Indulge yourself this Christmas with amazing food from Yorkshire

Written by: Elmtree Press

If you are connoisseur of cheese, chocolate, ice cream or if you a bit partial to a Christmas Hamper or two, these are the places in Yorkshire you must visit in December.  Enjoy!  

Cheeseboard Harrogate

The Cheeseboard in Harrogate was established in 1988 and has since gone on to gain a reputation as one of the finest cheese stores in the UK.  An independently run specialist cheese shop in the heart of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, they pride themselves on stocking only the highest quality, seasonal cheeses.  Run by Gemma Aykroyd, she has a team of dedicated, friendly, and knowledgeable staff who are on hand to offer any advice and samples.  The Cheeseboard of Harrogate boasts itself as one of Yorkshire’s finest cheese shops, stocking over 200 types of speciality cheese,  hampers and cheese wedding cakes; local, British and Continental cheese. 

Inspired Chocolate, Leyburn

Originating from humble beginnings in 2002,  it has been an interesting journey to the Inspired Chocolate of today.  The common denominator however is the focus on handmade products and commitment to great customer service from a team that genuinely care about what they do.  They have LOTS of exciting plans, but as they say, Rome was not built in a day, so please follow them for news and developments.  The online range continues to be developed and if you would like to order something not yet on the site,  please give them a call or email them and they will arrange it for you.  All products can be sent with a gift card and your personal message.  If you have any questions, or special requests, please don't hesitate to contact them.  SPECIAL OFFER on Chocolate Bars - Purchase 3 or more and save 5%.

John Bull, Bridlington 

Everyone loves their Christmas treats and at John Bull,  sweet makers have pulled out all the stops to bring you a great range of festive goodies.  How about a jar of traditional mint humbugs for grandad?  Nana would love their creamiest hand-made festive fudge, and the kids…well with yummy chocolate decorations, fabulous sugar pigs,  colourful rock sticks and of course our famous white chocolate snowmen, to name just a few, you really will be spoilt for choice.  Have a fun, festive, sweet-filled Christmas!

Ryeburn, Helmsley 

Ryeburn of Helmsley is a family firm committed to offering customers a wide range of the highest quality, award-winning ice creams and acclaimed hand-made Belgian chocolates.  In fact, their ice cream has twice been named the very best in the country.   Come and try it at their cafe in Helmsley, on the edge of the North Yorks Moors, where they make all their chocolates and ice cream.  A warm Yorkshire welcome awaits you.  But if you can't come to them, they will come to you.  At least, they will send you chocolates: hand-picked to your requirements, carefully packaged and whizzed round to the post office to reach you by first class post. 

Chocs away - it's Christmas! - In late summer, most people are still emptying the sand out of their sandals and attempting to consume that 'delicious' local tipple they brought back, before giving in to the realisation that it just doesn't taste the same in the chilly British climate and shoving it to the back of the drinks cabinet.  But not the Ryeburn team. For them, summer meant Christmas. Each year, production manager David Otterburn and chocolatier Andrew Feather spend the warmer months in the cool, temperature-controlled environment of the chocolate room, developing new flavours and products for the festive season.  And this year,  Andrew has enjoyed the help of Leeds University, who got together with Ryeburn thanks to Deb Neeson at the Food Technology Advisory Service.  Deb Neeson worked with Andrew on developing the delicious Honey & Nougat with Amaretto Liqueur and the Christmas Spice flavours.Andrew said: 'It was a very interesting and rewarding experience to work with the specialists at Leeds. I'm used to working alone in the chocolate room - just popping out from time to time to ask David to try out new flavours.  The range we've developed really does represent the flavours of Christmas.' A must try!

York’s Chocolate Story

Santa’s Sweet Adventure - on until 24 Dec 19  -  Rated as one of the UK’s best Santa experiences in The Sun newspaper, tickets have now launched for this highly acclaimed tour. This festive season, York’s Chocolate Story will deck the tours with boughs of holly!  All three floors will have a festive make-over as Father Christmas himself takes up residence.  Guests will be able to meet Santa on special themed tours, in which they will complete a mission to help him save Christmas!  Filled with festive fun, children will experience cracking Christmas games, discover incredible seasonal secrets, as well of course as meeting the big man – Santa himself!  On the way, families can learn festive facts about iconic brands and how chocolate was involved in Christmases past. There will be an opportunity to make their own Christmas-themed lollies and watch special festive demonstrations with talented chocolatiers.  Normal tours will still be taking place throughout the Christmas period. Price of entry, includes:

• Meeting with Santa • Christmas games • Commemorative photo • Festive chocolate making ac-tivity.  Child: £17.50,  Child Under 4 years old: £6.00,  Adult: £9:50

PERSONALISE YOUR OWN KIT-KAT!!!!!  It's time for some amazing freshly made seasonal chocolates as well as the famous Gingerbread and Mulled Wine at York's Chocolate Story.  And how about this for exciting news!   York’s Chocolate Story now has a new and exciting experience.  Working in collaboration with Nestlé they have launched: KitKat® Chocolatory® where you have the opportunity to create your very own KitKat®. Having a break just got a whole lot better with the creation of the 8-finger KitKat®, which you can personalise and have made right in front of your eyes.  It’s the perfect gift for your chocolate-loving friends!  As York is the home of chocolate, what better place to invent your very own KitKat® creation?  Plus, while you wait for our team of expert Chocolatiers to complete your product you can enjoy our immersive, award-winning chocolate tour and discover the history behind the global sweet treat.  Please note, walks-up are available for KitKat® Chocolatory®, but do not benefit from the online discount and do not include the tour.  See website for details but hurry, it's only available until Christmas so people have limited time to purchase. 

Brymor,  Masham

Brymor been making the finest Real Dairy Ice Cream for over 30 years.  The secret lies in the much-loved herd of pedigree Guernsey cows that graze lazily on lush Yorkshire grass.  Guernseys are famous for their golden whole milk which is far creamier than other dairy cows can produce.  Combining their milk with double cream, and sourcing only the best ingredients they make the most delicious real dairy ice cream for miles around.  Very proud of their Guernsey Girls, they couldn’t make their ice cream without them. 

Limited Edition Christmas Pudding Ice Cream -  Just released is one of our seasonal favourites - Christmas Pudding Ice Cream,  made with our golden Guernsey milk, rum, raisins, cherries, nibbed almonds, apple, nutmeg, cherries, black treacle, or-ange peel & winter spices.  This rich and indulgent recipe is the perfect addition to any Christmas table. Try it with mulled fruit or freshly baked mince pies warm from oven.  Available only for a limited time in 1 litre take home packs and 5 litre Napolis for wholesale customers & restaurants. Grab it soon because when it's gone it won't be around again until next year.

Mr Moos,  Skipsea

It all began back in 2003 when Mr Moo’s Real Dairy Ice Cream was established on the East Yorkshire coast.  After much ice cream tasting,  the doors opened for the first time and the production of an award winning range of ice cream flavours commenced.  They went from milking cows to scooping and designing delicious ice cream sundaes. There are now over 30 different flavours to sample.  Since then, the ice cream parlour has expanded in size with the parlour being a popular place for a bite to eat.  

They still remain true to the original concept of producing a top quality ice cream using local ingredients with no artificial colouring or flavours being used.  They source milk and cream from Chestnut Dairies based near Hornsea, who collect fresh milk from local East Yorkshire farms every day.

Mr Moos are proud to have been nominated and won many awards over the years and have featured in both local and national publications. To quote Brian Turner from an article in the Observer, Mr Moo's Ice Cream Parlour serves a 'beautiful old-fashioned ice cream'.  Mr Moo's can be found just south of the village of Skipsea on the Hornsea road.  


2nd Dec—17th Feb: Wed—Fri 10am-4pm, Sat—Sun 10am-5pm (Closed Mon—Tues),   24th Dec—1st Jan: CLOSED (reopening 2nd Jan).

Booths - Ilkley,  Settle, Ripon

Booths are passionate about bringing you the very best food and drink from independent and artisan producers from local areas and beyond.  Wherever they can,  they support local brands that share an ethos for ‘quality’ and ‘service’.  Browse the luxury range of traditional fine food and drink hampers, all beautifully presented in wicker picnic baskets.  All products are carefully selected and tasted by dedicated buyers before they’re included in hampers. 

Classic hampers include the perfect balance of sweet and savoury delicacies and drink, including Marc De Champagne truffles, Anglesey sea salt chocolates, Rosebud extra fruity conserves, and the award winning ales; Lancaster Bomber and Bluebird Bitter.

Booths Christmas Afternoon Tea Hamper - Contents: All Butter Shortbread Assortment,  Christmas Cake Slices (4 pack), Champagne Truffles, Milk Chocolate & Anglesey Sea Salt Thins,  Brandy Butter, Breakfast Tea Bags, Booths Collectors Edition Cotton Bag,  Small Wicker Hamper

Booths Christmas Collection Hamper - Contents: All Butter Shortbread Assortment,  Christmas Cake Bar, Mulled Wine, Breakfast Tea Bags, Builders Tea Bags, Milk Chocolate and Anglesey Sea Salt Thins, Booths Natural Mixed Nuts, Salted Pretzels, Christmas Pudding,  Italian Roast and Ground Coffee, Champagne Truffles, Booths Collectors Edition Cotton Bag,  Booths Pressco, Large Wicker Hamper

Cartwright & Butler Gift Set - Contents: Butter Oat Crumbles, Cranberry Crumbles, Stem Ginger Biscuits, Butter Fudge, Chocolate Wafer Rounds, It’s Time for Tea Gift Tin, Raspberry Preserve, Sour Apple Sweets, Raspberry Lemonade

Hawkshead Relish Hamper - Contents: Piccalilli, Black Garlic Ketchup, Westmorland Chutney, Chilli Jam, Sour Cherry and Prosecco Jam, Cumberland Sauce, Five Fruit Marmalade,  Red Onion Marmalade,  Raspberry and Vanilla Jam