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Present Ideas for Foodies

on December 22, 2017
  1. Harrogate Food Tour

Want a gift with a difference. Instead of the hamper give them an exciting afternoon experience sampling a selection of fine Yorkshire Fare. Gift Vouchers available for £49 per person which includes a 3 hour tour of the town’s historical and cultural sites plus 5 tastings at some of our finest independent food and drink establishments. Tours run throughout the year from Thursday to Sunday so they can choose whenever suits them. They won’t be disappointed, it’s an afternoon to remember.

Phone 0808 168 5338

  1. Afternoon Tea

Another food experience synonymous with Harrogate. Imagine a cake stand with a beautiful selection of sandwiches, no crusts, yummy cakes and a hot beverage of your choice.  All in a refined delightful atmosphere. You can pretend you’re meeting the Queen or preparing for the wedding of Harry and Meghan.  Choose from Afternoon tea in any of Betty’s cafes around Yorkshire for £19.95 per person or you can really splash out and go for the Lady Betty’s Afternoon tea at £32.95 in the sumptuous surroundings of the Imperial Room at Harrogate or the Belmont Room at York.  An alternative is Mama Doreen’s Cupcake Emporium on Cold Bath Road in Harrogate. At a mere £15.95 per person, the fare is just as delicious and served in chic vintage surroundings.

Bettys  0800 456 1919

Mama Doreens 01423 313282

  1. Cheese

For the cheese lovers, you cannot go wrong visiting the Cheeseboard on Commercial Street in Harrogate.  They have a HUGE selection of quality cheeses with over 200 types of speciality cheese.  Choose your loved one a particular cheese or they do hampers including a Cheese Lover’s Delight hamper for one and also do cheese related pressies like a good cheese knife and board set.

01423 508837  Commercial Street

  1. Champagne Truffles

I have eaten a lot of chocolates in my time, and my all time favourite is Betty’s Champagne Truffles – they are the Queen of all Champagne Truffles. They may be a little pricey at £17.95 but the box is beautiful in itself and the truffles are exquisite. Made of rich chocolate ganache and containing both Moet and Chandon Champagne and Marc de Champagne.  Each one is coated in Swiss Gran Cru milk chocolate and finally rolled in dried raspberry icing dust. They are not perfectly shaped which reflects their true artisan nature.  A luxury lover’s delight.                    1 Parliament Street, Harrogate

  1. Gin Passport

For the Gin Lover in your life.  You want to give them a little taste of different gins but in the friendly surroundings of a welcoming bar.    The ‘Gin Passport’ is a little card which can be bought at any of the three ‘So Bars’ in Harrogate, Ripon or Knaresborough.   It costs £20 and entitles the passport owner to any gin and tonic of their choice – four times!  They can choose from the extensive  menu of Mother’s Ruin and try their speciality gins.   So Bar often puts on a special Gin of the week and if you get peckish there is a whole array of delicious food on offer.

Harrogate: Otley Road.    Knaresborough: Silver Street.   Ripon: Old Market Place

  1. Gin Experience

If a passport isn’t enough to satisfy the urge for everything gin related, you could purchase them a Gin Experience!  There are a few to choose from or you can just buy a voucher for one of the open sessions.  Upstairs at the Spirit of Harrogate, they have a great space dedicated to all things gin where they will regale you with gin tales, fill you with knowledge of the history of gin and for the price of £40 you will get all this, plus 4 drinks per guest, gin tasters and delightful nibbles supplied by Weetons.  Other experiences include The Cocktail Master where you will be taught by an experienced mixologist and have the chance to make your own cocktails and Just the Tonic  where you concentrate on Gin’s often overlooked partner, the tonic, finding the ideal one for each gin.

The Spirit of Harrogate, Montpellier Parade.    01423 541279

  1. Yorkshire Cream Liqueur

Also available from The Spirit of Harrogate or several supermarkets is the divine Yorkshire Cream Liqueur carrying the name of the directors; Carthy and Black.  If you like your Baileys, you will love these. There are three to choose from; there is a lovely velvety whisky variety and two gin liqueurs; the refreshing original one and also a lemon gin cream inspired by Bettys lemon drizzle cake.   Made from Slingsbys own great gin.   An excellent value gift at £12.99 a bottle or choose a gift packs of all three.

The Spirit of Harrogate, Montpellier Parade.    01423 541279

  1. Champagne Experience

Gin not your thing?  Prefer the taste of luxury? If you want to know more about Champagne and taste a few of the 14 specially chosen Boutique champagnes, then book your loved one into one of the experiences at the Champagne Concept in the middle of Harrogate.   This experience is idea as a pre dinner aperitif or an afternoon treat.  They have a range of tasting experiences from tasting the House trio (£15) to the Prestige trio (£20). You know what they say about champagne – no hangover!

Oxford Street, Harrogate  01423 527823.

  1. Farrahs’ goodies

In 1840, John Farrah started producing Harrogate Toffee to take away the foul taste of the Harrogate Water at the Pump Rooms.  The Toffee is still going strong and still as great tasting as ever made by the same secret recipe for well over 100 years.   Now there is so much more to be enjoyed at Farrahs, their hand made chocolates, their hand made fudge, a HUGE selection of confectionery, cakes, chutneys, you name it, they have it. PLUS the biggest selection of Yorkshire and Harrogate branded merchandise you’ll find and lots of great small gifts that are perfect stocking fillers.  I dare you not to find something you love there.

Montpellier Parade.

  1. Weetons’ goodies

Here is another emporium of edible delights. Many locally sourced food products and hampers and gift sets galore. You can even enjoy a delicious bite to eat and coffee midway through looking at all the delightful deliciousness that you can see.  From local beer, gin, cider to chocolates, confectionary and cakes, again you’ll be spoilt for choice.  Hampers start from £19.50 for their chutney and relish hamper all the way up through choices for beer aficianados, chocolate lovers, tea enthusiasts to the £199 Weeton at Christmas Hamper which will keep you going till next Christmas!

West park   01423 507100

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on August 20, 2018