Thursday, 30 April 2015

The Beehive - Thorner, Leeds

Thorner is a small village on the outskirts of Leeds heading towards Wetherby. An interesting fact about Thorner is that it has no street lighting (!). I'd never visited Thorner prior to my trip to The Beehive but I instantly fell in love with the place, even having no phone signal for a few hours didn't deter me. As soon as I got home I looked up Thorner on Right Move... and then realised it will be a few years until I can afford to live in Thorner, the only places in a first time buyer's price range were some tiny apartments. Not exactly my dream home in the country. I should have guessed it would have been out of price range by the super-cars that kept driving past..

Nevertheless Thorner is only a 15 minute drive away from North Leeds so I'm sure I can keep visiting and keep dreaming.

I visited Thorner and The Beehive on a bizarrely sunny and warm Wednesday evening in April. We jumped at the chance to eat outside, and what a good idea that was. The views outside the beehive are stunning. Staring across fields you can watch the sunset and the sky dance in colour. The best backdrop to any meal.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Whitelock's Ale House - Sunday Lunch - Leeds City Centre



For those of you who are unfamiliar with Whitelock's it might interest you to know that it is the oldest pub in Leeds dating back to 1715.

I was introduced to this pub when my interest in craft beer/real ale flourished and I immediately fell in love. The taps are always changing with local beers and some further afield brews too. The atmosphere has never felt threatening and the staff have always been friendly and welcoming. I also have a massive interest in history and this pub is full of it. The bar has ceramic tiles decorating the sides, there is stain glass, wooden cladding, mirrors with writing on, iron table legs displaying the pub's name, leather bar stools, open fires and lots of other hidden little historical treasures.

The pub has seen a regeneration in recent years as more and more people are turning back to the pubs, and beer, and turning their backs on wine and cocktail bars with loud music. It feels like we're going back to British. This in hand with it's recent takeover in 2012 has propelled it in to the light of Leeds city centre's culture scene... and food scene.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Leeds Indie Food Festival - My Wish List



Leeds Indie Food Festival described by themselves as "A new collaborative independent festival of food and culture". It's running from 7 to 24th May with events across the city in a variety of locations.

I've compiled my very own wish list below.  It sort of feels like writing a  Christmas list, writing everything you would like and can dream of but knowing your parents aren't millionaires (or at least in my case) so you're not going to get everything but some of it would be a treat and gratefully received. 

At the time of writing some events have already sold out, I have not included these in the below list. The events are selling out quickly, at the time of reading these events may already be full! 

Without further a do.....  

Monday, 20 April 2015

Gorse at Mrs Atha's - Part of The Leeds Indie Food Festival 2015




If you haven't heard of Leeds Indie Food Festival and you like food and drink you're in for a treat, if you have skip the next two paragraphs.

Leeds indie food festival was an idea brought about to showcase the truly wonderful independents we have here in Leeds. What's even more wonderful is that the idea is a project from people of Leeds who are passionate about food and the independent businesses within the city and it was funded by the people of Leeds who are passionate about food and the independents within Leeds in the form of a kickstarter.

There is another food festival which runs each year but I don't think I am alone in thinking that the chain restaurants get all the top spots and therefore the footfall at this festival. It's most likely because they have the cash.

The indie food festival isn't a one or two dayer, it will start on 7th May and end on 24th May and take place over a variety of different locations. Some of the food events include rum tasting, beer and ice cream pop ups, Victorian-esq dinners and Leeds Feast which will be over two days at Tetley's. Events are already selling out so I'd advise you book sooner rather than later. If you think you can attend more than one event it might be worth you investing in a festival passport as these will give holders discounts and a few little extras not available to Joe Bloggs (unless Joe has one too). 

Saturday, 11 April 2015

The Bridge - Horncastle, Lincolnshire



Horncastle is fast becoming one of my favourite towns. It lies on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and it won antiques town of Britain in 2001. It doesn't surprise me either as the town has an abundance of antique and junk shops. I don't think I've ever seen so many in such close proximity to each other. It's amazing. I love junk shopping, finding little treasures and fixing them up again. Finding that classic piece of kitchenalia long forgotten and bringing it a new lease of life. The cache of junk and antiques is so good here that people flock from all over the world to grab a bargain.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Forzza (Everyman Cinema Pizzeria) - Leeds, Trinity


The pizzeria at Everyman Cinema is a prelude to a main attraction, but it is often skipped and unnoticed. I however I seem to have done things a little backwards, which admittedly is not uncommon for me, I have been to the pizzeria twice now and have never visited the main attraction - the cinema. Although I hear glorifying reports from others on the unique experience.