Put the kettle on, it’s Yorkshire Day today. In celebration of our home county we’ve got some of our favourite Yorkshire gems to share. Hope to see you here soon



One for all the family

The strangest place in the world is hidden in the Wensleydale hills. Official. The Forbidden Garden near Middleham in the Yorkshire Dales is a magical land of secret walkways, a mysterious castle and statues that will jet water at you when you are not looking. This award-winning venue just gets better and better. Last time we went with some very critical 6 year olds in tow. Their verdict says it all - ‘Better than Legoland’. High praise indeed



One for your cuppa

Ok so not so much of a secret – mostly because we never stop raving about them. But if you haven’t tried one of the Fondant Fancies from Betty’s Tea Rooms yet then you haven’t lived. Pop in for a Taylor’s of Yorkshire tea and try one in person if you anywhere near Harrogate, York, Ilkley or Northallerton. Or order by post and have a box whisked to your door…



One for a long weekend

High in the Yorkshire Dales the village of Hawes is best known as the home of the much lovely Wensleydale cheese. Travel just out of town and tucked behind an ancient dry stone wall you’ll find a hideaway hotel that is the perfect spot for some R&R. Good food made with local ingredients, home comforts aplenty and rolling hills in every direction – it’s the perfect escape to the country and one of the most peaceful spots we have discovered to catch up on some beauty sleep

Yorbridge house


One for the bar

Whittaker’s Gin is made in Nidderdale, just outside of Harrogate. The family business started life family decided to convert one of the old pig sheds on their farm in to a small bath distillery. The goal – the create a handcrafted gin that captures the flavours of Yorkshire. As well as notes of juniper, coriander and angelica root, you’ll pick up bilberries (or as they are called here in Yorkshire - whortleberries), Bog Myrtle from the Yorkshire Moors, Hawthorn berries from the local hedgerows and thyme from the family garden. The end result is full of character – a bit like the locals

whittaker's gin