Month: July 2016

Nutrition Joe’s Harrogate

A little while ago my daughter and I decided to try a new-ish ‘urban style’ cafe in Harrogate. Nutrition Joe’s (NJ’s) opened earlier this year as part of an independent gym in the centre of town. This was a therapy treat while I awaited a recently planned stay in hospital. My daughter has recently joined the gym here so she is the fit person of this duo. This bright and homely café has personality as soon as you walk in the door, and you want to linger. Whether you’re after a healthy breakfast that feels naughty or a long lunch filled with flavour and delight, you need look no further. They have beautiful local breads, chickens roasting and homemade salads and nutritional cakes on display. What could be better than a great café next to a gym, the place to try a different healthy version of afternoon tea? This was presented on platters of recycled vinyl records. Starting on the bottom vinyl were neat wraps of smoked salmon, pulled pork and salad. Middle vinyl temptingly …

The Alice Hawthorn:Nun Monkton

The Alice Hawthorn – Sunday lunch in an exquisite little Yorkshire village, at a pub named after a famous racehorse on the biggest village green in Yorkshire. The Alice Hawthorn in Nun Monkton, a most picturesque and peaceful Yorkshire village, stands proudly refurbished by the founder of the UK’s largest home emergency business who both lives in and commutes from Nun Monkton. It feels like a high end pub stretching throughout the bar and restaurant area. The look and feel to The Alice Hawthorn is simply stunning. It’s the kind of place that you take pictures of to give you inspiration for your own home. It’s got a very clean, modern, yet traditional, feel to it which is extremely well lit. As well as creating a fabulous interior, the exterior hasn’t been forgotten either. It’s everything you’d expect in terms of plenty of parking, outdoor seating area for dining on warmer days, but then at the back of this area is The Alice Hawthorn’s very own vegetable and herb garden. As well as being tended to by …

Barnbow Canaries:West Yorkshire Playhouse

The First World War remains a defining moment in our history and a visit to the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds to see a production of Alice Nutter’s play, Barnbow Canaries, was both poignant and heart wrenching…. the story of a part of the history of Leeds. The “women behind the guns” were the thousands of female munitions workers who kept the British army supplied with shells during the First World War. England needed these women – at least until the end of the war, when factory jobs were reserved for the returning heroes who had fought in the trenches. The women who worked at the secret Barnbow Factory in Leeds – set up after the disastrous loss of British lives at Neuve Chapelle in 1915, when more shells were used during 35 minutes of action than in the entire Boer war – made a major contribution to the war effort. This production of Alice Nutter’s play about Barnbow opened in the factory floor and the trenches were intimately entwined in an opening image of death. As Nutter makes …

Facial Treats:Sheffield Skincare

A few weeks ago I had an unexpected few days in hospital. After having only basic NHS emergency kit, which didn’t include anything other than a small bar of what might have been soap, a hard dry towel and a toothbrush, my skin appeared to suffer and I arrived home feeling pretty rubbish with skin that felt dry, dehydrated and more sensitive than usual and a little worse for wear. But my saviour was awaiting – a selection of skincare products for mature and dry skin from Megan, owner of Sheffield Skincare Company. These products were really my saviour as I recovered over the next few days. All Megan’s products are handmade in small batches, and each product aptly named after places in Sheffield or local Sheffield sayings. All her products are 100% natural. Cleansing was the first treat, Beauchief Beauty, a handmade moisturising cleansing face balm. As soon as I massaged the balm over my face and then laid the warm muslin cloth (as provided) over my face for a few minutes, and all …

The Victoria, Cattal, North Yorkshire

The Victoria sits just 400 metres off the main A59 road and only 10 metres from the platform of Cattal Station and the main railway line connecting York to Harrogate. If you time it right you can hop off the train, have lunch or dinner and jump back on to go home, brilliant. Not for us this rather chilly Friday tea time! The welcome at the Victoria was warm, thankfully so too was the place. There is nothing pretentious in the décor, it is a proper pub and looks like a pub with its patterned carpet, dark wood tables, and a hugely impressive bar, making this place as appealing to drinkers as any hungry diners. We loved it. Staff nip impressively around the busy bar and dining room yet still notice new arrivals. We were guided to the bar, drinks ordered and menus handed over in a jiffy. Star of the bar is the goal scoring owner of the Victoria, Steve Balcombe. Yes he scored a goal for Leeds United against Aston Villa in a …