I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled all over the world – but it’s always great to come home to Malton in North Yorkshire, where I grew up and where Mum and Dad still have a farm. If there’s one thing Malton hasn’t had for a long time, though, it’s a really good hotel. But that’s all due to change this April when the old Talbot Hotel will re open with 26 rooms and a restaurant overseen by James Martin, after being totally gutted and refurbished (the hotel that is, not James.) Can’t wait.
There are some great independent shops there, such as Boyes (which is how Woolworths used to be ie lots of little nick nacks for bathroom, kitchen and the car at incredibly cheap prices) and Yates which stocks lots of country wear, but also toys, DIY and lots more besides. My favourite though is Woodalls which is an absolute Aladin’s cave of everything to do with the countryside from hiking boots to knives, string, mittens, lamb castrators, brooms….you name it, they could probably dig it out for you.
Having said that, there are also unfortunately a fair few empty shops there at the moment, which is something I have never seen before. The recession is biting. Come and spend your money in Malton!