The handsome historic spa town of Harrogate has long been a draw for antique dealers and quaint independent retailers. Our favourite is Fodder, the stand-out place to pick up North Yorkshire’s best ingredients – and help the local community while you’re at it.
Fodder is the only food shop and café in the UK where all profits go to a farming charity – Yorkshire Agricultural Society. Supporting over 350 Yorkshire farmers, growers and producers, Fodder sells the very best food and drink from the county. It has a full butchery counter, a deli counter laden with fresh pies, pasties, and a huge variety of amazing cheeses. With over 67 different Yorkshire cheeses, it’s hard to choose. Our pick is Blue Monday No.7 – matured for up to eight weeks and with a creamy texture and subtly sweet finish. Try it with a bottle of local Black Sheep Ale.
Fruit and veg come straight from farms to the shop shelves and there’s a host of jams and chutneys on sale alongside fresh locally baked bread and mouthwatering cakes.
Food is also made onsite in the Fodder kitchens – the likes of fruit and cheese scones, flapjack, millionaire shortbread, sausage rolls and famous giant Yorkshire puddings.
The adjoining Fodder café serves full Yorkshire breakfasts, slap-up lunches and delicious afternoon teas. And outside there’s Fodder on the Hoof, an original 1960s Airstream-style caravan serving the same fabulous food for those in need of food and a cuppa on-the-go.
Not only does 100% of Fodder’s profits go to charity – all produce good enough to eat but not good enough to sell is donated to the Harrogate Homeless Project.
Fodder is open seven days a week, with free wi-fi, free parking, a beautiful view and a warm Yorkshire welcome.
By Ann Fugler, Yorkshire editor