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Don’t just take our word for it that Yorkshire Food Finder’s culinary trails are really great days out. Read on and see the press reviews and customer feedback that endorse our view that a day with Yorkshire Food Finder is a day well spent. Experience a trail yourself or give one as a gift for the foodies in your life, book a culinary trail today.
Yorkshire is rich in produce with a wealth of places that serve it on their menus, bringing together the two elements as one unique experience is what Yorkshire Food Finder is all about.
A splendid day
Dear Sue and Aidan,
I also wanted to send a big thank you for such a splendid day. Ever since writing a book on English food I've been a huge fan of the sort of producers and sellers who are clearly thriving in Malton and surrounds. They are what makes food and drink special in this country. I love how you are spreading the word, with such style.
It's not always easy to get round so many people in one day and yet not feel 'crowded out' with information. Thank you for managing it so beautifully and your press pack was exemplary. Everyone learnt a great deal, and will now be able to spread the word.
All best wishes, H E
Press trip feedback - H E, London
Such a wonderful day
I would like to thank you and Aidan for organising such a wonderful day in Malton for us on Wednesday. As well as having a fun time in the glorious sunshine, it was an excellent opportunity to meet local producers of fine food. And the food was amazing...
Thank you again and wishing you every success with your ongoing ventures to educate people on food provenance and quality.
With best wishes, L R
Press trip feedback - L C, Berkshire
I hear it was a triumph of a day! I'm so pleased. Thank you so much for all your hard work in the planning and execution.
All best, A.
Press trip feedback - A C, London
A fabulous day
It was so great to meet you both and thank you for a fabulous day! You worked so hard and the food was divine and the itinerary great. I learned so much.
Best wishes, A B
Press trip feedback - A B, York
Thank you for my four best dining experiences of the year
Dear Aidan & Sue,
A long overdue note to say thank you for my four best dining experiences in the last twelve months (Only three for R as he missed one!).
Your welcome, in your own home is second to none. Quite frankly, I can't think of enough superlatives for the menus and food itself - delicious and cooked to perfection hardly seem to do them justice.
We wish you every success in the coming year and hope we're able to dine with you again soon.
Best wishes A & R Lee
Customer feedback - A & R. L, York
Sue, can't thank you enough for coming to my rescue with Christmas dishes for the family after my hospital stay. Don't know how you did it at such short notice, over Christmas and with crises of your own to cope with. I reiterate the praise of others here for your professionalism. Keep writing and cooking!
Customer feedback - R S, York
I hear it was a triumph of a day! I'm so pleased. Thank you for all your hard work in the planning and execution
All best, A.
Corporate feedback - A C, London
Christmas gourmet dinner
Thank you for a lovely J's Christmas last weekend
Customer feedback - C, C, A & H J, Cotswolds
Christmas gourmet dinner for six
Many, many thanks for an excellent evening last Saturday. WE look forward to seeing you for another meal in 2016
Customer feedback - R & S W, York
A Yorkshire Gastronomic Experience
Highlights for the holiday were also the days with Yorkshire Food Finder, these were led by the team and were therefore, informative, interesting, tasty and inspirational and even more than we had hoped for. The team went out of their way to offer us a very special few days. So with bad weather they quickly accommodated our picnic in the Malton cookery school, so a real bonus for us. Thank you to Inntravel and Yorkshire Food Fnder
Customer feedback - Mr & Mrs H, Birmingham
Fifty shades of asparagus: A Kitchen SocialGood morningJust a quick note to thank both you and Sue for an interesting, informative and fun day yesterday [May 27th, 2015. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Sand Hutton and will certainly return there for strawberries complete with peduncle (as yesterday's are already gone ) and asparagus.The relaxing and informal atmosphere you create is wonderful and really conducive to cooking as a team whilst conversing with others. The preparation makes you feel that you have had a hands on cooking experience without all the hard work.All in all a fantastic day that I would recommend to anyone.Thanks again
Customer feedback: F M, Riccall
Yorkshire gastronomic celebration
Just to say a big thank you for such an interesting and professionally organised service you provided for our whole experience this week, combined with our Inntravel holiday.
Both yourself and Pauline were great and the visits we had brilliant. The picnic was delicious, so we have Sue too to thank for that.
Your attention to detail excellent and the transfers all well co-ordinated.
You now have my e mail address so it would be good to hear of things you are doing in the future.
Thank you again, you are great.
Customer feedback: S & G C, Hensall
Spring into springJust a little note to say thank you to Sue and yourself for a brillant evening last night. The food was superb, you both made us all feel very welcome and it was a pleasure to sit and relax in your beautiful kitchen.We will be recommending you to our friends and hope to enjoy more pleasant evenings with you both in the future.
Customer feedback: LM, Wakefield
Not the Valentine's day, Valentine's day dinner
This is the first chance I've had to drop you a line since we came on Saturday. We can honestly say that it was the best complete meal we have ever had - a culinary delight and taste sensations in very relaxed, intimate and beautiful surroundings - thank you for sharing your home and great foodie knowledge and skills. Fantastic value for money and a truly quality experience. We've not stopped raving about it to friends and family. Those who maybe chose to go to see Fifty Shades of Grey instead made the wrong choice!! You were great company too.
Please email us with any upcoming events or trails and beware that we will be wanting to commission a similar experience to bring the family at a mutually convenient date in the future
Customer feedback: J & S. C, Wakefield
Not the Valentine's day, Valentine's day dinner
We had a wonderful evening on Saturday - thank you so much!
The menu was tantalising and the food glorious. I have to agree with S that it's one of the best meals we've ever had.
It was a pleasure to meet you both. You have a lovely home and made us all feel very welcome. We hope it's not too long before we see you again.
Customer feedback - A & R. L, York
Exploring Yorkshire's larder
Boasting an upbeat, excited atmosphere, it's fair to say that being on a Yorkshire Food Finder trail is a bit like a school-trip for grown.ups
The Yorkshire Food Finder kitchen
Sheena Hastings' visit to the Yorkshire Food Finder kitchen sets the scene for Yorkshire Food Finder's Kitchen Social events.
Enterprising women put in the spotlight
Organisers of this year's Barclays-Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards say the annual contesthas attracted "the most diverse and largest ever number of entries since the awards began.
The Start-up Businesswoman category features Sue Nelson as a finalist in recognition of her work designing culinary trails celebrating the Yorkshire traditions of rearing, fishing, making, growing or cooking fresh regional food. Sue is also a journalist and writes a weekly column for The Press every Monday.
Tantalising taste trail
Take two culinary adventurers passionate about their region's food; add a handful of artisan producers and finish with a meal in a top local restaurant. It's a sure-fire recipe for success, as anyone fortunate enough to have taken a tour with Yorkshire Food Finder can attest.
The real taste of God's country
We were expecting a day full of good food, shop and farm tours and corporate schmoozing, but instead we got was an honest access-all-areas, hands-on insightinto the unique working relationship between a remarkable group of entrepreneurial West Yorkshire producers; each one with their own unique story to tell, and each one committedto delivering the finest artisan produce to their customers.
Last but not least, we rendezvoued back at The Spiced Pear, where we saw how the ingredients from producers we had met throughout the day were combined into delicious local dishes full of flavour. [Tim Bilton] is passionate about using quality local ingredients to his menu whenever possible
I will sharing my wonderful experience with my colleagues.
Thank very much for the wonderful day. It was great to meet you and see how passionate you are about good food and to experience one of your Food Finder trails at first hand. I very much enjoyed visiting the various local food producers who are so passionate about their products. I will sharing my wonderful experience with my colleagues.
I look forward to receiving more information about the new trails for 2014, especially 'Taste Le Tour' (available to book from July 2013)
Customer feedback - J O-M, Holmfirth TIC
Its about time we bust this secret wide open!
With so many suppliers to visit, with such a vast range of tempting, tasty products to try it was hard to know where to start. After filling our bellies from the delights that were on offer, we were introduced to award winning chef Tim Bilton, who just recently launched his new restaurant The Spiced Pear in Holmfirth, he was only too happy to rave about his local suppliers and invited us to enjoy a meal lovingly prepared by himself and his chef brigade. The menu was true to the area and the dishes are sympathetic to the local ingredients. It’s true, good produce just speaks for itself.
Can't think how you could have improved on a single aspect
Thank you for a lovely day last Monday on the Bottons Up trail. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole day -interesting visits, convivial company, lovely lunch and dinner. Can't think how you could have improved on a single aspect of the day. Have told our sons if they're ever stuck for a present for us again , a voucher for one of your trails will be most welcome! We shall keep an eye on the website to see what's new. With best wishes for your continued success
Customer feedback - A & B R, Pateley Bridge
Eat your way around Yorkshire
BBC Travel's website hosts an extensive feature by Kerry Christiani explaining the background to Yorkshire Food Finder and which reviews the content of Yorkshire Food Finder's culinary trails.
"[As visitors to Botton Creamery are guided] through the complicated process of heating milk to 32C, adding the rennet, cutting the curd and moulding - all done by hand - it becomes clear that cheese-making is both an art and exact science."
"The 10 hour Meat Me At The Star trail showcases rare breeds and butchery skills. Here at [Taste Tradition] the Ashbridge family lovingly nurtures native English breeds such as Gloucester Old Spot and Saddleback pigs, and Longhorn and Dexter cattle, the latter known for its creamy yellow fat and the marbling in the meat. Such exceptional quality has attracted the attention of some of London's best restaurants."
"Dining by candlelight at the huge octagonal table in [The StarInn at Harome's] Wheelhouse private dining room or in the eaves of the thatch is the perfect coda to one of the Yorkshire Food Finder trails, which are putting the moreish back into the [Yorkshire] moors."
The URL for the full review hosted on the BBC's US based website is www.bbc.com/travel/features/20130109-eat-your-way-around-yorkshire/1
BBC Travel, Eat your way around Yorkshire
"For the very best locally sourced produce head directly to Yorkshire. Sue and Aidan Nelson run food trails that show off the county's finest produce before tasting it over dinner in one of five local restaurants."
"Olive loved the Yorkshire Food Finder trail".
Olive, February 2013
Great British Food
New Year, new food. Yorkshire Food Finder is in at number five of Great British Food's foodie must-do listing for 2013.
"Food provenance and traceability is more important than ever...... [Food trails give] us the chance to get up close and personal with the producers keeping our culinary heritage alive."
"[Food trails] help you discover, taste and enjoy the best food and drink in a particular area while you immerse yourself in the local scenery and landscapes, and are ideal for a quick foodie weekend away. Check out Yorkshire Food Finder trails (www.yorkshirefoodfinder.org) for some fantastic trips up north."
Great British Food also included a review of The Star Inn at Harome, a key partner of Yorkshire Food Finder.
Great British Food, January-February 2013
"The idea behind the trails comes from Sue Nelson and her husband Aidan. She is a former journalist. He is a specialist in railway safety. What they both share is an enduring love of food."
"Passionate is an over-used word when it comes to food but it might be appropriate here."
"Andrew Pern and his team [at The Star Inn, Harome] put together a memorable feast incorporating all the produce from our trail."
"Never mind God's own county, we have indulged in God's own larder."
Yorkshire Post, November 24th, 2012
Holiday & Lifestyle
"For detailed culinary information go to www.yorkshirefoodfinder.org." (Translation from German)
Holiday & Lifestyle, Germany
"Yorkshire Food Finder.....offers lovers of fine dining and quality local produce the chance to see behind the scenes and discover where some of Yorkshire's top chefs source their amazing ingredients......and then sit down and eat it at some of the best tables in the county."
Yorkshire Living, August 2012