10 fantastiske ting at tage sig til i York

Den smukke muromgærdede by York har 2000 års historie og kulturarv, og har et utroligt udvalg af ting at lave og se især for historieinteresserede. Fra sin uundgåelige gotiske katedral til labyrinten af middelalderlige gader har vi formået at reducere listen til blot 10 ting. Hvis du planlægger at tilbringe et par dage, anbefaler vi et York Pass, som sparer dig penge ved adgang til mange af byens attraktioner.

 1.  Se York med gargoyle’s-eye 

 

Over Yorks labyrint af gamle gader troner de tre muskulære tårne på ​​i York Minster, den største gotiske bygning i Storbritannien. Katedralen, du ser i dag, blev påbegyndt i 1220, tog omkring 250 år at bygge og anses nu for en af ​​Europas fineste middelalderlige bygninger. Højdepunkter her inkluderer nogle af de ældste og smukkeste glasmosaikker i Storbritannien, (østvinduet er verdens største middelalderglasmosaik i et enkelt vindue) og krypten indeholder noget af den oprindelige kirke fra det 11. århundrede. Men det er den heftige 275-trins vandretur til toppen af ​​Central Tower, der er den rigtige showstopper her. Få vejret og se i gargoyle-perspektiv ud over Yorkshire, der er spredt ud nedenfor lige som så mange andre forpustede besøgende har gjort det i de sidste 600 år.

2.  Tag tilbage i tiden til et victoriansk fængsel

Hvis du nogensinde har spekuleret på, hvordan livet kunne have været for 200 år siden, kan York Castle Museum kaste lidt lys over den sag. Oplev seværdigheder og lyde fra det 18. århundredes York på en vidunderligt rekreativ victoriansk gade, før du udforsker museets andre historiske udstillinger, der dækker emner fra 1. verdenskrig til 1960'ernes popkultur. Museet har til huse i et tidligere fængsel, men navnet stammer fra, at huset står på stedet for et slot bygget af William Erobreren. Museet, der er beliggende i det centrale York, har gratis entre med et York Pass.

​3.  Tag på trainspotting

Den fantastiske størrelse, de glatte linjer og den dampdrevne tiltrækningskraft fra de lokomotiver, der befinder dig på National Railway Museum, er nok til at gøre selv den mest rolige til en ivrig trainspotter. De store skatte i de rummelige haller omfatter det eneste Bullet Train uden for Japan, Queen Victoria's 'Palace on wheels' og det smukke Duchess of Hamilton, der er en art deco-triumf i design og teknik. Åben hver dag, og gratis entre.

4. Besøg et af verdens største palæer

Med en Lonely Planet-titel som et af ​​verdens ti største palæer og fantastiske huse er Castle Howard absolut en kort bustur fra York City værd. Som en passende kulisse fra et drama, har det storslåede palæ fra det 18. århundrede, omgivet af frodige haver og bølgende bakker, været baggrunden for mange film- og tv-produktioner. Der er meget at udforske her med stedet feterede skuespilsfortid. Når man har ladet sig forbløffe af det dramatiske interiør og den verdensberømte kunstsamling, kan man gå en tur i det store parkområde med søer og templer, og tage sig tid til te og kage i den hyggelige café. Entreen er gratis med et York Pass

5. Se, hør og lugt en vikingelandsby

Tag en rejse tilbage gennem tiden til de dage, hvor de vilde fra Nord havde koloniseret York i det 10. århundred. Se, hør og lugt sågar en vikingelandsby komplet med smed, opholdsrum og et historisk nøjagtigt vikingetoilet. Jorvik Viking Centre er en fin blanding af historie og morskab, der bringer nogle af de forbavsende velbevarede genstande, der er udgravet under byen, til livet. Hvis du har lyst til en mere praktisk tilgang til historien, må du ikke gå glip af DIG, en attraktion der giver dig mulighed for at lege arkæolog.

BEMÆRK: JORVIK VIKING CENTER ER MIDLERTIDIGT LUKKET GRUNDET OVERSVØMMELSE. VI HENVISER TIL HJEMMESIDEN FOR YDERLIGERE OPLYSNINGER.

6. Nyd en traditionel eftermiddagste

 

Du har været oppe i det midterste tårn i York Minster, du har ladet dig bjergtage af dampbæsterne+ på National Railway Museum, og du har muligvis endda set et ægte vikingetoilet. Nu har du vist fortjent en kop te. Og stedet til det skal være Betty' Tea Rooms, , i Yorkshire, der serverer lækkert bagværk, kager og opfriskende te i de same smukke omgivelser, som siden 1930'erne. Stedet er udsmykket af de samme håndværkere, der klargjorde Queen Mary Ocean Liner. Du må bestemt ikke gå glip af en kop te i disse omgivelser.

7. Smag dig gennem chokoladens historie

 

En af Yorks nyere attraktioner er også den sødeste. Der er blevet fremstillet chokolade i byen i 300 år, og York var engang hjemsted for 2 af verdens store chokolademærker - Rowntree's og Terrys. Ikoniske chokolader fra Aero til Smarties og den mægtige Kit Kat begyndte livet her, så det er et godt sted at lære om chokoladefremstillingsprocessen fra bønne til bar. PåChocolate – York's Sweet Story smager du dig gennem chokoladehistorien, opdager generationer af konfekturehemmeligheder og afslutter din tur i Chocolate Bar for at nyde ekstravagancer som All Day Chocolate Breakfast og Ultimate Chocolate Fondue.

8. Tag en slentretur på Shambles

 

Beliggende i hjertet af de slidte, gamle, snoede veje erThe Shambles, der er en af ​​de bedst bevarede middelalderlige gader i Europa. Dens oprindelse er så gammel, at den engang blev nævnt i Dommedagsbogen, mens de overhængende tømmerindrammede huse, der stadig står i dag, er en bemærkelsesværdig påmindelse om byens fortid. Nu er de maleriske bygninger fyldt med hyggelige caféer og butikker, der sælger alt fra slik til håndlavet sæbe.

9. Hør skrækindjagende historier om York i romertiden

Er du til gode gys? I York Dungeon kan du forvente at spjætte af frygt, der ændres til latter, når du hører skræmmende historier om byens grusomme fortid. Med Yorks historie om vikingeangreb, hekse og pest, er der mange gyselige historier at fortælle, og du vil møde nogle af områdets mest tølperagtige karakterer, i takt med at du føres igennem en række scener i det spændende liveshow.

10. Gå på Englands bedst bevarede middelaldermur

York er beliggende i det nordlige England i Yorkshire. Det er cirka 2 timer med tog fra London eller kun 1 time og 15 minutter fra Manchester. Få mere at vide om byen York.

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York er beliggende i det nordlige England i Yorkshire. Det er cirka 2 timer med tog fra London eller kun 1 time og 15 minutter Manchester. Få mere at vide om byen York

10 fantastiske ting at tage sig til i York

Have a royal time at Royal Ascot

Have a royal time at Royal Ascot

With 5 days of top quality racing, Royal Ascot is the pinnacle of the British horse racing calendar. As Britain’s most valuable horse racing meeting, with millions of pounds of prize money for owners, it welcomes racehorses, jockeys and trainers from every corner of the globe.

Taking place at Ascot Racecourse in the heart of Berkshire, ideally situated in spectacular wooded countryside adjoining Windsor Great Park, the annual meeting in mid-June mixes sartorial elegance, with incredible heritage, gallantry and tradition. Royal Ascot is revered the world over and will take place from Tuesday 18 June until Saturday 22 June 2019.

30 races are spread across the 5 days of Royal Ascot, including 18 Group races, of which 8 are Group 1 – the highest level in racing. Having welcomed competitors from as far afield as Australia, Japan, the USA and the Middle East in the past, racegoers can expect to see the finest horses that the world has to offer.

Different enclosure options

For Royal Ascot, the racecourse is divided up into 4 enclosures, each with its own individual character, alongside a host of private boxes and hospitality offerings.

With its origins dating back to 1807, the Royal Enclosure was once a space exclusively reserved for the guests of King George III. It has maintained that exclusivity to this day, as membership is strictly by invitation only. It’s here that visitors can expect to see top hats and coat tails, as well as the best of this season’s designer fashion.

Taking pride of place at the epicentre of Royal Ascot is the Queen Anne Enclosure, named in honour of the racecourse’s founding monarch. As well as unparalleled views of the racing from the raised terracing, this enclosure also hosts the Parade Ring and Winners’ Enclosure, meaning visitors find themselves right at the heart of the action. As well as an array of dining options, it’s also home to the Bandstand, where every day of racing culminates in a traditional sing-along.

In the centre of the racecourse, and with the Ascot Grandstand as the backdrop, is the Village Enclosure, providing a unique viewpoint on the racing and Royal Procession. Alongside boutique restaurants, al-fresco dining and a host of pop-up stalls, live DJs and bands perform into the early evening.

Alternatively, join the thousands of racegoers who want to be close to the rails in the Windsor Enclosure as the thoroughbred racehorses thunder past. Providing the first glimpses of the Royal Procession as it progresses down the straight mile, including what colour hat the Queen is wearing, the enclosure is home to an abundance of artisan food stalls, while visitors can also take in a picnic provided it adheres to the racecourse’s policy.

The Royal Procession

Before the racing on each day of Royal Ascot, the Queen and other accompanying members of the Royal Family arrive along the track in horse-drawn landaus, led by 4 spectacular Windsor Grey horses. This Royal Procession has signalled the start of the royal meeting since 1825, when King George IV led four other coaches with members of the Royal Family up the straight mile part of the course.

Getting to Royal Ascot

As well as being close to motorway links and Heathrow Airport, Ascot Racecourse is around a 50-minute train journey from London Waterloo or 30 minutes from Reading. Alternatively, the racecourse has partnered with Fresh Air Helicopters to provide a fast route into Royal Ascot. International visitors can also take advantage of Private Jet Charter from Victor to fly into private airport terminals at Farnborough, Luton, Oxford, Biggin Hill or Blackbush, before then completing the journey to the course via helicopter.

Horse racing around Britain

Horseracing is incredibly popular across Britain and race meetings attract thousands of people on a regular basis. With racecourses in all corners of the UK offering both jump and flat racing, here are some of the main picks from the horseracing calendar.

Racing at Goodwood

Featuring 5 days of exhilarating racing, the Qatar Goodwood Festival – popularly known as Glorious Goodwood – mixes top quality flat racing with elegant fashion, all set against the spectacular backdrop of rolling Sussex countryside. This feast of elite racing gets underway on Tuesday 30 July 2019 and, like Royal Ascot, offers a range of enclosures to pick from.

When? 30 July – 3 August

Racing at York

Mixing racing excellence with high-end fashion, the Yorkshire Ebor Festival features Britain’s oldest, fastest and richest races, spread over 4 incredible days from Wednesday 21 August 2019. With £1 million of prize money on offer to the winners of both the Juddmonte International Stakes and the Ebor Heritage Handicap, it’s easy to see why the meeting is popular with British and international trainers, jockeys and racing fans alike.

When? 21-24 August

Racing at Kempton

With 2 days of iconic jump racing, the 32Red Winter Festival is the jewel in Kempton Park’s crown. Held on 26 and 27 December, Boxing Day includes 3 Grade 1 races and often welcomes the best horses and trainers in the business. It might be colder at this time of year, but the quality of the jump racing shows no sign of reducing.

When?

26-27 December

Racing at Cheltenham

An essential part of the horse racing calendar and the pinnacle of global jump racing, the Cheltenham Festival attracts mainly British and Irish trainers to the Prestbury Park course, near Cheltenham. Taking place in mid-March, and often coinciding with St Patrick’s Day, the Irish celebration of the Patron Saint of Ireland, half of the Festival’s 28 races are at Grade One level. Listen out for the renowned ‘Cheltenham Roar’ when the first race of the day gets underway, while the Gold Cup on the Friday of the meeting is the most prestigious race in the National Hunt Calendar. More than 260,000 people regularly attend the 4 days of the Festival, making it Britain’s most popular jump meeting.

When?

March

Racing at Aintree

Famed for the Grand National, the Randox Health Grand National Festival hosts an array of top quality across 3 days in April. Racing gets underway on Thursday and culminates on Grand National Saturday, when 40 runners and riders battle it out for the ultimate prize in the world’s most iconic handicap race. With 8 Group 1 races during the first 2 days of the event, the Friday is renowned for its colour, style and fashion – with a big car prize on offer for the winner of the Style Award.

When?

April

Racing at Epsom

A weekend of heart-pounding action at the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom racecourse features what is widely considered to the ‘greatest flat race in the world’ – the Investec Derby. Alongside the racing, a host of entertainment including skydiving and live DJs is on offer, while Ladies Day is a celebration of fashion and includes the highly contested Style Awards. With enclosures to suit everyone at the meeting – typically held in late May or early June – there is also an array of hospitality options to suit all budgets.

When?

May or June

Racing at Newmarket

Mixing incredible racing with fantastic entertainment and an unbeatable atmosphere, the QIPCO Guineas Festival in early May features the first two Classics of the season – the 2000 Guineas on Saturday and the 1000 Guineas on Sunday. Both races can trace their roots back to the early 1800s and as well as live music and Après Racing parties, there is plenty more to keep racegoers entertained across the weekend.

When?

May

Foodie focus on… Yorkshire

You’ll often hear people hailing from England’s largest county, Yorkshire, in the north of the country, using the phrase ‘God’s own county’ to describe their home region and, given the sheer diversity and quality of the local produce, the award-winning restaurants, gastropubs and chef innovation found there, you’ll begin to understand why. Here are just a few of the reasons why foodies should put Yorkshire on their destination wish-lists.

 

Regional specialities and where to taste them

YORKSHIRE PUDDING: a pudding made of eggs, flour and milk and usually served with roast meat and gravy, although it can also be served with jam, syrup or custard as a dessert. The first recorded recipe for the accompanying Yorkshire pudding was in 1737 when it was called ‘A Dripping Pudding’, the dripping coming from spit-roast meat.

Where can I eat it? Pretty much with every Sunday roast dinner served the length and breadth of Britain (such is its popularity) but when in Yorkshire, why not go large? The Crooked Billet in Saxton, north Yorkshire, boasts a dedicated Yorkshire pudding menu! Yes, that’s three courses, each with its own take on the Yorkshire pudding. Award-winning pub The Strines Inn in Bradfield, half an hour’s drive from Sheffield also serves Yorkshire puddings of gigantic proportions.

 

WENSLEYDALE CHEESE: mild, clean, and slightly sweet, Wensleydale cheese has a subtle flavour, said to have notes of wild honey and a moist but crumbly texture. The Wensleydale Creamery is the only manufacturer of authentic Yorkshire Wensleydale.

Where can I eat it? You’ll find it across cheeseboards in Yorkshire (and beyond) but go straight to the source – the Calvert Restaurant at the Wensleydale Creamery has the Ultimate Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese Experience; three courses all using their finest ingredient. Go along to explore the visitor centre, museum, shop and attend demonstrations and tastings.

 

PONTEFRACT CAKE: Not, in fact, cake, but liquorice! The Yorkshire city of Pontefract was the furthest north liquorice was ever grown to produce liquorice sweets and is recognised by its stamp of Pontefract Castle.

Where can I eat it? Buy it throughout Yorkshire; for a fun shopping experience, pick some up at the Oldest Sweet Shop in England in Pateley Bridge, near Harrogate in north Yorkshire, housed in a building dating back to 1661. You’ll also be tempted by the other sweets laid out in row upon row of traditional sweet jars – this has been a family run shop since 1827.

 

FAT RASCAL: similar to a scone or rock cake, Fat Rascals are plump and fruity and based on old regional speciality, turf cake.

Where can I eat it? This fruity bake is one of Betty’s Café Tea Rooms best-known and best-selling products, thanks to the personal touches the company made to the original recipe…so where better to eat one than there! There are six Betty’s establishments across Yorkshire – in Harrogate, York, Ilkley and Northallerton – and you can choose from the tea rooms’ original take on it, decorated with glacé cherries and almonds, or a smaller chocolate and orange variation. All are made by hand to exact Betty’s Fat Rascal specifications.

 

PARKIN: a gingerbread cake made with oatmeal and treacle that’s been eaten in Yorkshire since the early 18th century.  

Where can I eat it? Bakeries and cafés are the place to find parkin; try Lottie Shaw’s Bakery in Brighouse (less than half an hour from Leeds) – all parkin is hand-crafted on site and based on traditional family recipes past down to Lottie by her great grandmother.

 

FORCED RHUBARB: Yorkshire is home to the Rhubarb Triangle, a nine-square mile area between Wakefield, Morley and Rothwell in the west of the county, renowned for producing early forced rhubarb. The season for forced rhubarb is roughly from January to mid-March.

Where can I eat it? Celebrate this regional speciality in style at the annual Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb! The next one takes place 22-24 February 2019 and you’ll find everything from rhubarb gifts, rhubarb-themed dishes and rhubarb trails. Wakefield is around 30 minutes from Leeds.

 

5 must-do food and drink experiences

Michelin-style cooking: The Cookery School, Swinton Park is perched on the edge of the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park, surrounded by a 17th-century castle and parkland, and it’s here you can learn to create a traditional afternoon tea, take a beginners' baking class or spend a weekend cooking modern British cuisine with chef Kevin Hughes. You’ll use the seasonal ingredients from the hotel’s walled garden as well as venison, rabbit, game and trout from the wider Estate. Housed in the converted Georgian stable wing of four-star Swinton Park hotel, the school offers a range of hands-on two-day, one day and half-day cookery classes for adults, teenagers and children, aged six to nine.

Wine: While many vineyards are based in the south and east of England (the soil and climate make ideal vine-growing conditions), England’s most northerly vineyard is found in Yorkshire. The Ryedale Vineyard is located just a half-hour drive from the ancient city of York and offers bed and breakfast accommodation in its Grade II-listed farmhouse, which dates back to around 1630. The vineyard holds tours as well as pizza and wine evenings, where the pizza is cooked on its outdoor clay oven.

Whisky: Whisky? From Yorkshire? That’s correct – the Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery in Hunmanby, north of the county, is creating Yorkshire’s first single malt whisky. When the project was first conceived, the team brought in the late, respected whisky expert Dr Jim Swan as a consultant and now the whole process is overseen by the distillery team, from field-to-bottle; all the barley and spring water used is grown and sourced on its family farm. Join in the Distilling Experience, where you’ll get the lowdown on the distillery's ethos and process, as well as the chance to try some of its maturing Malt.

Artisan food: The town of Malton, half an hour’s drive from York, has been described as Yorkshire’s Food Capital – and it certainly lives up to that title thanks to its vast range of incredible local produce and restaurants; in fact, there’s a ‘Made in Malton’ brand, a group of artisan food and drink producers in the town. Many of these can be visited and the Malton Cookery School offers walking ‘artisan produce’ tours, taking in bakeries, breweries, pie shops and coffee roasteries. One new tour earmarked to launch later this year (9 November) is the ‘Malton Food Tour – Gin O’Clock, designed for people ‘with a sweet tooth who love their gin’. You’ll sample six different gins, a selection of Made in Malton producers and tour Malton’s new Gin Distillery.

Afternoon tea: Not just one afternoon tea to linger over (although you can book this option too), but a whole tour of them! Tours in a Dish take you on a 3.5-hour guided tour of York, to the best places for tea, to take part in a tea and cheese pairing workshop, and to visit three unique venues and two top tea retailers and importers.

 

Hot restaurants you have to visit

The Pipe and Glass Inn, Beverley

Set in a former coaching inn in the beautiful surroundings of the Dalton Estate, this elegant inn has retained its Michelin star (and other major foodie awards) for the last eight years. Owners James and Kate Mackenzie play a huge part in that, with James in the kitchen, Kate in front of house and the gorgeous gardens at the back (which grow produce for its menus) only add to the relaxed ambience. Food-wise, expect enticing meals such as barbequed rump of Yorkshire lamb with barley, beer and broad bean risotto and sweet treats such as ginger burnt cream, poached garden rhubarb and East Yorkshire sugar cakes.

The Black Swan, Oldstead

It may be situated in a small village 45 minutes’ drive from York, but it’s this restaurant with rooms TripAdvisor users voted as the world’s best in 2017. A well-deserved accolade thanks to its Michelin star and its one creative menu – the Tasting Menu – that’s been inspired by local ingredients the restaurant either forages for or grows itself; think langoustine with salted strawberry or raw deer with wild garlic. The Black Swan is also making a name for itself with its experimental drinks menu; its ‘Oldstead cocktails’ menu comprises beautifully named concoctions such as Rubus Fruiticolitan and Forced Fizz (made with rhubarb schnapps).

Rafters, Sheffield

This Michelin-listed/2 AA Rosettes eaterie offers three alternative menus; a classic menu, offering three courses, its Experience One – the Classic menu but enhanced further – and Experience Two, its unique tasting menu (with vegetarian options for each). For the latter, a sample menu may include BBQ line-caught mackerel, Cornish turbot or fresh curd agnolotti, all served in a stylish and comfortable city restaurant.

Skosh, York

Recently opened, Skosh is a cosy, casual, small plates restaurant that’s fast making a name for itself in the historic city, thanks to the creativity of chef Neil Bentinck, who’s worked at several Yorkshire’s best restaurants and brings the influences of his Asia travels to his dishes. You can watch the innovation at play – described as ‘British cooking with an international influence’ – with a seat overlooking the open kitchen. Try small plates of cod’s roe eclairs or crispy guinea hen wontons or larger plates such as whole roast Norfolk quail with spiced lentils.

Magpie Café, Whitby

Whitby in north Yorkshire has some of the best fish and chips in Britain – light, crispy and served piping hot from the deep fat fryer. The Magpie Café, close to the harbour in Whitby, a 90-minute drive from the city of York, is known throughout Yorkshire for its tasty fish and chips and seafood chowder; the long queues outside is testament to its popularity. Monster-size haddock comes from its own fishmongers, which also supplies fish to the locals of Whitby.

Yorke Arms, Nidderdale

Surrounded by the tranquil rolling countryside of the Yorkshire Dales, the Yorke Arms is a former 18th-century coaching inn that has been carefully converted into a Michelin-starred restaurant, with a clutch of sumptuously comfortable bedrooms. Co-owned and run by Michelin-starred chef Frances Atkins, the restaurant serves up the best of Yorkshire produce, from Whitby crab to Wensleydale soufflé and local beef. The whole building has recently reopened following refurbishment, with its accompanying bedrooms and suites due to reopen this summer.

Matt Healy x The Foundry, Leeds

This Leeds institution has recently been relaunched, with Yorkshire-born chef, Matt Healy (runner-up in BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals series) at the helm, with the interiors and exteriors redesigned and rebranded as Matt Healy x The Foundry. He’s concentrating on a menu of simple British dishes that may only have up to five ingredients; a sample menu may include baby chicken ‘kiev’, wild garlic and duck fat potato or pollock, charred leeks and potatoes with Romesco sauce. It’s fast becoming one of the hottest restaurants in Leeds.

The Angel Inn, Hetton

A country pub and restaurant with rooms that’s won just about every regional and national foodie award going, the Angel Inn also has the fortune of being surrounded by acres of countryside in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, around a 45-minute drive from Harrogate. The food is a quirky blend of “modern British with French Yorkshire nuances”, which translates local ingredients into delightful morsels like courgette and beetroot meringue pie and its famous feuille de brick parcel of fish on lobster sauce.

 

Yorkshire’s Insta-worthy food

The YorkyPud™: Created by the York Roast Co, which has two locations in historic York, this is a contemporary twist on a Yorkshire classic.

Bundobust: Delicious Indian street food and craft beers make this one of Leeds’ go-to places for easy, tasty cuisine.

The Man Behind The Curtain: This Leeds-based restaurant is a culinary eye-opener; its Permanent collection is served as a set tasting menu of between 10 and 14 courses – presenting plenty of Instagram opportunities.

York Chocolate Story: Unwrap the history of the families who made Yorkshire one of the greatest exporters of chocolate, and then enjoy its very pretty and delicious Chocolate Afternoon Tea.

 

A 48-hour foodie itinerary

The whole of Yorkshire is filled with incredible food destinations – here are suggestions for just one area, between the two National Parks in the county; starting in Whitby in the North York Moors National Park, heading via York, and ending at the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

 

Day One

09:00 Make breakfast a vintage one! You start your itinerary in the coastal town of Whitby and enjoy breakfast treats in the lovely courtyard or the quirkily decorated rooms of Rusty Shears Vintage Tea Shop.

10:00 Learn to cook the Yorkshire way…with fresh, seasonal and local produce at the Arches Cookery School, just half an hour’s drive from Whitby. Chef and teacher Sarah Muir (who’s catered for rock royalty in the past) can guide you through a range of courses, from Whitby Fish to Farm to Fork, celebrating all the fantastic meat and produce from local farmers.

13:00 Take a scenic drive for under an hour through the centre of the North York Moors National Park to the Michelin starred/2 AA Rosette restaurant The Star Inn at Harome. This award-winning gastropub with rooms – charmingly set within a 14th-century thatched inn – sources seasonally from the moors and the nearby sea for its creative menu described as ‘modern Yorkshire style’. Depending on the season, that might include John Dory or lobster with squid ink cracker.

15:00 Make like a local chef and forage the wonderful wild greens, herbs and berries that grow in abundance in Yorkshire. Taste the Wild offers a huge range of foraging courses, as well as ones such as Cooking with Fire and Cider Making. These are mainly full-day courses, so you may want to stay on an extra day to experience one.

17:00 As you head into the historic city of York, stock up on some wonderful Yorkshire foodie souvenirs to take home with you. Henshelwoods Delicatessen is packed with tasty treats ranging from Yorkshire parkin and homemade preserves to more than 70 cheeses.

19:30 Stop by The Rattle Owl for dinner – not only will you find innovative dishes such as east coast crab with tomato consommé or roast pigeon with wild mushroom, barley, pancetta and blackberry but you’ll be dining within a Grade II-listed, 17th-century building. The restaurant also has the Owlet Food & Wine, a microshop stocking organic wine and local beers.

 

Day Two

09:00 Head to a café that’s all about using local and seasonal ingredients – and one that’s featured in The Guardian’s ‘50 Best Breakfasts in the UK’ and Buzzfeed’s ‘21 things you must eat in York’. You’ll find a lot to love about The Pig & Pastry’s breakfast sandwiches; bacon or sausage, Shroomalloumi – that’s halloumi and mushrooms – and a breakfast burger of dry cured bacon, fried egg, avocado, cheddar, smoky mayo and relish.

11:30 Less than an hour from York is the elegant spa town of Harrogate – but it’s not just natural spring waters it’s famed for, its foodie scene is also worth exploring. The three-hour Yorkshire Appetite food tour takes you to explore some of the best eateries in town and taste locally sourced produce, as well as teach you a thing or two about Harrogate’s rich history.

14:30 After a substantial feast on the food tour, set off for a pleasant stroll in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the edge of which is less than half an hour from Harrogate. Alternatively, travel an hour from the town and stop off for a creamy, indulgent ice cream from Brymor Dairy Ice Cream Parlour, made from the whole milk sourced from the farm’s herd of Guernsey cows. The only difficult choice you’ll have to make is which of its 25 flavours to have.

16:00 Ten minutes from your ice cream destination is another fabulous local produce to try; beer and ale from the Black Sheep Brewery in Masham. A family run brewery, you can take a tour of its traditional brewhouse before heading to the bar to try out a few of its award-winning beers, such as its cult classic cask ale, Monty Python’s Holy Grail, and its strong dark Yorkshire ale Riggwelter.

20:00 While you’re in the Yorkshire Dales take the opportunity to dine at Britain’s highest public house – the Tan Hill Inn. At 1,732 feet (528m) above sea level, this historic 17th-century pub is all exposed beams, stone-flagged floors, a roaring fire in the cooler months and a menu of satisfying pub favourites including Whitby scampi and chips or Yorkshire pudding topped with local Swaledale sausages, all which can be washed down with beers from local breweries. You can also stay overnight in its en-suite rooms and camp site.

 

Food festivals in Yorkshire 2018/2019

2018b

21-22 July: Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival

8 September: Malton Harvest Food Festival

21-30 September: York Food Festival

29-30 September: Holmfirth Food Festival

 

2019 (dates TBC)

23-25 February: Festival of Food, Drink & Rhubarb

April: York Chocolate Festival

May: Malton Food Lovers Festival

May: Great British Food Festival @ Harewood House

June: Dales Festival of Food and Drink

June: Yorkshire Vegan Festival

July: Pontefract Liquorice Festival

 

Getting there

Fly into Yorkshire’s Leeds Bradford international airport or easily travel to its cities and towns from the rest of the UK via train. Leeds is just over two hours from London, around an hour from Manchester; York is just under two hours from London, 1.5 hours from Manchester; Sheffield is almost 2.5 hours from London, less than one hour from Manchester.

10 of the best brewery experiences across North England

Britain loves its beer and ales and, to celebrate International Craft Beer Day on 3 August, we highlight just a few of the brewery tours and events that stretch from the north-west coast of England to the north-east coast, all in locations within easy 1.5-hour train or taxi access of each other. Cheers!

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Liverpool

The Mad Hatter Brewing Company was set up just five years ago and, as of this year, is one of the small number of breweries run by a woman. The brewery is all producing creative ideas, which have included its signature beer the Penny Lane Pale, a low ABV craft beer with a tropical fruit aroma and a biscuit malt base – named after the street where the first bottle shop stocked them – and the Tzatziki Sour, made using Greek yoghurt to sour and then added mint and cucumber. There aren’t tours available at this small micro-craft brewery, but it does hold festivals, where they pair the beers with food, have live music playing, a kids’ corner on offer in the day session and a fire show in the evening one! The next festival will be held on 25 August, although check its website for further events.

 

ONE HOUR’S TRAIN JOURNEY FROM LIVERPOOL WILL TAKE YOU TO…

Manchester

Runaway Brewery brews its ‘modern-tasting, recognisably British’ beers by hand in small batches at its microbrewery. Head there for its core range of Pale Ales, IPA, Smoked Porter and American Brown Ales and there’s always seasonal ales to try out. As well as brewery tours that take place every Saturday – a fascinating trail through the working brewery, plus a tasting of four beers – you can continue to drink fresh beer from the source in its Tap Room until 8pm. Before you go, check out the brewery’s plans for its monthly pop-up dining rooms, where it teams its beers with local food producers

 

IT’S ONLY 15 MINUTES BY TRAIN FROM MANCHESTER TO…

Stockport, Lancashire

One of the oldest independent brewers in Britain, Robinsons, is located in the heart of Stockport and has been brewing there for nearly two centuries. Real ale is its pièce de résistance and its hour-long brewery tour takes you through Robinsons’ history, the science behind the brewing process and offers tutored tastings of three 1/3-pint samples of its beers. Upgrade to its ‘golden ticket’ and you also receive a gift set and twice as much beer at its Unicorn Bar.

 

BOOK A CAR TO TAKE YOU TO…

Burnley, Lancashire

Once a month, Moorhouse Brewery opens the doors for 45-minute guided tours, four samples of its beers and a pie-and-pea supper, in true Northern style! It’s recently launched a series of new hop-forward keg beers, plus an innovative botanical range and a new look for its cask beers. Its M1 Small Batch Brewery, nestled in the main brewhouse, also allows the brewers to brew in small batches, where they can develop unique recipes, so are well worth following. The tours for 2018 run on 28 September, 19 October and 30 November.

 

JUMP ON A TRAIN FROM THERE TO…

Leeds, Yorkshire

Why visit one brewery when you can visit four in the cool city of Leeds on the Leeds Brewery Tour! Once a month (25 August, 22 September, 20 October and 24 November in 2018), you can begin an afternoon at the North Brewing Co’s taproom, which boasts five core beers and one-off creations in its repertoire, followed by drinks at Indian street food venue Bundobust. Straight after you’ll move onto Tapped, an American-style brew pub with its wide range of keg and cask beer, before finishing at the Northern Monk Brewery for a guided tour and tasting at the brewery, which describes itself as ‘an homage to the monastic heritage of brewing’.

 

IT’S LESS THAN 30 MINUTES BY TRAIN FROM LEEDS TO…

York, Yorkshire

Set within York’s historic city walls, York Brewery was the first traditional working brewery within these walls for more than 40 years. The brewery has always welcomed visitors to see how the traditional ale is made, and runs four guided tours per day, Tuesday to Sunday. You’ll start in the brewery taproom bar to enjoy a pre-tour drink, head out across the brewery to learn everything that goes into making its unique beers and the process ‘from grain to glass’ and stop to admire the 20-barrel brew plant in its brewhouse. Handcrafted ales are the brewery’s passion and you can taste its quirky named, award-winning beers; Centurion’s Ghost Ales, the Guzzler, York Minster Ale and the Yorkshire Terrier.

 

ANOTHER HALF HOUR BY TRAIN FROM YORK AND YOU’RE IN…

Harrogate, Yorkshire

Nestled in the charming spa town of Harrogate is the independent, award-winning Harrogate Brewery. Run by Anton and Sarah Stark, this is a very small brewery although has recently moved into larger premises, so more fermenters could be added to allow the couple to small batch brew more beer. It also has space for a brewery tap that opens once a month, ensuring a special experience. Come here for its strong American-hopped ale, the Horse Head Stetson, its award-winning Vanilla Porter and its ‘strong and complex’ Kursaal Imperial Stout.

 

BOOK A TAXI TO TAKE YOU TO…

Masham, Yorkshire

A family run brewery that has been operating for nearly 30 years, Black Sheep Brewery doesn’t have guided tours, it has ‘shepherded’ tours, four times a day! You’ll be taken to see the traditional brewhouse, explore the science behind the fermenting process and how the brewery selects its ingredients for its distinctive tastes, and why it still uses the Yorkshire Square Fermenting Vessels that were developed more than 200 years ago. Then head to its bar to try out a few of its award-winning beers, such as its cult classic cask ale, Monty Python’s Holy Grail, and its strong dark Yorkshire ale Riggwelter.

 

HAVE THE DRIVER TAKE YOU ON TO…

Durham, County Durham

It may be the oldest working brewery in Durham but the award-winning Durham Brewery is still small and family owned, and continues to grow its beer portfolio, which ranges from dark stouts to light bitters, wheat beer to lagerbier, the latter of which takes three months to mature. Daily tours run twice a day and, as well as touring the brewery and tutored tastings, you’ll hear all about British and Durham beer history and culture. Don’t forget to stop by the shop on your way out to buy your favourite tipple.

 

A 15-MINUTE TRAIN RIDE FROM DURHAM AND YOU’LL ARRIVE IN…

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Housed in the city’s Palace of Art in Exhibition Park – the last remaining building from the 1929 North East Exhibition – the Wylam Brewery is certainly in a very special location. The brewery – which was founded in 2000 and is a 30-barrel brewery – opens its Brewery Tap Thursdays through to Sundays as well as runs brewery tours every Saturday, where the brewing process is explained, as is the fascinating history of the brewery and, of course, the chance to sample the beer. In October 2018 the venue will also host Craft Beer Calling, an international beer festival.

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Post-Christmas sales: grab a bargain in Britain

Britain may be a nation of shopkeepers, but it's also a nation of bargain hunters – especially during seasonal sale periods when shops offer huge discounts and incentives. It's not just the high street shops and major department stores that drop their prices though; many independent boutiques offer hefty savings and you can grab even bigger bargains at outlet centres such as Bicester Village near Oxford and the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in York.

 

Post-Christmas and January sales are famous for being one of the best times of the year in Britain to make big savings, so it’s a great time to visit. Here we round-up how to make the most of Britain’s biggest sales, as well as other key saving periods throughout the year.

 

Boxing Day and January sales

The biggest sale of the year kicks off on Boxing Day (26 December). It may be a public holiday in Britain, but many shops open early to sell their discounted Christmas stock.

John Lewis famously launches its sale on 27 December to allow its staff to enjoy a Boxing Day break. The Harrods Boxing Day sale is now legendary, and crowds flock to the iconic department store in London's Knightsbridge to queue around the block overnight (serious bargain hunters start queuing as early as Christmas Eve) in order to hunt for the best bargains. Customers are even given Harrods blankets to keep warm. In previous years, the Boxing Day sale event has featured live reindeers and a performance by Florence + The Machine.

Popular high street store Next has more than 500 branches across the country and is known for the generous discounts it offers in the Boxing Day sales, with some of its stores opening as early as 6am. Selfridges department store (in addition to the London flagship store, there are also outlets in Birmingham and Manchester) is also popular at this time of year, particularly for the designer handbags and clothes on offer.

 

Easter sales

Good Friday and Easter Monday are both public holidays in Britain and the long weekend is always a regular fixture on the sales calendar. Many shops use this opportunity to sell off some of their unsold winter stock. Department store Debenhams has more than 240 stores across the country and at Easter (and at many other times of the year) you can take advantage of its popular 'Blue Cross Sale' that sees items discounted by as much as 70 per cent. After the Easter holidays you can also pick up heavily discounted chocolate eggs at Britain's main supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and Waitrose.

 

Summer sales (June and July)

The date that shops launch their summer sales very much depends on a number of factors, including the weather and general trading conditions. Unlike the Boxing Day or Easter sales, the summer sales do not launch on a specific date and individual shops can start their own sales at a time that suits them. The summer sales usually kick off in July or late June and, depending on performance, can stretch into August. If it's a particularly hot summer, shops can offer considerable discounts to lure people in from the sunny streets.

 

Black Friday (the fourth Friday of November)

The American tradition of shopping for bargains the day after the Thanksgiving holiday has caught on in Britain, and Black Friday is now a major event in the yearly sales calendar. Many people buy up all of their Christmas presents, as the sales launch on the fourth Friday of November. The date is now considered to mark the start of the Christmas shopping season. Whereas Cyber Monday focuses on online sales, Black Friday is all about in-store discounts. You can expect to see crowds of eager shoppers up and down major British high streets as well as shopping malls and department stores, with many extending their opening hours. Marks & Spencer often promotes discounts of up to 50 per cent, and offers a number of promotions at this time.

 

Grab bigger bargains at Britain's outlet stores

Britain's outlet centres offer deals all year round but you can grab even bigger discounts during the main sale periods as items are marked down even further. While some stores might not observe the Easter or summer sale traditions, most outlet centres offer heavily discounted stock in the Boxing Day and Black Friday sales.

 

Britain's most famous outlet centre is Bicester Village near Oxford, a 45-minute train ride from London or an hour's drive from Birmingham. It's home to more than 130 boutiques including brands such as Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Paul Smith. McArthurGlen has designer outlets in six locations across Britain, including York (a two-hour train ride from London) and Cheshire, a 45-minute train ride from Liverpool. Clarks Village in Somerset, an hour's drive from Bristol, features around 90 stores including top British brands including Clarks, Hamleys and Hobbs.