All posts filed under: Yorkshire

YO Bakehouse: Tea and Cake in Malton

I must let you into a secret. It’s about cake and tea, or cake and coffee! Where they meet hand in hand – that’s YO Bakehouse, a new artisan bakery and coffee house just off the market square in picturesque Malton. The town of Malton is well known for being the foodie capital of Yorkshire and includes some of the most unique food and drink producers in the area. In August 2016 Chris and David opened their first (and definitely not last) coffee shop on Market Street, just off the attractive Market Square in Malton. I have previously met these talented guys at some of Yorkshires best-known food and drink events. At YO Bakehouse they aim to create a relaxing experience filled with fabulous cakes, brownies and more. Their chosen coffee is roasted in Malton by ‘Roost’ and delicious loose tea is supplied by ‘Easy Teasy‘ of Newcastle upon Tyne and ‘Forleaves’ of Malton. The face to face welcome and cosy interior is memorable, and certainly a place to linger. They have on offer light lunches …

Three Things I’m Loving This Week

My new book…. I have my ‘book club’ book on the go but couldn’t resist getting hold of this book as I’m being a bit of a nature lover just now, ‘Wonderland – A Year of Britain’s Wildlife Day by Day’. Just love the book cover, so pretty. It’s by two guides to natures wonderland, Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss and takes you through the year, day by day, sharing the unexpected delights that we can experience in our skies, beaches, rivers, fields, forests and back gardens. I’m getting into a routine of having a cuppa in bed in the morning and reading the entry of the day. Today, 27 April, Stephen Moss wrote about ‘Sea’ Swallows flying up the Bristol Channel as global voyagers. A real swallow that just happens to be flying across the sea! These short paragraphs are just long enough to give me more daily insight into Britain’s wildlife. And now back to the book club read, ‘Inferno’ by Dan Brown!! Boroughbridge….. A lovely North Yorkshire town I’ve discovered this week. …

Tours in a Dish: York

It won’t have escaped your notice, but there’s quite a bit of food and drink activity going on in Yorkshire. So much, in fact, that it can make me feel quite dizzy. From Michelin-starred to fabulous street food, from beer, wine and gin to excellent cheeses, meats and the best rhubarb, seafood and curries anywhere in the country, all produced and packaged in Yorkshire. And then there is afternoon tea, and that includes my passion for tea, cakes and enjoying the whole ritual with friends and family. Having migrated back to York, I jumped at the opportunity of combining an afternoon tea tour of York with a bit of tea tasting and walking. I joined an Afternoon Tea Tour organised by Tours in a Dish, a new company in York, created by Camille Boulais-Pretty, a French-Canadian archaeologist. Camille combines her extensive historical knowledge of tea together with York’s cultural history into a walking tour in the city centre visiting several of the city’s buildings each with its own historical past. The tour started with an …

Book Club: Dinner Club

A new dinner club has evolved from my local book club. We have been meeting recently, keeping off the topic of our latest book club read, and getting to know some independent places to eat that are local to us, in our special corner of Yorkshire, that has borders on both North and West counties. So that gives us scope for many dinner experiences and we welcome friends and partners too on these foodie nights. So here are a couple of our recommendations, one in West Yorkshire, just off the M62, and the second in a suburb of Leeds just to the south of the city. Aldo’s Pizzeria in Cleckheaton It’s well over thirty years since Aldo’s pitched up on Dewsbury Road in Cleckheaton. At the time – 1983 – it must have been quite a risk. So being the first Italian restaurant in a town not thought at the time to be wildly cosmopolitan (its part of the Heavy Woollen District of Yorkshire) must have been doubly nerve wracking. However, 34 years down the …

Hello Harlow Carr

February can feel gloomy, but it’s surprising how a visit to RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate can lift the spirits, by taking a few photos of the oh so early spring bulbs and an ideal place to enjoy being a Granny still in training for pram pushing. So this February Sunday afternoon was perfect to practice my new skill along previously undiscovered paths, some quite hilly and then freewheel down to Bettys outdoor café to refuel with a hot chocolate. Then a stroll up the gentle slope past rhubarb to the surprisingly large book and gift shop. This is the kind of place to take your time, to wander…to take in your surroundings. Harlow Carr is a must-see if you are ever in the Harrogate vicinity.  There is an entrance fee but I’m glad I took the annual RHS membership. I can take a family member, and Grandson as often as I want. That’s the way to go! I look forward to returning in the next few weeks and photograph the seasonal changing of the …

The Temperance Spirit Company

It’s permanently dry January for me, but I am always on the lookout for a sophisticated adult styled alternative when attending a social gathering. Sugary drinks just don’t cut the mustard and there are only so many glasses of fresh orange you can stomach. Research has suggested that there’s a thirst for products that protect against pounding heads next morning, and also keeping an eye on what you drink can have a positive effect on your overall health and well-being. But fear not, help is at hand in the form of the Temperance Spirit Company from Skipton and their Teetotal G’n’T which claims to be as close as you can get to the taste of a real gin and tonic, but without the gin. The Temperance Spirit Company was formed in 2015 by three businessman Brendan Duckworth, Ian Jowett and Ian Ackroyd. It was former research chemist and doctor of chemistry Ian Jowett who was tasked with first developing the recipe for Teetotal G’n’T using only all natural, high quality ingredients and he spent many …

Tadcaster: Bridge Over The River Wharfe

Tadcaster What’s going for it?  Yorkshire has for so long appealed to me, Leeds urban and sprawling, and York touristy and twee, then peeping between the two on a map and there you find Tadcaster, a small market town not making much fuss. Tad, as the locals call it, has been dominated by its brewing industry for about 800 years, thanks to the limestone water. As a result, the town sometimes smells a little fruity, but it’s actually quite pleasant: Sam Smith’s brewery (not to be confused with the pop star) still employs a cooper, a sign writer and an ostler, its shire horses making local deliveries five days a week. Tad is a friendly sort of place. The town sits astride the river Wharfe, is surrounded by fields, and is in a very flat bit of Yorkshire. People there just got on with life, until that is….. The 18th-century Grade II-listed bridge over the river Wharfe crumbled on 29 December 2015 after the river rose to historic levels. Its collapse came as flooding hit …

The Hare Inn, Scawton

I was wondering where to meet up with friends twixt Christmas and New Year. I suggested The Hare Inn, a 13th Century Inn in the picturesque village of Scawton, just down a country lane not far from the top of Sutton Bank and near to Helmsley in North Yorkshire. I had wanted to visit for some time as award winning chef Paul Jackson recently won “Restaurant of the Year” for the second year running by Welcome to Yorkshire in their prestigious White Rose Awards. I was lucky enough to get a reservation for lunch, and expectations were high. On entering this quaint pub, we were greeted by friendly staff who showed us to a cosy lounge, drinks delivered and a tasting menu to be amazed by, before being shown to a table overlooking the countryside. I have to admit that tummies were not prepared for a tasting menu at lunchtime. But chef Paul and his wife Liz made a brave decision for a remote country pub to dump the a la carte for a no-choice …

Winter Garden

Do you even have a ‘winter garden’ as such? I find that the garden becomes a bit of a dumping ground between November and February. But sometimes the light catches the bark of a silver birch, or the frost outlines dying seed heads. It is so poignantly beautiful that I realise how much winter has to offer gardens. Gardens used to be able to snooze through winter, but today’s glass kitchen extensions, massive glass sliding doors and huge picture windows mean a garden is on show all year round. The snowdrops are beginning to emerge from the ground, scented shrubs are beginning to flourish and Hellebores begin to show their faces in the shadiest patches of the garden. For me, January is a time to dream about the gardening season ahead and get my hands dirty too! It’s also nice to get out on the sunny days, visit friends and family and pop along to see what’s happening at RHS Garden Harlow Carr for even more garden ideas.  So, one ‘dream’ plan is to grow …

A Box Full of Yorkshire

From the excitement of opening the box when its delivered through to the time saving ease that the contents can give: letterbox deliveries and subscription boxes can have many benefits but with so many on the market, which ones are actually worth spending your money? As you know I am fast becoming a letterbox junky. With boxes to make your snacking healthier, your beauty regime more vegan friendly, your meal times easier, baking cakes and bread, learning new crafts…. I’ve tried a few and here are a couple of reviews which fed my addiction. Craftiosity Moira Fuller created Craftiosity after leaving a very stressful career and who also loved the respite of sitting down with something to make, and the magic that descends as you forget the day and focus on making. She started Craftiosity because she wanted to make it easier to tap into your creativity, to try new things, to learn in your own time, and to make something you really want to have or use. So every month she will send you a completely …