All posts tagged: Tadcaster

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 Tea Lounge in Tadcaster

I recently found a hidden gem of a cafe in Tadcaster serving great light meals and appealing cakes. Just the place to catch up with dear friends over a cuppa. The Tea Lounge is situated off the main street in the delightful market town of Tadcaster surrounded by beautiful North Yorkshire countryside. Just the place to stop off should you be driving up the A1 or A64 towards York. The Tea Lounge is quaint and beautifully decorated. The overall charm-factor though is the staff. The lady running front of house was extremely welcoming and chatty. This lunchtime was busy and bustling, full of locals, and we were glad a table for two had been booked. Special of the day was bacon, Brie and cranberry toastie served with a salad garnish. I must add that the cakes looked amazing, home baked from recipes passed down from the owner’s grandmother…I resisted temptation, but thoughts now are of going back for afternoon tea. Look out for the mouse on the floor near the skirting board – don’t worry …