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On the first day of Christmas, my local deli gave to me: Yorkshire goodies to try for my tea

Hunters of Helmsley showcases local producers with a series of instore events

‘Britain’s Best Shop’ Hunters of Helmsley has announced a series of local producer tasting events in the run up to Christmas, to help shoppers find some new ideas for the festive season.

With everything from Sloe Gin and Christmas Fancies to fine cheese and locally-produced preserves, shoppers will have the chance to ask questions of the experts and get recommendations of how to use the products, as well as having the opportunity to taste them. All of the products on show have been produced in Yorkshire, within a 60-mile radius of the shop, although most are within half that distance.

Christine Garnett, who owns the Hunters of Helmsley deli with husband Chris, said: “We work with so many wonderful local businesses, and it’s a key part of the Hunters’ philosophy to support local producers and suppliers when we can. Why would we not, when there’s so much world-class food and drink made on our doorstep? So, these series of 11 tasting events will provide a great opportunity to let visitors and shoppers try out a wide variety of what the county of Yorkshire can offer!”

All Saturday tastings will run from 11am until 3pm, whilst Friday tastings will start at 10am.



Meet ‘Hannah Jam’, one half of the mother and daughter team responsible for creating Hunters’ delicious range of marmalades, jams and chutneys. Taste several of the delicious preserves available – including some festive favourites!

Ryedale is the most northerly commercial vineyard in the country. From Strickland Red and Yorkshire’s Lass to the Taste of Paradise Sparkling Blush, you won’t be disappointed.

For more than 200 years the Benedictine monks of Ampleforth Abbey have been growing apples in the Abbey Orchards. With that kind of heritage, it would be a shame not to try some of their most popular ciders and liqueurs, such as pear brandy.

Hunters has been based on Helmsley’s Market Place for 27-years. In 2015 it was revealed to be Britain’s Best Small Shop at a House of Commons ceremony, having been selected from hundreds of entries by an independent panel of judges.