Category Archives: Culture

Bird and Beast, Leeds

Bird and Beast rotisserie chicken restaurant, Leeds, Yorkshire

While not much of a fan of fast food, I do like food that is fast and functional. It helps if it is also hearty and delicious, which makes Leeds' new-ish restaurant, Bird and Beast, a winner for me. Bird and Beast serves free range chicken grown at Sykes Farm in the Yorkshire Wolds. This gives the ...

Cielo Blanco, Leeds

Pitcher cocktail at Livin Italy, Leeds

I've read a lot of good reviews about Cielo Blanco, so although I'd tired a little of eating and drinking in Trinity Leeds, I suggested to the girls we go back. It was one of our as-regular-as-we-can-manage Saturday afternoon-into-evening sessions involving cocktails, dinner and more cocktails. We started by soaking up one of the last sunny afternoons ...

Friends at Everyman Cinema

Friends movie night at Everyman Cinema Leeds

When I was in my first year at uni, the girls in my self-catered hall and I would spend more hours than I care to remember huddled into one of our rooms watching episodes of Friends. One of the girls had the full box set on VHS and another had one of those TVs with a ...

Le Chalet tearoom, Leeds

Le Chalet French tearoom and bakery Park Row Leeds

When I go out in Leeds eating and drinking, I tend to spend a lot of time in the area around Greek Street, sort of the city's financial quarter. But an invitation came through the other day for a blogger buffet at a place around there I'd never noticed before. Apparently, Le Chalet (31-32 Park Row) ...

Coveting indigo and white

Blue and white staircase in Tangiers, from Domino

I often see a theme to the things I'm drawn to and collect and currently it's this fresh combination of white with indigo blue. 1. A beautiful and striking blue and white staircase in Tangier, from Domino. 2. I'm seeing a lot of blog posts extolling the virtues of the Japanese 'shibori' dyeing technique around ...

Tweet 4 a Table & Roxy Lanes

The Cooperative Food Tweet 4 a Table Leeds

Now this was something a little different. The Cooperative Food brought its pop-up restaurant to Leeds and over two days offered Twitter users the chance to win a free meal for them and three friends - just by tweeting! I was invited along to try it out, so found myself and two of my best eating ...

Raithwaite Hall afternoon tea

Afternoon tea Raithwaite Hall near Whitby North Yorkshire

For the last stop on our mini-tour of England, we headed up the Yorkshire coast from Scarborough to just past Whitby. I'd been invited to sample afternoon tea at Raithwaite Hall. They've just hired Heidi Stevens, a former pastry chef on Sir Richard Branson's private resort Necker Island, where she created the afternoon tea menu for ...

Ox Pasture Hall hotel

Review: Ox Pasture Hall hotel and wedding venue, near Scarborough, North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire

After a week’s camping, culminating in a hard night’s partying, we were ready for four walls and a roof, a bath and a proper bed. It wasn’t time for home yet, but lucky for us we had been invited to stay at Ox Pasture Hall, a country hotel set in the North York Moors National Park, ...

Grassington Festival

Grassington Festival fashion: New Look paisley print kimono

After a couple of days in London, we jumped back in the car and headed back up north for our annual festival weekend. Although on the same weekend as the world’s most famous festival at Worthy Farm, we were going to Grassington, not Glastonbury. Still, there were fields and live music, and with my wristband on I ...

Colourful Norfolk

Cromer, Norfolk

We've just taken two weeks off work, when we planned to have a few days away camping and make some progress on the kitchen renovation. Unusually, wall-to-wall sunshine was predicted from day 1. We toyed with the idea of going away a few days earlier and for longer than planned. Pros of doing this = we could enjoy ...

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