The Courtyard Dairy has moved

The Courtyard Dairy has moved, not far but just a little further along the A65 to larger premises at Feizor.  What was once the old Falconry Centre has now been lovingly transformed by Andy & Kathy Swinscoe into a cheese lovers dream, the same quality cheese shop now with the addition of a cheese cafe & museum.

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Here is Andy Swinscoe himself (Le Grand Fromage) serving raclette upstairs in the cafe.

2017-07-07 13.04.05The cafe is full of character with great attention to detail, cheese themed furnishings even down to the tables being recycled cheese maturing boards.

2017-07-07 13.04.082017-07-07 13.13.06The Courtyards take on a classic Croque Monsieur with a Yorkshire twist.

Well worth a visit to stock up on the Courtyard classic cheese selection and do leave time to try the cafe and lovely coffee from Atkinsons of Lancaster with Emmas Organic milk.

Coming soon, cheese making courses, cheese tasting events and combined cheese & charcuterie courses.

Open Daily.

The Courtyard Dairy
Crows Nest Barn,
(The Former Falconry Centre),
Austwick, Nr. Settle, LA2 8AS

01729 823291

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Yorkshire Gin – Leeds Summer Fruits Gin

leeds summer fruits gin

Thursday 8th June will see the launch of the Leeds Gin Summer Fruits edition. Containing 10 botanicals (Juniper, Coriander, Almonds, Orris Root to name but a few) it is copper-pot distilled and then infused with fresh strawberries and raspberries before bottling. It’s an ideal drink for summer and the fruity flavour of strawberries and raspberries is simply delicious.


Yorkshire Gin from Town End Farm Shop 

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World Gin Day & The Flaming Venom

We now appear to have a nominated day for celebrating everything, some are pure PR and others to highlight a great cause, the 10th of June is World Gin Day, not the greatest cause but possibly one to enjoy and at least take our minds from other more serious things…..

Here are a few gin recipes to try at home maybe even with some excellent Yorkshire Gin.

Local Lad Tom Venning from the Gin Bar in Skipton, VSQ has made the short list for the Brocktail Gin cocktail competition and could be in with the chance of winning a trip of a lifetime to New Orleans, got to be worth our vote.  The Flaming Venom is his creation for the competition.

The Flaming Venom, V.SQ
Bartender: Tom Venning Ingredients: 50ml Brockmans 25ml Violet Liqueur 25ml Curacao Triple Sec 25ml Lime juice Method: Add All ingredients into a Boston shaker, shake and double strain in to a coupe glass. Use half a lime as a lime boat and add 15ml overproof Dark rum to it. Then light and serve! You can vote for Tom by clicking the image below.

The Flaming Venom Gin Cocktail Brockmans

Sopwell House G&Tea

In the spirit of World Gin Day, Sopwell House has fused two of the nation’s favourite drinks: tea and gin! Mixing up the classic gin and tonic, Sopwell House’s expert mixologists have created the G&Tea, which has the addition of earl grey tea and grapefruit juice to give it a sophisticated twist.

Stefano Litti, Restaurant and Bars Manager at Sopwell House, reveals one of the hotel’s most popular and unique cocktails so you can give it a try at home.

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• 40ml Bathtub Gin
• 20ml Earl Grey Tea (cooled)
• 20ml Grapefruit Juice

Add the gin, cooled tea and grapefruit juice to a cocktail shaker. Shake and serve over ice in a highball glass.

More Gin cocktail recipes from The ‘GINVENTORY’: Wynyard Hall’s chief mixologist. 

A worldwide celebration of the juniper-based libation, World Gin Day returns on Saturday for its ninth year of spirited revelry.   To celebrate, Wynyard Hall’s Chief Mixologist David Clark has revealed his secret recipes and top-tips for exciting twists on the classic gin mixer, with a collection of sip-sational summer cocktails recipes.

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The Lavender Martini

Chill a Martini glass by filling with ice
Take a mixing glass, add;
50ml Poetic Licence Old Tom Gin
12.5ml Dry Vermouth
25ml lavender syrup
2 dashes of orange bitters
Fill the mixing glass with ice
Stir 25 times in each direction to dilute and chill, empty the ice from the Martini glass, strain the liquid into the glass
Garnish with a sprig of lavender

The Wynyard Cooler

Fill a cocktail glass ¾ full with crushed ice, add a few slices of cucumber
In a mixing glass, muddle (stir in) 3 pieces of cucumber and add;
25ml lime juice
50ml Hendricks
25ml elderflower cordial
A dash of sugar syrup & a pinch of salt
Fill the mixing glass with ice and shake, strain the liquid into the cocktail glass and top with Soda Water
Garnish with cucumber Peach & Tarragon Smash

Take a tall glass and fill with ice
In a mixing glass, add;
50ml Bulldog Gin
25ml peach syrup
A sprig of Tarragon
Add ice and shake for 15 seconds
Strain into the tall, ice-filled glass and top with a splash of apple juice
Garnish with a sprig of Tarragon

blueberry mojito

Blueberry Gin Mojito

Clap fresh mint together (about 6 – 8 leaves) and add to a cocktail glass
Then add;
3 blueberries and muddle
½ lime (squeezed) and 25ml sugar syrup
Fill ¾ full with crushed ice, add;
Apple juice to the level of ice, and stir
50ml of preferred Gin
25ml Blueberry syrup
Stir again, before topping with crushed ice
Garnish with lime and fresh mint

Top Tipples from David Clark, Wynyard Hall Chief Mixologist
‘Ice is the most important item when making cocktails- you need decent sized cubes that will not melt too quickly and dilute the mixture. A good jigger (measuring device) also goes a long way for getting all the measurements right and creating the perfect cocktail’

‘The glass you drink from is also important. A glass with a smaller radius, such as the traditional high-ball glass, will help to preserve bubbles, keeping your mix fresh and fizzy. A glass can also influence your drinking experience, depending on the desired mood or setting – a Martini glass denotes elegance, whilst a Mason jar gives a casual vibe.’

‘Each gin benefits from a particular garnish. The accompaniment you choose should depend on the brand of gin you are drinking, and the botanicals used in its distillation process. Hendricks Gin is made using cucumbers and rose, therefore cucumber is the perfect addition to The Wynyard Cooler cocktail, as it highlights the gin’s delicate flavours.’  For more information, please visit

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Food Festival Tents

With summer starting now and a whole raft of Food and Music Festivals approaching every self respecting foodie needs a foodie tent to stand out from the crowd!

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Worlds Smallest Pub Tent

I spotted these great food themed tents from FieldCandy and couldn’t resist adding these fun tent images to the blog.

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Water Melon Tent


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Sandwich Tent – Perfect Picnic


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Cheese Please Tent

My favourite has to be the Sheep Tent.

Field Candy Animal Farm Sheep Tent

Field Candy Animal Farm Sheep Tent

About the FieldCandy Original Explorer: This high-performance 2-3 person ‘A’ frame tent is designed to last.  It is proudly made in England, with a high quality breathable and cool inner tent and a flysheet which is 100 per cent waterproof and UV fade resistant.  Lightweight aluminium alloy poles mean it is easy to assemble yet strong enough to withstand all festival weather conditions.  Features include a large porch for storage and easy assembly in five minutes. The Original Explorer tents retail from £249 to £399.

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The Goat Gap Cafe – Coming Soon to the Dales

The food scene is evolving in the Southern Dales & Craven area, we have exciting new locations, events and startups to try, the first of which is The Goat Gap Cafe.

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The Goat Gap Cafe is opening soon, on the site of the old Little Chef on the A65 on Newby Moor between Ingleton and Clapham.   Lots of building work, landscaping and internal improvements amounting to a total rebuild have been progressing over the last few months with lots of local trades & craftsmen involved.

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It all looks very interesting including “Big Bertha” the stove/oven to be used for homemade sourdough & flatbreads…

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In other foodie news, watch out for:-

Cracoe Cafe, next to The Devonshire in Cracoe on the road between Skipton and Grassington,

The Courtyard Dairy, Settle is moving to Feizor!

Yorkshire Dales Food Festival is moving from Skipton Auction to Heslaker Farm at Broughton.

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Salvo’s, Leeds’ longest running family-run restaurant and a personal favourite, has announced a £250,000 refurbishment this month. The investment will refresh the popular Headingley Italian first opened by Salvatore Dammone in 1976.

The award-winning eatery now run by Mr Dammone’s sons John and Gip, will close on 21st February for 9 days. The biggest refurbishment in the venue’s history will include a new walnut interior and intimate lighting and the vibrant open kitchen will be home to a new Italian coal fired pizza oven.  Looking forward to trying those pizza!


The investment, which comes as the family celebrates the restaurant’s 40th anniversary, also includes a contemporary bar area serving a wide range of craft beers, great Italian wines and classic cocktails where guests will be welcome to relax before their meal or just for a drink and a bite from the new bar menu.

Known as one of the most innovative Italian restaurants in the Yorkshire region, Salvo’s serve contemporary Italian food in an informal atmosphere, a simple formula which has kept thousands of customers coming back for more. The restaurant has been the only one listed consistently in The Good Food Guide since 1985 and holds an AA Rosette amongst a collection of national accolades.

“When my father opened Salvo’s in 1976 he had a vision of bringing a piece of his beloved Italy to Leeds,” said John Dammone. “Five decades later, we’re proud to be committed to upholding our family’s ethos of serving authentic southern Italian food.”

Gip added: “In order to create something lasting we know that you must adapt and grow and our investment is testament to our belief in providing the best possible experience for our guests, old and new. We’re excited to be firing up our new pizza oven for the first time and welcoming all our friends to the newly refurbished Salvos on 3rd March.”

Salvo’s restaurant will be closed from 21st February until 2nd March but the neighbouring Salumeria will be open as a café and delicatessen offering daily pasta dishes and other specials as well as artisan Italian ingredients and fresh produce as normal.

Bookings are now being taken for 3rd March onwards. Call 0113 2755017 or book online

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The perfect Pancake recipe

Don’t forget Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday 28th February 2017….

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The perfect Pancake Recipe …

Pancakes are seemingly easy to make but can often turn out a disaster.  Our simple guide will help you make the perfect pancake for Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Day!  Flipping the pancake is optional – but a lot of fun!

150g plain flour
3 eggs
1/2 pint milk
pinch of salt
knob of butter

non stick frying pan
pallet knife
freshly squeezed lemon juice
caster sugar

1. sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre of the flour and crack the eggs into the flour, slowly add the milk & whisk until you get a smooth paste. Whisk well making sure you have no lumps in your mixture.

2. pour the mixture into a jug and put to one side.

3. place the pan onto the heat put a little butter in. Once…

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Escape to the Country, Malham, North Yorkshire

Escape to the Country recently visited Malham and we gave them a little sausage making demo, small batch Yorkshire Chorizo no less.  With some great views of Malham Cove in the background we met Kris & Kat on the farm and gave them a tour of the butchery.

Looking to move from North London the couple are house hunting in Yorkshire on the long running BBC1 show – Escape to the Country.

After mincing the pork & adding our secret mixture of spices we combined the meat by hand then had a go at filling some natural sausage skins before hanging in the curing chamber.  We finished with a tour of Town End Farm Shop and a tasting of our British Charcuterie on the lawns in front of the farm shop with views of Malham Cove in the background.

Escape to the Country – North Yorkshire, Episode 29, Series 17.

Available for a limited time on BBC iPlayer here:

Town End Farm Shop

Yorkshire Chorizo


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MeatLiquor Leeds – Dead Hippie Burger

Would be rude not too….

Meat Liquor Leeds

Whilst in Leeds treated No.2 Son to more Meat, classic Dead Hippie Burger (2x french’s mustard-fried beef patties, dead hippie sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, minced white onions), Wet Fries (Gravy Cheese Fries), deep fried Mac N Cheese with marinara sauce & even a Chicken Parma Burger (fried chicken fillet with Serrano ham, melted mozzarella, marinara sauce, dusted with Italian cheese)..   Washed down with a Meantime London Lager! in Leeds ha.

Veggies go on the rampage

Meat Liquor down the side of Trinity on Bank Street –  Behind Victoria’s Secret | Leeds | LS1  5AT

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Yorkshire Gin

Gin is trendy! and with the explosion of micro distillers throughout the UK the choice and variety has never been so good.  Here is our selection of Yorkshire Gins.

Gin is a flavoured spirit using a cocktail of botanicals and every Gin producer uses their own secret recipe of botanicals to infuse the spirit.  The classic flavours usually include juniper, angelica root and coriander.

The 2 main methods of producing real gins are the classic London Dry Gin or the Distilled Gin process, if it is just GIN then it could just be a flavoured spirit….

Here is a selection of Yorkshire Gins as sold at The “Worlds leading retailer of Yorkshire GinTown End Farm Shop in Malhamdale, Yorkshire Dales.

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The Yorkshire Gin List:-

  • Masons Yorkshire Gin, a London Dry Gin from Bedale
  • Masons Lavender Gin
  • Masons Yorkshire Tea Gin
  • Whittaker’s Gin, a London Dry Gin from Dacre Banks, Nidderdale
  • Slingsby Yorkshire Gin, a London Dry Gin inspired by Harrogate
  • Slingsby Yorkshire Rhubarb Gin, Harrogate
  • Leeds Gin, Leeds
  • Sir Robin of Locksley, Sheffield
  • Sheep Eye, The Lickerish Tooth distillery, Skelton, North Yorkshire
  • Ginger Ninja, The Lickerish Tooth distillery, Skelton, North Yorkshire
  • The Little Red Berry, Yorkshire Fruit Gins
  • SloeMotion, Sloe Gin,
  • Addingham Sloe Gin, Addingham
  • Raisthorpe Manor, flavoured Yorkshire Gins
  • Teetotal G ‘n’ T, The Temperance Spirit Company, Skipton

Masons Yorkshire Gin

Masons Yorkshire Gin, distilled using the traditional London Dry Gin method in an Alembic copper still called Steve! in Bedale, North Yorkshire.  The founding fathers of the Yorkshire Gin revolution, Karl & Catherine Mason.
Tasting Notes: Savoury Citrus
Best served: over ice with a slice of lemon or try with orange peel.

Slingsby Harrogate Gin

W Slingsby of Harrogate is a London Dry Gin that uses 24 botanical flavours sourced from Yorkshire and across the globe, these include tea from Taylors of Harrogate & Herbs from the Rudding Park Estate.  Some of these botanicals, green and jasmine tea, severn sea rosemary, silver posie thyme, citrus thyme, garden thyme, rhubarb, sage, lovage, chervil, nettle and sweet cicely, rose hip, angelica, cassia, orris roots, coriander, liquorice grapefruit and Madagascan juniper.  Water from a Harrogate Aquifer.
Tasting Notes: fruity & savoury at the same time, great cocktail gin
Best served: with tonic & garnish with a pink grapefruit twist and blueberries.

Whittakers Yorkshire Gin

Whittaker’s Yorkshire Gin, A small batch distilled London Dry Gin lovingly made in a Hill Billy Still called Jezebel near Dacre Banks, Nidderdale by Toby & Jane Whittaker. Botanicals include Thyme, Bog Myrtle, Juniper, Coriander, Bilberries, Angelica Root and Hawthorn.
Tasting Notes: full of bold botanicals and a fabulous nose
Best served: classic gin and tonic with ice and a slice and Fever Tree or Fentimans Tonic.

Ginger Ninja Yorkshire Gin

Ginger Ninja gingery gin, The Lickerish Tooth, Skelton, North Yorkshire.  The Lickerish Tooth make curious concoctions including Yorkshire vodka & gin. At first taste the juniper/angelica and liquorice flavours will hit you, followed by some of the secret botanicals, and finally, the warming taste of the ginger, which gives it a long, warm finish.
Tasting Notes: warming taste of ginger
Best served: fever tree tonic or try with lemonade.

Sheeps Eye Gin


Sheeps Eye Gin, The Lickerish Tooth, Skelton, North Yorkshire.  The Lickerish Tooth make curious concoctions including Yorkshire vodka & gin.  Botanicals include Juniper, Coriander and Angelica, the ‘holy trinity’ of a gin, as the base, and they add 7 botanicals to complement and enhance the flavours. In among these is Liquorice root.
Tasting Notes: Liqourice & Juniper
Best served:

Leeds Yorkshire Gin

Leeds Gin, made in the heart of the City in very small batches by Sara Birkinshaw. Botanicals include Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb.
Tasting Notes: Mixture of the classical dry, citrus, fresh finish alongside a lingering honeyed sweetness, bolstered by the addition of Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb.

Sir Robin of Locksley Gin

Sir Robin of Locksley, A distilled artisan gin from the Locksley Distilling Co in Sheffield.  Due to its slight sweetness a true sipping gin.  Botanicals include pink grapefruit, dandelion & elderflower.
Tasting Notes: Sweet, Up-front juniper with more delicate aromas of elderflower bubbling through. Deliciously smooth and round on the palate – warm cassia notes soothed with dandelion. Pink grapefruit adds an underlying sweetness and lingering citrus finish. Balanced yet distinctively unique.
Best served: chilled on its own with pink grapefruit peel

If you know of any other Yorkshire Gins that we may have missed please let us know….

Town End Farm Shop & Tearoom, Airton, Malhamdale, Yorkshire Dales (Between Skipton and Malham)

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