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New cafe opens at Sutton Bank

A courtyard café, ‘Snack Shack’, has recently opened its doors at the Sutton Bank National Park Centre in the North York Moors. Providing ice creams, fish and chips, speciality teas, coffees, hot chocolate and much more, the Snack Shack provides a wonderful area to relax and recharge your batteries. Open on Friday’s and weekends during […]

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Trip Advisor acclaims Helmsley chippie

Scotts of Helmsley glowing reviews have helped it pick up a top honour from the world’s largest travel website for the fifth consecutive year. TripAdvisor – the travel and hospitality review site – has yet again awarded Scotts of Helmsley with its Certificate of Excellence, which recognises businesses that consistently earn top ratings from visitors. […]

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Excellence award for Helmsley Chippie

Scotts of Helmsley has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor which recognise businesses that consistently earn top ratings from tourists. With a total of 169 reviews, the chippie has been successfully ranked as one of the top three restaurants in popular market town. More than 80 per cent of the reviewers have “recommended” […]

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The Great Helmsley Cake Show – August 2nd

Recipe books ready everyone! The next event Helmsley Walled Garden are running is The Great Helmsley Cake Show on Saturday August 2nd. Entrants should come to register at the garden and they will lay cakes out ready for judging. It starts at 4pm and entries can come in from 3.30pm. The classes are as follows: […]

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Lunch by 128 bus: The New Inn, Thornton le Dale

We lunched by bus at The New Inn in Thornton le Dale back in 2012, and haven’t been since: no reflection on them, life just worked out that way. But hearing that it had changed hands, we thought another visit was required, and having mentioned this to more than one set of friends, we ended […]

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Northallerton Homegrown Food Festival 2014

The Homegrown Food Fest is one of fastest growing food festivals in Yorkshire. This year it’s happening one week before the Tour De France Grand Départ, providing a brilliant opportunity for visitors to sample what this region has to offer. TV celebrity chef Brian Turner will be heading a fantastic line-up of chefs in the […]

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And the award goes to …. Scotts of Helmsley

Scotts of Helmsley has been presented with the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) Fish and Chip Quality Award – putting them in the top 2.5 per cent of chippies in the country. To qualify, each establishment has to go through an inspection by an NFFF approved judge, who assesses the shop’s presentation, hygiene and […]

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Helmsley ice cream maker wins national prize

A local ice cream maker has struck gold again after winning top honours for his latest flavour creation. David Otterburn’s speciality Marathon Madness ice cream – inspired by the popular peanut chocolate bar – won the open flavour class at the National Ice Cream Competition. Judges were also delighted by David’s chocolate, strawberry and vanilla […]

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Ryedale Food Bank

Ryedale Food Bank collects food items, with the aim of giving three days’ supply of non-perishable and nutritious food to help a family or individual through a crisis. Now might be a good time to help them by looking in your cupboards to see if your Christmas catering was a bit over enthusiastic, or if […]

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Thomas’s wins mince pie award

Life is sweet at Helmsley-based Thomas the Baker as staff celebrate the unprecedented success of their mince pies in Good Housekeeping’s hard-fought annual festive taste test. The standard-setting magazine tested 165 festive foods this year, including 19 mince pies from all the big-name supermarkets and high-end retailers. After chewing over the facts (probably over a […]

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Ryedale Pop Up restaurant success – book now for November

Following the success of Ryedale’s first pop up restaurant run by chef Fiona McBeath another has been planned. The evening is hosted in her private dining room; Tournaig, Oak Farm Court, Broughton and the date to mark in your diaries is November 22nd. Here are some photos from her first evening: To reserve your place […]

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Find out more about Emergency Food Provision in Ryedale

Harrogate & Ripon CVS are working in partnership with Selby AVS and Ryedale VA to hold 2 meetings to discuss Emergency Food Provision in the Selby and Ryedale districts. These meetings are open to representatives from voluntary, statutory and faith organisations working in the Ryedale or Selby district. Please see the 2 meeting dates below. […]

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Lunch by 128 bus: the Royal Oak, Helmsley

Continuing our occasional series on places to have lunch on the 128 bus route. Looking for a ‘cheap and cheerful’ lunch in Helmsley? Try the Royal Oak pub on the market square, run by Rachel Newton who used to work at KMS hairdressing in Kirkbymoorside some years ago, until she married Craig and made a […]

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Spring flowers at Helmsley Walled Garden

If you haven’t yet taken advantage of one of the occasional days of reasonable weather to visit the Helmsley Walled Garden, think about going in the near future, because the wild flower meadow is just lovely, but won’t last much longer. The Garden’s web site says: “ As you look out from the cafe seating […]

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Roving restaurant comes to Helmsley Walled Garden

It’s all happening at the lovely Helmsley Walled Garden – tomorrow the Festival of Writing is there but on May 25th no less than a roving restaurant arrives!! Running the event is The Laden Table – a sustainable catering company embarking on a 12-month 12 location dinner series. Here’s their description of what they do: […]

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Fish supper for RNLI

A fish and chip supper will be held on Thursday October 25, at the Feathers Hotel in Helmsley, in aid of the RNLI.  Tickets are £8 each, which includes supper and an illustrated talk by the senior helmsman of Redcar Lifeboat Station.  Doors open at 7.00 pm for a 7.30 start.  For tickets, call 01439 […]

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New management at the Vinehouse Cafe

Monica Gripaios, who runs the wonderful Vinehouse Café at the Helmsley Walled Garden, announced some time ago that she planned to retire at the end of this season, and was looking for a successor. She has now found one, in the shape of her own son, Will Mowbray, who will take over the running of […]

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Sad news from Helmsley Walled Garden

There is sad news coming out of Helmsley Walled Garden. In his newsletter to Friends and supporters, the Manager reports that the bad weather has had an adverse impact not only on the garden itself but also on visitor numbers, which were down by 42% on last year for the three months from April. This […]

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Chocolate making

A deliciously naughty evening is planned at the Ryedale Folk Museum. Come and learn the history of Yorkshire’s confectionery story with Sophie Jewett from the celebrated York Cocoa House. Explore the route of the confectioner dating back to the early arrival of sugar and cocoa into the wealthy kitchen. Then get hands on making your […]

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Lunch by 128 bus: Wombleton

Part way between Helmsley and Kirkbymoorside,  the small village of Wombleton lies just off the A170, and on the 128 bus route. The bus stops right outside the village’s only pub, the Plough Inn, which was our first port of call on our quest to find good places for lunch without driving. The Plough immediately […]

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Out to lunch

There’s a lot to be said for going out to lunch: it tends to be cheaper than dinner, it’s a pleasant way of enjoying a rainy day, everybody can have what they want, and you don’t have to cook. But if somebody has to drive, you have one member of the party who can’t have […]

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Launch of Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme in Ryedale

Customers will be better informed when eating out in Ryedale, thanks to the introduction of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) across the district. This national scheme, developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with local authorities, provides information on food hygiene standards to help people to choose where to eat out or […]

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Diary of an allotment woman

End of March, Monty Don (Gardeners’ World) is busy planting in deepest Derbyshire, but here in the Cold North, Allotment Man still mutters about frost and is not tempted. But spring is undoubtedly springing, and to prove it, the first crop of the year, rhubarb, is poking its head above ground. (Photo courtesty of E […]

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Ampleforth Abbey – spare apples anyone?

Apples have been produced at Ampleforth Abbey for well over 100 years in what is England’s northernmost commercial orchard. In this short film orchard manager Cameron Smith talks to a tour group in the Cider Mill where Ampleforth Cider, Amber and Cider Brandy are produced, offers tastings in the nearby Windmill Pub and completes his […]

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