Sunday, 21 September 2014

Competition: Two free tickets to 'Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair' in Harrogate

Competition time!! I have two free tickets up for grabs for the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair. 

The fair takes place in Harrogate on 27-30th November 2014 in the HIC. 

Here's some more details about the fair from the event organisers:

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Meat Liquor - Leeds

It started with a wagon. A meat wagon serving street food to Londoners that then turned into a burger joint in an actual real life brick building. Queues of people were reported waiting hours to get in. Then everyone else jumped on the band wagon, or should that be meat wagon?

Burger off!! I've heard the voices of (twitter) Leeds cry every time another new place opened serving burgers. However when Meat Liquor announced that their first venture north would be in Leeds it changed. There was a buzzing and hum of excitement "the people who started it all are coming to Leeds" it was reported. Move aside Manchester now who is the food capital of the north?

Saturday, 6 September 2014

The Tea Cottage - Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey is a beautiful place lying on the very border of the Yorkshire Dales.

It cost us £9 for the car to enter the car park for the day and then there were no further fees to pay to enter the grounds of the abbey. After a wander down to the abbey we felt a bit peckish so decided to head back towards the car park (which is located next to the post office/gift shop) and try out the cafĂ© we had seen there.

Friday, 5 September 2014

The Botanist - Leeds

I visited Botanist a couple of weeks after Trinity opened last year but have only just gotten around to editing all my drafts and creating readable sentences from my hastily written reviews! So please bear in mind these were from last year and the menu may have changed.

The decor in Botanist is... Well the only way I can describe it is pottery shed kitch. A bit like a nice garden shed, which I guess is apt for the name.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Cafe Andulaz - Westend, Glasgow

The Westend of Glasgow is far different from the central streets of Glasgow which are decorated with big shopping centres and the fast food chains on every corner. I feel that Glasgow, although the bigger city, is often overlooked over Edingburgh. It's a shame especially when the Westend has so much to offer. Kelvingrove houses one of Dali's master pieces and there is of course the Ubiquitous Chip a well famed restaurant.

One cold Scottish day X and I were in the Westend of Glasow having taken the clockwork orange from the city centre. Food was first up on the agenda and after wandering around in circles a few times we decided upon Tapas at Cafe Andaluz. They have another two restaurants in Scotland so a small chain.

Fuji Hiro - Leeds

Worth the hype? Not the night we went...

Fuji Hiro has come up in many conversations I have had about where to get good noodles or a cheap but great meal. I've tried to go the odd couple of nights in the past but have been unable to dine as the place was too full. 

One Sunday evening after a day spent wandering around Leeds and accidentally getting a bit tipsy in Brew Dog Bar me and T decided we wanted noodles.  We stood at the top of Briggate for a while trying to figure out where to go when Fuji Hiro sprang to mind and off we went.

We had no trouble finding a table at this time on a Sunday night and were quickly seated next to the window. 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Carluccio's dessert and coffee - Trinity Leeds

When will I learn?

Not all chains are reliable.

Especially Carluccio's.

Carluccio's is a firm favourite of mine for a Friday treat of coffee and pastry to take away. This is where it should end. My first ever blog post was written about Carluccio's when it first opened on Greek Street in Leeds three years ago. It wasn't a great experience and I have never returned for a sit down meal.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Tweedies Bar - Grasmere, The Lake District

We first visited Tweedies after a rather long walk in Lower Langdale, tired and hankering for a pint but not wanting to sit in a hotel foyer we found this place with the help of Google (Grasmere actually has 3G!). A CAMRA award winning pub we really had struck gold.

We returned to Grasmere the following day to have a better look around (when the shops were all open) and to get a spot of lunch. A glorious summers afternoon we were keen to enjoy lunch alfresco but were struggling to find a) somewhere with space left to sit outside b) somewhere that sold a decent lunch. The problem we found when visiting the more touristy villages/towns in The Lakes was that they tended to cater to the tourist, playing upon British stereotypes. There were a lot of sandwiches (most ridiculously priced place for a cheese sandwich on earth) fish and chips and afternoon tea type lunches. Not exactly what we were looking for. 

Monday, 1 September 2014

The Scott's Arms - Sicklinghall, Wetherby

Finding somewhere within Leeds to eat on a Saturday evening without prebooking at least a week ahead is becoming harder and harder. This combined with a longing desire to constantly get out of the city on a weekend brought us to Scott's Arms in Sicklinghall, Wetherby.

Nestled away in a village just north of Leeds lies this lovely (no so little pub) with adjoining farm shop. If you're wanting to dine here there is a waiter service which seats you but then you're required to place your order at the bar... Slightly confusing. Also whilst we were paying for our food (at the bar) we noticed the specials menu, not visible from our table, with options we would have chosen over the regular menu, if only someone had said something.