Exploring Malton – Yorkshire’s Foodie Capital

Exploring Malton – Yorkshire’s Foodie Capital

Including a sunny and rainy day itinerary

Malton is known internationally as Yorkshire’s foodie capital, but don’t be fooled by the name. There is nothing city-ish about the market town of Malton, instead you’ll find a charming rural town nestled between the Howardian Hills and the Yorkshire Wolds.

Unsurprisingly, the town celebrates its local farmers and their exceptional produce… but the reason Malton is becoming Yorkshire’s worst kept secret comes from the unexpected. 

Walk the streets and you’ll discover multiple award-winning artisanal food producers. Get freshly roasted coffee from the roastery, hand made ice cream and award winning macaroons from the patisserie. 

Prue Leith captured the essence of Malton well when she said:

“It’s like going back 50 years when people would prepare stuff for you, would make a pie, especially for you – it’s a nice atmosphere.”

Prue Leith
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One of the lovely streets leading down from the town square in Malton

If you’re a foodie, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better location for enjoying fresh country air while tasting the best Yorkshire has to offer.  

So… Where would you go? 

Must see places in Malton

Talbot Yard

Talbot Yard is the home of a number of local artisan producers who produce their food and drinks onsite. I’ve drawn you a wee map so you can easily find it  (you’ll find it at the back of this guide).

Antonio Carluccio with Groovy Moo
Antonio Carluccio having an ice-creamy old time at Groovy Moo – (C) Made in Malton

You’ll find:

> Our local coffee roastery Roost (they also do incredible oat milk hot chocolate)

> The now famous Groovy Moo hand made ice cream (there are queues even in winter)

> The award winning patissiere (you’ll want to try their macarons) Florian Poirot

> Rare Bird Gin Distillery…book yourself into Gin School to distil your own custom blend! (Call ahead)

> Freshly baked bread (and other baked treats) at Bluebird Bakery

Some of the best places shut at 3pm and some close on Mondays so check before you visit.

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Malton Market Place

Malton market place is where you’ll find lots of independently owned bakeries, cafes and stores. There is a food market on the 2nd Saturday of the month and an annual food festival. Check this website to see if there are any events on while you’re here with us: https://www.visitmalton.com/

You can lose the best part of the day tasting your way around, so I’ve outlined some of my favourite places to visit depending on the weather (and whether you have a dog – for dog friendly ideas I’ve written an article just for you here 🙂

Here are two itineraries that would work based on the weather.

You can find a dog friendly version if you here.

On a hot sunny day in Malton: 

> Relax with a chilled glass of champagne on the terrace at the Talbot Hotel. Then take a walk down the steps to the open grass that runs down to the river.

> Lose yourself in a book in the sunny “free for all” courtyard at the rear of Kemps Books. You can eat your takeaway vegan brownie from The Purple Carrot as you browse the sample books left out (or very respectfully peruse a selection of new books to help you decide what to buy). I challenge you to walk through the store without buying anything!

> Sun yourself in the courtyard at Talbot Yard and enjoy a freshly roasted coffee or a chocolate dipped cone crammed full of salted caramel and oreo cookie ice cream. 

On a wet day in Malton:

> Enjoy the patter of rain on the windows in the roastery (Roost) at Talbot Yard while reading a book from Kemps Bookstore.

> Relax in front of the open fire with a locally brewed pint in The New Malton (or order from their delicious hot food menu).

> Visit the independently-owned cinema before popping into La Trattoria for a pizza and a Peroni for post-show snacks.

> Hop between the independently owned clothes and interior stores with your brolly- there is something great on every street (my favourite clothes store is By Elise)…so do explore! (Malton Museum might also tickle your fancy although they now only open Saturdays).

Want more specific suggestions?

If you’re staying with us then send a message with your interests and I’ll send more recommendations over.

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