It has taken us about six months after first hearing of this market to actually get there. I remember hearing about the first one in May and thinking that having a market in the abbey would be pretty amazing, and I have to admit I wasn’t really disappointed. You walk through a narrow doorway into the cloister and there’s a fantastic vibe with stalls all around the edge and seats in the middle to sit and enjoy any of the ready made food you’ve bought.
There’s free parking at the Abbey car park and along the road through the park (the car park was full when we arrived), so you just have to walk down the hill, cross the main road and head towards the visitors centre to find the market.
PHOTO: Looking at Kirkstall Deli Market
This will now turn into a ‘Steph went to market and she bought…..’ entry
PHOTOS: Produce at B Whiteleys Farm Shop Stall
We bought cauliflower, onions, potatoes and sprouts from B Whiteley Farm Shop. Their stall looked really well presented, I hope everything tastes as good as it looks.
PHOTO: Salts Deli
We bought chorizo parcels, butternut squash & spinach parcels and some of the Arancini Risotto Balls.
PHOTOS: Swillington Farm Meat and Black Pudding
We buy meat quite regularly from Swillington Farm and we’ve always been pleased with it. On this occasion we have bought a rack of lamb, a couple of packs of pigs cheeks and some pork and nettle sausages (we were lucky and managed to get the last pack they had). We hadn’t seen The Blue Pig Company before, so we got some of their black pudding to try.
PHOTO: Sushi Tuesday and Yorkshire Chorizo
From the Sushi Tuesday stand we bought a mixed pack which was very nice when we ate it in the evening with some wasabi and from the man at the Yorkshire Chorizo stand we bought some picante chorizo and some lamb pancetta.
PHOTOS: Block of pate and pate on toast
We’d been to the Dough Bistro stand at Cornucopia last week and had some of their wild boar pate. Over the last week using twitter I’d managed to order a kilo of the pate to collect here at the market. I had some with tea and it was delicious.
We were disappointed by two things at the market; that Sunshine Bakery were on the list of attendees but they weren’t there and that there wasn’t anywhere to buy bread. So, with that in mind, we went on a mission to find Sunshine Bakery having tried their sausage rolls last week.
PHOTOS: Exterior of Sunshine Bakery // sausage rolls and scotch egg // Inside the pork and black pudding sausage roll and a Malteser chocolate brownie
At Sunshine bakery we bought two of their sausage rolls (they’re seriously the most amazing sausage rolls that you’ll see) and a scotch egg. They didn’t have much bread left, so we continued our mission further down the road.
PHOTOS: Exterior of Crust and Crumb // interior // flat white // white cob and granary
We found a really nice looking bakery and cafe further down Harrogate Road called Crust and Crumb where we bought a white cob and a granary loaf to have with our pate. We also stayed for a drink, I had a flat white which was really good.
Kirkstall Deli Market is on the last Saturday of the month with the last one for 2011 being on November 26th.