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Yorkshire Ploughman's Tour 

Tuesdays      For groups of 6-12 people      5-10 hrs      £65-145

*Please note that at present no more than 4 can be accommodated on each tour to enable social distancing.

This tour runs on every second Tuesday of the month and takes you into the world of artisan breads, pickle and cider making, and cheese creating - all core ingredients of the ploughman’s lunch popularised in the 1950s to boost national cheese sales after years of rationing and post-war austerity. Now it can be found on menus everywhere and has become a staple of the pub dining scene.

Pick up from outside the Castle Museum in the Eye of York. All day parking is available nearby in the Castle and St George’s Field car parks. The pick-up point is a 15 minute walk from York railway station.

Visit to Haxby Bakehouse where baker Phil Clayton will explain how the traditional slow fermentation methods for his ‘real bread’ make such a difference. If you’re on the Classic tour you can buy a bite to eat for your lunch here.

Meet Sarah Puckett, owner of the award-winning Puckett’s Pickles which are made using old recipes from her sea-faring family featuring Yorkshire ingredients. You can learn how to pickle seasonal vegetables to take home.

Yorkshire’s original orchard village, Husthwaite has revived cider making which last saw commercial fruit production around 50 years ago. Since the millenium more than 1,000 apple trees have been planted in the village as a community project with the production of cider, apple juice and liqueur sold for the benefit of villagers.

After a pitstop in the pretty market town of Helmsley we head towards the beautifully wild North York Moors. If you’re on the Premium tour we’ll stop for our picnic lunch on the way, before visiting the very special Botton village in Danby Dale, home to adults with special needs living and working together in shared households with extended families. Award-winning cheese has been made in the village creamery for nearly 40 years using traditional methods.

Classic and premium tours then return to the Eye of York where we say goodbye.

On the De Luxe tour we visit the Michelin-starred Star Inn at Harome in the foothills of the North York Moors, where chef patron Andrew Pern has been at the helm for almost 25 years. This beautiful thatched pub and restaurant with room dates back to the 13th century and has become a food destination for diners from all over the world. But The Star still retains its pub atmosphere, providing a much-loved haven for locals, truly making it a place of all things Yorkshire...

Here you will meet the chef and his team, visit the kitchen to see how dishes are created and prepared, explore the kitchen garden and discover the hidden nooks and crannies that make this place so special before sitting down to a three-course gourmet feast before returning you to York.

*Please note that at present no more than 4 can be accommodated on each tour to enable social distancing.


Features up to four producers and tastings

5 hrs       £65


Features up to 4 producers and tastings, includes a gourmet YFF picnic

7 hrs       £85


Full day of producers and tastings, Michelin star dinner and meet/greet with chef

10 hrs       £145

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