Octagon Hotpot

It should go without saying that I’ve tried pretty much every kind of takeaway in York. I have regular go-to’s for most of my regular cravings and have taken a punt on an awful lot that haven’t quite measured up. At this point I suspect most regular delivery drivers in York have my address well…

The Owl Kirkgate Market Leeds

Kirkgate Market is a bit of a Leeds legend, easily found bang in the centre of the city, that local chefs regularly wander round for inspiration while picking up quality produce. Its history in the city stretches over 150 years and it can call itself the largest covered market in Europe. As well providing local…

T’ART at The Fossgate Social

Over the last decade, Fossgate has been one of the hubs of food activity that’s driven the city’s burgeoning reputation as a food destination. Its namesake business The Fossgate Social has hosted a number of different kitchens and pop ups over the years, such as Street Cleaver, now sorely missed in York but reborn Hull…

The Principal Hotel

York has many hotels and seems to sprout more and more on an almost daily basis. From funky new entrants such as Moxy to luxury with history thrown in at Grays Court there really is something to appeal to everyone. One of the oldest players is The Principal Hotel, attached to York train station and…

The Crown and Cushion Welburn

A decent pub adds a huge amount of value to a village and its residents, providing a centre for socialising and occasions as well as, hopefully, making it a destination for non-residents in which to spend money. I can’t ever imagine living further than walking distance from a decent pint over which to discuss similarly…

Drake’s Fisheries York

I knew that becoming a parent would bring untold change to my life and impact every single area of it, including our diets. What I didn’t anticipate though was that this would lead to an increasing consumption of fish and chips, previously one of my less preferred take outs, if I’m totally honest. The whims…

Sora Sky Bar

We don’t lack history in York, it’s what our thriving tourism industry is based around and what makes the city so attractive to so many people. Yes it makes the city busy as people inevitably want to experience it for themselves, but if you’d rather avoid those tourist crowds, there’re plenty of other places to…

The Lazy Bird Wetherby

Fried chicken can be tarred with a bit of a bad reputation, with its presence most ubiquitous at what could most generously be termed the more widely accessible end of the food market. That’s not to say that there isn’t a place for more refined versions of this dish, with Skosh memorably accompanying it with…

The Punch Bowl at Marton-Cum-Grafton

The nature of running this site means that I’m constantly on the go trying out new places to eat, which is certainly nothing I complain about. But, the race to keep up with trying out new openings while occasionally revisiting some personal favourites means that I am guilty of maintaining a mental list titled “bugger…

BBQ with 44 Food and James Strawbridge

The British fixation with the weather is quite a marvellous thing, helping us come up with small talk for every awkward pause while also lending itself to a touch of national stereotyping. Part of this is the desperate desire to take advantage of hot weather at the drop of a hat. This also gives us…