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Pilgrimage to The Piece Hall

August 3, 2017 No comments

I had a sneak preview of The Piece Hall in Halifax  before it opened, so  I got a close look at how the Georgians’ gargantuan contribution to Yorkshire’s architectural heritage has been upcycled for the 21st century. Verdict: it’s amazing! The Grade I listed structure was built in 1779 for trading ‘pieces’ of cloth, which[Read More]

Modern day milk bar in Otley

June 21, 2017 1 Comment

Treating ourselves to a coffee/breakfast/brunch/lunch or dinner somewhere relaxed and lovely is high on our “time out” agenda. Fortunately we are spoilt for choice in Yorkshire and one of our latest finds is the Milk Bar on Manor Square in Otley. It’s actually a reincarnation of a milk bar that closed down 30 years ago[Read More]

Ooh la la lunch at Partisan York

March 10, 2017 2 Comments

York is full of places to eat but I’m often flummoxed when trying to decide where to go. There is so much to choose from and too many Trip Advisor reviews to read. My own favourite is Goji, the vegetarian cafe and deli on Goodramgate, but not everyone wants to be confined to veggie food. [Read More]

Art, food and fashion in the heart of Barnsley

February 16, 2017 1 Comment

I made the trip to Barnsley last week to interview Rita Britton about her clothing brand Nomad Atelier. Rita was for many years the owner, designer and muse of the legendary Pollyanna shop in Barnsley, bringing labels such as  Jean Muir, Issey Miyake, Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto to the North, although customers came[Read More]

Breakfast at Bettys…not just for Christmas

December 2, 2016 1 Comment

Whenever I walk past Bettys in Harrogate there’s usually a long queue of people snaking round the outside of the building determined to sample the delights of the tearoom. It’s a fairly fast-moving queue and anyone who has been to Bettys will know that it’s most certainly worth the wait. However, I suffer from extreme[Read More]