Spring Cottage itself has undergone some changes in the time we’ve had it – we doubled the number of bedrooms and toilets for one thing!

Malton, our closet market town, has changed a lot too; for the better!

It’s still a traditional market town loved and frequented by locals, but it’s become much more of a tourist destination in itself. A place to spend some quality time in, rather than just a pop to the shop and then home again.

When friends and I stay, we now skip the bright lights of York and instead spend the day mooching around Malton, with a spot of lunch and a few afternoon drinks for good measure.

What makes it so attractive is the number of independent retailers based in the town.

It’s now known as Yorkshire’s Food Capital but it also has many clothing boutiques, interior and lifestyle stores. This increase in independent shops is in sharp contrast to what’s happening on many British High Streets. And I love Malton for it!

Here are some of my favourite independents, you must check out next time you’re in town.

What to do in Malton :


Hare and Wilde – Market Street
The go to place for Scandi-inspired kitchenware and homeware

Bowley and Jackson – Market Street
A mix of shabby chic and vintage interior furnishings

Kemp’s General Store – Market Place
An eclectic collection of homeware, toys, stationery and unique finds

9 to 11 Interiors – Market Place
A well-established go-to interior design shop with large selection of gifts over two floors.


Rare Bird Gin Distillery – Talbot Yard
Brewed on the premises and drank there too if you wish! Or buy a bottle to take home with you. Here’s one I bought earlier 😉 And yes, the glasses are fab!

Maison du Vin – Market Place
Buy a bottle from the store, pay a corkage and enjoy instore or buy a beer or g&t from the bar

Roost Coffee – Talbot Yard
Coffee shop and roastery (roasted on site) and the smell is divine!


La Pizzeria – Wheelgate
A popular Italian restaurant with wood-fired pizza oven.

No 46 – Market Place
A cafe and bar where you can enjoy a glass of wine with your ciabatta.

Florian Poirot – Talbot Yard
Master Patissier with macaroons to die for!

And there are so many others. When it comes to what to do in Malton, why don’t you book a stay and Spring Cottage and visit this fantastic market town for yourself.