients in their process.

Malton Brewery

Our next stop was Talbot Yard Food Court to visit all the food shops that are creating their own unique products all from Yorkshire’s finest ingredients. This is a one-stop shop for so many of the delicious foods in Malton.

Malton Eats
Food 2 Remember, Paul Potts the Butcher meat pies in Talbot Yard

What makes the Talbot Food Court really special is that all these food entrepreneurs have brought their talents together in a lovely setting. You walk easily from shop to shop tasting real, fresh, local Yorkshire food. There’s even an outdoor picnic area available to enjoy your food while taking in the lovely view.

Groovy Moo Ice Cream Malton Yorkshires Food Capital
Groovy Moo Ice Cream

The Groovy Moo Ice Cream, Bluebird Bakery, Aldo’s Fresh Pasta, Roost Coffee and more all in the Talbot Food Court are part of the “Made In Malton Artisan Food Tour.” Groovy Moo makes handmade ice cream in a high-quality Italian gelato style using Yorkshire cream. Be sure to get there early because we’re told that sometimes lines are an hour long to taste their unique and yummy flavors.

Bluebird Bakery in Malton Yard
Bluebird Bakery in Malton Yard

One taste was not enough at Bluebird Bakery. Be sure to get there early too as everything is made fresh daily. When it’s gone it’s gone! Not to worry, though. You can also get a taste of their lovely bakery items across the street at the Talbot Hotel because Chef Graham has Bluebird Bakery goods on the menu.

Roost Coffee Malton
Freshly roasted coffee at Roost Coffee in Malton Yard
Passione Della Pasta in Malton Yorkshires Food Capital
Freshly made pasta and Italian salads at Passione Della Pasta, Passion for Pastain Malton
Talbot Hotel Malton
Talbot Hotel Malton

After a full day of exploring and tasting Malton, we had the sheer pleasure of staying at the historic and luxurious Talbot Hotel. We were warmly greeted with an invitation to enjoy some fabulous Yorkshire tea and biscuits (cookies to us Yanks!). Even as I look at the picture below I can still taste that delicious buttery shortbread biscuit and wish I had taken some home. What a welcome!

Tea and Biscuits at the Talbot Hotel in Malton
Tea and Biscuits at the Talbot Hotel in Malton

Owned by the Neyland family since 1739, the Talbot Hotel displays classic British design. While the hotel has recently undergone extensive restoration, it retains the traditional comfort and style.

We were pleasantly surprised to find our room fully appointed with all the modern amenities. There were plenty of electric and USB outlets for charging and wifi service yet the decor was comfy in a warm British style.

Talbot Hotel Hotel Sitting Room

Room at the Talbot Hotel Malton

After walking way more than their daily 10,000 steps, who could resist this gorgeous four-footed tub? Not me. That’s for sure.

Talbot Hotel Bathroom

After a little rest, we were off to The Wentworth Restaurant located in the hotel. The handsome dining room immediately invites you to relax and enjoy “Yorkshire on A Plate,” an extraordinary menu created by head chef Daniel Graham. Highlighting fresh ingredients from local suppliers, our meal was delicious, creative and satisfying beyond our expectations. The only trouble we had was in deciding what to order from a menu that had so many wonderful choices.

King Scallops at The Wentworth Restaurant in the Talbot Hotel
King Scallops at The Wentworth Restaurant in the Talbot Hotel

Choose we must. For starters we had hand dived king scallops with pork belly, black pudding, carrot, and blood orange.

Rhubarb with confit duck liver The Wentworth Restaurant
Rhubarb with confit duck liver The Wentworth Restaurant

We were visiting in March, which is prime time for the Yorkshire “forced” rhubarb season. That meant we had to try the pressing of smoked Yorkshire duck, confit duck liver with Robert Tomlinson’s rhubarb and parkin-gingerbread crumbs. Forced rhubarb is grown in a shed or in the dark and is said to be more tender than rhubarb grown outdoors. It was delicious!

Collection of Percy's Pork at The Wentworth Restaurant
Collection of Percy’s Pork at The Wentworth Restaurant

As the main course, a Collection of Percy’s Pork (Yorkshire vendor) with heritage carrots, fennel pollen, Ampleforth cider (also from Yorkshire) sauce was simply scrumptious.

Raisthorpe Manor Pheasant The Wentworth Restaurant
Raisthorpe Manor Pheasant The Wentworth Restaurant

We also had the Raisthorpe Manor pheasant (Yorkshire), which was a braised leg, Puy lentil cassoulet, baby turnips, and game jus.  A truly unique and delicious dish.

Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb with Vodka Sherbet Shot at The Wentworth Restaurant at the Talbot Hotel
Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb with Vodka Sherbet Shot The Wentworth Restaurant

We finished up with a refreshing rhubarb dessert with a vodka rhubarb-infused sherbert shot and ginger and custard. It was a lovely finish to a perfect dining experience. Our server and his assistants provided outstanding service. He waited patiently for us to take our photos and suggested wonderful wine pairings throughout the meal. We also enjoyed his delightfully dry sense of humor. We really felt like we were eating in a private dining room. Looking around we could sense that all the other diners felt the same too as they engaged in private conversations and looked like they were thoroughly enjoying themselves.

Chef Daniel Graham from The Wentworth Restaurant at the Talbot Hotel in Malton.
Chef Daniel Graham from The Wentworth Restaurant at the Talbot Hotel in Malton.

We spent a few minutes with Chef Graham and he couldn’t be more delightful. His unassuming manner only made him more charming. His ability to use the finest ingredients from the Yorkshire vicinity in an elegant yet approachable manner certainly makes the Wentworth Restaurant a place to dine whether you’re staying at the Talbot Hotel or not.

Homage to Talbot Hotel

The Talbot Hotel has many historical photos from Malton so be sure to take a walk down the hallways and enjoy a journey back in time.

Talbot Hotel Lounge
Talbot Hotel Lounge

There are also plenty of places to relax and enjoy a cup of tea, a gin and tonic or just curl up with your favorite book. The overstuffed furniture in the lounge is so comfortable you may not want to get up. But you should explore the property’s gardens and have a walk along the river Derwent.

If you want more ideas on what to do in Malton you’ll find a booklet in your room, “101 Reasons to Linger” authored by Tom Naylor-Leyland. It provides one hundred and one things to do in the Malton area including visiting castles, abbeys, gardens, museums, golfing, hiking, events and, of course, the best food, craft beer and wine recommendations in the area.

Sunrise at the Talbot Hotel Malton
Sunrise at the Talbot Hotel Malton

After a lovely and contented sleep in our comfortable and quiet room, we awoke to a beautiful sunrise in Malton. Our only regret was having spent only one day in Malton and at the Talbot Hotel. We have definitely marked Malton on our Food Travelist map as a place to return.

Planning A Visit To Malton Yorkshire’s Food Capital

When you plan your journey to Malton you might want to consider a visit in the end of May to take in the annual Malton Food Lovers Festival. Sample the finest Yorkshire produce and cooking. You’ll find street food, presentations, cooking lessons, craft beer and cider, live music and entertainment for the whole family. This is an event we know we want to return to experience. Check out their website for more information.

THE QUICK BITE: Malton, Yorkshire’s Food Capital, is a must-visit for food lovers. This market town in Northern England is stocked full of delicious culinary experiences. From delicious local produce, meat, fish, craft beer and cider to handmade ice cream, tasty bakery goods and hand-pulled pasta they have it all.

Special thanks to Visit Britain! We were guests of Visit Britain on our visit to Northern England. We were not financially compensated. All opinions are our own and reflect our experiences at the time of our visit.

Big thanks to Sue & Aidan Nelson of Yorkshire FoodFinder for creating this wonderful visit in Malton. Check out their website YorkshireFoodfinder.org when you’re visiting Yorkshire and they’ll create a personalized culinary tour for you too!

24 thoughts on “Malton – Yorkshire Food Capital

  1. So glad that you were able to experience food in my neck of the woods! I am originally from just across the Pennines in Lancashire and frequently headed to Yorkshire (despite the Red vs White Rose historic battle LOL) to sample the fine cuisine. Love the picture of the meat pies, that is one of the big things that I miss about English food. Great post guys!!

    1. Thanks so much Chris! Means a lot coming from someone who grew up in the area. We had a really good time and found so many great places to eat. The people were just lovely too!

  2. I live in malton and i can thoroughly recommend it !

  3. I too love to discover great food when I travel. Malton wasn’t on my radar but it is now. The food all looks fab, especially the food court, Thanks for introducing me to a new culinary destination!

    1. You’re welcome! You will love it Billie. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Oh heck – we missed Malton on our way past York! That’s a pity!

    1. No worries! You’ll just need to make another trip. 😉

  5. Oh damn! We were in York last summer, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, but would have loved to visit Malton. Had we known it was the food capital of Yorkshire we would have been there in a…. thrice! The food looks absolutely fabulous!

    1. Hi Arnie! I hate when that happens. So close and yet….just gotta plan another trip!

  6. We also love discovering the food and delicacies of the locations we travel to.We will have to put Milton and North Yorkshire on our list. I just love duck, pheasant and rhubarb. Bur where’s the Yorkshire pudding? Thanks for the historical tidbit about Charles Dickens. A very interesting article!

  7. Oh gosh! The food, the hotel and the views! I am British and haven’t even heard of Malton – I will certainly consider visiting there now and taking a trip ‘up North’ as us southern’s say.
    Thanks for sharing this. It looks like a very quaint place to visit.

  8. Malton looks like a delicious destination and I’d be really interested to try the cask beer at Brass Castle Brewery. They’d probably pair perfectly with those tasty meat pies.

    1. Hi Michele, you’re absolutely correct. The cask beer has less carbonation so it’s less filling but still tastes like beer, imagine that!

  9. Particularly loved the photo of the “Bad Kitty” beer. However, the mix of food and surroundings (lovely Talbot Hotel) would make this a great trip, however, I think I’d need to do a LOT of walking to use up those calories.

    1. Hi Jan! Not to worry there’s plenty to explore and lots of beautiful places to run which I know you’d enjoy.

  10. Malton isn’t far from where I live but it looks as if it’s changed a lot since I last visited. It’s obviously time for me to go back and try all that lovely food…

    1. Hi Karen! Oh my goodness, yes, you will find it to be lovely and tasty town. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. My goodness, Sue,Yorkshire’s Food Capital looks like a wonderful place! I like that it’s possible to sample your way through the region, or indulge in fine dining…congratulations to you and Diane on doing both 🙂

    1. Thanks Anita! You definitely need to visit Malton. A true hidden gem.

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