Yorkshire should be celebrated 365 days a year, however we have to settle for 1st August, but why? August 1st was chosen as it has special significance in the County’s history. On this date in 1759, soldiers in Yorkshire regiments who had fought in the battle of Minden in Germany, picked roses from the nearby fields as a tribute to their fallen comrades. Yorkshire Day started the night before for me with a scrumptious 6 course tasting menu at my local award-winning pub, the Queen o’t’ owd Thatch in South Milford, celebrating food from England’s greatest county. This is my celebration of Yorkshire Day showcasing my special places in this, UK’s largest fantastic county, Yorkshire I love spotting these delightful ‘Mouseman’ mice carved in oak all over Yorkshire, lots in Ampleforth Abbey, and this one I found on the bar at the Black Swan at Oldstead while I was on my Michelin adventure. And the yummiest of sauces – Henderson’s Relish Happy Yorkshire Day G ∼♥∼ G
The recent Mother’s Day weekend was a brilliant excuse to have a family gathering at a gorgeous hotel. Raithwaite Hall near Whitby ticked all our boxes, plus many, many more. It’s not really what you expect of quaint little Sandsend, on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, a glamorous 45 bedroom hotel, a host of luxury self-catering cottages, a swimming pool and spa, but hidden up a wooded drive off the Whitby Road, Raithwaite Hall, a 19th century, former ship-owners mansion provided us this and more. Raithwaite Hall offers five star service right from the moment you arrive, from the friendly welcome at reception to the warm yet not imposing manner in which you’re shown to your room. Our room in the main hall overlooked the gardens, was large and spacious with huge comfortable beds and a modern classy bathroom complete with Aromatherapy Associates products. It was a very quiet and cosy environment to spend time in. Our package included dinner in the main restaurant. Pre-dinner cocktails were served in the cosy bar. …
Here we are in that rather strange time period – between Christmas and New Year. ‘Twixtmas’ The period between Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve presents an opportunity to do something different. It gives the chance to take stock, do things we don’t normally get time to do. As this is a time to reflect on the year soon to be behind us all, I have lots of high spots and some lows to remember. The highs – I thought I’d pinch some images from the last 12 months, together with a few words of wisdom, and ‘voila’!
My ‘Friday Photo’ is Runswick Bay. This is my best kept secret – I only discovered this gem on the North Yorkshire coast this year, and looking forward to going back soon. With its sweeping, sheltered bay and charming red roofed cottages, Runswick Bay is one of the Yorkshire coast’s prettiest destinations. The sandy beach, which once provided anchorage for brightly coloured fishing boats, is now a family favourite for rock pooling, fossil hunting and coastal walks, where you can admire the breathtaking sea views.