Crimple Food Hall, Harrogate
Crimple is Yorkshire's latest foodie destination, showcasing the very best local food and drink.
In November last year this former garden centre reopened following a £4m investment, with the addition of a stunning new food hall and restaurant. They stock over 50 local and specialist producers, and I couldn't wait to have a look around and discover some amazing new products.
The store features an impressive 12m long butchery counter run by Robertshaws, who are fourth generation farmers and butchers based locally near Bradford. They also have a bakery and patisserie counter, and a deli counter stocked with a wide selection of cheeses, meats and locally made pies and sausage rolls.
One of the stand outs in their store is the refill section which features a vintage milk float! On here there are empty glass bottles that customers can buy to fill up, and then bring these back to refill. As well as offering semi-skimmed and whole milk refills, there is also a vegan option with oat mylk.
On the wall just behind the milk float, they have a range of refills for core pantry items like pasta, rice, cereal and nuts. I love that they offer a refill range, and I'm sure many customers will visit regularly to make use of this.
They stock some of my favourite local brands, including Yorkshire Pasta, Charlie & Ivys, and Saffron Tree. Their range also includes in-store made ready meals and pizzas, and some amazing brands from outside Yorkshire like Cocoa Loco and Joe&Sephs.
I couldn’t resist buying a few things while I was there, and I chose some products from brands that I’ve not tried before… Raisthorpe Yorkshire Tonic, La Tua Pasta, Mattarello pasta sauces, Silver & Green olives, and Yorkshire Flapjack.
Sustainability was high on the agenda when the new food hall was being designed; there are solar panels on the roof, and their refrigeration system was created with a heat recovery system that heats all the water on site. They also use compostable shopping bags that are made from potatoes!
Crimple is a great addition to the local food scene, supporting so many wonderful small producers. This is certainly going to be somewhere I'll be visiting regularly, and I'm looking forward to having a meal in their new restaurant soon.