Northern Life is offering two tickets to see Harrogate International Festival headline act, the MOBO award winner, Laura Mvula. Performing at the Royal Hall on Friday July 27th, 7.30pm. Laura recently collaborated with the legendary Nile Rodgers.
There’s nothing better than heading to your local butcher and picking up delicious, fresh, locally produced meat. Whether you’re looking for a lamb chop, a tasty steak, bacon, sausages or even duck, venison or goose, your local butcher is guaranteed to be able to help you – and give you great tips on cooking it to boot. We’ve found the best butchers the north has to offer so step away from the supermarket aisles and into these fab four…
Drake & Macefield
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Shops in Skipton and Settle
Established in 1898, this family butchers is a Yorkshire staple. Drake and Macefield are Craven’s longest established traditional and independent family butchers. They’ve won numerous local and national awards making them one of Britain’s best butchers and offer top quality meat sourced from reputable and established local farmers through their flagship field-to-plate partnerships. Drake and Macefield are committed to taste, traceability and boosting their local communities. They also sell award winning pies and pastries,their winning steak and kidney pie is simply divine and their pork pies also come highly recommended. So the next time you’re over in Skipton or Settle, make sure you pop in to Drake and Macefield – one thing is for sure – you won’t regret it!
Another quality Yorkshire butcher, H Weatherhead and Son are famous for their quality meats, juicy pork pies and friendly approach. They’ve won countless awards including the top gong at the ‘Rural Oscars’ – UK Champion Butcher in 2013 at the Countryside Alliance Awards. A traditional butcher’s shop supplying everything from pies to sausages to black pudding and much more, H Weatherhead and Son believe in keeping ‘food miles’ to a minimum and source all their produce from local Yorkshire farmers – and if you don’t believe us then head to their website where they list where their meat for that week has come from. You don’t get much more local than that! So join the flocks who travel from miles around and take a trip to H Weatherhead and Son and treat yourself to delicious Yorkshire produce.
50 & 84 High Street, Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, York, YO43 4EN
A. Laverack and Son have been trading for more than 150 years. Spanning over five generations, Laverack’s have been supplying high quality, locally reared beef, pork, lamb and poultry from the very same site in Holme-On-Spalding-Moor. A traditional family butchers, Laverack’s have a whole host of products from the finest cuts of meats to gorgeous sausages, home cured bacon and a whole range of pre-prepared products including their ‘Mexican Madness’ – their finest sirloin steak marinated in a blend of Mexican spices. Sourcing their ingredients only from a trusted network of local suppliers, the furthest any of their cattle have travelled from field to fork is just seven miles! They are passionate about animal welfare meaning they visit farms to ensure each animal has a happy and healthy life. They’ve also featured on BBC programme ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’ where celebrity chefs including Gino D’Acampo purchased their meat!
And even better yet? Laverack’s also have a bakery. We recommend trying their delicious pork pies – the best of both worlds.
Established in 1916, Taplin’s Butchers have been a staple in Bradford for over 100 years. Opened and run by the same family for three generations (and with the fourth already working in the shop!) Taplin’s Butchers have years of expertise when it comes to everything meaty! They pride themselves on providing freshly prepared meat and meat products of impeccable quality and their reputation speaks for itself! Whether its juicy sausages, a succulent steak or a decadent burger, one thing is for sure Taplin’s are a must visit when in Bradford. They also have a number of ‘meat packs’ available meaning you can have quality, locally sourced meat all month at a mouth-watering price. If you’re local they offer a free home delivery service and for the big spenders amongst you they accept card payments on site.
We love markets here at Northern Life and we have a wealth of superb markets right here in the north bursting with quality, local produce. May sees the return of Love Your Local Market Week which takes place from 17th-31st. With food sampling, ‘royal walkabouts’, street parties, costumed characters and reminiscence, markets up and down the country are preparing to offer more than 1000 activities! With trader incentive offers and events, there’s no better time to support your local market – so pay them a visit, meet the traders and share your images and messages about your favourite market and traders by using #LYLM2018.
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The award winning Kirkgate Market in Leeds is Europe’s largest indoor market, an architectural gem that’s been at the heart of the Leeds economy for nearly 150 years and is heaven for shoppers; with fresh food, drink, fashion, flowers, homeware and everything else in between available at affordable prices, what more could you ask for?
The market itself, both inside and outside, includes a huge range of traders with businesses spanning generations and representing a wide range of nationalities including a South African supermarket, street food from around the world, an Asian Bazaar every Wednesday, regular vintage and record markets and home to Jamie’s Ministry of Food. Let’s not the forget the famous Marks and Spencer stall either!
Their shop and drop scheme also makes their fresh food even more accessible than ever before! You can finish your shopping and then store your fresh items with the markets until you’re ready to go home. The fresh food includes locally produced eggs, top meats from the butchers and a huge selection of fruit and vegetables from the greengrocers. So whatever your taste, there’s something for everyone. The Market has long been a place for shopping eating and drinking. But as of 2016, it also became a major social destination too. With a new multifunctional events space it means the market hosts events of all shapes and sizes from specialist markets, live entertainment and a night market that takes place once a month. Leeds Kirkgate Market really is the place to be in Leeds City Centre.
A traditional market right in the centre of Ashton-under-Lyne, Ashton Market is one of the town’s most popular features. Loved by residents and visitors alike, Ashton Market has both indoor and outdoor markets filled with quality, local produce. With a fascinating range of fresh food including butchers, fishmongers, cooked meat specialists, bakers, greengrocers, sweets and cakes galore, Ashton Market has everything you need to get your food shopping done! There’s also stalls selling musical items, clothes, greeting cards, household goods, fancy goods and pet products. With over 80 indoor stalls and a further 104 stalls on the large outside market, you’re guaranteed to find whatever you’re looking for! Oh, and there’s no need to worry about running out of cash – they also have a cash machine available meaning you’ll never be caught short!
The Market Hall is open 9am until 5pm daily except for Sundays while the outdoor market is open seven days a week with the normal stalls available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On Tuesday, a Flea Market it held and on Sundays a Table Top sale takes place. On the last Sunday of each month a Farmers’ and Producers’ Market is held, and newly introduced and very popular Cake & Craft Market runs on the third Saturday of the month.
So next time you’re in Ashton-Under-Lyne make sure you visit this glorious market!
A historic market town, Clitheroe has had a regular market since the Norman Conquest in the 12th Century. Full of fresh, locally sourced and exceptional food and quality local goods, Clitheroe Market is fast gaining a reputation as being a leader in the next generation of markets. Artisan, community and sustainability are all part and parcel of the market and the friendly stallholders are all more than happy to chat about their products!
A great day out, this unique market is ideal for both shopping and eating whilst soaking up the culture and community Clitheroe has to offer. With over 40 permanent cabins open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9am-4pm with additional market traders adding variety on the market stalls, an antique and flea market on Fridays and only a short walk from the train and bus station, this market in the heart of Clitheroe is simply a must visit!
Located right in the very heart of the town on the High Street, Skipton’s traditional street market is a huge part of life in the town. This award winning market, which received its Royal Charter in 1203, has no fixed stalls meaning traders erect their own each morning on the ‘setts’ – cobbled areas that sit between the formal footpaths and the main road. This creates a great mix of stalls and traders varying throughout the year.
Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the market is generally up and running from around 9.30am until 4.30pm although as the traders take down their stalls at the end of the day, this may be slightly earlier or later depending on the weather conditions!
One thing is for sure though – you’re certain to find exactly what you’re looking for! From quality, local food produce through to clothes, bags and much, much more, Skipton Market is bursting with goodies and a shopper’s haven! It’s no wonder that it was named Best Small Outdoor Market in the 2017 Great British Market Awards and was a finalist in Britain’s Favourite Market in 2018!
Looking for great quality local produce? Then head no further than Burnley Market! Winner of the Best Large Indoor Market in the Great British Market Awards in 2017, Burnley Market has everything you could possibly need and more! Whether you’re looking for beauty treatments, the latest fashions, technology or a local tradesman, you’re guaranteed to find what you’re looking for. Burnley Market is also well known for it’s incredible variety of food with dishes and cuisines available from around the globe. With quality butchers, delicatessens, bakers and greengrocers as well as American, Thai, Chinese, Indian, Ethiopian and Caribbean dishes available – Burnley Market is the perfect place to grab a spot of dinner! With variety their speciality, Burnley Market has it all! The market is open six days a week, 9am until 5pm Monday to Saturday (10am-3pm on Tuesdays) and is complete with superfast Wi-Fi, a baby changing unit and a shoppers rest area! Simply a must visit next time you’re in Burnley.
Archive generations of kitchen secrets and keep your favourite recipes in the family! bNifty have created this fabulous book which allows you to create your own family cook book complete with photos! With template pages and space for over 80 recipes, we’ve teamed up with bNifty to offer three lucky readers the chance to win!
This popular and prestigious annual event at the Tabley Show Ground, Knutsford promises to be bigger and better than ever as the Society celebrates its 180th anniversary. Popular attractions will include over 700 bustling trade stands, the iconic Tabley Eye and the return of the notorious Bolddog Lings. Michelin starred Jean-Christophe Novelli, Corrie’s Sean Wilson and Luis Troyano of the Great British Bake Off will be cooking up a storm in foodies heaven, the Roberts Bakery Food Halls whilst the Agri-Centre will be giving a unique education on farm to fork. Show runs from 19th to 20th June.
Bowland Food Hall situated at Holmes Mill, Clitheroe is the most wonderful showcase for the very best of Lancashire’s food and drink producers. This modern temple to gastronomic indulgence provides a platform for local producers to sell their wares in an elegant setting. The café sits at the heart of the busy Food Hall, with its vast range of delicious fresh food. Selected local delicacies, including the Bowland Boards, and specialist products take pride of place on the new menu. holmesmill.co.uk/food-hall
Northern Life has teamed up with Todmorden Country Fair to offer two lucky winners a family ticket to the Todmorden Country Fair on 7th July. From horses, livestock and dog demonstrations and trade stalls to a wealth of delicious food and drink stalls and classic cars, Todmorden Country Fair promises to have something for all the family and is guaranteed to be a great day out!
Please note: to enter you must have purchased a ticket for the festival
The Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival, Skipton once again returns on the 21st and 22nd July. With a huge range of artisan producers, award winning brands, professional demonstrations and a range of family friendly activities, there is something for everyone! We’re giving one lucky reader the chance to meet TV chef Gino D’Acampo at the festival!
Enjoy amazing sea views right from your tent at Crows Nest Caravan Park, located on the Yorkshire Coast in between Filey and Scarborough. This family owned, and family friendly park has a range of facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool with waterslides, children’s play area, fish and chip takeaway, family bar and live entertainment in high season. crowsnestcaravanpark.com
Set in 270 acres of Cheshire’s finest parkland, located one mile from the picturesque village of Prestbury. The 7,006-yard, par-72 Championship Course, comprises of magnificent parkland fairways dotted with oak and beech trees. The four-star, 120 bedroom hotel features the Carrington Grill AA Rosetteawarded restaurant; a relaxing clubhouse bar and brasserie. qhotels.co.uk/our-locations/mottram-hall