As well as learning a new skill at the wreath-making workshop, it was lovely – as always – to meet and get to know better some other Yorkshire bloggers.
Emma and Amy I’d met just a few days earlier at Roast + Conch, Lil I hadn’t met before but I read her blog and have followed her on Twitter for a while, and Kathryn is one of my favourite bloggers – we met briefly at Home Is In The North – but it was great to have a bit more time to talk.
It’s funny, walking into a room on my own, not sure if I’ll know anyone, isn’t something I find daunting now – not when it’s a blogger event. It’s always good to talk through #bloggerproblems but you soon find the chat moves on. With this group for example we covered everything from the merits of a private education to feminism and our favourite TV programmes.
With all that concentration and crafting at the workshop, we’d worked up an appetite so we carried our conversation over through lunch at The Yorkshire Meatball Company.
This place came highly recommended by the Harrogate dwellers among us, and after just a glance at the menu I understood why.
Apart from their clever use of everyday utensils as cool décor and the fact a huge Yorkshire flag adorned a wall, their way of presenting their dishes impressed me. It’s no fuss food, but at the same time you can choose exactly what you want.
You pick a ball (there are fish and chickpea options, as well as meat), a bed (like mash, veg or pasta) and a blanket (the sauce). Simple, and so good. And it made an alliteration-loving girl like me very happy.
I went for the original Yorkshire balls with Granny’s gravy, Yorkshire pudding (well, it was Sunday) and mash. The balls were seasoned to perfection, the potato smooth and creamy and the gravy was just the right thickness – and, importantly, there was plenty of it (I’m rather a gravy fan you see).
The only slightly tricky thing was eating it. The balls in gravy were served on a hot skillet, with the pudding and mash alongside on a separate, rectangular plate. First, I took some advice from the others then after I took my first bite I realised it didn’t really matter how I ate it all, I just had to make sure I did.
Do you like the look of The Yorkshire Meatball Company?
Need to know: The Yorkshire Meatball Company is at 7 Station Bridge, Harrogate, HG1 1SS. Phone 01423 566645.