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Visiting The Micropubs of Skipton

There are many pubs in Skipton, but there are technically only two micropubs. A micropub is a small pub serving beer made in a microbrewery. Below you can see a guest post from my dad, highlighting his thoughts on Skipton’s micropubs; Early Doors & The Beer Engine.  “Life aint all beer and skittles, and more’s […]

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!

Giulianos

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!

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Alphabetical Date Ideas – Yorkshire

Alphabetical dates are such a lovely idea, not only is it a great way to schedule time together, but it is also a great way to try out new things, get creative and break away from your usual routine.

How Do Alphabetical Dates Work?

Basically, you reserve a day or evening a week, or fortnight (or whenever is convenient for you), and on those days or nights, you do activities beginning with every letter of the alphabet. So 26 letters = 26 date nights! Here are some ideas of things to do at home and around Yorkshire with your loved one!

A

Go abseiling at How Stean Gorge
Try your hand at archery
Get in touch with nature at The Yorkshire Arboretum
Play at the arcade

The Yorkshire Arboretum

B

Take Ballroom dancing lessons at Yorkshire Dance
Rent a boat in York
Go to the beach
Go to a Build-a-Bear Workshop
Explore Brimham Rocks

C

Take cooking lessons
Make candles
Play Crash Bandicoot
Visit the National Coal Mining Museum
Drop into Ilkley’s Clip n Climb
Go to Ilkley Cinema
Eat cheese at The Courtyard Dairy 

D

Dine at your favourite restaurant
Play a game of dominoes
Go to The Deep Aquarium
Eat Domino’s Pizza

the deep

E

Learn all the lyrics to an Eminem song
Watch an educational documentary together

F

Have a film night
Make a duvet fort
Explore Fountains Abbey
Eat french fries
Watch funny films
Go to a football match together

G

Sip Slingsby Gin
Play your favourite board games
Walk around Gledhow Valley Woods
Go for a gamble at Grosvenor

slingsby gin

H

Go on a hike
Ride in a hot air balloon
Go horse riding
Plan a holiday

I

Eat Italian food
Make ice cream
Walk the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
Go ice skating

J

Get healthy at a juice bar
Listen to Jazz at Leeds Jazz Club
Have jelly & ice cream
Play Jenga
Tell each other jokes

jenga

K

Walk around Kirkstall Abbey
Play laser tag at Kirkstall’s Cardigan Fields

L

Learn something new at the Science & Media Museum
Walk around Lake Semerwater.
Play with the Nidderdale Llamas

M

Play Monopoly
Listen to music
Take a stroll around Malham Tarn
Learn something new at a museum
Go mountain biking on Ilkley Moor

mountain biking ilkley moor

N

Go for a night out in Harrogate
Snuggle up for a night in

O

Eat chocolate orange ?
Go orienteering

P

Play a game of pool
Go paintballing
See a play at The Grand
Go on a picnic

the grand

Q

Eat Quavers
Go quad-biking

R

Make rocky road
Go roller skating
Rock climbing

S

Enjoy sausage sandwiches
Go swimming
Try out scuba diving or snorkelling
Play snooker
Go strawberry picking

strawberry picking

T

Write ten things you love about each other
Go ten pin bowling
Relax at the Turkish Baths
Watch Tom Hardy films
Get a takeaway
Play tennis
Dine at the Trinity Kitchen

U

Play Uno
Kiss under a bridge
Explore underground caves
Make an upside down cake

V

Make Viennese Whirls
Make a vegetarian meal
Volunteer in your local community

lovely viennese whirls

W

Go for a walk
Skim stones across water
Go to Wetherspoons
White water rafting
Eat cheese at the Wensleydale Creamery

X

Share a kiss ? (x)
Dine at Pizza Express
Have fun at Xscape
Watch X-men

Y

Eat at Yo-Sushi
Explore Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Play with yo-yos
Admire the animals at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

yorkshire wildlife park

Z

Go zip-lining at Aerial Extreme

 

Salami & Co Review

Salami & Co.

10 Market Place, Otley,  LS21 3AQ

I visited Salami & Co. in July, it was a bright sunny day and the lovely town of Otley in West Yorkshire was busy as it was the day of the annual Otley Food and Drink Festival. The market place was closed to traffic and the traders were setting up their stalls and beginning to sell food of all descriptions to the early morning crowd. Having heard great things about Salami & Co. I was pleased to finally get a chance to visit! It is, in fact, a dog-friendly coffee house and not as its name may suggest, a delicatessen. It is called Salami & Co as Salami is the name of one of the owner’s dachshunds.

salami&co

I visited with my parents, and their dog, Dolly the Greyhound and Fifi my Romanian Rescue dog. Fifi is small enough to not cause much of a ruckus when we go to cafes, but Dolly with her long limbs and lack of understanding of the word ‘sit’ is a bit more difficult, and if you take her to a small cafe then everyone has to climb over her when she sprawls out all over the floor. So taking both of these dogs out somewhere is a real test of whether a place really is dog-friendly, and I’m pleased to say that Salami & Co. certainly is.

dining dogs

The place has a relaxing atmosphere and friendly, attentive staff and is easy to find being on the Main Street. The tables are quite high, perhaps intentionally so that your four-legged friends can lie comfortably underneath, which Dolly and Fifi both did for a brief moment! There are dog bowls, blankets and mats provided, and there is also a variety of drinks and treats which look good enough for human consumption!

hound menu  dog treats

The food that was being brought out to the other customers looked good and was well presented (very instagrammable!) and portion sizes seemed about right. There is an excellent selection of good quality coffee, which, by around ten on a Sunday morning is always a welcome sight!

salami&co coffee

For my breakfast order, I predictably chose the smashed avocado with a poached egg on sourdough, with feta cheese, roasted red peppers and chilli. It was absolutely delicious and sustained me throughout the rest of the day. I loved the little flower on top – it’s attention to detail like that which really makes a place special. You can tell that the husband and wife team running this operation really care about making their customers happy.

Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous this crockery is!

smashed avocado toast

The service was fairly fast as it was quite early and the place just had a few customers but I imagine it could get busy at peak times. The prices are what you might expect from a trendy coffee-house, a little on the expensive side, however, the food is all good quality and most definitely worth it. If you own a dog, or just like dogs, this is certainly the place for you! Some places just claim to be dog-friendly, but Salami & Co. really is, and they cater to every need your dog could have! If you feel like treating your dog to even more than just a Puppuccino, then they have a whole variety of lovely collars and leads in the little shop area near the front door.

dog-shop   dog things

Enlivened by our coffee we gathered up the dogs and left the delights of Salami & Co to head to Wetherby Racecourse so Dolly could hang out with her pals at the Northern Greyhound Gathering, a review of which can be read here.

If you enjoyed this post, you can find out about our day at the Yorkshire Coast here.