Month: August 2016

Thora And The Prince

I’m loving this recovery, retirement and reinvention of my life. A few weeks ago I had a recovery outing to Haxby, a delightful little town just north of York and discovered a gem of a shop on the main street called Thora & The Prince run by Rachel Stott. It was so gorgeous I had to revisit and share some of the amazing things available now. Thora & The Prince is the ‘go-to’ place when you need to get a gift for any member of the family, and you don’t know what to get but then you just end up seeing something. It’s that kind of place.  So whether it’s that last-minute Mothers’ Day, children’s birthday or Easter presents – you’ll probably find them here! For those not local to Haxby, do visit the online shop here. Of course you won’t be able to choose from the gorgeous scarves placed for sale outside the front door of the shop! Thora & The Prince is one of those amazing shops where you walk in and love it. You …

Haxby Bakehouse

I seriously love bread. It was a delight to recently meet Phil Clayton, who for eight years has been running York’s artisan bakery, Haxby Bakehouse, and won many awards along the way. His bakery and the deli shop itself are delightful, a treasure trove of jars of jam and chutneys, baskets bursting with potatoes and stacked pyramids of butter. They also boast a deli counter with a delicious looking selection of local cheeses, hams and bacon. They really take pride in the food their Yorkshire neighbours are producing and want to share it with everyone. And then of course there is Phil, a man who is so passionate about providing delicious bread and also shares his technique through bakery classes. Considering he had been up since 2 am in the bakery on the day that I met him, he was full of passion for what he is creating. I am in love with sourdough bread and Phil enthusiastically shared his method for producing this slow fermented loaf which is baked in rough-looking globes, and has …

Brayton Farm Shop

Celebrating the food producers of Yorkshire, Brayton Farm Shop and cafe in Brayton, near Selby, is a Yorkshire treat to experience under one roof. I just love to find a food store that sells everything that features Yorkshire somewhere on its journey to the plate. As the name suggests, this farm shop and cafe is all about the food; locally-sourced, quality ingredients and while it’s not technically based on a farm, it is supplied by hundreds of farmers and producers. Instead it is set down a quiet country lane, with plenty of parking, and shopping baskets galore. A treasure trove of food greets you when you walk inside. The produce is laid out in a spacious, calm, welcoming ambience. No rows to navigate or unnecessary advertising here. Brayton Farm Shop stocks a range of meat, dairy products, a deli, fruit & veg as well as artisan beers, wines & spirits.  Everything sold in store is from Yorkshire:  from beef to buffalo, cheese to chorizo, lemongrass to lemon tart ice cream. Baked on-site daily are their own …