All posts tagged: food and drink

New Year in London

Happy New Year! Grey Goose flew south from North Yorkshire to celebrate the New Year in London. Of course there was tea drinking, some strolling, some sightseeing, staying on a yacht hotel, and contemplating goals for 2015. Sunborn Yacht Hotel at Royal Victoria Dock A new and novel way to stay in the Docklands area, is on this graceful yacht with full propulsion but designed to be permanently moored. The approach to the yacht is rather grand as it sits there overlooking Excel Square, in rather a funky location. The staff were impeccably dressed and welcoming, top-notch accommodation. The venue was spotless and gleaming and perfect for seeing in the New Year. At midnight we were surrounded by fireworks across the river.   http://www.sunbornhotels.com Visit to Tower Bridge on New Year’s Eve Spanning the North and South Towers, the high-level walkways, 42 metres above the Thames are reached by a lift. Note: Long queue! There are spectacular views of the Shard, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the City from the West Walkway, …

The Yorke Arms, Ramsgill

Lunch at The Yorke Arms in Ramsgill was my first experience on my Yorkshire Michelin Star journey. The Yorke Arms was featured in The Trip, a 2010 BBC comedy starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as fictionalised versions of themselves doing a restaurant tour of northern England. I was keen to enjoy my trip too! The drive up Nidderdale from Pateley Bridge alongside Gouthwaite Reservoir included some fantastic Yorkshire countryside with stunning views. The Yorke Arms, a former 18th century coaching house and hunting inn sits in a beautiful setting by the green in this delightful village below the moors. We were welcomed by a ‘caring’ host in the flag stoned bar, who then ushered us into the lounge. Here there were old beams, wooden tables and a variety of coloured cosy sofas and chairs plus a welcoming real log fire. Head chef and owner Frances Atkins trained at the Box Tree in Ilkley, set up a catering business in 1984, and bought the Yorke Arms in 1996. She is one of only a handful …

The Queen o’ t’owd Thatch – best Sunday Lunch according to the Observer

The Queen o’ t’owd Thatch – an unusual name for a pub, but this is now my local in South Milford, and also meeting place for our book club. The ‘Thatch’, as known to the local villagers, was renovated and reopened just over a year ago by ‘a chef, a gardener and a bartender’ who showed a passion for excellent food and drink – and they do that and more! They have achieved so much in their first year by being Highly Commended as Dining Pub of the Year at the Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Awards 2014. And they are now runners up in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2014 for best Sunday lunch, so I just had to return on Sunday. I was welcomed warmly as usual by Adam, and although it was actually early evening it was filled with other hungry diners. Two courses for £16.50 – I could not resist my first pre-Christmas menu choice of local roast turkey, roast potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, large Yorkshire pudding, and the side dishes …