MOVE TO MALTON – Article to today’s Metro newspaper.
This smart market town is in the throes of an epicurean renaissance at the hands of one very driven chap. Tom Naylor-Leyland is the heir to a property dynasty spanning half the country but it’s local Yorkshire produce that he’s really sunk his teeth into. Naylor-Leyland launched the Malton Food Lovers Festival (May 24 and 25, free. http://www.maltonyorkshire.co.uk) in 2009. Its success attracted 25,000 visitors last year and inspired Antonio Carluccio to declare Malton ‘The Food Capital of Yorkshire’.
Visitors can expect the very best of Yorkshire produce, live cookery demonstrations, more than 160 food stalls, famous patrons (including Jean-Christophe Novelli) and exciting street food. Additionally, Naylor-Leyland is behind Malton’s excellent monthly food market (second Saturday of each month and with live music) and he’s also heading up a scheme that encourages independent food producers to relocate to the town (into converted coach houses on his own estate), gaining themselves the ‘Made In Malton’ seal of excellence. Indie beer-makers Brass Castle Brewery were the first, setting up shop in a disused garage.
With fresh plans to pedestrianise parts of the marketplace for alfresco dining, Naylor-Leyland is keeping busy: ‘My vision is to continue building Malton as a renowned foodie destination. It’s the ideal place to spend a few days, eating, walking, drinking, cooking, and tasting the best of rural Yorkshire.’