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October Food Round Up

Every month at Grey Goose Ltd is a busy one, and the very last week of October was no exception. This was one long seven day foodie experience shared with the dearest of friends. And in the middle of the week was the delight of an unexpected stay at the Nuffield hospital, a not too good an excuse to sample their food.

The week started with a weekend sampling some long awaited delights of York.

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Firstly, a visit to The Star Inn The City which opened in 2013 on the bank of the River Ouse. They serve simple Yorkshire cooking with a taste of the countryside, and once again I was wowed by the masterpiece created by Andrew Pern. Dinner was superb and I will tell you more about the food and the friendly hospitality soon.

Grand

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Another spot on my much wanted to try places was afternoon tea at the Grand hotel. This sophisticated Edwardian hotel is set in the former headquarters of the North Eastern Railway, and was built in 1906 opposite the city walls and is just 4 minutes’ walk from York train station. It is a lovely building to sneak around and I could imagine it being the power house of York’s railway headquarters. A review will be here quite soon!

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And then……. a little surgical disaster at the Nuffield hospital in York meant I had to stay overnight, and my drama seemed so worth the stress when the food came delivered to my room. Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs for breakfast!!

Fortunately I was soon home, hopping along.

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Blue bell liver and bacon

A friend came to call and took me for lunch to a former coaching inn, The Blue Bell Inn in Wentbridge, dating back to before the sixteenth century. It was almost totally rebuilt in 1974 using the original stone, the interior is fitted out with the famous Mouseman furniture that I love. A great place for the pensioners menu for those eligible. The portions enormous, and the liver, bacon and onions was just right for my recovery!!

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The week ended with a visit to a little tea room just outside the village of Birkin, near Knottingley, Birkin Fisheries Tearoom, amazing cakes, friendly staff, and just the place to sit and watch fishermen on a warm afternoon, the last weekend in October.

Birkin Tea Room

So that’s the end of October…….

I have to admit I haven’t given a thought to Christmas yet (which is very unusual for me) so perhaps I’ll start to get into the festive spirit this weekend. What have you got planned for your weekend and what are you most looking forward to in November?

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