Nestled within the heart of the Yorkshire Dales and located on a rural hill farm overlooking Lake Semerwater, in the beautiful hidden valley of Raydale, you will find Raydale Preserves. On first sight you might wonder why you’ve gone off the main road for c30 minutes as it’s really quite a simple set of cottages with not much action and certainly not many people. However the heritage alone is enough to get you out of your car and in to the tea room.
You can see demonstrations on how their products are made, or just relax in their tea room whilst sampling some of their produce. If you’re up for it, you could also go on one of their permissive walks – the Raydale Rambles.
You’ll find a display of photography depicting the heritage of the area, and a modest shop stacked with some amazing goodies, which really are simply delicious and award winning.
Raydale was set up by a husband and wife team back in 1978 and it’s still going strong. Long may it continue.
The favourites (of mine) : Blackcurrant & Lavender jam, Elijah’s Yorkshire chutney, and Orange marmalade with whiskey. Yum!
Open April till the end of October 10am till 4pm.