Malton, North Yorkshire
Hailed as Yorkshire's food capital, this historic market town has found the recipe for success over the last decade. Farmers, chefs, butchers, bakers (and the odd candlestick maker) have rallied together to dish up local produce alongside a hefty helping of independent spirit.
Despite its rapid resurgence, it's still packed with wheelbarrows of charm. You'll likely see a flat-capped farmer picking up his morning coffee as you will a padded jockey post-ride picking up a sarnie for lunch. Plus the odd butcher hauling a hog halfway down the street. It's traditional, wholesome and unashamedly rural.
Taste your way around town with a trip to Talbot Yard. This stableyard-turned-food-court is where you'll find your pick of artisanal "Made in Malton" suppliers. Hit up Bluebird Bakery for oven-fresh bread, Food 2 Remember for farm-to-fork meat and The Groovy Moo for whatever-the-weather gelato.
Still hungry? Time your trip with the monthly food market which takes place every second Saturday of the month. More than 30 local stalls selling everything from salt and macarons to Yorkshire Dama (aka "squeaky cheese", the northern version of halloumi) fill the higgledy-piggledy alleyways.
The rest of the market town reads like a love letter to independent boutiques. Stop by Atom Retro to rummage through a mixture of modern and 60s clothing, Hare & Wilde for chic, Scandi-inspired homewares and Cosy Cottage Soap if you're looking to pick up a gift.
Where to stay
Settle in at The Talbot, a repurposed coaching inn where furniture upholstered in jewel-toned velvet and colour-pop four-poster beds are transforming the once stuffy building into one that's effortlessly stylish.
Where to go for dinner
Whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner, Chapter One Bistro - run by local Jackie Scott and her team of girls - will rustle up something fresh and utterly fabulous. Her chilli prawns have attracted something of a cult following.
And for a drink…
Who to take with you
That friend who can reel off the names of Michelin-starred chefs like their personal friends. The part-time, novice food critic will appreciate Malton's foodie scene and the new content for their Instagram.
Essentials to pack
We're repurposing our Loewe raffia tote from beach bag to market tote to stuff full of farmers' market finds. It can get pretty nippy on the nearby moors, so don't forget a pair of gloves. These timeless Johnstons of Elgin cashmere gloves come everywhere us when temperatures drop.
How to get there
It's roughly a four-hour drive from London to Malton via the M1. Alternatively, catch the train from Kings Cross to York and change to the Transpennine Express for a 25-minute journey to Malton.