In the shadow of The Shard, the tall new glassy building in London and cheek by jowl with the locations of the former coaching inns used by Chaucer and Dickens, there is a little corner of North Yorkshire. Ryedale to be precise.
I only know this because I was visiting the last surviving coaching inn yard in Southwark, said to be Shakespeare’s local, and later came across the area’s ancient market, older than Smithfield, and next to the cathedral.
The first thing I saw was a sign hanging from the rafters of the packed market, which had all many of food and drinks for sale. “The Ginger Pig, Butchers and Farmers of Rare Breeds reared on The North York Moors,” said the large , green-background hoarding. The stall won the title of regional market champion for the South of England, and on sale was only a full range of Ginger Pig jar products but also sbut alsoits meat and cook books and jars of produce. and jars of produce. Hence our feature on the Levisham-based food producers last week, and what a claim to fame for Ryedale in the capital.
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