Dinner at The Twine & Barrel

There are many, many challenges associated with opening a new food business. The process can be a perfect storm of colossal public expectation, monstrous workload, huge capital expenditure and a massively competitive market. I’ve been to more restaurant launches that smell of wet paint than I can count and it’s not uncommon to be sat…

Looking back at 2019

Not only is it the end of another year packed with food and family adventures but it’s the end of a decade which is ending rather differently for me to how it began. Back then I was a Business Analyst (ISEB qualified and everything) in financial services rather than whatever I am now (which feels…

New brewery opens in York

A new brewery has opened just yards from York’s Bar Walls, in the cellar of an award-winning pub. 3 Non Beards has been set up by friends Andy Aspin, Paul Marshall and Jason Simpson and will officially launch next week.   The brewery is based in the basement of The Rook & Gaskill in Lawrence…

Supper with The Star Inn the City

The mood at The Star Inn the City is a bit different today to this time last year. 9th November 2018 saw the restaurant’s kitchen devastated by a fire that left them unable to resume their full food offering until March 2019, though the bar and terrace were open again impressively quickly. Part of their…

Finding an axe to grind on Goodramgate

York has a broad range of activities that have the power to make you keenly aware of various elements of its history. The various museums dotted through the city do a fabulous job of imparting the weight of history that we enjoy, generally remaining lighthearted about it while still reverential on the more serious points.…

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…

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…

Homage 2 Fromage comes to York

How could I possibly say no to “an all you can eat cheese party”? The idea of turning up at a venue and gorging oneself on a selection of eight different quality cheeses is a very compelling one, that clearly needed exploring when this invite arrived. Homage 2 Fromage have been running these events in…