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Food Trail - A match made in heaven - Cheese and cider pairing

1. Meet at the Star Inn at Harome

Your day begins at Andrew Pern's Star Inn at Harome, near Helmsley where you gather for refreshments and to meet your fellow travellers. We'll then set off - complete with a Yorkshire produce packed lunch from Andrew's kitchen - for the Shepherds Purse Creamery 

2. Visit the Shepherds Purse Cheeses creamery

Shepherds Purse has been making award winning cheeses since the 1980's when Judy Bell realised that many people had a dairy intolerance - especially to cheese - Judy read up on the subject and discovered that sheep's milk was a delicious alternative. Now the creamery turns out a wide range of cheeses using milk from both cows and sheep.

From its small cottage industry beginnings Shepherds Purse has gone from strength to strength but is still a family business, with Judy's daughters Caroline and Katie now at the helm. You will spend 2.5 hours learning at first-hand how the award-winning cheeses are made and as a taste of your visit be given a selection to take away with you.

3. Orchards of Husthwaite

Husthwaite for so long an orchard village saw the end of commercial fruit production from around the village about fifty years ago. However since the milleniuma revival has seen more than 1,000 apple trees planted as a community project with production of cider and apple juice sold for the benefit of the village.

Now the production of cider and apple juice along with other beverages is run commercially with the excellent cider available on draught, in bottles and for 2019 in cans too. Your visit will include an explanation of the Orchard village history and the road back to a commercial enterprise, a tour of the cider mill and a tasting too. 

4. Puckett's Pickles Pickle Palace

Once produced at Sarah Puckett's home in York, Puckett's Pickles has graduated to a purpose built facility in Easingwold, midway between York and Thirk. Sarah's domain, known as the Pickle Palace, is producing stand-out from the crowd pickles and table condiments. Your visit will allow you to learn more of Sarah's story and how they differ from more run-of-th-mill products. Our personal favvourite? We find it so hard to name just one of even three as it would be adisservace to others in the ramge. Sarah's pickling skills have attracted top chefs, including Tom Kerridge and Andrew Pern. What more is there to stay

5. Three course gourmet dinner at the Star Inn

From Ampleforth you will return to The Star Inn for a three-course dinner specially created for you by chef Andrew and his kitchen brigade including elements featuring Shepherds Purse's cheese and Ampleforth Abbey cider. There will also be a pre-dinner tutoring in cheese and cider pairing.

What’s included?

•All transport, visits and meals as described (alcoholic drinks are not included)

•Optional transfer from York if you travel by train (call 01904 448439 to confirm)

•Yorkshire Food Finder guide throughout

•Pick-up / drop-off in York now available

The small print

The A match made in heaven trail will operate on dates as advertised subject to a minimum of two participants. Also, additional weekday dates are available for group bookings of four or more. Yorkshire Food Finder’s standard terms and conditions apply.

Details & Booking



  • Unique visit to award-winning Shepherd’s Purse Creamery
  • Cheese-making and sampling
  • Orchards of Husthwaite visit
  • Puckett's Pickles Pickle Palace visit
  • Themed dinner at The Star Inn, Harome
  • Expert guide
  • Private transport
  • Picnic lunch
  • Shepherd’s Purse Cheese Box
  • Approximately 9 hours


£185.00 per person

Wed, 20 Mar 2019

Gather at 10.30am

Tue, 23 Jul 2019

Gather at 10.30am

Thu, 13 Sep 2018

Gather at 10.30am

Wed, 30 Oct 2019

Gather at 10.30am

gift certificates available

Producers involved in this trail

  • Orchards of Husthwaite

    A unique community-based project to revive fruit growing to produce artisinal apple juice and ciders

  • Shepherds Purse Cheeses

    Shepherds Purse takes pride in producing the finest traditional Yorkshire cheeses by hand using natural ingredients.

  • Puckett's Pickles

    Fantastic pickles and chutneys made in York with passion

Chefs involved in this trail

  • Andrew Pern

    The Star has consistently received prestigious accolades from industry professionals and is much loved by foodies and locals alike

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