Locally-made produce to put in your picnics (or take home to the person feeding your cat).
Bread is the staff of life. For bread so-good-you-have-to-eat-it-all-in-one-go, we love The Handmade Bakery in Slaithwaite. Artisan breads, cakes and pastries, not-for-profit and a co-operative. What’s not to like? We also love Love Bread in Brighouse and The Bakehouse Coop in Mytholmroyd. If you’re down Delph way, pick up a freshly-baked loaf at the Albion Farm shop.
Once you’ve got your bread, you’ll need some cheese. Try ‘Pikes Delight’ or ‘Pexommier’ by Todmorden-based Pextenement, available from Pennine Wine and Cheese. Or if you fancy a bit of ‘How’s Yer Father’, The Saddleworth Cheese Company is happy to oblige. They make this and other cheeses including the blue-veined ‘Smelly Ha’porth’. Other producers include Ivy House Cheese and the Calderdale Cheese Company.
Bangers and mash anyone? Sample some of the Saddleworth Sausage Company’s succulent sausages at The White Hart in Lydgate. Or try Todmorden’s Porcus sausages at The Staff of Life Inn. If you like beery bangers, get to Ilkley where Lishman’s make sausages with ale from Ilkley Brewery – very moreish.
We like pies in the South Pennines. Especially award-winning pies like the ones from E & R Grange in Slaithwaite. They supply The Commercial, so you can wash one down with a pint of Empire’s Brewing’s Commerciale, thus supporting three local businesses in one fell swoop.
And for the finishing touches, pick yourself a pot of Lily Pickles‘ traditional chutney, available at Holmfirth Saturday Market and from Radish in Marsden. Garnish with salad from Edibles in Slaithwaite or leaves from the streets of Incredible Edible Todmorden.