Our Top Ten for 2015

Squidbeak have eaten well this year and so we bring you our Christmas round up, in no particular order, of the best bars, cafes and restaurants of 2015. Thank you to all our followers, thanks for sending in your tips … Continue reading

Lewis & Duncan go Freelance

There are chefs with big egos and we all know who they are, and there are chefs who just get on with the business of cooking. Two of the most quiet, modest and underrated cooks we know are Sally Duncan … Continue reading

Four at the Top

In the last couple of weeks I have, by coincidence, had the rare treat of eating in four of our top ten restaurants, and what a delight. Everyone of them different and all of them operating at the top of … Continue reading

Penny’s Puds

We’ve mentioned Penny Ward’s fabulous puddings before and we’re always looking for another reason to give her a plug – well we’ve got two! Her sticky toffee puds have been a runaway success (none other than the classy Chatsworth Farm … Continue reading

Tasting menu at Gimbals

We were thrilled when Gimbals won Best Neighbourhood Restaurant in the recent Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards; it’s no secret that we put their name in the hat, but in the end it came down to two choices and … Continue reading

Pextenement Cheese

From the window of the room I laughingly call my office I spend too much time watching contented cows grazing in lush fields. The 17th century farm just down the lane has been farmed organically by Alan Sutcliffe and his … Continue reading

Fox & Hounds

We’ve raved about the Fox and Hounds at Goldsborough before. It remains our number one restaurant in Yorkshire and I was reminded just how good it was last night after a terrific dinner that began with crab linguini followed by … Continue reading

Anyone for Tiffin?

There are no shortage of caffs in Robin Hoods Bay but we urge you to head for Tiffin (on the right just before you hit the sea) for a great cup of coffee and some serious cake. Sabina Warricker’s but … Continue reading

Taking the Temperature

When I did a cookery course at the Betty’s Cookery School, the staff were obsessed with oven temperatures. They emphasised how important it was to check oven temperatures so much that they were constantly doing the rounds and turning our … Continue reading

Harvey Nix New Dawn

Since Richard Walton Allen left the Fourth Floor Café in April 2011 to mastermind his magnificent Create project, Harvey Nichols has been a bit rudderless. A six month recruiting campaign didn’t bear fruit, and despite advertising the post nationally, the … Continue reading

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