Food & Drink

The Origins of York Ham

The Origins of York HameLegend has it that the original York Hams were smoked with wood shavings left from the construction of The Minster. It's a nice tale but probably nothing more than that. There almost certainly is a link to St. Mary's Abbey in medieval times however. The monks produced vast quantities of Ale which was the drink of choice especially when water might well make you ill at the least, or kill you in extreme cases. The bi-products of brewing were large amounts of spent grain, which are ideal pig fodder. The local availability of large white pigs probably went hand in hand with this food source.

Although York Ham doesn't have protected designation of origin status there is a distinct difference from the inferior modern ham pressed from reformed Pork. Firstly it in not technically a Ham but rather a Gammon. The difference is that Ham is cured with the bone removed, whereas Gammon is cured with the bone in. The base ingredients for a York Ham are a good sized leg of Pork, Salt with Sugar and Saltpetre. The York ham is traditionally a dry cured Gammon from a Large White pig. It is slightly saltier and firmer textured than the hams we are probably used to today. They were laid on a bed of salt in the cellar on the stone slabs where it is cool and dry. November 11th – St Martins Day, was traditionally the first day of curing, as the weather is cooler, the pigs have been foraging and are now fat, and the flies are no longer an issue, so there was a good chance that ham and bacon would cure well. After a number of days in the salt, being turned and massaged regularly, they would then be hung up to dry for a minimum of 2 months. The longer the ageing process, the more the flavour changed and developed.

Smoked or not? This was probably down to personal choice of the person curing the meat. Smoking certainly assists with meat preservation. But a well cured York Ham will keep unrefrigerated for longer than required without the need to smoke it. The breadcrumbs? Almost certainly a later addition intended to please the eye rather than enhance the flavour. But there is a phrase “You eat with your eyes”...

Mister C's Fish & Chips - Selby

Mister Cs Selby top ten award 2019"Mister C’s first opened in 1981 on Barlby Road, Selby, North Yorkshire in 1986, before moving to our present location on Micklegate We are a family-run business and still use the same batter recipe we used on the day we opened, 35 years ago.

We believe in using only the highest quality ingredients, which come fresh from the sea and straight from the soil. We use only MSC certified cod and haddock. Our Icelandic fish is fresh frozen, having been frozen within four hours of being caught. We serve our fish alongside the finest potatoes Yorkshire and Lincolnshire have to offer, resulting in our award-winning fish and chips."

Well they are clearly not only doing something right, but excelling at it! Mister's has recently been awarded in the Top 10 of the National Fish & Chip Awards by SeaFish. Fish and Chip Shop of the year for 2019.

That's some achievement out of all the Fish & Chip shops in the UK.

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Address:- 61 - 63 Micklegate, Selby. North Yorkshire.YO8 4EA

Tel:- 01757 701913

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Truffle Hunters - Modern Wedding & Party Catering

Truffle Hunters - Modern Wedding & Party CateringModern Wedding & Party Catering - North Yorkshire's specialist Wedding & Party Caterers

Wedding Catering

Your event of a lifetime is safe in our hands. Trufflehunters is based in harrogate, serving Yorkshire with fantastic wedding party food and drink experiences for the last 7 years. Whether you want a formal multi course wedding breakfast to a more casual street food style event or even a hog roast or BBQ, we have the experience and skill to deliver your wedding exactly as you want. At trufflehunters our main priority is that your event goes better than you could ever imagine, we pride ourselves on great friendly service to a high standard.

Party Catering

We take care of everything for you to ensure your special event goes without a hitch.

We cater for:-


  • Weddings
  • Birthdays
  • Private Parties
  • Corporate Hospitality
  • End of season parties
  • End of game parties/cricket/football etc.
  • Festivals & large events.

We can provide everything from the cutlery to the alcohol - just ask !

Our Team

Our chefs are professionally trained with years of experience on the front line not just hidden away in kitchens. They like nothing more than serving a great food and drink experience at your event. All our staff are friendly and very experienced and bring a strong sense of humour to each job. We have over 40 years of joint experience and bags of passion for what we do, we truly understand how to create good food and a great atmosphere to eat it in.

Bar Service

We can also supply drinks to ensure your party goes off. We have fantastic Wines & Fizz, Gins to die for and award winning Beer and Real Ales. We can even make a fantastic tailor made Cocktail Menu. We can supply cash bars to all inclusive drinks packages to accompany your event. From a classic Martini to a pint of exclusive Ale brewed especially for you we can help you create a truly unique drinks menu you guests will love.

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Unit 10, Sycamore Business Park, Ripon, North Yorkshire. HG4 5DF

Tel:- 07877 680 322 / 01423 202 592

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Harrogate Food & Drink

Harrogate Food & DrinkHarrogate Food & Drink have been thinking differently about your food & drink choices since 2010. Offering a more formal service of high quality plated meals, canapés & pop up bars perfect for weddings, corporate functions, crew catering, heritage and festival events.

Services available include:-

  • Pop-up bars - artisan gin & tonics - Prosecco bars - Craft Beer bars.
  • Crew catering, Training days, Film & TV - putting in the hard work to keep your teams happy and incredibly well fed. Specialists in both long & short term menu planning to keep your teams happy for the duration.
  • Heritage Events - Considerate, respectful catering to help with high capacity days and to bring a different offer to your visitors.

All made with love here in Yorkshire.

Contact details:-

Unit 10, Sycamore Business Park, Ripon, North Yorkshire. HG4 5DF 

Tel:- 07877 680322


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10 Devonshire Place, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

10 Devonshire Place, Harrogate, North YorkshireUpon opening their doors in October 2014, 10 Devonshire Place created a pub that was somewhat different to the rest. Having forgotten to install a floor they closed the doors again and reopened in November of that year instead, it just made more sense!

“Located in a Coaching Inn dating from the mid 19th Century, 10 Devonshire Place retains the nicer features of the period, but does away with inconveniences such as typhoid. We can’t be sure exactly when the Coaching Inn originally started trading, as back then Facebook didn’t have TimeLine, but it’s a lovely old building, and if you were interested in that kind of thing, we could tell you about some of our legendary ghosts.”

Their on-line store boasts an outstanding range of  Craft Beers from around the world and a unique selection of 100+ Gins, delivered throughout the UK and Europe. Shipping costs to Mars are available on request. Although this is a question seldom asked.....

If you are a more sociable drinker and you are in the Harrogate area you can, should you wish, sit in their protected bay window and look out over the famous Harrogate Stray. Whilst their period – possibly listed – mahogany bar has ample space for you pint, pie, half eaten packet of smoked nuts, newspaper or, if you are that way inclined, mobile device. Smoked nuts are indeed available, or alternately you can smoke your nuts by their real fire, it is only lit on cold days but this IS the north of England so we have plenty of them. The seats round the real fire are a great place to hold court, have a chat with friends or meet a character or two. Featuring hot and cold water, top of the line electrical fixtures and fittings throughout, 10 Devonshire Place has a GSOH and WLTM a certain class of drinker for cosy nights together.

Address:- 10 Devonshire Place, Harrogate, HG1 4AA United Kingdom. Plant Earth!

Tel:- 01423 202356

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