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Yorkshire Cafe review: Swine That Dines, Leeds
Tom McKenzie is a budding food writer and one half of  the blogging partnership: The Dirty Pigs. We liked his style and invited him to review somewhere for Squidbeak. It seemed fitting to invite the ‘pig’ to join us at the Swine that...
30 November 2015
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Old School Coffee Shop, Grosmont
26 November 2015
Bundobust, Leeds
4 November 2015

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B&B review: Dotty's Vintage B&B , Staithes
Trudie Ward's fabulous vintage shop on the High Street in Staithes rightly draws a lot of attention - she opened her lovely tea room next to it a few months ago, and now there are two charming bedrooms on the first floor decorated in her trademark or...
20 November 2015
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Crab & Lobster Cottage, Runswick Bay
29 October 2015
Clitherow Cottage, Hotham, Yorkshire Wolds
15 October 2015

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Top Christmas Cheeses
We raved about Andy and Kathy Swinscoe’s fabulous shop, the Courtyard Dairy in Settle last Christmas and make no apology for doing so again this year. It’s where we buy our Christmas cheeses and you should too. Take a look at his awards: Chees...
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Real Staithes Foreshore
The Guardian featured Sean Baxter as one of the ten best tour guides in the WORLD! We are proud that we told you about Sean's Real Staithes walks, long before he was famous. Here is our report of the foreshore  walk and picnic we took with him.
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Recipes If we can make it you can!

Blackberry and apple muffins
This is such a colourful, romantic and interesting time of year if you like to be outside enjoying the last few rays of late summer sun. Blackberries, elderberries and windfall apples are everywhere. When I go running in the mornings I try to remember to take a plastic bag with me to gather any edible fruit or nuts I see. 
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Made in Yorkshire Local at its best

Wensleydale Cheese
Probably Yorkshire's most famous food export, Wensleydale cheese has a story that goes back 1000 years.
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