Our Story

Mackenzies Smokehouse was born in 1999 in the now premises at Blubberhouses, the small village situated to the south of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The then owners made a name for Mackenzies as the place to go for delicious locally sourced food and a great day out.

It was by pure chance that Paul and Gabby Palmer should stumble upon the opportunity to buy the Yorkshire Smokehouse and Farm Shop. One balmy Summer’s afternoon in 2019, the couple drove up the hill from their nearby cottage to enquire in to one of the empty units at Mackenzies for Gabby’s candle brand Pure Natural Therapy. Little did they know that the owners were looking to sell and after a conversation and a Yorkshire brew, the sun set on the Nidderdale valley and they drove back down the same country lane and decided that the friendly, lovely destination they had just been to, was exactly where they wanted to be. 

Gabby grew up locally and shared her Swiss father's love for food, Jurg Bleiker the then proprietor and chef at The Old Deanery which was the jewel in the Yorkshire culinary crown.

Gabby’s background coupled with Paul’s longstanding career in the food and drink industry, and the couples love for good, honest local food and the countryside from which it comes, makes this an exciting new era for Mackenzies.

We look forward to spoiling you with the best of farm to fork,

Gabby and Paul x

Gabby and Paul Palmer, owners of Mackenzies Smokehouse, Cafe and Farm Shop