Leaving my lunch box at home proved fortuitous when I was out and about for work recently. Ruth Penty, owner of the B&B I was writing about, the fabulous and fashionable Staymor in York, suggested I go to the deli on Bishopthorpe Road or Bishy Road, as it’s known to those who know it and love it.
Ruth raves about this very special area, a short walk from the city walls and close to the racecourse, and no wonder. It is home to an exciting array of independent traders who have helped create community spirit in the area. It’s a bit like things used to be in 1960s – only way more cool.
There’s a proper greengrocer and Pextons, a hardware store – rare as hen’s teeth these days and sorely missed. There are cafes, a restaurant, a deli, coffee shop, a cookware store, optician, pharmacy and many more useful shops.
I was drooling but short on time so I only had chance for a mad dash to the deli and a quick look in Frankie and Johnny’s cookshop. I couldn’t resist the little red and cream “Love” jug, which I bought for my daughter’s birthday. I also loved the tapas bowls and the folk art mugs from Poland.
Ruth tells me that Stanley and Ramona is the best place for coffee – they also do cocktails on Friday and Saturday night. She also recommends The Pig and Pastry cafe for lunch – they do egg and soldiers, award-winning bacon butties and spinach pancakes with halloumi, so in my book they cannot fail.
Last year, the Traders Association, which has also hosted street parties and events, entered Bishy Road in the great British High Street competition hosted by the Department of Communities and Local Government. It not only won the Local Parade category but was crowned the overall Winner of Winners. I’m not surprised – we’d all be happier if we had a Bishy Road within walking distance. Check out the website here bishyroad.net