Any gastronome will truly be in heaven in the Yorkshire Dales. Take an easy stroll to the home of cheese at the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes and graze to your hearts content, cheese does not get any better! Maybe pop along to Garden House pottery in Reeth and pick up the local damson cheese specialty to perfectly compliment your hunk of Wensleydale.
For those with a sweeter tooth to The Old Sweet Shop in Hawes (don’t forget you can pre-order chocolates, truffles retro sweets and pick and mix for your room) or visit Inspired Chocolate at Leyburn. And if ice cream is your thing you just have to visit Brymor near Jervaulx or Wensleydale ice cream at Thornton Rust. For something a little stronger you have some fabulous breweries. Try The Yorkshire Dales Brewery at Askrigg, The Wensleydale Brewery at Leyburn or make a visit to Masham, home of both Black Sheep and Theakstons Breweries. For a softer option taste real Wensleydale milk with The Home Farmer.
If you simply can’t decide head for speciality grocer Elijah Allen in Hawes and take home a little of everything or plan your trip to visit the foodie heaven of the Dales Festival of Food and Drink.
When you are looking to eat out in and around Hawes there is an abundance of good food. If you are looking for a special meal perhaps try the Wensleydale Heifer at West Witton or Simonstone Hall at Sedbusk, ask us about our favourites.
Hawes has a fascinating array of independent shops from quirky gift shops, including The Mulberry Bush and Bear Cottage to gentlemans outfitters and curious antique shops. All perfect for browsing and buying a special keepsake of your time in The Dales.
For a new and amazing experience why not try out the Humble Pie Cookery School in Hawes. Elizabeth is an amazing cook and a thoroughly lovely lady. She runs some fabulous courses for all abilities. You can attend alone or if booking as a group you can tailor your course to your requirements. And of course you get to savour what you have made!
Artists and artisan producers litter the Dales but at Wensley you will find White Rose candles, its simply enchanting set by a waterfall, and you will be amazed to watch them dipping candles in a very traditional way.
On Tuesdays stroll the cobbles of Hawes and browse the traditional street market, there are numerous farmers markets too across the month nearby. Or if auctions are you thing Tennants in Leyburn is a must visit and if you haven’t seen one before head for the agricultural auction mart in Hawes but make sure you sit very still unless you want to buy a sheep or a bull!