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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. Ampleforth Abbey

From the creamery we'll take you to Ampleforth Abbey in the rolling Howardian Hills for a blossom-time tour of the orchards. Here, there are some 2,000 trees and more than 40 varieties of apples, including the Ribston Pippin, the oldest variety at Ampleforth and originating from a tree grown locally at Ribston Hall in the 17th century.

Some of these apples are used to make juice and the increasingly popular monastic produce including Ampleforth cider, Ampleforth Amber - a mix of cider brandy and freshly crushed apple juice - and Ampleforth Cider brandy. The abbey also makes sloe and damson gin and its own beer has just gone on sale.

4. 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
  • Tour of Ampleforth orchard, cider presses and stills
  • Themed dinner at The Star Inn, Harome
  • Expert guide
  • Private transport
  • Picnic lunch
  • Shepherd’s Purse Cheese Box
  • Approximately 9 hours


£175.00 per person

Wed, 21 Mar 2018

Gather at 10.30am

Fri, 20 Jul 2018

Gather at 10.30am

Thu, 13 Sep 2018

Gather at 10.30am

Wed, 31 Oct 2018

Gather at 10.30am

gift certificates available

Producers involved in this trail

  • Ampleforth Abbey

    Ampleforth Abbey's craft made cider, apple juice, beer and spirits are truly delicious.

  • Shepherds Purse Cheeses

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

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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