Welcome to Yorkshire is thrilled to host the Tour de Yorkshire, now in its second year. Holding a 2.1 European Tour UCI classification, the inaugural race attracted some of the world’s best cyclists including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Marcel Kittel.
But Yorkshire isn’t just about wheels and Wiggins. The county boasts a fantastic food offering, from farm shops to fish and chips, breweries to butchers. Here we take a look at the food hot spots along the 3 stages of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire, as well as exploring the fabulous produce that Yorkshire is famed for across the county.
We all love home grown produce, and Yorkshire is absolutely packed with flavour, being home to some of the best food producers in the world. Our tasty new trail has everything you need to experience the true taste of Yorkshire from the county’s best ice cream producers, independent delis and butchers to bakers, farm shops and farmers’ markets. And what’s more, we have some truly outstanding festivals and shows to inspire you on your next culinary adventure. So enjoy exploring this new trail. You’ll find only the latest and greatest Yorkshire produce on your journey around the county’s finest fodder!
Yorkshire is home to some of our finest farm land and food producers, from forced rhubarb and Wensleydale cheese, to afternoon tea, pub lunches and Michelin star dining. This year’s ‘Tour de Yorkshire’ will also celebrate food, and ensure that the millions of visitors who come to follow the race or retrace the route can experience the best tastes that Yorkshire has to offer. With Welcome to Yorkshire, we have created the first Edible Journey around Britain to showcase foods from two of our beautiful National Parks. We have more planned to champion our proud food heritage and boost investment and jobs in food tourism across Britain.
Elizabeth Truss, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Part of 2016 – Year of Great British Food www.greatbritishfoodcampaign.com
Whether you’re craving delicious, fresh produce, a thirst-quenching pint of real ale or fine dining, when it comes to food and drink, you’re spoilt for choice in Yorkshire. Some of the country’s best-loved brands hail from our fantastic county, like Yorkshire Tea and Wensleydale Cheese, so to help you navigate your way through our delicious delicacies and inspire your next gastronomic adventure we’ve created this tasty trail. Featuring farm shops and farmers’ markets, ice cream producers, independent delis, butchers and bakers, as well as food festivals and Michelin star restaurants, it is the perfect companion for a culinary journey through Yorkshire.
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive, Welcome to Yorkshire
Three EU schemes exist to promote and protect names of quality agricultural products and foodstuffs. This regulation protects the reputation of regional foods, promotes rural and agricultural activity, and helps producers obtain a premium price for their authentic products. Yorkshire is home to three protected foodstuffs – when you buy these items you can be assured of their quality, provenance and delicious taste.
Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese (Protected Geographical Indication)
Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese has been handcrafted in Wensleydale in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales since 1150, when Cistercian monks first brought their skills and recipes to the area. The cheese has a firm, crumbly texture with a mild, clean, slightly sweet flavour and honeyed aftertaste. Pay a visit to Wensleydale Creamery to explore the museum and see the cheese being made.
Swaledale Cheese and Swaledale Ewes’ Cheese (protected designation of origin)
Swaledale Cheese is a full fat hard cheese with a soft crumbly texture. The cheese is produced entirely in Swaledale, North Yorkshire, and the cow’s milk from which is it produced comes from the same area. Swaledale Ewes’ Cheese is a full fat hard cheese with a firm crumbly texture. The pastures on which the sheep graze consist of herbs and grasses characteristic to the area due to the soil and climate. The Swaledale Cheese Company produces 1.75 tonnes of cheese per week, supplying specialist cheese shops, delicatessens and wholesalers throughout the U.K.
Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb PDO (protected designation of origin)
The Rhubarb Triangle is a 9-square-mile triangle between Leeds, Wakefield and Bradford famous for producing early forced rhubarb. West Yorkshire once produced 90% of the world's winter forced rhubarb from the forcing sheds that were common across the fields there. On a daily basis, up to 200 tonnes of rhubarb produced by up to 200 growers was distributed across the UK and overseas at the peak of production. Wakefield Council now holds an annual Rhubarb Festival in February, celebrating the area's links and promoting the surviving industry.
DENBY DALE PIE
The village of Denby Dale is the UK’s only designated “Pie Village” and has been making gigantic pies since the 1700s spreading the name of the village and the county worldwide.
The Liquorice plant was brought to Pontefract by the Dominican Monks in the early 16th century. The production of liquorice products continues in Pontefract, the most well known being Pontefract Cakes - invented in the town by chemist George Dunhill in the 18th century.
FISH AND CHIPS
Another British favourite, fish and chips, can be enjoyed at the award winning chip shop, Quayside, in Whitby, Yorkshire. It’s the best place to enjoy a fish and chip supper on the coast.
With its vibrant Asian community, historic and contemporary curry houses, Bradford has been crowned Curry Capital of Britain four times. The city hosts the World Curry Festival every year, an exciting celebration of one of Britain’s favourite dishes.
Afternoon Tea doesn’t come any more traditional than at Betty’s tearooms. Originally opened in Harrogate a century ago, there is now a Betty’s at six locations across Yorkshire. Famed for its Grand Cru Chocolate Torte, Yorkshire Fat Rascal scones and elegant afternoon teas, there’s even a cookery school to visit. There’s also a choice of 50 different beverages including varieties from Bettys’ sister company, Yorkshire Tea, Britain’s favourite tea.
From historic breweries with coppers gleaming under oak-timbered ceilings and mystic brews frothing in antique stone ‘squares’, to microbreweries with state-of-the-art stainless steel, today’s dedicated Yorkshire brewers are busily producing hundreds of varieties of real ale for you to enjoy! Those in search of a beer break in Yorkshire would be wise to head to one of our region’s breweries, where we have plenty to choose from. Find out more...
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