All posts tagged: Harrogate

Farm Bistro Harrogate

I love getting out for lunch with my daughter, and sharing the experience of ‘ladies who lunch’ is becoming a most delightful habit. Harrogate is becoming a treasure trove of indie delights for us to explore, they keep popping up in unexpected locations. We just can’t resist locally sourced and made with love – and sourdough bread plus lunch attracted us to Farm Bistro, up the stairs above its own bread shop, in the centre of Harrogate. Owner Vanora and family hail from Leeds, and have created childhood memories of growing up on a farm both in the design and food, a nostalgic feeling of warmth, well-being and security. This lunchtime the place was buzzing with chatter and we did have to wait a little for a table for two. The staff were friendly and smiley – a winning combination. The menus include breakfast, posh toast all day, salads and specials. They only use homemade sourdough bread for their toast, made from a naturally cultured leaven with love by Vanora. Did you know? Sourdough bread …

Christmas Gifts

It’s less than two weeks to the big day. How are all your Christmas plans going? If you’re in need of ideas I’d like to lend a hand with selecting a few pressies that are sure to create a buzz on December 25th. In Harrogate recently I came across a couple of foodie ideas. The Cheeseboard, on Commercial Street (which is an arcade of independent shops from butchers to chocolate, to cakes and crafts, well worth a visit just off the main shopping area), has an amazing selection of local cheeses. Wensleydale being my favourite to go with the brandy fed Christmas cake. As they say in Yorkshire, ‘A rich fruit cake without Wensleydale cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze’. They also they do hampers by post, but hurry!! Just across the road is a chocolatier, the Harrogate Chocolate Tree, selling the most delicious ‘handmade on the premises’ chocolates. You can buy their boxes, bars or these special domes as Christmas pressies…too too tempting. They have invited me to go back in the …