All posts tagged: north yorkshire

Mother’s Day Michelin-Star Lunch at The Star Inn at Harome

Since Mum moved back to Yorkshire from Cyprus, we’ve had great fun exploring new places in the area (places I would no doubt have visited as a child but don’t remember), but most importantly places that do very good food! I was back up North for Mother’s Day and I’d booked a table for the two of us for lunch at The Star Inn at Harome. We visited on the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend so we could enjoy a full day and evening together rather than me having to head back to foggy London Town in the late afternoon. The Michelin-starred ‘The Star Inn’ is a couple of miles outside the quaint market town of Helmsley, and has origins believed to date back to the 14th Century. It was certainly very unusual to see a thatched roof in this area! As the website describes, Owner/Executive Chef Andrew Pern’s ‘Modern Yorkshire’ style of cooking places great emphasis on regional and seasonal ingredients and is firmly rooted in North Yorkshire, as indeed is Andrew himself, having grown …

A Day Out At Malton Food Lovers Festival

I can’t believe I’m only just getting round to writing this, but in May, I went to a great food festival with my Mum when I was up visiting in Yorkshire. It took place in Malton (a quaint market town about 30-40 mins drive from York), aptly named the Malton Food Lovers Festival. My Mum and I love any excuse to wander around a food market and this one didn’t disappoint, with all different types of cuisines, crafts, live music and performances. It was incredibly busy, so not particularly easy to take lots of photos of the food stalls, but here are a few I managed to snap. There was so much amazing produce on offer – I ended up buying two pheasants, a rhubarb liqueur and Yorkshire halloumi cheese. We stopped for a tea and scone at one of the permanent restaurants on the square, and watched the world go by. There were also a number of live cookery demonstrations taking place with celebrity chefs such as Rosemary Shrager, but unfortunately we just didn’t …

Wild Yorkshire – May 2016

You might have read on here that I was born in North Yorkshire, in the beautiful town of Harrogate, to be precise. My mum recently moved back to a little village on the way to York, and I go up to visit as much as I can. I regularly post restaurant/event reviews of my visits up to Yorkshire, but it’s such a stunning place, full of incredible nature and wildlife, that I thought I’d start a series of posts simply with the photos I take when out and about – they don’t really fit into any of my usual blog posts, but the photos are definitely worth sharing. So here are some of my snaps from my last visit in May 2016… Let me know what you think, would love to hear your thoughts!

Exploring Newby Hall Gardens & Teddy Bear Exhibition

One of my favourite memories as a child is visiting Newby Hall, a short drive from where we lived in North Yorkshire. But the excitement certainly didn’t stem from looking around the stately home (not something I could imagine many children being interested in!) but exploring the gardens surrounding it. It had a fantastic variety of playground rides, as well as a miniature train which travelled around the grounds. And there was normally ice cream involved in these visits! When I was up visiting my mum last week, we decided to ‘re-visit’ Newby Hall as they had a teddy bear exhibition taking place, which we both loved the idea of. Heading down the long driveway, winding around the grounds’ fields filled with sheep, we couldn’t help but feel nostalgic. One of my most memorable visits to Newby Hall as a child is when they hosted their annual craft fair, and we would park up in the fields and head inside to the plethora of food and craft stalls. The ticket prices had certainly gone up …

The Magical World of The Imaginarium, York

Curiouser and curiouser! During my last visit to York I walked into a shop which had me captivated from the moment I walked in. The Imaginarium has a beautiful window display, complete with a golden ‘merry go round’ horse, I can’t imagine how anyone could walk past and not venture inside! The gentleman in the shop, Lewis, was incredibly helpful and was keen to tell us the stories behind many of the items on sale in this Victorian style curiosity shop. I was shopping with my Mum, who was particularly taken with the fox artwork; some tongue in cheek pieces featuring the animals in human (and very un fox-like!) poses. And as you can imagine, the reason I loved the shop was due to all of the fabulous items for teas and dinner parties, including a wide range of animal milk jugs and salt and pepper sets. Mum bought a fantastic goat milk jug for Tim and I, as we realised we didn’t have one recently while hosting lunch and I awkwardly had to serve custard …

Lunch at Mannion and Co, York

Since my Mum moved back to the UK earlier in the year, I’ve been able to make quite a few trips back up to Yorkshire and my hometown, York. It’s such a pretty city! During my last visit, we had lunch at Mannion and Co in the city centre. We came across the deli style window display and after peeking inside, thought it looked great! As the weather was nice, we thought we’d make the most of the end of Summer and sit outside in the courtyard. It wasn’t anything spectacular, but it was small and quaint and a perfect spot to soak up the last of the sun. The Mannion family first opened this premise as a green grocers 25 years ago, and over time they have restored the Tudor frontage visible from the courtyard. The business is now a joint venture between John Mannion and his son in law, Andrew Burton, who works as the Head Chef and has won numerous rosettes and Michelin stars for many of the county’s best restaurants and hotels. John …