Yorkshire's celebrated foodie town has welcomed King Charles III and the Queen Consort for tastes, tipples and a Talbot Yard tour. 

As part of an Easter visit to Yorkshire, the royal visitors met some of Malton’s most acclaimed independent artisan food and drink producers in the heart of Malton’s food scene, the converted coaching yard, ‘Talbot Yard’, home to six artisan food producers. 

Their Majesties spent time meeting and speaking with the owners and staff of all six artisan food producers that are housed in Talbot Yard, learning about their individual crafts and products, their passion for the circular economy, and even tasting some of their mouth-watering produce.   

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 The six independent producers enjoying a royal visit were: Rare Bird Gin Distillery, Florian Poirot, Groovy Moo Gelato, Food 2 Remember, Bluebird Bakery and Roost Espresso Bar.   

 Former York based fire-fighter, Matt Stewart, was the first Talbot Yard producer that The King spoke to at the distillery, where he was introduced to ‘Florence’, the 300 litre copper still and sipped on a ‘no tonic’ tipple of gin. 

It was a memorable day for Matt: ‘It was such an honour to meet His Majesty The King this afternoon, and to showcase all of the hard work and passion that goes into running our distillery here in Talbot Yard. Malton is such a special place for food and drink.  

Tom Naylor-Leyland is the man behind the Talbot Yard project and a director of Visit Malton: “It is an absolute privilege for the town to have hosted Their Majesties The King and Queen Consort in Malton’s Talbot Yard. We as a town are so proud of our locally produced food and drink credentials; over the last decade we have really built an incredibly close-knit community of independent, artisan producers, who have a passion for creating delicious products from an abundance of superb, local ingredients. We do hope that The King and Queen Consort enjoyed their very first visit to Yorkshire’s Food Capital!’ 

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The King and Queen Consort also met and spoke with the founders of Circular Malton, who aim to create Yorkshire’s first circular market town, working closely with Malton’s independent businesses by reusing, refurbing and reducing waste and consumption wherever possible.