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An Alpine Experience

Doesn’t this time of year make you think of snowy destinations; log cabins with pine-clad walls; a glass of something cheering in your hand and heartwarming food to bring a little comfort on these long, cold winter evenings?


If so, you’re in luck and you will need neither an airplane, train nor skis to get there. Le Chalet in Malton opened a few months ago at the back of what was Dickens of a Deli – it’s now called The Deli of Malton. The Delicatessen set-up is still pretty much as it used to be, overlooking the Market Place – and you can still get great salads and sandwiches. We get a bumper order of salad or soup as a treat at work on Fridays so I can vouch for their quality.



Meanwhile the back of the Deli is now Le Chalet with the pine-clad walls, booth-style tables and eye-catching red Gingham tablecloths you might expect if you were dining in The Alps.


I’d heard good things about Le Chalet from friends and colleagues who have eaten here in the evening. But on this occasion, Mr B and myself had some time to ourselves for brunch together. And whenever these child-free occasions arise, we do try to make the most of them, as pleasing two people is always easier than pleasing three extra, discerning (my kids? Fussy? Mais non!) appetites.

So, to Le Chalet on a Sunday morning in December.


The breakfast menu includes something to suit most people – I have to confess that neither of us went for anything typically Alpine, although I’ve heard that the Rosti is fabulous. So while Mr B tucked into a Full English, I had scrambled eggs with bacon on American pancakes with Maple syrup – a great combination of sweet, salty and savoury.

Check out the board for the type of hot and cold sandwiches they do if you are eating later in the day…


And if you do decide to book yourself in for an evening Alpine experience, there is Raclette, Fondue and Tartiflette on the menu as well as favourites such as Boeuf Bourguignon and Ragout of wild mushrooms, which is served on a savoury millefeuille.


This is hearty Swiss food from the mountains and one thing’s for sure, you won’t go home hungry. And when it’s dark outside and the fairy lights are twinkling in Le Chalet, you could easily mistake your surroundings for that real Alpine log cabin.


Discovering Talbot Yard

Do you ever read those sections in the weekend papers along the lines of ‘a day in the life of…’ or ‘my perfect weekend’?

I am always quite envious of the blissful start to their weekends, especially when it involves strolling along to the local cafe to drink coffee and browse the papers.


With three young boys, lingering over a latte is not our usual start to the weekend. However, last Saturday our eldest boys were out, leaving us with just our youngest son at home. So we made the most of our downsized family to search out our own halcyon cafe experience.

We headed off to Malton, our nearest market town which has a growing reputation as a foodie capital with monthly food markets and an annual Food Lovers Festival (May 28th & 29th 2016).

We pulled into Talbot Yard in Yorkersgate, which were once stable yards and a carriage house for the Wentworth family and The Talbot Hotel opposite. The old buildings have been sympathetically converted into individual units housing a coffee bar and roastery, an artisan bakery, an ice cream parlour, and a butcher.


The early 19th century brick buildings set around a central courtyard have been brought to life by the renovation, highlighting many of their beautiful architectural features.

In their day this courtyard must have been bustling with life and business with the comings and goings of The Talbot Hotel – and it is wonderful to see them buzzing with activity once again.


Our first stop was the family-run Roost Coffee and Roastery, housed in a very pretty building with a dove cote above. The decor has been kept minimal with exposed brick walls and industrial-chic furnishings. As well as enjoying a coffee here, we also bought some of their speciality coffee to enjoy at home.


Roost adjoins the Bluebird Bakery where we bought a brownie for Ted to munch on while we were enjoying our coffee…..


…as well as one of their three seed cobs and some organic bread flour. The Bluebird Bakery does all its baking here to supply its shop both here and in the Shambles in York.


Hidden round the corner of Talbot Yard is the butcher, Food 2 Remember, which sells free-range chicken and pork as well as pies, quiches and gluten-free products such as sausages and scotch eggs.


I know from friends’ recommendations that Groovy Moo’s Ice Cream Parlour is a big hit with the kids so we will be back to sample some of their creamy ices very soon.


With such a lovely collection of individual shops, I can see us spending a fair bit of time here in the months to come – and if we are not at home on a Saturday morning, you know where to find us!