Food & Drink

The Sidings, Shipton By Beningbrough – Review Tony Carson

Nothern Living - The Sidings,  Shipton By Beningbrough – Review Tony CarsonYesterday evening I had a meat with my parents at The Siding at Shipton By Beningbrough near York. The restaurant comprises 5 old Pullman rail coaches alongside the York to Edinburgh line and is decorated with various rail memorabilia. To the rear behind the bar is a pleasantly appointed large conservatory with views over open countryside and the inter-city line. The menu was varied with a Mediterranean feel. We had the Meze for three as a starter, which was generous and all excellently presented and obviously cooked on demand. For my main course I had the mixed kebab which included tender lamb, beef and chicken, all marinated to perfection accompanied by chips and a fresh salad. This was succulent and satisfying. The house wine was a Merlot which was an idea accompaniment for the meal. My parents both had a steak which were tender and cooked to perfection.

I would highly recommend The Sidings. The barman / waiter was pleasant, efficient and knowledgeable. The atmosphere was relaxed and the food and wine outstanding. I understand that they have a monthly Greek night which book up in advance. The restaurant can seat up to 100 hundred guests, although they have bookings for 112 for this months Greek night, which might be a bit of a squeeze.

As somebody who is not know for my solicitation of salads the meat balance was just how if should be! I'm sorry my photography didn't quite do my main course justice...

The sidings can be found at:-

Station Lane,
Shipton By Beningbrough
York YO30 1BT
Tel: 01904 470221
Fax: 01904 470945
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The Brewers Arms - Snaith

The Brewers Arms - SnaithThe Brewers Arms is just what you expect from a good English Pub, welcoming and friendly, serving great food, particularly the fish, and some brilliant beer, brewed 100 yards away at the Old Mill Brewery in the village.

The Brewers Arms is a small, cosy, traditional style hotel situated between Goole and Pontefract in the heart of Snaith. The pubs traditional open planned décor with wood fires gives it a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. A common stop over for businessmen and tourists, this pub attracts many different clientèle. Friendly staff on hand throughout the premises allows the pub to cater for everybody’s needs. In the bright summer months, customers can come and relax with a refreshing pint and snacks from the bar, in the pubs stunning beer garden. With real cask ales, a wide selection of fine single malt whisky and good quality home cooked food you'll never want to leave. Larger functions can be catered for and the pub can accommodate up to 80 guests, all types of parties can be catered for. The Brewers Arms has regularly been featured in the Good Beer Guide 2011, 2013 & 2014.

The Brewers Arms is a well known and highly thought of pub in the village of Snaith. Brewery Tap for Old Mill, four current beers available, Traditional Bitter, Blonde Bombshell, plus two seasonal ales. Lounge Bar, with two side rooms, and separate restaurant serving high quality food, cooked by a skilled chef. Lounge has a well featuring in the middle, and a raised adults only area by one of three fires. Interesting room ornaments and paintings.

The current menu can be download here (PDF – 10.08.14)

10 Pontefract Rd
DN14 9JS
01405 862404

August Gourmet Short Break

August Gourmet Short BreakChesterfield has a quiet food revolution happening - with award winning restaurants that are attracting national media recognition, and independent coffee shops and pubs with a belief in local produce. There's plenty of choice in Chesterfield when it comes to eating out. Chesterfield is home to a number of independently owned restaurants which are proud to serve fresh, locally sourced food. There's also a variety of cuisines for you to try - from traditional Sunday roasts, to authentic Japanese food. Chatsworth Road offers a fantastic selection of eateries, from Italian Nonna's to French themed Mes Amis. In the town centre, the Soulville Steakhouse and Coco Bar Bistro offer varied menus. For a unique dining experience, why not try Buckinghams, known as 'the restaurant with one table,' where chefs will create one-off meals to suit your individual tastes.

This gourmet short break has been crafted with those in mind who really appreciate quality and varied cuisine.

Wednesday 27th August – Calabria

“Welcome to Calabria Italiana & Caffè Bar, Chesterfield’s award-winning Italian restaurant at Glumangate, home to many of Chesterfield’s professionals and long established businesses. Calabria by night serves a contemporary a la carte menu five nights a week. Our tasting menu, although bre-booking required, is also available every night. Guests can also choose from our two and three course fixed price menu on Tuesday – Thursday.”

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Thursday 28th August - Maison Mes Amis!

Maison Mes Amis is a beautiful French themed bar and restaurant on Chatsworth Road in Chesterfield. "I want to create a version of home" says Marcella Kirk, proprietor "Mes Amis (Marcella's old Coffee Shop) was styled around a lounge, dining room and kitchen. Maison Mes Amis will be just the same but with the addition of a bar in the lounge and an outside courtyard off the dining room. The kitchen is in two sections, behind the scenes is a typical industrial area together with an open rustic area, more like your kitchen at home, where you'll be able to see your food being prepared." Maison Mes Amis will be serving food all day, and a full evening menu from Wednesday through to Saturday. The bar will be open for for cocktails, fine wine and a selection of continental beers. "It's definitely not just about the evening menu" emphasis Marcella "we're still the same team, serving the same great coffee or tea, scones and cakes all day - and our signature Croque Monsieur's. But we now have a bar and will be open into the evening for evening meals - a grown up Mes Amis."

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Friday 29th August - O-Tokuda

O-Tokuda is an independent, family-run restaurant specialised in traditional yet authentic Japanese cuisine. We offer Sushi, Sashimi, Yakitori, Sumiyaki, among others. Delicious Japanese food served up by a team of Japanese staff in the relaxing ambience, conveniently located in the town centre, we are just a stone’s throw away from the Crooked Spire.

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Anis Louise Guest House,
34 Clarence Street,
S40 1LN

01246 235412

Malton - Yorkshires Food Capital

Malton - Yorkshires Food Capital. A little savvy marketing and a famous name go a long way.Malton’s reputation for its excellent food and drink offering earned it the reputation of ‘Yorkshire’s Food Capital’. Indeed it was Antonio Carluccio, godfather of Italian cuisine, who having visited the town several times first coined the phrase. Malton’s emergence as a food town can be explained by the abundance of amazing produce right on its doorstep and by some of the most productive and varied farmland in the country. The Malton area includes rare breed cattle and pigs, the famous Ginger Pig Farm is only a matter of miles away, along with lobster and crab in huge numbers, grouse, pheasant, partridge and venison from the North York Moors, cheese-makers, artisan bakers, chutneys, breweries, Yorkshire spirits and much, much more. Malton even has Britain’s most northerly commercial vineyard in the UK just a stone’s through away.

Add to this the famous annual Food Lovers Festival, the monthly Food Markets, Talbot Hotel with James Martin Restaurant, the “Made In Malton” project and the best food shops in Yorkshire.

Malton is proud to call itself Yorkshire’s Food Capital and has big plans for the future!

Malton Cookery School opened for business on Friday 16 May 2014, details about courses can be found on

Malton Food Lovers Festival took place on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May 2014. The dates for 2015′s Food Lovers Festival are Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May.

The Malton Monthly Food Markets in 2014 take place on the following Saturdays: 8 March, 12 April, 14 June, 12 July, 9 August, 13 September, 11 October, 8 November, 13 December.

Mollie Sharp's Cheese Shop Selby reviewed by Gill Townend - Pontefract

Mollie Sharp's Cheese Shop Selby

Review by Gill Townend - Pontefract

I must admit Selby would not normally have been a chosen destination for a day out. Not that we have anything against the town, my husband and I used to visit the market some years ago, but it seemed to be in decline. So last Wednesday when we had decided to have a day out at the coast we both felt very let down when we realised that our car had other ideas. It Overheated as we entered the town and my husband discovered some belt or another had fallen off. We called the AA who said they would be with us within the hour. Jim stayed with the car and I headed into Selby to get us a couple of cold drinks.

I was pleasantly surprised by the improvement in the town. It's maybe a year since we last passed through and I noticed new housing had been completed on one corner and a new Turkish restaurant on an adjacent corner. The town looks fresh and clean with flower in hanging baskets along the main street, much improved from the rather grey and dismal place we previously used to visit. I returned to the car and the AA man had fixed the car. I suggested to Jim that we should have a look around before we carried on to the coast.

Up a side street that I remember used to be filled with market stalls we stumbled upon a real treasure. A delicatessen and cheese mongers the likes of which you might expect to find in Harrogate or up in the Dales. (Editors link – Molly Sharp's cheese shop) The owner was so nice, we felt more like old friends than customers he'd never met before. After spending a very pleasant half hour we left with a treasure trove of cheeses, wine and a bottle of sherry which we've discovered is truly spectacular. I sent this review in the hope that the owner will see it as there seem to be quite a few articles about Selby trades. I and my husband will certainly be back, only this time Selby will be our destination.

Editors Note:-

Thank you so much for your review Mrs. Townend. I will make certain that Richard Sharp owner at Mollie Sharps's is made aware of your kind review.



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