Category Archives: Culture

What to do in Ilkley?

Toast House cafe, Ilkley, Yorkshire | www.angelinthenorth.com

Some of my girls and I have recently booked to spend another weekend holed up in a cabin in the Yorkshire countryside this summer. You might have read that we did the same thing last year, and it was idyllic. I mean, it rained the whole time, but that kind of made it more fun... Nothing could ...

Yorkshire Three Peaks

Yorkshire Three Peaks: Pen-y-ghent | www.angelinthenorth.com

A few weeks ago, you might have read this moving account by one of my best friends Emma about living with a child with a serious illness. Her 18-month-old son Freddie, my godson, has chronic liver disease. Emma talked about how one of the ways she and her family have coped since the diagnosis has been to ...

Mother’s Day afternoon tea

Marmalade on the Square tea room Wakefield | www.angelinthenorth.com

I hope you all had a lovely Mother's Day yesterday. I took my mum for afternoon tea at a gorgeous tea room that opened a few months ago in Wakefield. Marmalade on the Square is housed in a rather fabulous three storey corner building that is more than 100 years old. Inside it's prettily decked out with shabby chic ...

Spinach and mushroom curry

Spinach and mushroom curry recipe from Prashad

I'll be honest, I'm not a confident cook. I can do the basics, but my husband tends to take charge in the kitchen. Usually, I want something that is quick and easy. But that's not to say I eat ready meals - hardly ever in fact. I would say if I had a speciality, it's probably ...

Opening of Wasabi in Leeds

Opening of Wasabi Sushi and Bento at Trinity Leeds February 2014 | www.angelinthenorth.com

Just when I thought Trinity Leeds had given all it could, food-wise, a new and different invitation landed in my inbox. It was for the preview of the opening of Japanese food chain Wasabi. Now I haven't wandered this side of Leeds city centre recently but I gather from Twitter chat this place has been 'coming soon' for ...

Valentine’s Day getaway ideas

Valentine

So I may be a subscriber to the idea that you show your love year-round rather than on one day mid-February. I may also cynically view Valentine's Day as a false construct, set up for commercial gain in the lull after Christmas and before Easter eggs start rolling on to the shelves. But, come February 14th, I ...

Edinburgh: sights and shops

New Year

One of the best things about Edinburgh is its size. There's plenty to see, and most is manageable on foot. Just remember (if you go in winter) to wrap up warm and be ready for rain. Here are a few of the things we saw and did while there for three nights over new year. It's ...

Edinburgh: eating and drinking

New Year

When you're a tourist, it's sometimes hard to find places to eat and drink that give you a true flavour of the place you're in. Some real atmosphere and authentic food. I'm not breaking any new ground when I tell you Edinburgh has plenty of cosy pubs with good beer and roaring fires. Here, they're not ...

New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh

New Year

The last few New Year's Eves have been really sedate affairs for us. For the most part, I wasn't bothered: NYE always seemed over-rated, expensive and troublesome. But last year I decided that this year we'd get away. I left arranging it quite late, but managed to sneak in to a lovely boutique hotel in Edinburgh. Torchlight ...

Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales

Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales | www.angelinthenorth.com

We had one or two things going on at the end of the year, so when we finally got a free day I was dying to get out under some big open Yorkshire sky. It's been a fairly tough couple of months, but there's nothing like taking in lungfuls of countryside air and breathtaking scenery to ...

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