It's always nice to pick up a local tasty treat and luckily Yorkshire is blessed with it's fair share of delightful eateries where you can load up on delicious, fresh Yorkshire produce.
Here's our run down of some of the best places to start:
White Rabbit Chocolatiers, Beverley - is a multi-award winning artisan chocolaterie, tucked away down Dyer Lane in the heart of Beverley. They use the finest chocolate and natural ingredients, with no preservatives. They then handcraft in small batches ensuring freshness and quality. If you love fine chocolate, this is definitely your luxury chocolate destination!
Lewis and Cooper, Northallerton - Lewis & Cooper today is a multi-award winning independent gourmet food store, packed with the most flavoursome foodie treats, fine wines, delicious gift baskets and sumptuous food hampers, all available to order online for immediate UK and mainland Europe delivery.
Fodder, Harrogate - Fodder celebrates and sells the very best food and drink from Yorkshire and the Humber and a few things from outside the area too (we still can't find a local farmer to grow lemons and bananas for us!).
Town End Farm Shop - This traditional Farm Shop is situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales in Malhamdale. All the produce is fresh, local and full of flavour. They breed and rear their own grass-fed lamb, traditional breed cattle and rare breed pork here on the farm. They also source the finest quality, local produce for the shop; fresh & cured meats, game, fish, spirits, wine and beer, seasonal fruit & vegetables, preserves, confectionery, smoked products, cheese and much more.
Blacker Hall Farm Shop - Based in Wakefield and offering a vast range of fresh meat direct from their own farm, plus freshly baked bread and baking, this family run farm shop has quickly become renowned for its exceptional quality fresh produce, earning it the accolade of UK's Best Farm Shop (FARMA 2014).
Harvey Nichols Food Hall, Leeds - For the most stylish selection of luxury and fashionable foods, the Fourth Floor Foodmarket is a must visit for residents and visitors to the city centre. Browse the shelves for the finest selection of store cupboard essentials, latest product launches and stylish ingredients.
Joneva, Masham - Joneva stocks over four thousand delicious products from there own sixteen varieties of Fudge, "handmade on the premises". Flavours include, Vanilla, caramel, Liqourice and many more! Belgian and English Chocolates, some hand-made, which can be boxed and ribboned on request.Every traditional boiled sweet you could imagine even ones that you thought were not made any more. A mouth watering range of Jelly Bellys, and pick and mix to choose from.
The Hairy Fig, York - A fine shop with fine fodder. Specialising in the highest quality food products sourcing far and near to get the best there is for you to enjoy. The Hiary Fig has also just won Visit York's best shopping experience!
Cocoa Wonderland, Sheffield - Hidden away from all the hustle and bustle of today's modern living, Cocoa is like taking a step into the past. Packed full of treats with rows and rows of every kind of sweet imaginable in sparkling glass jars. And, of course, exquisite chocolate!
No visit to the Yorkshire Dales would be complete without a visit to the Oldest Sweet Shop in England at Pateley Bridge for a truly magical and memorable experience. Row upon row of glass jars filled with handmade traditional sweets weighed out by the quarter of a pound into old fashioned scales. Smell the aroma of sweets as you marvel at the old building dating back to the 1600's with its original features, fixtures and fittings.
In the Wensleydale Creamery Cheese Shop you can sample all of their Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese varieties, fresh from the Creamery and utterly irresistible. If you're having trouble choosing, the friendly and knowledgeable Cheese Shop staff are always happy to help you. Then, once you've found your new favourite you can pick up a truckle (or three) to take home, as well as the perfect Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese accompaniments including delectable real ales, fine wines, biscuits, crackers and chutneys.