Local Area Guide – Malton


A thriving and vibrant Yorkshire town

Dubbed as ‘Yorkshire’s Food Capital’, Malton is a stone’s throw from Pickering and has an outstanding reputation for producing some of the finest food in the region. The annual Malton Food Lovers Festival takes over the town for the weekend as food pilgrims descend.

Summer months see a weekly Sunday street food market, whilst the Saturday market runs all year around in the town marketplace which is complete with a beautiful 12th Century church.

The annual Malton Show is held in July in nearby Scampston Park and is a great way to enjoy and celebrate Yorkshire’s picturesque countryside and agriculture.

Bigger than Pickering, Malton together with Norton which borders the town on the other side of the river Derwent has a combined population of about 13,000.

Malton’s rise to ‘Yorkshire’s Food Capital’ is a display of local community spirit with opportunity for local volunteers to help run the numerous events that are held throughout the year.


Local Facilities & Healthcare

Malton is offers some significant local health facilities.

  • The Derwent Practice – offers healthcare and a variety of clinics.
  • Malton Community Hospital – provides both inpatient and outpatient care.


Where to Shop

From butchers to local crafts you’ll find an array of artisan food, drink and crafts dotted around the town.

The ‘Made in Malton’ brand unites these producers and their award-winning products, and the Talbot Yard Food Court gives you a glimpse of them in action.

But it’s not all about food in Malton. Numerous independent retailers, from florists such as WP Horsley florist providing fresh, seasonal flowers, beautiful bouquets and elegant arrangements to Ralph Yates and Sons which sell everything from clothing to home and sporting accessories.

If you love popping out to take in a movie, then the independent art deco Palace Cinema has all the latest blockbusters as well as the classics and a host of other cultural performances.


Local Food and Drink

Yorkshire’s Food Capital has some fantastic eateries. The New Malton is an 18th Century inn that serves the best of British cuisine, whilst the Talbot Hotel, a grand hunting lodge situated in the heart of Malton houses the 2 AA Rosette winning Talbot Restaurant.

There are plenty of cafes to choose from too. The Yorkshire Tea Rooms and Restaurant offers everything from tea and cake to a Sunday roast, or pop into the Patisserie for traditional afternoon tea.

Fancy something different? How about authentic wood fired pizzas from La Pizzeria?



Lying just to the South of Pickering, Malton is adjacent to the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which is itself part of the North York Moors.

Here you can also find the Castle Howard, one of Britain’s finest historic houses and gardens. If you’re green-fingered, you’ll love Castle Howard Garden Centre too – there’s a wonderful range of plants, tools and accessories that reflect the long traditions associated with the gardens and landscape on the estate.

Given Malton’s proximity to Pickering, the two towns share a similar past. Beneath Malton lies the remains of the Roman fort of Derventio which was occupied throughout the four centuries of Roman occupation and gave rise to the original civilian settlement.

Malton was once the site of a Norman castle, but unlike Pickering Castle which stands to this day, the castle was destroyed in the 14th Century after being captured by King Robert I of Scotland during the First Barons’ War. The later medieval period was less turbulent, and Malton gradually evolved into the market town of today.