Proper Nutty!

Jill and I are often asked what our guilty secrets are, food-wise. Mine’s crisps – I can do a family bag in one sitting. Jill’s is peanut butter. I didn’t think I was partial until these bad boys appeared on … Continue reading

Herbs Unlimited

To Herbs Unlimited at Sandhutton this week for their open day at the 90 acre herb farm created and run by the lovely Alison Dodds. After touring ‘the hill’ where the outdoor perennial herbs are grown: chives, sage, mint and … Continue reading

The Black Swan at Lockwoods

An invitation for dinner at Lockwoods of Ripon cooked by Tommy Banks from the Michelin starred Black Swan at Oldstead, was too good to miss. It turns out that Tommy Banks and Matthew Lockwood are old mates. They cooked up … Continue reading

Say Cheese

So what do you do when the kids have left home and you find yourself with time on your hands? Bridge? Pilates? Knitting? No such gentle pastimes for Elizabeth Snowdon. She arrived home one day and announced she was going … Continue reading

Christmas Gifts for the Food Lover

Stuck for Christmas presents? Here are a few suggestions for the food lover from the pages of Squidbeak: A Gift of Cheese Put together a bespoke cheese hamper from the Courtyard Dairy’s fabulous cheese selection and have it delivered.  Andy … Continue reading

More than tea & cake at T&Cake?

We wondered how long it would be before Stephen Jackson dusted off his whites. A man with this amount of talent, energy, creativity and curiosity would be satisfied serving mushrooms on toast (brilliant though they are) for a limited time. … Continue reading

New Tricks at Harvey Nicks

To Dean Clough for a sneak preview of the soon-to-be-unveiled glitzy Fourth Floor Cafe and Bar at Harvey Nichols. I thought we were being treated to a masterclass by Head Chef Paul Cunliffe but in fact we were cooking. Belly … Continue reading

The Meat Crusade

A few weeks ago I  found myself standing in a freezing farmyard contemplating a shed full of cattle. I was on a Yorkshire Food Finder tour visiting some of the region’s best food producers. The Herefords, Aberdeen Angus, Galloways and … 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

Back to the Cooking School

To The Cooking School at Dean Clough – well actually the Viaduct café on the ground floor, which they’ve just colonized to use as a learning place for the recently inaugurated Apprenticeship Scheme. Executive chef/director Matthew Benson Smith and chef/tutor Paul Johnson … Continue reading

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