I had a go to a meeting in Selby yesterday so it was a good opportunity to visit with my father in Law at Bubwith and then on to Selby. Bubwith is a village between Selby and Market Weighton. Interesting little village with aNature reserveand a cracking little Deli called Jug and Bottle.
I knew the bridge at selby is closed to cars so we parked up on the otherside and walked over into the town.
Selby is a traditional old market town, famous for its Bank Holiday Monday giant market.
Bank Holidays are always very quite in the hospitality trade. Its the time we have our bit of R&R after working most of the weekend. Yesterday was no exception. My sister (Acres Dene) and I decided to take the dog for a Nordic Walk at Temple Newsam
What an absolutely glorious walk it is, you can walk miles,uninterrupted totally traffic free, in peaceful countryside. We walked 4.5 miles including bridlepaths, georgous bluebell woods and saw rare breed cattle. Boo our dog just loves it.
A good tip is to take a drink and a snack with you or even a pic-nic you can fill an entire day if you really enjoy the great outdoors.
El Piano El Piano is one of my favourite restaurants in York and has to be one of the best places to eat for vegetarian and vegans in North Yorkshire! The tapas style menu has plenty to choose from and everything is 100% vegan and gluten free, including all the wine and beer. I’ve eaten there lots of times with friends who are vegetarians, vegans and red-blooded meat eaters and they’ve all loved it! The food is all prepared fresh in the restaurant, so you do have to wait a little bit longer than usual, but it’s definitely worth it as all the food is delicious! You can either choose individual dishes or, if you’re in a group, order a selection to share. The restaurant is very relaxed and colourful, with a choice of different rooms to eat in each with its own unique character. The sunshine room is my favourite for a group; you all sit on big slouchy floor cushions around a long low table, so it’s very relaxed! The service is great; all the staff are very friendly and happy to explain the menu to those who need it. It’s also very reasonably priced too
El Piano is situated in Grape Lane in the city centre of York
One of the best museums in York, (which often gets over looked) is The Castle Museum. It is in my opinion THE best museum. It is council owned and because of this does not have a massive advertising budget.Take the time to visit it whilst staying here you will not be disappointed and best of all its only a few minutes walk from the the York Priory Guesthouse
The Castle Museum is one of York’s top tourist attraction’s and in my opinion, it really deserves to be. I have memories of visiting it as a child on family holidays – I loved it then and I still love it now. I particularly like the recreation of the Victorian Street, with all the old shops and businesses for you to look around. There’s also prison cells and school rooms to explore too. The Museum regularly changes the exhibitions and always has something new and interesting to offer, because of that, it’s one of the few tourist attractions I still visit even now I live in York permanently. It’s a big museum with plenty to see, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to look around. And remember, once you’ve paid to get in, your ticket remains valid for for a year, so you can go back as many times as you like to see anything you missed first time around, which makes it a real bargain!
Usually on or day off we like to try sample local attractions, restaurants bars and venues so that we can give our customers ideas before they arrive.
Last night Russ and i visited Piccolinos in York. What a lovely restaurant with an upmarket continental feel. It is an ideal restaurant to visit for that “special meal”. It is a little pricey but the fact that everything is freshly made including the pasta and desserts one would expect to pay the price for high quality cuisine.
We shared a a Garlic bread with Tomato £4.50. This was very thin and crispy but packed with flavour
Russ had Veal Escalope with chestnut mushrooms and a Marsala sauce £17.50. it looked delicious and certainly Russ approved
I had Crispy roast duck with honey roasted apples and and a Valpolicella red wine sauce. £14.95. I cannot decribe how tasty it was. 2 large confit of duck sat on 4 delicately honey flavoured apple quarters, the sauce was sticky sweet with a hint of a liquorice flavour. The confit was well cooked, tender and crispy.
Unfortunately the main courses are not served with any side dishes at all. These are extra at £3.75 per portion i would highly recommend the creamy mash.
To round the meal off I enjoyed a delicious desert of Roasted fruits and marscapone cheese crostini
Russ had an extremely rich drippy chocolate fudge sponge with vanilla ice cream finished with a frothy cappuccino.
I would definitely suggest an advance reservation if you wish to visit the restaurant whilst in York