International Wine Challenge

Earlier this month the Yorkshire Post’s wine writer Christine Austin invited readers to compete for a place as her apprentice at the prestigious International Wine Challenge.  We were delighted when Squidbeak’s wine writer Helen Scott, won the place. Now read … Continue reading

Real Staithes Walk and Picnic

We’ve long championed Staithes, one of our favourite places along the coast and now we want to tell you about a terrific day out. Real Staithes is a two hour low tide walk along the Staithes foreshore led by a … Continue reading

Le Squidbeak Tour

In case you’ve had your head under the duvet, the 20th Tour de France starts off from Leeds Town Hall on the 5th July and after 191km  of pedaling they reach Harrogate (don’t they know it’s only 25km?) . The … Continue reading

The Wine Academy

We’ve written about Karen Hardwick’s monthly wine dinners before, and make no apologies for flagging up her latest series of courses and dinners for January and February because Karen is one of the most passionate and least pompous wine educators … Continue reading

The Golden Ball update

  We reported recently about the planned community buy-out of the Golden Ball, one of York’s traditional,  unspoilt, neighbourhood pubs. Well they did it! A co-operative of 183 members raised enough money to buy the lease with all profits being … Continue reading

The Maven Cocktail Bar

We discovered The Maven Cocktail Bar a few months ago while ‘researching’ the pubs and bars of Leeds. Well, someone’s got to do it, and we think you’ll love it, we did. Finding it is the first challenge. So cool … Continue reading

International Wine Challenge 2013

Two of our independent wine merchants have picked up gongs in the International Wine Challenge – arguably the largest scale awards in the UK. Byrne’s in Clitheroe, already one of Squidbeak’s favourite places to browse and buy has been named … Continue reading

York Wine Club

We’ve long been fond of the York Beer and Wine Shop, a specialist shop tucked away off Fishergate that does what it says and more. Jim Helsby is the man behind it and a bit of a York legend. There’s … Continue reading

Flourish & Prosper

Helen wrote about Flourish & Prosper earlier this year when owner Sean Welsh selected half a dozen autumn wines for us.  We were so taken with his selection, his wonderful shop in Howden and his wife Julie’s delicatessen, that they … Continue reading

Real Ale with CAMRA in Sheffield

Last month some old friends of ours signed up for a CAMRA weekend in Sheffield. It was quite a commitment to real ale since they live in Oxford. No doubt most of the pubs will be familiar to local ale … Continue reading

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