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When you work in a shop you get used to random questions, these range from "Can I park on the double yellows outside?" to "Why is the butcher/baker/candlestick maker not open today?" The strangest one I've been asked is "do you sell tights?" The lady asking conceded that it was pretty unlikely before going ahead and posing the question anyway! Anyway, the one thing that we are constantly asked is where is the best place to have lunch in Malton.
Malton has changed considerably in the 18 years we have been here, from sleepy market town that had little to offer in the way of eateries to "food capital of Yorkshire" that now features both artisan food producers and an ever growing number of great places to eat. We obviously have our own favourites but I always ask visitors to our store where they have had lunch and their thoughts re said establishment. The ones I've picked out below not only feature as our go to places but also come up time and again as favourable eateries of our customers, so I thought I would share....
So in no particular order, here are some of our favourite places for lunch in Malton...
The Talbot Hotel, Yorkersgate, Malton, YO17 7AJ
The Talbot Hotel is perfect for lunch, a beautiful stone Georgian building that has commanding views looking out over the river Derwent and a lovely terrace for warmer days. Back inside, the interiors are chic without feeling precious and encourage a relaxed approach to dining with attentive and friendly staff on hand.
The menu offers options for all appetites from classic mains such as fish & chips or burger, to sandwiches with a side of skinny fries. Helpfully to us they also offer many gluten free options, and likewise with other allergens. I love the feeling of lunch being a treat at The Talbot, whilst also not being too formal. Definitely worth a visit, they also offer a very good afternoon tea, but afternoon tea is whole new subject!
The New Malton 2-4 Market Place, Malton YO17 7LX
The New Malton opened right at the start of the Malton food revoloution and quickly became a go to place for really good food with a relaxed atmosphere. Situated at the heart of the town, The New Malton offers a varied menu that features classic pub dishes but also takes advantage of seasonal produce. It is warm and welcoming and the staff are attentive and friendly. There is usually a mix of visitors and locals in this establishment, which I always take as a good sign. They also cater very well for larger parties and the split level layout of the pub means they can accomodate all diners easily without shoehorning tables in (which I personally hate). Although there are many delights on the menu I don't think the fish finger sandwich can be beaten.
The Purple Carrot 10 Market Street, Malton, YO17 7LY
The Purple Carrot is a gem, offering vegetarian and vegan dishes from it's tiny premises on Market Street, once tried never forgotten. I am neither vegan or vegetarian but I have gone on to introduce friends to samosa & spring rolls from this establishment. The seating area is upstairs on the first floor and they also offer takeaway. Everything is cooked on site and in addition to the aforementioned samosa and spring rolls, I can recommend the quiche and the dazzling array of salads on offer. If tea, coffee and cake is more your thing, they also offer a good selection of sweet treats.
Lutt & Turner 12-14 Market Street, Malton YO17 7LY
Now a confession. Lutt & Turner are our neighbours, who look after us year round with both coffee and often lunch too. They are very good at what they do, there is a reason they have a queue for tables on many a day. Their team is constantly busy and rarely stand still but the service is both excellent and friendly. The warm aroma of coffee envelopes you as you walk in and the coffee is very good. But what about lunch? The menu changes regularly and they do a really good selection of artisan sandwiches with interesting fillings. If you are after something more extensive, try the Yorkshire sharing board or sausage roll platter. One last word, Lutt & Turner do amazing cakes, so make sure you leave some room for cake
Omni 22 Market Place, Malton YO17 7LX
Omni is the new kid in town and offers an amazing tapas menu, unfortunately because I have been working so hard, I have yet to sample this personally. However, every man and his dog has been telling me how amazing this place is and most of them are on their third return trip, so I felt I must include it. Among the edited highlights I've received are "the best scallops I've ever tasted" and everyone bangs on about the skinny fries, "the fries really are the best I've ever had" and "it's worth the visit for the fries alone" are two such quotes re the fries. I am endeavouring to visit very soon
The Talbot Yard, Yorkersgate, Malton, YO17 7FT
No visit to Malton is complete without a trip to The Talbot Yard where you will find Groovy Moo icecream parlour, Florian Piorot pattisserie, Roost Coffee, Bluebird Bakery, Rare Bird Gin Distillery & Food To Remember.
And last but by no means least we inhabit No 11 Market Street, do call in and let us know your thoughts on lunch.....Alex x
NB; Just a word to the wise, nearly all of these establishments are owner operated which is in part what makes them so special,, so there are days when they are closed, it's worth checking before making a special journey.