130 years of history in a jar

It’s always a privilege to get behind the scenes of a reputed local food producer. When the invite came for a tour of Shaws of Huddersfield it only took a couple of glances at the empty jar of their red onion chutney in my fridge to encourage me to accept. Other than knowing I like…

A sweet treat with Fudge Kitchen

How many times have you been offered a sample of fudge as you enjoyed a mooch through York’s city centre? The friendly team from The Fudge Kitchen always seem to be on duty to spread their sugary message outside their Petergate store, as they were on Kings Parade in Cambridge when I lived there. I’ve…

Expansion at Robinsons

Bishopthorpe Road has a bit of a starring role in York’s shopping scene. Its flourishing collection of independent shops, restaurants and bars give it a sense of purpose and character that’s unique in the city. Its reputation is only further burnished by its featuring in a stage of the Tour de France in 2014 that’s…

Firelake Leeds

Restaurants in hotels always seem to start on the back foot. Having a restaurant with rooms is one thing, but there’s undoubtedly a stigma surrounding restaurants that are perceived just to function as a service to the hotel that hosts them. There always remains the possibility that this will inspire greater depths of effort from…

York’s Chocolate Story is set to host the KitKat Chocolatory

New to York’s Chocolate Story is The KitKat Chocolatory. This is a luxury experience that includes the chance to create your own, customised, eight-finger KitKat. The eight-finger ‘Create Your Break’ option is exclusive to the KitKat Chocolatory and offers different flavour combinations along with a host of diverse ingredients including shortbread pieces, mini marshmallows, honeycomb…