A FAMILY-run craft bakery has opened a new branch in Malton Costello’s, which has branches in Driffield and Headlingley, Leeds, is one of the Malton Monthly Food Market regulars, and has also taken part in the annual Food Lovers Festival.

James Costello, director of the firm, said: “We are delighted to open new premises in Malton. It seemed a natural progression as we have been coming to the town for several years.

“The premises at 17 Market Place is ideal, being double fronted and with space for our bakery ovens and for people to sit down and enjoy our food, as well as being able to take it away with them to eat at home.”

The bakery was established in 1945 by James’ grandfather, trained butcher Fred Costello, whose sons, John and Mike, and daughter, Molly, helped run the first shop.

John opened his own shop in 1973, and also set up a market stall, with his sons, James and Matthew. James opened his first shop in Driffield in 1999, aged 21, opening a second in Headingley two years later.

“It was chance to bring a piece of the Yorkshire countryside to the city and allow everyone a chance to taste our traditional, homemade goodies which can be found in many a Yorkshire farmhouse,” he said.

James’ parents help at the Driffield branch, and he said the whole family adheres to the ethos of a community working together to promote and support smaller, independent businesses.

“We use the best quality ingredients sourced in Yorkshire as much as possible, and we provide a personal service, all of which helps us to produce the perfect product,” he added.

“We would like to thank the Fitzwilliam Malton Estate for all their help during this exciting time,” he said.

Tobias Burckhardt, Surveyor at Fitzwilliam Malton Estate, said: “We are delighted to welcome James and his business to Malton.

“Their location is ideal, overlooking the Market Place. We are sure they will become a firm favourite here in Yorkshire’s Food Capital. We wish them every success with their Malton venture.”