How many tea rooms can you fit into a National Park? Come and find out! There are cosy cafés in every town and village, but the north’s ‘Capital of Cake’ doesn’t stop there. There are tearooms in post offices, railway stations, farms, abbeys, manor houses, galleries, walled gardens, old schools, pubs, forests and beach huts – lots and lots of them, each with their own speciality to try. Tea and cake on a steam train? Scones in a Prisoner-of-War camp? Afternoon tea at England’s finest stately home? Trust us, we know what we’re talking about when it comes to cake.
Weekly farmers’ markets are wonderful places to experience the best in North Yorkshire food and drink. Hovingham, Helmsley, Stokesley and Saltburn farmers’ markets are renowned, while Malton has monthly foodie markets and an annual Food Lovers’ Festival – just the places to discover the taste of the North York Moors, from heather honey and game to Botton cheese and seafood. Celebrated Michelin-star restaurants The Black Swan at Oldstead and The Star Inn at Harome also take their food miles seriously, serving fantastic produce from moor and sea.
With breweries sprouting from Stokesley to Scarborough, and orchards in Ampleforth Abbey and Husthwaite village, it’s easier than ever to keep it local in the North York Moors. Pubs, farmers’ markets, delis and beer festivals stock ales and ciders from even the smallest producers – look out for Helmsley Brewing’s craft beers, Baytown beers from Robin Hood’s Bay, ales from Whitby Brewery, and beers from the Bad Seed and Brass Castle microbreweries in Yorkshire’s ‘food capital’, Malton.
The North York Moors National Park is not short of fine dining too - check out our Eating in the North York Moors feature.