Ye Old Pie & Sausage Shoppe
You know you’re in for a treat when your butcher is up at the crack of dawn (4.30am, to be exact) just to make sure there is a fresh display of pies ready for opening at their shop on 45 The Shambles.
As the name suggests, Ye Old Pie & Sausage Shop make their own pork pies (boasting fillings such as wild boar and black pudding), pasties and sausage rolls, also hand-rolling the hot water and shortcrust pastries to go with them.
If you do find yourself their way, make sure to get a pack of Olde Pie’s hand-prepared dry-cured bacon made from whole pork loins, cured in a demerara sugar and salt mix between seven and ten days before being dried, sliced by hand and packed. Perfect for a flavoursome post-York bacon butty.
Ye Old Shambles Tavern
From one butchers to another (technically – the Shambles Tavern is a former butchers that now serves as one of the best independent pubs in town) having won the Gold Good Food Award in 2018, and received the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2018.
This traditional pub in the heart of The Shambles sources the majority of its menu from other independents in the Shambles: including their hand-cut Rump Steaks, Whitby Scampi, Yorkshire Pork Pies, Yorkshire Ham, Farm Sausages, Burgers, free-range eggs and salad products are sourced daily fifty yards from their front door – all from local butchers, fishmongers, shambles market traders and local retailers.
After all, there’s nothing like eating grub fresh from off the street. Sort of.
Harveys Of York
For those of us with a deep, unrelenting love for cheese (we see and respect you) – look no further than Harveys of York.
From Shepherd’s Purse, fine clothbound traditional cheeses, aged Wensleydale’s and even Dales End, a fine Cheddar made in the North York Moors by adults with disabilities in Botton Village, there’s plenty for you to enjoy with a cracker at the end of a tough day.
Harveys also has shelves bursting with a huge range of honeys, oils, local preserves and chilli jams, perfect to accompany any cheeseboard, with an emphasis on produce sourced from Yorkshire and the surrounding areas.
Swains is a family-run butchers that specializes in providing meats sourced within a thirty-mile radius, which can be found on Shambles Market.
From chicken breasts rubbed with spices and herbs to home-made sausages and burgers, you’d struggle to not find something spectacular to serve to the in-laws on a Sunday. Stand-outs include their 21-day matured select cuts of beef steak which have been dried and hung on the bone, but if there’s a cut in particular you’re looking for, Swains will endeavor to do it for you.
That’s the joy of shopping local, I suppose.