Happy Yorkshire Day 2017!

With it being National Yorkshire Day, we could let the opportunity pass without doing a piece on Yorkshire.

Our Managing Director Jonathan being a Yorkshire man through and through, we will dedicate all the the good things Yorkshire to him.

There are so many great things about Yorkshire but here are our office favorites.

  1. The Tea

Yorkshire Gold is mentioned in the popular Showtime TV series Homeland as a favourite of protagonist Sergeant Nicholas Brody. Ian Brabbin, tea buyer at Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate said: “We were both surprised and delighted to discover that Yorkshire Gold has been given such a starring role in Homeland and are looking forward to seeing the show when it arrives on our screens here later in the year. We are no strangers to the small screen – Yorkshire Tea has also made a cameo appearance on Friends, not to mention our ever growing band of celebrity fans such as Noel Gallagher and Alan Carr.”

Also on the celebrity fan list are Russell Crowe, who posted on Twitter about the beverage in 2012,Martha Reeves, who was also featured on the social media site holding Yorkshire Tea paraphernalia, and Sir Patrick Stewart who indicated Yorkshire Gold as his favourite tea during a Reddit AMA.

Yorkshire Tea is notable for its packaging which features romanticised Yorkshire Dales landscapes, although from time to time it explores other themes. As an official supporter of the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire, Yorkshire Tea produced a special edition sample pack rebranded as Yorkshire Thé. As well as the name change, the orange on the usual box was replaced with yellow.

In 2016 Yorkshire Tea was made available inside a promotional tea caddy linked to a tree planting campaign with artwork featuring characters from the children’s book The Gruffalo and branded Yorkshire Tree.

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  1. The Food

When wheat flour began to come into common use for making cakes and puddings, cooks in the north of England devised a means of making use of the fat that dropped into the dripping pan to cook a batter pudding while the meat roasted. During 1737, a recipe for “a dripping pudding” (later named “The Yorkshire Pudding”) was published in the book The Whole Duty of a Woman:

Make a good batter as for pancakes; put in a hot toss-pan over the fire with a bit of butter to fry the bottom a little then put the pan and butter under a shoulder of mutton, instead of a dripping pan, keeping frequently shaking it by the handle and it will be light and savoury, and fit to take up when your mutton is enough; then turn it in a dish and serve it hot.

Similar instructions were published during 1747 in the book The Art of Cookery made Plain and Easy by Hannah Glasse, with the name ‘Yorkshire pudding’. It was she who renamed the original version, known as Dripping Pudding, which had been cooked in England for centuries, although these puddings were much flatter than the puffy versions made today.

Originally the Yorkshire pudding was served as a first course with thick gravy to dull the appetite with the low-cost ingredients so that the diners would not eat so much of the more expensive meat in the next course. An early recipe appeared in Sir Alexander William George Cassey’s The Whole Duty of a Woman during 1737. Because the rich gravy from the roast meat drippings was used up with the first course, the main meat and vegetable course was often served with a parsley or white sauce.

In poorer households, the pudding was often served as the only course. Using dripping and blood, a simple meal was made with flour, eggs and milk. This was traditionally eaten with a gravy or sauce, to moisten the pudding.

The Yorkshire pudding is meant to rise. The Royal Society of Chemistry suggested during 2008 that “A Yorkshire pudding isn’t a Yorkshire pudding if it is less than four inches tall”.

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  1. The Drink

John Smith’s Brewery in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, England, produces beers including John Smith’s, the biggest selling bitter in the United Kingdom since the mid-1990s, as well as being one of the UK’s most popular and successful beer brands.

The majority of John Smith’s sales are of the nitrogenated Extra Smooth product, although a cask conditioned variant is available nationally. A stronger variant called Magnet is also available in the North East of England. John Smith’s Cask and Magnet are produced under licence by Cameron’s in Hartlepool.

John Smith acquired the Backhouse & Hartley brewery in 1852. Following a series of acquisitions in the post-World War II period, the company became one of the largest regional brewers in the country, operating over 1,800 licensed premises. The company was taken over by Courage in 1970 who extended distribution of the brewery’s products into the South of England. Courage was acquired by Scottish & Newcastle in 1995, and the operations were purchased by Heineken in 2008.

John Smith’s Extra Smooth and Original are produced at the Tadcaster brewery, as well as a range of Heineken products including Kronenbourg 1664 and Newcastle Brown Ale. With a 3.8 million hectolitre capacity, the brewery is one of the largest in the country.

John Smith’s became well known for a series of highly successful “No Nonsense”-themed television advertising campaigns, featuring the dour Yorkshireman character “Arkwright” during the 1970s and 1980s (shown only in the South of England), followed by the comedians Jack Dee during the 1990s and Peter Kay since 2002. In addition, it is a major sponsor of horse racing in the UK: it was the principal sponsor of the Grand National between 2005 and 2013 and continues to sponsor the Northumberland Plate as well as other events.

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  1. The Celebs

Where to begin Yorkshire boasts some famous stars and possibly the most famous Writing Sisters The Bronte’s. The talent pool of Yorkshire is High, Including our Very own Managing Director whose talents seem endless. Sir Patrick Stewart, Dame Diana Rigg, Sir Ben Kingsley and Dame Judy Dench to name a few of the A list Yorkshire men and Women.

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5. A Beautiful Place to live

The list is Pretty Endless Of all that is good with Yorkshire, Harrogate and York Featured in the Top 10 places to live in the UK, according to the Sunday Times.

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6. History

Yorkshire is a historic county of England, centred on the county town of York. The region was first occupied after the retreat of the ice age around 8000 BC. During the first millennium AD it was occupied by Romans, Angles and Vikings. The name comes from “Eborakon” (c. 150) an old Brythonic name which probably derives from “Efor” or “the place of the yew-trees.”[2] Many Yorkshire dialect words and aspects of pronunciation derive from old Norsedue to the Viking influence in this region. The name “Yorkshire”, first appeared in writing in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 1065. It was originally composed of three sections called Thrydings, subsequently referred to as Ridings.

Following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Yorkshire was subject to the punitive harrying of the North, which caused great hardship. The area proved to be notable for uprisings and rebellions through to the Tudor period. During the industrial revolution, the West Riding became the second most important manufacturing area in the United Kingdom, while the predominant industries of the East and North Ridings remained fishing and agriculture. In modern times, the Yorkshire economy suffered from a decline in manufacturing which affected its traditional coal, steel, wool and shipping industries.

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