Weetons Food Hall
There’s nowhere quite like Weetons Food Hall. It has become a Harrogate institution as iconic as Bettys. Food lovers in Harrogate and across North Yorkshire have long known the Weetons’ secret. Starting out as a farm shop, it quickly gained a reputation as the only premium food hall in the region, offering customers the chance to shop for the best locally sourced products in a stylish Victorian setting.
Weetons today is a café, deli, food hall and butcher’s, stocking and serving local produce. It’s a bit like a mini Selfridges, but more relaxed. It overlooks the Stray, one of Harrogate’s great open parks, and if you opt to eat or drink, go for a table outside (weather permitting) as it’s a lovely spot to while away the hours. The café is busy all day and the theatre of the shop always provides something to look at, with butchers at work and people browsing. The atmosphere is buzzing.
And then there’s the butcher’s area, where all the meat is supplied from within a twenty-mile radius of the store. This is more than just a butcher’s shop, however – much more. Weetons is one of the UK’s most stylish delis, stocking everything from fabulous focaccia and amazing chilli olives to mouthwatering sauces and preserves.
I couldn’t resist buying some goats’ cheese, Yorkshire Blue and a few slices of Salami Napoli, which were all well priced. My fears such an up-market deli would be expensive proved unfounded – everything was very reasonable considering the quality. The salami tasted brilliant on homemade pizza but the Yorkshire Blue was the star of the show – it ended up in a salad with apple and walnuts. It is creamy and full of flavour without being too strong.
As they say in Harrogate, there’s nowhere quite like Weetons.
By Ann Fugler, Yorkshire editor