All posts tagged: sourdough bread

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 …

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 …