Roy makes brilliant fudge in his kitchen and sells it at The Shambles Market every Monday, Thursday and Friday. Alongside the usual delicious flavours including vanilla, rum and raisin and salted caramel, there is Mulled Wine and Brandy Soaked Mince Pie for a festive treat. Small tubs cost just £2.50 and gift boxes are available to save you from the fuss of wrapping it yourself.
2. Thor’s Tipi
Who says a festive treat has to be eaten? A unique experience of drinking in a mansion-sized tipi in the centre of York is a pretty rad thing to do. Thor’s Tipi is totally Yorkshire-run (in spite of the Scandi name, it’s definitely more hops than hygge). Open until late, the atmosphere changes as the sunlight fades.
A deli with a difference. Fossgate’s homely deli is brimful with luxury Christmas tastes, with everything you’ll ever need to take your Christmas dinner from fine to unforgettable. Individually wrapped nougat is generously portioned and makes a perfect gift.
Goji is one of York’s few vegetarian and vegan outlets. I popped into this deli/cafe this week to try their grape, brie and cranberry wrap. Who says food on the go has to be greasy? This Christmas, you can forget making do with a nut roast! Goji’s cakes and platters will make you rethink the possibilities of vegan cooking and, if you’re catering for anyone with dietary requirements, then Goji is definitely worth popping in to ensure your guests are suitably fed.
Ditch the panto this December as the only Aladdin’s cave you’ll need to see is York Beer & Wine Shop. Packed to the rafters with speciality beers, local treats and every flavour for your cheese board. For gifting, packs of local, Belgian and German beers are available. There isn’t another place like this in the city, so it’s well worth a visit.
After having a friendly chat with That Fudge Guy, turn left and go to Henshelwoods for foodie stocking fillers. I bought these Italian amaretti for £6.95 a box and still haven’t decided if I should gift them or hoard them for myself. Additionally, when I’m cooking, and the recipe requires an unusual ingredient, I can rely on Henshelwoods to stock it when no other speciality food shop will.
We couldn’t do a festive food feature without mentioning the Christmas market on Parliament Square. The Shambles Kitchen has a stand for German sausages, which is, if we’re being honest, the best thing about German Christmas markets.
8. Mason’s Gin
I think the picture alone proves how popular Mason’s Gin is… I couldn’t get a clear view of their stand due to the crowd of customers. Mason’s is made in Yorkshire, so your bottle of Beefeater can be poured down the sink. If you really want to make a regional statement, gift their Yorkshire Tea gin to a Lancastrian this December.
York chocolatier Guppy’s makes brilliant sweet treats. Their luxury truffles are affordable, without the confectionary conglomerate associations. You can purchase from one of their many stockists, or directly via their website.
Veeno is a brilliant wine bar. Why? Because it sells quality wine in large glasses at wallet-friendly prices. They do a loyalty card and if you fancy a lunchtime aperitif, nobody is going to judge you. They sell lots of Italian foodie treats to take home too.