Real Food Market Ilkley

Real Food Ilkley

The first ever Real Food Ilkley Market was on Sunday 6th March 2016, and since then it has grown in both size and popularity. It takes place on the first Sunday of every month (excluding January) and is located on South Hawkesworth Street next to Ilkley’s main car park and behind the Black Hat. It’s only a couple of minutes walk from the train station, or if you’re visiting by car you should be able to find a free parking spot if you drive around a bit, or you can just park in the Ilkley car park. The car park is 20p for 30 minutes, 60p for an hour, or £1.20 for 2 hours.

The market is open from 10am-3pm, but I’d recommend getting there early! Below you can see a selection of some of the produce on offer at the market.

Giuliano’s of Sicily

Award-winning organic olive oil from Sicily. Try some of the bread and olive oil samples – so tasty!


Wharfedale Fine Cheeses

Artisan cheese from Yorkshire and further afield – perfect if you’re crackers about cheese!

wharfedale fine cheese

Carthy & Black

Delicious cream liqueurs, made from the finest Yorkshire ingredients.
carthy black

Edward Street Bakery

Brilliant independent craft bakery in Saltaire.

edward st bakery

The Ilkley Kitchen

Freshly made treats, perfect for taking on a picnic.

the ilkley kitchen

Mak Tok

Flavoursome Malaysian chilli paste, certain to liven up any dish.

mak tok

Made With Ananda

Handmade organic and raw 100% cacao chocolate.

made with ananda

Leeds Bread Co-op

This Leeds based artisan bakery provides the most excellent sourdough bread.

leeds bread co-op

Secret Truffles

Mouth-wateringly good truffles, perfect to give as a gift (to yourself).

secret truffles

Green Hut Co. 

Recently taken over by Ilkley Community Enterprise Ltd, you’ll be able to get these lovely chutneys and jams in the Outside the Box Cafe.

green hut co

The Organic Pantry

Organic veg from North Yorkshire- they also have a delivery service of veg boxes! Fifi was more interested in the Tyler James dog biscuits!

the organic pantry

Tyler James

This lovely pet shop in Ilkley provided a bowl of treats and water for the day! 🙂

tyler james pet shop

So, there we have it! The Ilkley Real Food Market is on the first Sunday of the month, and I go most months so you may see me there. This page is just an example of some of the produce which may be on offer, there are often new and exiting stall-holders attending the market, so be sure to take some shopping bags with you as you’re going to want to stock up!

See you at the market!


Ilkley Cinema & Baby Driver Review

Ilkley Cinema is located very centrally in Ilkley, and parking in the surrounding streets is easy. The cinema is about a 5-minute walk from the bus and train station. You can book tickets in advance online, or phone up and make a reservation, the cinema is pretty small so it is definitely worthwhile reserving your ticket before your visit to avoid disappointment.

ilkley cinema

Although the ticket prices are slightly more expensive than you would be charged at the multiplex, when you take into consideration the petrol costs and time it takes to get yourself over to Kirkstall, it actually is probably much the same. For comparison, you can see below that the cost of an adult ticket for a Tuesday night showing of Baby Driver at Kirkstall Vue, compared to Ilkley Cinema is just £2.

Ilkley Cinema: £12.45
Vue Kirkstall: £10.49

If you are visiting Ilkley especially to go to the cinema, depending on the time of your showing, there are plenty of other lovely things to do in the area! If the weather is good you could stroll around the park, or call in at the wonderful Toast House for an avocado on sourdough!

After climbing up the short flight of stairs (there is a lift available) you enter into the modern bar area of the cinema, then round the corner is a seating area, and then there is the screening room. There is also an outdoor seating area if you are lucky enough to visit when it isn’t raining. On my recent visit, and on previous visits, I have always been so impressed by the friendly and cheerful staff, who are so quick to welcome you in and look after you.

ilkley cinema sofa

You can order food to eat before the film, or it can be brought to you whilst you’re in the cinema before the film starts. The staff can also bring drinks to you whilst you’re seated in the cinema, so you can enjoy tea and cake or a glass of wine whilst you’re enjoying the film. You can also buy sweets which are served in special non-rustling bags, an idea that should be taken up more widely!

On my visit, we sampled the Margherita pizza and the kimchi noodles in chicken broth. The pizza had plenty of cheese… just the way I like it! Fortunately we ate it in the seating area before the film, I think trying to eat either of those dishes in the dark could have ended up being quite messy!

ilkley cinema pizza ilkley cinema food

The quality of the screen and the sound is as good as the multiplexes, and the sound was certainly tested by the film we went to see, Baby Driver, which has an amazing soundtrack.

Baby Driver 


Baby Driver is the new film from director Edgar Wright and it deserves and will probably get, a wider audience than just people who like car chase movies.

The plot is pretty simple, a young guy inadvertently steals a car containing a great deal of money from a criminal mastermind and ends up working for said criminal mastermind, becoming a getaway driver for him to pay off his debt. This he has almost done, but in the best cinematic tradition, there is always one more job to be done. The twist to this is that Baby, the eponymous hero of our story has tinnitus which is basically a permanent rining in the ears, as a result of a car accident when he was younger.

He listens to music all the time to block out the effects of the tinnitus and plans his getaway driving around certain favourite tracks.

In the course of the film, he meets and falls in love with a beautiful waitress but having to drive for one last robbery throws a shadow over whether or not this is a film with a happy ending. The film has two set pieces at the start, one being a car chase, and the other a long tracking shot of Baby walking through the city, set to the tune of Harlem Shuffle, with the things that are happening on the street, being set in time to the music. All clever stuff, and you probably need to see this a few times to get all the references.

The acting is pretty good, considering the rather stereotypical characters, but they’re helped out by some good dialogue. Kevin Spacey is a convincing criminal mastermind but then again, it is Kevin Spacey, need I say more? Ansel Elgort, as Baby, looks out of place with the hardened criminals he is teemed up with, and Lily James, moves from princess to waitress, and this role won’t have done her career any harm at all.

The supporting cast all chip in with good performances, the bank robbers all look the part; everyone has a nickname and disturbingly psychopathic tendancies towards shooting people, but you still feel strangely sympathicic towards them. In the wrong hands, this film could have been a total disaster, a sort of film version of grand theft auto, but with real actors. The fact that it isn’t is quite a testimony to the director, whose following films I imagine a lot of people will follow with interest.

On paper, the music, which is such an integral part of the film, looks like a strange mixture. You have some modern rap, and a few classics such as Harlem Shuffle, but also quite a few old rock tunes by 1970’s bands like Focus, and Golden Earring. The fact that the soundtrack is so mixed works in its favour. This is not high-art, but it is high-entertainment and seems to combine a touch of arthouse with mainstream cinema.

Definitely one to watch on the big screen, and wait to see what this film director does next.