Why Rural Recipes

Rural Recipes began in 2003 in the Calder Valley, serving the area in and around Hebden Bridge and Todmorden. The Calder Valley has an abundance of locally sourced produce and suppliers and the locals who live there are focused on being involved with providing for or supporting their community. This helped us to shape and form our business into what it is today.

We started in our own humble kitchen in our barn conversion in the village of Lumbutts, above Todmorden town, making quiche, flans and various pastries from locally sourced farm gate eggs, cheeses and home grown vegetables. These products were then sold to local restaurants, cafes, delis and shops, including Bear Health Foods and cafe bar.

A number of years ago we relocated to Steeton in the Aire Valley and have full working kitchens where we still produce homemade products made with ingredients from a wide range of local producers. We still provide on a wholesale basis but mainly to holiday cottages and Bed and Breakfast outlets, such as Poppy Cottage Guest House.

Our business has mainly moved in the direction of outside catering events which range from small intimate dinner parties to large festivals like the Keighley and Craven CAMRA beer festivals. We also cater for many weddings, from a handful of people to sit down service events, for up to 300 people. Many of these events are marquee and village hall events, in particular we have catered for many events at Cracoe Village Hall.

Our menus are designed to work with as many local products as we can source, from suppliers like Three Dales Butchers in Ilkley, Lunds and S.Kitchman from Keighley and Burley in Wharfedale to Procter's cheeses who supply a wide range of local Yorkshire cheese & pickles.

We have found over the years that our clients like to be involved in designing their own menus, so we decided to work on a bespoke menu selection, making your choice of foods and costs flexible to your needs. Due to our flexibility this has enabled us to build up a regular core of repeat business, which will take us to expand in the years to come.

Client & Guests Feedback

Thanks to Karen and your team for a great job on Saturday night. The food and service was perfect, and we feel the evening couldn’t have gone any better.

Thanks again.

Lesley, Hellifield

... the party went very well - we had a great night.
The food and catering simply could not have been better. The menu was imaginative, the food was presented beautifully and was absolutely delicious.
.... we shall not hesitate to recommend your services.
Martyn, Haworth

Thank you for all you did on Sunday. The food was superb, everyone enjoyed it and the lunch finished off the weekend in style.
Thanks again
John & Edith, Horton-in-Craven

You have been amazing – it seemed nothing was ever too much trouble, the food was lovely & thank you to all your staff who made the day run so smoothly.
Jan & Adrian, Ikley

Thank you very much for your hard work last weekend – fantastic results!
Carol & Phil, Sutton In Craven

Thanks very much – every body agrees the food was top nosh!!!
Jo, Cowling

People are still coming up to me to say how great the food was & how well organised.
Sally, Hetton

The food was absolutely delicious, really fresh & homemade with attention to detail. I was also very impressed with how efficient, attentive & friendly you all were – it was perfect.
Fiona & Adrian, Bingley

Thank you once again for the lovely food, much appreciated by all.
Liz, Embsay

Many thanks for the good efficient service.
Mrs. Richardson, Keighley

2 people staying in the b&b took some of your frozen dishes home with them as they enjoyed them so much!
Newton grange holiday Cottages, Gargrave

Many thanks for a memorable & successful event, the food was delicious & we managed to feed all 9 of our guests who stayed over, lunch the following day!
Jen & Mark, Haworth

Many thanks for your efficient & well-organised staff on the bar, the drinks where really good value & served in a friendly manner. Hence many hangovers the following morning.
Kath & Paul, Bingley

Thank you for all your efforts, especially for the adapted menus for our wheat free & vegetarian friends, they thoroughly enjoyed it, as much as we did.
Ian. M, Skipton


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