Exploring Manchester

It’s funny how time slips by. I regard myself as pretty well travelled within the UK, but that doesn’t mean I’m without blind spots. Given its proximity to York it’s a little surprising that Manchester is one of those. Even more surprising was that, when I gave it some thought, I realised it was 21…

The Cutlery Works

Food halls seem to be popping up all over Yorkshire these days. In York, we have Spark to host a range of street food vendors at the moment and the promise of another food hall in the recently refurbished Stonebow House to come in 2019. In Leeds, Assembly Underground has just opened with 50 beer lines…

Assembly Underground

The newest big name on the food scene in Leeds is Assembly Underground, an appealingly subterranean food hall that features (predictably enough) great street food and a huge range of beers to choose from. The space that it inhabits, I’m reliably informed, used to house a nightclub and has been artfully distressed into a comfortable space that…

Expansion at Brew York

This Friday (August 24th) sees York’s new city-centre beer hall and street food kitchen opening it’s doors. Brew York, which opened in Walmgate in 2016, has expanded into a neighbouring building and has spent the summer converting it into the city’s biggest beer venue. The new upstairs beer hall will serve 40 beers at a…

StrEat Food Festival discount!

This August bank holiday weekend sees the return of the StrEat Food and Family Fun Festival, being held at the Great Yorkshire Showground. The event runs daily from the 1100-1900 on 25th to 27th August and will feature more than 40 street food vendors along with family friendly entertainment, including street performers, live music and children’s activities​.  I’ve teamed…

New menu at the Cat’s Pyjamas

The Cat’s Pyjamas hasn’t been in York for long, but it’s made a bit of a splash already. I’ve seen plenty of people commenting on social media about how they’ve enjoyed the Indian street food dishes and wide selection of craft beers. It’s obviously a successful formula, and is one that’s set to be replicated…

Culture in a car park?

Temporary structures have been something of a theme in York this year, with the Spark container park making headlines. Spark will be in York for at least a couple of years but making a rather more brief appearance in our city is Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre which has popped up on Castle car park in the…

The Cat’s Pyjamas

  Leeds is only a short hop on the train and, while I do get there semi-regularly, there’s a good list of places that I’ve yet to make it to. Included amongst these is The Cat’s Pyjamas, which counts Jay Rayner amongst its many fans. Thankfully the opportunity to check it out has now landed…

Sparking a new community

York isn’t short of history. There’s a huge amount to learn about the history of our beautiful city. From Viking Jorvik, through Roman Eboracum and Victorian expansion to the present day, it’s easy to find most aspects of our history reflected in tourist attractions dotted across the city. Recent times have seen a reduction in…