All posts tagged: yorkshire

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 …

A Foodie Weekend in North Yorkshire

I recently spent the weekend in Yorkshire with my Mum, who has now moved back to the area after living in Cyprus for almost 15 years. You may have read my other posts about our wonderful trip to High Farndale Farm and Afternoon Tea at Bettys. We both love our food and so it was only natural that most of our weekend together centred around good grub! I arrived in York on the Saturday lunchtime and so we thought we’d have lunch in the city. I hadn’t wandered around York since I was probably about 11 years old, so it was nice to reminisce and brought back many great memories – although it was so busy with lots of hen parties and stag do’s. Not quite like it used to be. I think next time I would go mid-week rather than a Saturday. We stumbled upon a pub/restaurant called Guy Fawkes Inn on High Petergate – I’m a sucker for a place with history, and this is built on the spot where the man himself …

Afternoon Tea at Bettys, Harrogate

As you may have read in this previous blog post, I recently spent the weekend up in North Yorkshire where my mum lives, and where I grew up as a child.  On my last day, before begrudgingly catching the train back down to London, we decided to go for Afternoon Tea at Bettys Tearoom in Harrogate. I had taken my mum to Afternoon Tea at Harrods last year as a Mother’s Day treat and we enjoyed it so much – I think it’s a lovely way for mums and daughters to have cake and a catch-up! Apparently Afternoon Tea was first invented by The Langham Hotel in London and they are marking the 150th anniversary this year.     Bettys is highly regarded across the globe and at weekends, you will often find a queue around the corner of the building, with tourists from all over the world paying a visit. It was founded by Frederick Belmont, a Swiss baker and confectioner who came to England in search of opportunities to develop his craft skills. …

#FoodieFriends – My Mum’s Visit To BBC Good Food Show Spring

I’m very excited to have a post on the blog from my very own ‘Mumsie’ – I’m sure my mum will happily admit to being a technophobe – she doesn’t have any social media accounts, so having her words written up on here is really exciting for me. She’s written about her experience at the BBC Good Food Show Spring in Harrogate in April. Keeping with the theme of the photos from #FoodieFriends so far, here’s a pic of Mum on our wedding day earlier this year, doing a fantastic speech that had everyone in hysterics!  I’ve also noticed how much I write like her!! Over to you, Mumsie! “Earlier this year, together with two friends, I visited the BBC Good Food Show, held at the Harrogate International Centre. Having only recently returned from living in Cyprus, where ‘Food Shows’ are few and far between, I was eagerly awaiting this new experience! From the minute we walked through the doors, into the first ‘Hall’ we were greeted with a vast array of stands, housing everything …

Proper Pork Chops from High Farndale, North Yorkshire

“Now THAT’S a pork chop!” was Tim’s first comment when I opened up the parcel from High Farndale. I had come across them on Twitter and they had been kind enough to send us some pork to try out at home. The farm is in North Yorkshire (Kirkbymoorside), very close to where I grew up as a child, and is run by Peter Mawson and Nicola Frost. They produce pork, lamb and hogget (lambs are aged 0 to 12 months, hogget are 13 to 24 months and mutton is two years and older. Some refer to Hogget as ‘yearling lamb’ or ‘shearling’). Their British Saddleback pigs are a native rare breed and they’re tough, sleeping outside in nests they build, often ignoring the accommodation provided by the farm. As such, the pork has a layer of fat that will keep your meat moist during cooking. High Farndale sell their meat online in large quantities: Pork Quarter pig (15kg): a cut of the leg, a cut of the shoulder, a cut of the belly, eight chops and sausages. …