A truly independent guide to Yorkshire's best restaurants and places to stay,
written by two Yorkshire-based professional restaurant critics.

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Yorkshire Cafe/Bar review: Cafe at the Square Chapel , Halifax
What do you mean, you haven't been to 'Fax? It's the Shoreditch of the North, you know! Built in 1772, the stunning Square Chapel is Grade II* listed - thirty years ago it was falling apart, when a handful of forward-thinking people clubbed together ...
1 July 2018
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Arras, York
16 June 2018
Coffee Station , Hebden Bridge
6 June 2018

Stay Yorkshire

B&B review: Low Mill Guest House , Bainbridge
It always happens like this: just when I thought our research was done and I’d pretty much bottomed the best places to stay in the county, I stroll into the perfect  B & B and WHAM. Instinctively I know I’ve found our number one ...
5 March 2018
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Grassington House Hotel, Grassington
20 February 2018
Dean Court Hotel, York
18 February 2018

Blog the latest

Goodbye El Piano, Hello Los Moros
It’s goodbye at the end of August to the long standing El Piano on Grape Lane after 21 years of upholding the values of vegan and vegetarianism and hello Los Moros, the Moroccan and Middle Eastern street food stall that has been trading from York...
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Places to Go Things to Do

Courtyard Dairy
One of the UK's best cheese shops is in new enlarged premises. If you haven't visited yet it's time to take a trip. Shop, museum and cheese-centred cafe.
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Recipes If we can make it you can!

No-Knead Bread Recipe
The amazing bread recipe that requires no-kneading at all. Anyone can make it, even a six year old. All it needs is time. If you thought you couldn't make bread, give this a go. 
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Made in Yorkshire Local at its best

Yorkshire Rhubarb
There’s nothing else like it in agriculture – the low wooden forcing sheds of Yorkshire’s rhubarb producers are quiet, warm and dark. As far as the eye can see, there are slender pink stalks topped with curly yellow leaves.
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