The Malton-born chef will return to his hometown to collaborate with the family-run Talbot Hotel when it re-opens in the Spring after undergoing a £4 million renovation and refurbishment of the 17th century building.
James’ involvement in the 70 cover restaurant in the hotel is sure to attract new visitors to Malton and is good news for the hotel which now has 26 bedrooms and landscaped grounds. The announcement of this collaboration also reinforces Yorkshire’s “foodie destination” credentials, with the region home to food festivals capable of pulling in huge crowds such as York’s Annual Food and Drink Festival and Malton’s own Food Lovers Festival.
Best known as the host of the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, where he regularly champions Yorkshire produce, Martin says that “North Yorkshire is in my blood and I have watched the town of Malton successfully build a reputation as a foodie destination, with its popular food lovers festival and the abundance of growers and producers in the area”, these suppliers are something he promises to make the most of in the restaurant , saying “guests can look forward to finding all my favourite Yorkshire produce on the menu”.
Tom Naylor-Leyland, spokesman for the classical-country Talbot Hotel said “We have an abundance of fantastic fresh produce right here on our doorstep and James is just the chef to make the most of it”.
The re-opening date of the Talbot Hotel is still to be confirmed.