Saturday, 21 July 2012

Websters Fish and Chip Shop - Saltaire

A first for the blog... a review on fish and chips. I'm not sure why I haven't reviewed fish and chips before. I do like to eat them, not as frequently as I would like but that is probably a good thing, I think the last time I had fish and chips was either in Scarborough or Leeds Markets.

I love the Fish and Chip debate, it gets everyone involved as almost everyone likes to go to the chippy even it's for a battered sauasage instead. Many of us are on the constant look out for the BEST fish and chips on the planet (in the UK). But most will have their favourite chippy they will go to time and time again.

From previous conversations I have found that most people have a shared view on what the perfect fish and chips should be like. Nice crisp batter, not too soggy containing an inch of fat underneath a supposedly crispy batter. Plus chips that don't look anemic. I like my chips to be cooked god damn it! I like my fish to be fresh too, you can tell if it's poor quality and been in a freezer for months. I'm not sure if this is just me but I also don't like the skin on my fish but I can get over this, what I really hate is when it hasn't been boned...

Friday, 20 July 2012

Five Rise Locks Cafe - Bingley

The five risk locks are Bingley's most visited attraction.The Five rise locks cafe is surprisingly located on the canal at the top of the five rise locks in Bingley.

As you can see from the above picture it was one of those days where it was sunny one minute and pouring it down the next. Blue sky in the corner and big black clouds coming in from the distance.

On the right hand side you can just about see the Five Rise Locks Cafe.

It was mid afternoon and I was feeling a bit peckish, my friend and I were also planning on walking home so we needed to get something in us to spur us on and keep us going for that one hour walk home.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

The Angel - Baildon

One Sunday I decided it would be quite nice to walk in to Baildon town centre in the attempt to get to know the local area better. It was one of the more pleasant Sundays where it was mostly sun instead of rain.

I had a quick look on google maps before we set off to see if there were any places we could have lunch and The Angel pub came up and had positive reviews although I didn't take care to read them...

The walk turned out to be a bit of a mission, it was up hill. Up very steep hills. Unfortunately this was not something google maps informed me of.

Once in the town centre I milled around looking at the local monuments and the local stocks. With hardly anything open I headed to The Angel.

I walked in and everyone glanced my way.... Everyone in there was about the same age or younger than me so I'd say about 18-25. Sport was on all of the TV screens, but I noted they were child friendly as a couple of girls had a baby with them.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

The 1875 - Menston

The 1875 describes itself as a gastronomic journey through India. Run by the finest of men, Manjinder was born in India but moved to our great country at the tender age of 4. He did return to India later in life and it was then that he discovered that there was even more to Indian food than people in this country generally perceive (More than his mothers home cooking but I'm assured this isn't to be faulted either). His dream is to bring real, fine, truly Indian cuisine to the friendly folk of Yorkshire.

He has some good grounding in that he grew up sampling his mothers homemade cuisine every day. He has good friends in the restaurant business and he has the right attitude. I hope this man goes far and achieves all of his dreams.

You'd be forgiven for almost walking past The 1875 as you get off the train at Menston. From the platform the building looks just like any other small town railway station. However there is a hidden surprise here, turn the corner enter through a side door and climb the stairs and you're transported in to Manjinder's world.