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  Yorkshire Food Gems

Next time you go to Yorkshire take some time to visit these three rather special places.

Holmfirth Vineyard, Betty's Tea room at Harlow Carr   and   The Hand-made Bakery




Holmfirth Vineyard  Holmfirth Vineyard & Restaurant, Woodhouse Farm

Woodhouse Lane, Holmfirth,  HD9 2QR  01484 691861 

Drive up (and I mean up!) through twisty steep roads until you appear to be on top of the world with wonderful views down the valley, and you will arrive at Holmfirth Vineyard and restaurant. Here over 7,000 vines thrive in the rugged mountainside off the A6024, producing white, rose and red wines from Solaris, Seyval and Regent grapes.  Believe me, it is a sight worth seeing and wine worth tasting.The Restaurant is perched above the vines, a semi-circular modern beamed building hosting a balcony enticing you to view the vines as you eat.  The menu offers wholesome snacks, main meals, afternoon teas and cakes, all served with care and attention to detail.  Tours of the vineyard take place every day engaging groups of people who want to know more about this secret gem! 


Betty’s tea room at Harlow Carr

Crag Lane | Beckwithshaw, Harrogate HG3 1QB, England  +44 (0)1423 505604

Afternoon tea is just one of the treats awaiting you after a wonderful drive through Yorkshire villages to visit Harlow Carr RHS gardens and Betty’s tea room.  I have to rate the afternoon tea as one of the best, the 3-tier cake stand was filled with bulging sandwiches, light fruity sultana scones with cream and jam and a selection of delicious cakes. 


The Hand-made Bakery

Upper Mills Canal Side, Huddersfield HD7 5HA  01484 842 175

The co-operative bakery opens from Thursdays to Sundays and offers slow raised breads made from various types of flour alongside bakery products such as croissants and cinnamon rolls.  I could feel the enthusiasm as I spoke to Simon and the team working that morning.  The whole philosophy is supportive of cooperative endeavour, understanding dough making, knowing and nurturing really good bread and providing opportunities for teaching bread making for the community.  




The Bakery cafe is perched on the towpath of the canal housed in industrial buildings where locals and tourists can see and smell and taste good bread.  The Cafe, run alongside the bread bakery serves freshly made snacks such as granola, poor knight and a range of coffees.  We enjoyed a super breakfast and absorbed the hand crafted industry all around us.  This Bakery is a ‘MUST VISIT’ if you are in the region.






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