They’re back for a limited time only! These little beauties are dug in the early hours so that they can be our stores the same day. They have a fresh, earthy taste and the flaky, delicate skins, which haven’t set, can be rubbed off with a finger.
Of course, someone has to be up to harvest them, so Sean, who farms like his father did on sheltered, sandy land near Tarleton, Lancashire is in bed early during the short season. “I try to stay up as long as I can,” he says, “but the wife makes me go to bed about six o’ clock. We’re up about 11 o’ clock, finished at about half past one, we get the wagon loaded in the early hours and off they go to be in store by eight o’clock on the day they’re dug. It helps that the majority of Booths stores are within a 30 or 40 mile radius – you couldn’t do it with other shops.”
Did you know that Masons Yorkshire Gin was the first gin distilled in Yorkshire? They wanted to create a taste that wasn’t just your run of the mill, off the shelf, generic gin. Recipe after recipe was rejected in the search for a gin they felt deserved to be called Masons Yorkshire Gin, a Gin they would choose to drink. Distilled in their copper alembic stills “Steve’ and “Leftie” in 200 litre batches, each 70cl bottle bears its own hand written batch and bottle number. With its traditional slow distillation method, pure Yorkshire water and just the right balance of juniper, citrus elements and secret botanical ratio, Masons have created a distinctly unique Gin that they are proud to call Masons Yorkshire Gin. Their Lavender Edition has just won a Gold Medal at the World Gin Awards 2017 in the Contemporary category – why not give it a try?
Made by hand “with love, using the best, most natural ingredients we can find,” Love Brownies are a small bakery based in Ilkley, who produce the most wonderful gluten free brownies around. They work as much as they possibly can with local Yorkshire produce, and the bits they can’t get locally are always ethically sourced. “Our eggs are from Mr Paxton. He’s a fantastic character who really cares about his hens. They’re looked after beautifully, and it shows in the eggs.” Freshly made in a variety of flavours from cherry to caramel, nut free and gluten free they’re well worth popping in for.
Sited on the former Victorian gasworks and built using much of the original stonework, Booths at Ilkley is a dramatic, mordern design by Architects Farrell & Clark. The store’s unique design was recognised by the Bradford District Design Awards with a commendation in 2002.