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This week’s recommendation is The Cookery School at The Grand, York.

My husband and I chose the Beef Wellington half day course as an anniversary treat. We both like cooking but have never attempted a Beef Wellington. The class is from 12.30-3.30. There are spaces for 10. You start with coffee, tea and gorgeous home baked biscuits. Chef Andrew then demonstrates the dessert. This was Panna Cotta, another thing I haven’t tried to make but will now. Then he demonstrates the Beef Wellington. As he goes along he gives out loads general cooking tips and I have followed these at home! 

It’s all very relaxed and interesting. Then you go to your work station, where all the ingredients and tools are laid out, pop on your apron and cook. There’s a glass of wine as you cook and then finally it’s ready and you all sit at the big dining table with a bit more wine and eat your creation and the dessert that Chef Andrew has prepared. 

On our course we covered Individual Beef Wellington, Ultimate Baked Potato, Port Wine Gravy and Orange Panna Cotta with Orange and Almond Salad.

Ten out of Ten from me!

I have a 20% off code for guests to use before the end of August. 

About York

The jewel in North Yorkshire’s crown, York is frequently voted the Best Place To Live in Britain,  Still a favourite amongst even the most seasoned of travellers, this ancient walled city has been the north’s spiritual capital for 2000 years, but that’s not say it is stuck in the past; York’s affluent young student population and its influx of tourist pounds has helped to create a cultural and commercial oasis. History seeps out of every cobbled street, but the crooked old buildings house a fantastic range of designer shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. Make sure you take in the York Minster, The Shambles and Betty’s Tea-rooms.

Eating out in York – Here are a few other recommendations.

Skosh YO1 6JX 01904 634849 Highly rated but as yet I haven’t managed to get a table 

The Star Inn the City YO1 7DR 01904 619208  Run by Michelin Star Chef Andrew Pern of The Star, Harome. Closed recently due to a fire but re-opened In April. Great location and food. I have eaten a number of times here. 

Mr P’s Curious Tavern  YO1 7HY 01904 52117 This is a new spin off from Andrew Pern, sort of Yorkshire tapas with a gin speciality. Very quirky and lots of fun. 

Ambiente Goodramgate and Fossgate. 01904 689784. One of my favourites. There are two in York, sort of Spain meets Yorkshire. 

No 8 Gillygate 01904 653074  Highly rated. I have only eaten lunch and it was delicious.

The Bistro Guy 01904 652500  Also on Gillygate. Fun, relaxed dining. Great outside space too. 

Roots  YO30 7BH This is the latest venture from Tommy Banks of The Black Swan Oldstead. It is a tasting sensation. Lots of different approaches and textures as well as flavours. Quite hard to describe. More than ‘local’ food, they actually grow nearly everything on their own farm. Hence the menu is changed every season. 

The Rattle Owl  rattle  YO1 6JX Tel 01904 658658 Chef, Jamie Hall is amazing and they feature local produce and cook everything themselves. For lunch they serve a tasting menu. If there are two of us, we usually order one of everything and with a glass of wine each it’s around £55 for two. The tasting menu is actually small plates of the evening menu. The food is modern British. Portion sizes are on the small side for starters and main but they are often very rich. The owner, Clarissa O’Callaghan, explained that they are an independent restaurant and would love their customers to have three courses. So, the smaller portions leave room for dessert, which is quite a generous serving! You probably don’t need to book for lunch but it’s probably essential for dinner. If you like history ask Clarissa to show you the Roman ruins. They were uncovered when they renovated and they are down in the cellar. The Rattle Owl is situated on Micklegate in the centre of York. If you drive, there is on street parking, £2 after 6pm or a multi-storey on Toft Green, the street behind.



Family fun

Great places to visit for Adults and Children, including some great options for a rainy day…

Things to do

Time Travel

The Wolds and North York Moors are teaming with historically important houses, sites and landmarks. From the Romans to the Vikings to the Georgians, this ancient landscape has been shaped and imprinted by those who’ve settled here. If you enjoy a spot of heritage hunting you’ll love…

The Yorkshire Coast

Yorkshire is blessed with an amazing coastline. Throw the bucket ‘n spade in the boot and tootle along to one of the many lovely locations on Yorkshire’s coast. Here are my favourites…

  • Sandsend– a very pretty village with several gorgeous cafes and restaurants, great beach with a little river through it.
  • Whitby– a gothic marvel and stunning harbour town, great fish and chips, interesting shops and crazy golf on the promenade.
  • Scarborough– a traditional British seaside town with plenty of treats for the kids, pirate mini golf and a Seaworld.
  • Bridlington– includes an historic harbour, the old town and several award winning beaches. It also has a little zoo and mini train.
  • Flamborough– go bird watching on the RSPB reserve at Bempton Cliffs
  • Filey– another great beach and charming Victorian seafront
  • Boggle Hole– magical tiny cove with Youth Hostel serving food.
  • Robin Hood’s Bay– great beach and very picturesque – my overall favourite.