Cheese indulgence at Homage2Fromage and The Courtyard Dairy

Destination: Settle Shop review 
Brie de Meaux. 
Comté. Tarentais.


To me, the language of cheese is like poetry. Beautiful, stirring poetry, constructed from an anthology of intensely evocative words that curl around the tongue and summon powerful gastronomic desires, desires that beg to be satisfied immediately.

Yes, I may harbour a rather far-fetched love and adulation of cheese, but I’m definitely not alone. Cheese captures the culinary imaginations of millions, who, like me, are enamoured by the seemingly endless varieties it can conjure.

A deep love of cheese is not an unusual characteristic to possess, but Leeds has taken its collective obsession one step further. Since 2011, a group of cheese-crazed folk have gathered at the top of the Adelphi pub each month for a sacred cheese gathering, flooding my twitter timeline with lust-inducing pictures in the process. The concept is simple: a bounty of REALLY GOOD cheese, a different theme each month and a bit of cheese education thrown in too. Why wasn’t I there!?! Where do I sign up!?


Picture credit: Homage2Fromage

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Sunday Lunch at the Talbot Hotel, Malton

Destination: Malton

A stately, gleaming white manor rises formidably from the main road serving Malton from York. Settled on a hill overlooking North Yorkshire’s Howardian Hills, a mélange of green fields dappled with bales of hay unfold just beyond its immaculately landscaped gardens. A wall separates its sandy gravelled entrance from the main road, bordered by a manicured flurry of purples, greens and yellows. Pristinely-kept beds of lavender fringe the base of its majestic façade, flanking a doorway above which two words are emblazoned in polished gold lettering. Talbot Hotel.

Talbot Hotel, Malton

The allure of its famous Executive Chef, James Martin, may entice punters to the Talbot Hotel, but it’s its own grandeur that makes an unforgettable first impression. A grade II* listed building situated in sublime surroundings, the Talbot Hotel was built as a hunting lodge in the 1700s, before trading as an inn from 1740 onwards. After reportedly falling into a state of decline, it was taken over by The Fitzwilliam Estate in 2011, which refurbished it to the tune of £4million, restoring it to its former glory and re-imagining it as a foodie destination with James Martin at the helm.

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