Sunday, 24 May 2015

25 years in business is a piece of cake for Hunters of Helmsley

Hunters of Helmsley is this year celebrating 25 years of trading - and is going to be offering all its customers a slice of the action!

To celebrate the fact the renowned deli has been based on Helmsley’s Market Place for two and a half decades, Hunters has commissioned an extra special cake from local company Celebrate Country Cake Design.

Arriving in-store on Thursday 21st May, the cake will be sold by the slice over the bank holiday weekend with all the proceeds going to Ryedale Special Families charity.

The elaborate cake will look like the outside of the iconic Hunters of Helmsley shop, with part of the front opened up to reveal some of the goodies inside the deli. All of the decorations will be made from sugar, including mini jars of jam, hanging baskets, cheese and even one of Hunters’ famous beef sandwiches!

The cake, which will be a moist vanilla sponge with a jam and buttercream filling, will feed at least 100 people.

Christine Garnett, who has owned Hunters since 2008 with husband Chris, said: “It’s a very special year for us and we want to do lots of things throughout the year to celebrate it. As we’re obviously food-lovers, a special cake seemed the perfect thing to start us off. Rhian at Celebrate Country Cake Design has an amazing talent and as a fellow member of Helmsley in Business it was only natural we’d ask her to use her fantastic skills to create something extra special.

The tricky bit is the opening revealing the inside as she needs to blend from the outside of the building to the internal section. Having seen the designs, it’s going to look amazing! We hope everyone pops in to enjoy a slice - and help raise some funds for a very worthwhile local charity at the same time.”

Rhian from Celebrate! Country Cake Design delivers our special cake.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

You Are What You Eat?

Press Release:Hunters of Helmsley plans nutritionist-led event to offer advice around food intolerances and healthy eating
Hunters of Helmsley will be hosting a special event to help answer customers’ questions about food intolerances and allergies, healthy eating and the well-publicised Paleo Diet.
The event has been planned following increasing requests from customers, and will take place in store on Monday 18th May from 10.30am to 3pm. Local nutritionist Andrea Wood will be on hand to offer advice, as well as recipe ideas and samples of easy to make dishes and snacks.

There’s been a well documented rise in the number of people suffering from food intolerances and allergies over recent years, with some sources quoting a ten-fold increase in the 25 years Hunters has been open for business.

Christine Garnett, who runs the Hunters of Helmsley deli with her husband Chris, believes there is a real need to help people better understand what they are eating. She explains: “We have increasing numbers of people coming into the store asking for products to help them with special dietary requirements or food allergies. I myself have several food intolerances so it’s a topic which is very close to my heart. We also have a lot of people coming in who want to eat more healthily but they don’t really know where to start, or they’re worried it will be too difficult. We’ve had dozens of people asking about the Paleo diet, or recently we’re getting a lot of people who have read the ‘Art of Eating Well’ by the Hemsley sisters, and are considering their own diet on the back of it.”

The Paleo Diet is based on what our ancient ancestors may have eaten – more protein, less carbohydrates and no dairy, sugar, salt or processed food. Andrea, who runs the Mind and Body Clinic in Nawton, will be bringing food she has made using ingredients from the shop for people to try, including Cashew ‘Cheese’ and nachos, Nut Butter Choc Chip Cookies, Coconut and Lime Energy Bites and even special Paleo bread.

Christine continued: “Of course for people with allergies or intolerances, you do have to eliminate some foods. But for other people, this doesn’t have to be about a whole lifestyle change - maybe you just want to eat less sugar, or feel like you could do with a healthy energy boost from time to time. It’s all about choices and moderation. We’ll be highlighting ideas which are suitable for everyone, as well as some for people who have intolerances to gluten or dairy or who are perhaps trying to manage a condition such as diabetes by limiting sugar. A lot of people don’t realise that we stock a wide range of ‘free from’ items and many of the Paleo-friendly cookery ingredients, such as tahini, chia seeds, coconut oil, arrowroot and raw cacoa powders and lots of nuts and dried fruit. It should be a really interesting day for everyone and a chance to try something new.”

Anyone wishing to attend the event can pop in to the Hunters’ store on Helmsley’s Market Place, at any time between 10.30 and 3pm on 18th May, to find out more.

For more information about Hunters of Helmsley visit For more information about Andrea Wood visit