Welcoming back The Star Inn the City

I’ve recounted before how The Star Inn the City was a tantalising view from my desk while under construction many years ago. This may or may not be a trick of my memory as I age but the sight of an exciting new restaurant from Andrew Pern emerging while I was subjected to the various…

Yolk Farm at Minskip Farm Shop

There’s enormous joy to be found in a lazy brunch. Inevitably you’ll have had a snack before leaving the house and the mid-morning nature of the occasion gives scope to either bleed it into lunchtime or slot in lunch too if you’re feeling particularly indulgent. Brunch menus can present a bit of a problem though,…

Fancy Hanks

While we continue to find our way around what a meal out will look like over the coming weeks and months I’m left to reflect on the last place I dined in pre-lockdown, a meal that I’d hesitated to write about with the eventuality of the venue not being able to reopen foremost in my…

The Bay Horse Inn, Goldsborough

It’s early days for the reopening of the hospitality scene, indeed as I write this it’s not even started to happen, but in a few days pubs and restaurants will start to open their doors again to an audience I presume to be equal parts eager and nervous. One of those reopening is The Bay…

Aroma home dining

Aroma home dining is another business hit by the need to adapt from its existing business model into something more appropriate to our newly socially distanced society. While day to day business activities such as private cheffing, event catering, bbqs, canap├ęs and shooting parties are off the cards, there’s still plenty of appetite to enjoy…

Forest at Galtres Lodge

How does one go about launching a new restaurant right now given that circumstances preclude you welcoming any customers into it? Imagine having done the work, refurb’ed the building, neatly segregated it from the related hotel, come up with a menu then finding that you can’t actually use any of it. Things may be starting…

A French feast from The Chopping Block

This lockdown may have left us prone to introspection and reflection but as tempting as it is, this is no time to be looking back, something that people are rather too keen to do when talking about Walmgate Ale House and The Chopping Block, its resident restaurant. Its previous incarnation as Meltons Too, sister to…

Sunday Lunch from Kennedy’s

One thing I didn’t expect to be doing too much of throughout lockdown was trying new places to eat, but the way this year has panned out has been far from expected to say the least. With the most restrictive part of the lockdown hopefully in the past, we can start to dare to make…

bokkusu from Skosh

Shortly before restaurants were told to shut, this household came to a, shortsighted in retrospect, decision to skip one last meal at Skosh as a last hurrah. The nature of producing this site makes repeat visits to places I love logistically tricky, but Skosh is certainly worthy of repeat custom, so as lockdown tightened its…