Whitby's Wonderful Food and Drink Producers
We all know Whitby is famous for its fish and chips - just take a stroll around the town and try and count how many chip shops you can see at any one time!
Whitby is now home to a number of food and drink producers, set to take the county, if not the world by storm!
We've put together a short list of the 'must try' manufacturers working in our local area - all of whom are offering something delectably different delicous...
Formed just a few months ago, Baytown Coffee is a new venture for a team of local enthusiasts - and they've made a big splash already!
Based on the Whitby Road, between the Abbey and Hawsker, The Baytown Coffee Company sell to the trade and are stocked in a large number of Whitby's wonderful independent shops, including The Whitby Deli and The Dispensary.
Make sure you take the time to sample some from one of the cafes they supply (The Whitby Deli, Cafe Aroma and more...) or buy a bag of beans (or ground) and take it home to enjoy - you will not be disappointed!
Ryan has been making and selling his savoury jellies for just over a year. Based in Hawsker, just a couple of miles from Whitby, he's recently exhibited at the BBC Good Food exhibition and is stocked in a number of local shops.
As he says "Our delicious jellies are great accompaniments to have with most meat and fish dishes. It goes without saying that our Mint Jelly is a must to have with some nice slow roasted lamb and especially with ‘Yorkshire Pudding’. They can bring that extra flavour to a good hearty soup or can be used to enhance gravy for that special professional taste. A Ploughman’s Lunch with a choice piece of cheese can be transformed into a gastronomic delight and some tell us that our Beetroot Jelly with a slice of chocolate cake is divine!"
Definitely worth finding and trying - or you can buy online!
Richard started Whitby Brewery with his dad a couple of years ago, when a hobby grew into something much larger! Operating from Whitby's smaller industrial estate next to the New Bridge, Whitby Brewery have created a range of excellent beers whcih have seen national aclaim.
Locally they're available on tap at The Station Inn and The Shambles - and probably a few other places in town too!
You can find out more about their specific recipes on their website:
Botton Bakery and Creamery
Based near the village of Danby, in the Esk Valley, Botton is a Camphill Village Trust community for people with learning disabilities. As well as an excellent woodwork shop and other crafts, Botton's villagers help run a farm and use the milk from the cows to create wonderful cheeses and yoghurts.
They also run an excelleny bakery creating artisan breads using traditional methods.
Their produce can be purchased from The Dispensary on Hunter Street (just off Skinner Street) - visit the website for more information:
Botham's (of course!)
We all know Botham's bake a good loaf, an excellent cake and a fine sausage roll - but did you know their products are available from stores around the country?
If you're in Whitby for a few days and want to take something back for a friend or relative, you could do much worse than to pick up a packet of Botham's wonderful Ginger Shah Biscuits, or one of their wonderful gift packs.
Humble Pie and Mash
If you're after a heart meal on a cold, wintery day, The Humble Pie n Mash Shop is the place to be! What more is there to say? A fantastic pie, well stuffed with a choice of tasty fillings and served with mash, peas and gravy.
Fortune's have been smoking kippers for over 140 years, based on Henrietta Street, near the bottom of the 199 Steps on the old East Side of the town:
"Fortune’s smokehouse and shop is one of Whitby’s most famous attractions and they can both be found on the pretty and historic east-side of Whitby, North Yorkshire.
The smokehouse nestles beneath the ancient cliffs, under the gaze of St. Mary’s Church, and is located towards the end of a narrow cobbled street known as Henrietta Street, beyond the famous 199 steps which lead up to Whitby Abbey.
As you walk towards the smokehouse the all-pervasive aroma of wafting oak wood smoke fills the air and your nose will lead you towards what surely must be one of the best places in Britain to buy kippers!"