Mandy and I have been busy over the summer working on an exciting food and drink project with the North York Moors National Park. We will tell you more about it in the coming weeks, in the meantime take a look at this short film about places to eat and drink in the National Park.
Here is another short film produced for the North York Moors National Park showing some of the beautiful hills and dales that make up the National Park. It’s stunning walking country with a network of footpaths and ancient trods that take walkers through the charmingly named Great Fryup Dale, Rosedale and Farndale. In spring, Farndale bursts into bloom with a display of wild daffodils and then there is the wonderful North York Moors steam railway that runs through the heart of it all. If this doesn’t persuade you to visit Yorkshire, nothing will.
Yorkshire, England’s biggest county has two National Parks: the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. The North York Moors National Park (not the North Yorkshire Moors please) stretches inland across miles of beautiful heather capped moorland to the sea, a rugged coastline of rocky shores and towering cliffs, famous for its Jurassic fossils and crab and lobster fishing.
If you are a follower of Squidbeak, you will know that Mandy and I have a particular affection for this stretch of coastline and the villages of Robin Hood’s Bay, Runswick Bay and Staithes and of the unsung beach of Cattesty Sands at Skinningrove. The North York Moors National Park have produced four films covering different areas of the landscape, we thought it would be an idea to share them for visitors to get a taste of this stunning National Park. We begin with the Yorkshire Coast and will add the others as we go.
Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Bake Off, Celebrity Bake Off – everyone’s at it, baking cake, eating cake or watching other people making cake and now the North York Moors National Park are jumping on the cake stand. They claim there are so many regional cakes in the area that they are calling their patch – the moors and coast – the Capital of Cake.
Cakes made by Tricia Hutchinson of Real Staithes
I don’t know about the capital but Yorkshire does indeed have a long tradition of home baking. In the past it was the cheapest way to fill a hungry family, not with the lemon drizzle or the banoffee pies on the Capital of Cake list, but far plainer cakes: sad cake, fatty cake, suet cake, turf cake and nodden cake, all variations on flour, lard, water and maybe a few currants.
If you are looking for something a bit more indulgent then download the places where you can sample tea and cake from the Capital of Cake list
Our name Squidbeak is inspired by graffiti seen in a swanky Yorkshire restaurant describing a pretentious meal: "Squidbeak of a bum arse on a bed of bum gravy". It sums up our aversion to overpriced, gussied-up food. That doesn't mean we don't love new, creative cooking. Just that Squidbeak means no bull. Squid,’ says a biology professor at the University of California are ‘whimsical and always hungry’. That's us.