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Local meat and freshly caught fish

Farmer feeding sheep and lambsFarmer feeding sheep and lambs

For fresh fish off the boat, you can't beat the Yorkshire Coast. Bring home the catch from Whitby Seafish in Staithes or Thundercliffes, a champion fish filleter (available for delivery from Scarborough and surrounding areas, plus a regular at the monthly Hovingham Village Market). 

If it's wet fish or fresh, cooked or smoked shellfish you're after head to The Magpie's Whitby Catch across the road from Whitby's fish market or browse a fish stall at Saltburn Farmers’ Market.

Seek out Fortune's Kippers for the best traditional smoked kippers in England too. Found at the end of a narrow cobbled street in Whitby's old town, it's been smoking since 1872. You'll smell it before you see it, as the sweet aroma of oak and beach wood smoke fills the air.

The many small farms dotted across the North York Moors make for a superb selection of meat while just outside Helmsley, Loose Birds really do live up to their name, running around a sizeable field.

England's largest expanse of heather is divided into grouse moors and pheasant/partridge shoots providing ample game after 12 August. Call in at Low Bell End Farm in Rosedale Abbey to pick up some of their delicious lamb, game sausages and pies.

Buy direct from the farm, farmers' markets, farm shops and visit the traditional butchers shops to see the range of excellent quality fresh meat, game and homemade pies. In season, game features heavily on many of the area's pub and restaurant menus.