Yorkshire’s long tradition with food dates back centuries; there’s 1737 when the recipe for the humble Yorkshire Pudding was first published in the book The Whole Duty of a Woman or 1886, when Charles Taylor formed the iconic business that we now know as Taylor’s of Harrogate – the company behind the best brew in the land, Yorkshire Tea and the most famous branch of tearooms, Betty’s.
The produce itself is second to none too.
In 2010, Yorkshire forced rhubarb was added to the list of foods and drinks that have their names legally protected by the European Commission's Protected Food Name scheme such is it’s unique and outstanding quality. Liquorice is so woven into the fabric of Pontefract that in July each year a festival is held to celebrate it. Then there’s the fromage – where producers up and down the county create a variety of magical flavours – none more recognisable than Wensleydale, a truly cracking cheese.
Perhaps one of Yorkshire’s lesser known foodie destinations is the North Yorkshire town of Haxby. A few miles outside of the chocolate haven of York and 15 miles away from the outstanding town of Malton (dubbed by many as Yorkshire’s Food Capital), it would be easy for this quiet parish to get lost in the middle – however this is certainly not the case here.
First up there’s the Haxby Bakehouse. Fiercely independent, this artisan bakery has been delighting locals with their mix of organic breads, pastries and baked goods for a decade now. The owners Phil and Tina use traditional methods of slow fermentation for their award-winning bread and their produce is full of flavour without the use of any artificial flour improvers or preservatives.
The fact their bread can be found in places such as the Michelin Starred restaurant The Black Swan at Oldstead and other York foodie powerhouses like Star Inn the City, The Pig & Pastry and Brew and Brownie speaks volumes for the Bakehouse’s reputation and popularity.
Then there’s Miller’s. This is no ordinary chippy. In January of this year, Miller’s was recognised as the UK’s best fish and chip shop in the National Fish & Chip Awards, beating thousands of other establishments to the top spot after a rigorous judging process including mystery shoppers, audits by experts and most importantly, the quality of their produce.
The restaurant entered its 30th year in business in 2018 and with their popularity showing no sign of slowing down, who would bet against them running for another three decades.
Nestled in the Haxby arcade is The Curious Coffee Company which opened in March 2017. This is an ideal location to catch up with friends and family & if you’re searching for the perfect cup of coffee then this is most definitely the place to head (especially if you’re partial to a sweet treat on the side too, as their brownies are to die for!) Ingredients are sourced from local independent suppliers where possible and the lunchtime menu will have something for everyone. Keep an eye out for their special pizza nights too!
Finally, the new kid on the block comes in the shape of the small yet perfectly formed restaurant, Origin. The restaurant opened its doors at the end of 2017 and although it’s early days the signs are hugely encouraging. The interior to the restaurant is light, stylish and inviting and the dishes are fresh, seasonal and cooked from the heart.
Head chef Phil firmly believes that food is memories and finds the inspiration for his menu in moments and people that have shaped his life to date, whilst front of house Maria is friendly, engaging and her passion for the restaurant really shines through. Dishes here include guinea fowl with kashmiri spices and mango and sea bream cooked with cucumber and jersey royals; all taste delightful and are presented with panache & refinement. A real treat well worth exploring.
So if you're looking for a new delicious destination to explore, a quick trip out to Haxby will not leave you hungry.