Tag Archives: Yorkshire

Afternoon tea at Creams, Leeds

Afternoon tea at Creams, Leeds

A little while ago, the girls and I decided to try a new-ish tearoom in Leeds. Creams opened earlier this year in The Core shopping centre. It's certainly shaking up the idea of the traditional English afternoon tea. This is afternoon tea with added bling. As well as the familiar British afternoon tea - the triple tier of sandwiches, ...

Nest.co.uk: inside a Sheffield design store

Bloggers breakfast at Sheffield design store Nest.co.uk
Bloggers breakfast at Sheffield design store Nest.co.uk

One of the best things about writing this blog is that I get to discover brilliant businesses - right on the doorstep. Sheffield design store Nest.co.uk has to go down as one of the most interesting I have found in our region. A few days ago a small group of bloggers were invited to their HQ ...

Winter home style with Junction 32

Denby crockery Halo range. Home brands at Junction 32 outlet shopping village, Yorkshire

Because we're making over the whole house - and I'm always reading blogs, magazines or on Pinterest - my home is never going to feel completely finished. I'm often looking for ideas for the areas that are yet to be done, and - as I said last week - sometimes even for rooms that are (supposed to ...

Family weekend in Scarborough

View of North Bay and Scarborough Castle from The Sands apartments, Scarborough

After a night alone in the Lakes just before our wedding anniversary we then headed to Scarborough, where my mum had booked the family into an apartment for the weekend to celebrate her birthday. I rather cheekily got married on her 60th birthday - she got two parties for the price of one! This time it was her turn to ...

RHS Harlow Carr gardens

RHS Harlow Carr gardens Harrogate
RHS Harlow Carr gardens Harrogate

As we were in Harrogate for afternoon tea, I thought it would be a good idea to call into the Royal Horticultural Society's garden at Harlow Carr. You know, to get some inspiration for our garden, which we've just started working on. I'm laughing to myself as I write that, because our garden - which is probably a misnomer ...

Afternoon tea at Betty’s

Review: Lady Betty afternoon tea at Betty's cafe tea rooms, Harrogate, Yorkshire
Review: Lady Betty afternoon tea at Betty's cafe tea rooms, Harrogate, Yorkshire

There can be few better ways to spend a Sunday in Yorkshire than sharing afternoon tea at Betty's. Betty's café tea rooms in Harrogate opened in 1919 and nearly 100 years later the brand is a phenomenon, with every branch marked by a queue of people outside. I'd been invited to Harrogate to try the Lady Betty champagne afternoon tea, which ...

Fire Lake Grill House at Radisson Blu, Leeds

Fire Lake Grill and cocktail bar at Radisson Blu hotel, Leeds, Yorkshire, UK

The last time I entered the ground floor of the Radisson Blu hotel in Leeds it was to meet family who were staying there for a coffee. It was a functional foyer; not a place to indulge or linger. That has certainly changed now. As I stepped back in recently to try out the new Fire Lake ...

The stunning new showroom of interior designer Rachel Usher

Interiors by Rachel Usher showroom at Bawtry, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Interiors by Rachel Usher showroom at Bawtry, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire

As soon as I walked into Rachel Usher’s new interiors showroom in Bawtry, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, I sensed something special. As we talked over a cup of tea, that thing I couldn’t at first put my finger on became clearer. It wasn’t just Rachel’s passion for design – many people have that – but the clarity ...

Elderflower foraging and meal at Crafthouse Leeds

Elderflower foraging event and meal at Crafthouse Leeds

In all my visits to the bars and eateries of Trinity Leeds, I hadn't until recently made it to Crafthouse. I'm pleased that my first visit was such a great one, at the fine dining restaurant's first elderflower foraging event. At Crafthouse and its upstairs sister Angelica, elderflower and gooseberry form a large part of the menu in the summer. ...

Life lately and finding space

Anderby Creek, Lincolnshire

My blog has been neglected of late. Letting go and accepting I wouldn't update for a few weeks - that I couldn't - wasn't easy. I haven't really had a dry spell since I started blogging more than three years ago. The first five months of this year have been demanding and non-stop at work, but now ...

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