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Keeping it Local

Food writer Angela Clutton is the next guest in our Food Experiences series at Kino. As she reminds us in her new book Seasoning, buying local ingredients when they’re in season the way to go if you want to cook sustainably, It saves on the power needed to grow produce in artificial conditions and to transport it across the country, while also supporting local communities. And it means people get to taste ingredients when they’re at their very best.


Here we take a look at the people the Kino team work with throughout the year, ensuring the region is well and truly represented at every meal. Grab your bags and come shopping with us …

Meat – 30 miles

All the meat we serve comes from R&J Yorkshire’s Finest Farmers & Butchers in Nidderdale. A family farm and butcher since the 1850s, they also look after an informal co-op of farmers who supply them with the best grass fed or free-range meat from across the Yorkshire Dales and Moors.

Fish – 1.5 miles

Yorkshire’s largest independent fishmongers, Tarbett’s Fishmongers, is a mere stone’s throw away from Kino in the traditional surroundings of Kirkgate market. Having been in the business for over a decade, they certainly know the best catch when they see it – and they always check it’s sustainable and responsibly-sourced before sealing the deal.

Fresh Produce – 10.5 miles

Forget 5 a day, for Delifresh, it’s a celebration of absolutely every fruit and vegetable currently in season. Working with committed local growers, they ensure that all the fresh produce served at Kino is in perfect condition, bringing it straight from the field to the kitchen.

Mushrooms – 2 miles

Yorkshire Mushroom Emporium is the place to head if you’re passionate about fungi. Set up in 2021 by five school friends who wanted to make a difference to the way food is grown and eaten in the UK, we knew straightaway that this was where we would find the freshest, most sustainably-grown mushrooms – and we’ve not been proved wrong yet!

Honey – 9 miles

Talk about posh honey. Ours is produced by the bees on the Harewood Estate on the outskirts of Leeds. Home to the Earl and Countess of Harewood, the Grade I listed Park and Gardens provide the bees with endless opportunities to collect pollen and nectar. It also means the honey has a distinctive flavour which we love.

Foraging – 0 miles

Josh and his team can often be seen heading out into the locality to pick wild plants which mimic the flavours of their more exotic counterparts. Take pineappleweed which, as its names suggests, tastes exactly like pineapple. Another favourite is sweet woodruff. When dried, it has a strong aroma of tonka bean, vanilla and a touch of dark rum – great for using fresh, in syrups and in savoury sauces and rubs, even pesto.

Drinks – from 2 miles

Independent Yorkshire breweries take preference when it comes to our drink selection, too. While the beers on offer may change, our commitment to keeping it local stays firm. Our current offer includes brews from:

Northern Monk Brewery – 2miles
Kirkstall Brewery – 2 miles
Saltaire Brewery – 13 miles
Vocation Brewery – 26 miles

Interested in finding out more about seasonality and sustainability? Join Angela Clutton for her Food Experiences at Kino at 6pm on Wednesday 31 July 2024.