This February we fully celebrated that January was finally over, the month of scrimping, forcing ourselves to the dreaded spin class and trying to cut back on the alcohol. With that out of the window Tara Harris our Food Writer from the Yorkshire Food Guide was left to indulge this month on the best meat, cheese and wine this side of the English Channel, comfort food, copious amounts of gin, get a taste of 2017’s food trend and so much more.
REVIEW: CAVE DU COCHON, YORK
When esteemed French restaurant Le Cochon Aveugle opened up a Parisian style wine bar you know it’s THE must go place when in York. Over 60 wines are on offer from across the World and more than 30 by the glass, focusing on bio-dynamic and organic wines from the best independent and small producers. They also offer a delicious range of charcuterie and cheeses brought straight from France and Corsica each week.
Equipped with their wine buff Ian and in-house foodie connoisseur Dave, we were treated to an incredible board of meats, cheeses and their homemade sourdough, perfectly paired with our chosen wines. A visit to Cave du Cochon felt like being transported to the Champs-Élysées minus the air fare, we can’t wait to return to work our way through the rest of the menu.
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REVIEW: LAKESIDE CAFÉ NEWMILLERDAM
‘WAKEFIELD’S MOST PICTURESQUE RESTAURANT’
A little bistro with a big reputation, Lakeside Café and Bistro are a firm favourite among their local diners for their hearty breakfast, brunch, afternoon tea, generous Sunday dinners and varied bistro menu. Located in Newmillerdam village in Wakefield, we visited on Valentine’s weekend and what a romantic treat it was, indulging in their ultimate comfort food with live music from one of Yorkshire’s up and coming performers. Upon every visit to Lakeside we’re impressed by its atmospheric setting, welcoming, friendly and attentive staff and most importantly food that leaves you feeling very satisfied every time.
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Tacos are officially the foodie trend of 2017 and we don’t mean the highly breakable, bright yellow half-shells in the back of your cupboard. We mean authentic, homemade soft tortillas with killer toppings to wrap your chops around.
Known for his fresh and exciting Asian style street food chef Mark Hill of ‘Street Cleaver’ has taken up permanent residency at the popular Evil Eye Cocktail Lounge in York. After seeing his mouth-watering tacos lighting up our Instagram feed, lunch plans were sorted.
Three incredible tacos devoured of ‘Korean Crispy Chicken’ with citrus dressed slaw, pickled radish and chili ailoli and ‘Confit Miso Belly Pork’ with cheat vegan kimchi, pickled cucumber and hoisin, we were blown away by the taste and fresh ingredients. Paying a visit to sample Street Cleaver’s food is a must next time you’re in York.
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REVIEW: THE PARK BY ADAM JACKSON, YORK
We finally got the chance to visit the recently awarded 3AA rosette The Park Restaurant in York to sample the hyper seasonal 8 course tasting menu from acclaimed Chef Adam Jackson.
Located in a beautiful Victorian town house just outside York’s historic city walls, we were absolutely blown away by the presentation of each dish and the interesting texture and flavour combinations. We also took full advantage of in-house Sommelier and Restaurant Manger Ben Macleod’s knowledge, which made this visit a foodie treat to remember.
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CELEBRATE IN STYLE AT INC SHEFFIELD’S ROOF TOP BAR FOR KRYNKL’S LAUNCH PARTY
KRYNKL made entirely from up-cycled shipping containers is Sheffield’s revolutionary space created to showcase exciting and independent start-ups, including two of our favourites – Joro Restaurant and INC roof top bar.
Saturday 4th March is K-Day – where KRYNKL will be opening its doors so you can meet their partners and grab some freebies. INC are throwing us a launch party to remember including Gin Tasting, wood fired pizzas, cocktails and live music in their fantastic rooftop space which is adorned with fairy lights and wood burning stoves.
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GETTING IN ON THE GIN AT GIN FESTIVAL YORK
I’m daring to say that gin is now as big as prosecco with local micro distilleries to city centre gin bars popping up everywhere. We paid a visit to Gin Festival’s York event, where tens of thousands of gin enthusiasts were brought together to discover over 100 gins, masterclasses with knowledgeable producers, cocktails and live music to celebrate all things gin! We’ve been to a few different spirit events over the last few months but nothing comes close to our experience at Gin Festival York.
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