All posts tagged: york

Birthday Lunch at The Black Swan at Oldstead

Ever since my Mum moved back to Yorkshire, I’ve been dying to visit The Black Swan in Oldstead, but felt like I needed an ‘occasion’ given its Michelin-star quality food (and prices!). I finally had the perfect excuse for my 30th birthday in October and asked my Mum if a trip there for lunch could be my present (a bit cheeky, but it worked, and she got to enjoy it too!). I booked at the start of the year last year as it’s high in demand. Mid-way through last year it was voted the ‘Travellers Choice Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the World’ by TripAdvisor, so I was glad I got my booking in before then, as I’m sure the requests went through the roof. It all seems so baffling for a tiny restaurant in a humble little village such as Oldstead. Despite it being around 20 minutes from where my Mum lives and where I grew up as a child, we didn’t know anything about it until its incredible rise to fame over the …

A light lunch at Mannion & Co, Helmsley

On a recent trip up to Yorkshire to see my Mum, we went for a light lunch at Mannion & Co in the quaint market town of Helmsley – the only market town in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. I’d been to their York restaurant a couple of years ago which I wrote about here and since then, the company has been going from strength to strength. The new location in Helmsley definitely has a different vibe to York – it feels a lot more cosy and rural given the setting, welcoming dog walkers to take a pew downstairs, with views across to the beautiful Helmsley Castle from the top floor. It’s also incredibly popular with queues at times – good reviews travel fast! They also sell a range of superb cakes, pastries and cheeses. Mum and I were just looking for something fairly simple as we were going out for dinner later that day, but having said that, Mannion & Co doesn’t really do simple! I ordered a scotch egg and Mum ordered a …

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!

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 …

Inside The Factory – TV Review

When I saw some fellow foodies talking about BBC’s ‘Inside The Factory’ programme on Twitter, I knew I’d have to watch it. Especially as they mentioned that one episode would be about the Nestlé factory in York. I used to live near it, and knew a few people who worked there. But I’m also very aware of the ethical controversy surrounding the company and I wondered if this would be mentioned. ‘Inside The Factory’ is a BBC documentary-style programme, presented by Gregg Wallace and Cherry Healey. Each of the three episodes focuses on a different kind of factory – bread, chocolate and milk, respectively. It seemed like quite an odd choice of subject matter for a documentary given the current focus on fresh, healthy food ‘straight from the field/farm’. Seeing the raw products being delivered to the factory fresh and then going through hundreds of processes, it made the bread, chocolate and milk feel extremely ‘manufactured.’ That’s not to say that the processes were harmful or any nasties were being added to the products, but seeing them …