Destination Inspiration: Malton, North Yorkshire

Destination Inspiration: Malton, North Yorkshire

A must-visit for mini-breakers craving a taste of the countryside, Yorkshire’s food capital of Malton is a go-to for independent shops and a brilliant market. Planning a road trip? The North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds are within easy reach by car.


Malton, North

Why now?

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 old-school
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.

Carve out time to visit Talbot Yard. This
stableyard-turned-food-court is where you’ll find your pick of
artisanal “Made in Malton” suppliers. 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

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
homewares and Cosy Cottage Soap if you’re looking to pick up a

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
– 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…

Head to Roost, the family-run coffee roastery in Talbot Yard
for your morning cup o’Joe and Maison Du Vin
for something a little stronger.

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

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.

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