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A family-run butchers from Bubwith, near Selby, have been awarded the ‘Best Yorkshire Pork Pie’ at the prestigious Deliciously Yorkshire Taste Awards. J A Mounfield & Son Ltd, who have been based in Bubwith since 1928, have collected many awards throughout their long history, adding…

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A burgeoning brewery that is both independent and family-run is a pretty rare find. The Old Mill Brewery at Snaith is both of those things – meaning that while its beers are sold nationally, and it has a portfolio of 17 pubs across Yorkshire and…

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A bespoke hideaway ski chalet, bedecked with stylish handpicked Scandinavian interiors and oozing its own version of cosy hygge charm, is creating a Alpine dining experience in the middle of Skipton. Alexander’s, which is nestled next to the Leeds Liverpool Canal and is already renowned…

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Wine & Dine’s Liz Powell is pleased to find that it’s business as usual at Spuds & Berries, the farm shop, PYO and restaurant which was cruelly targeted by thieves earlier this year. I visited Spuds & Berries back in the summer when pick your…

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East Yorkshire-based butcher’s and baker’s, A Laverack & Son, are celebrating after opening their new shop in the heart of Pocklington. The famed pie producer, butcher and baker, who have two shops in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor as well as a thriving wholesale arm of the business, have…

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The nights are dark and its cold outside which means Christmas is nearly here! Why not get into the Christmas spirit by visiting one of the Christmas markets around Yorkshire this year! Christmas Markets are the perfect day/night out for all family where you can…

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It’s been 18 years since Fibre first burst onto the Leeds scene and what an amazing journey it’s been! Reinventing itself through time Fibre now boasts itself as a 4 floor super bar on Lower Briggate, Leeds and see’s thousands come through it’s door each…

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A Thixendale based rapeseed oil producer is celebrating its tenth anniversary by launching the ninth of 10 competitions that are running throughout the year. Back in 2008, Adam Palmer and wife Jennie launched their cold pressed Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil, since then the company has grown…

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The team at Spirit of Yorkshire are celebrating winning two awards at the Yorkshire Whisky Festival. Based in Hunmanby, North Yorkshire, Spirit of Yorkshire whose single malt whisky will be available next summer after maturing for three years, was awarded ‘Dram of the Day’ and…

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In a world controlled by social media, we seem to have become obsessed with putting our lives online to show basically everyone and anyone. That means, when we are at a fancy restaurant or cocktail bar, and a dish or drink is placed before us,…

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One of York’s trendiest cocktails bars, Cut & Chase on Goodramgate have introduced some new cocktails to their Craft Cocktail menu for the Winter season. Brothers and owners of Cut & Chase, Joel and Wes Taylor who opened the cocktail bar in 2016 have introduced…

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When it comes to cocktails, you are spoilt for choice in Leeds, but wouldn’t it be good if you could visit all of your favourite cocktails bars under one roof? With successful events in 2016 and 2017, The Leeds Cocktail Experience returns for a fourth…

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Food festivals are now a common occurrence, but they are a relatively new phenomenon. York’s Food Festival was one of the first back in 1997, and has always been one of the biggest and best. Every September, up to 400,000 people spend time at the…

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Author and presenter Peter Sidwell takes us back to the summers of his childhood. What a fantastic few weeks of warm sunny weather we’ve had in the UK recently. The strawberries are ripening, the raspberries are popping through on the canes and the gooseberry bushes…

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A plant based ‘steak’ that is said to look and taste just like real meat will launch in Tesco stores nationwide later this month. The steak, which is made of wheat and soy, is made by Dutch manufacturer Vivera who describe the product as being…

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Nothing says summer like a light and super tasty pasta dish, and this one from Pocklington based Saunts, the renowned events and catering company, is definitely a winner. Head Chef Kevin Wright makes it look so easy too. Chicken ravioli with wild mushroom sauce –…

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Eating your lunch at your desk doesn’t have to mean a sad-looking sandwich or a limp, homemade salad. It’s a depressing way to eat, but two-thirds of British office workers now eat their lunch at their desks, slogging through paperwork and spreadsheets while trying hard…

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Yorkshire’s first malt whisky distillery has been recognised with a prestigious VisitEngland award, less than a year after opening. Hunmanby-based Spirit of Yorkshire has been awarded a Welcome Award in appreciation of the outstanding experiences they have provided since they opened their visitor attraction in…

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Do you know your botanical blends? We’ve got the low-down on what goes into your gin to give it its distinctive taste. The global gin renaissance is continuing to gather pace at a phenomenal rate, with dozens of new distilleries opening in the UK every…

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Top off any spirit or aperitif with sparkling wine, a splash of soda water and a piece of fruit and you’ve immediately got an easy summer thirst-quencher, perfect for day drinking in the garden with the barbecue blazing and your friends around you. These recipes…

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A Leeds based entrepreneur is bringing one of the UK’s fast-growing gin events to Yorkshire for the first time. Jasmine Wheelhouse, founder of The Gin Fayre, has announced that Wetherby Town Hall will host the region’s first Gin Fayre during the May Bank Holiday weekend….

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Whether you consider yourself a dab hand in the kitchen or you’re an absolute beginner who could do with a helping hand, there is now a place on your doorstep where you can hone your skills – while also giving something back to the community….

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Social media platforms are an important component of a successful business – according to conventional wisdom. But pub chain JD Wetherspoon went against the grain this week with the announcement that it is closing its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for all its 900 pubs…

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  • Recipes
  • 11/04/18
  • Posted in Recipes

Jersey Royals are always a highlight of the spring season and they are around for such a small amount of time – grab them on your next shop while you can. Ingredients 500g Jersey Royals 2 tbsp olive oil 2 egg yolks 2 crushed garlic…

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Mayflower – High Street, Austerfield, Doncaster – Freehold and contents – £950,000 This lovely public house is situated in the quiet, affluent village of Austerfield close to Doncaster Robin Hood airport, eight miles south east of Doncaster and 1.5 miles from the market town of…

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Here at Wine and Dine we absolutely love The Botanist, which has three Yorkshire branches – Leeds, York and Sheffield. The idea behind The Botanist was to create a secret garden of food and drink, a place where antiquities and trinkets hang from the walls…

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  • Recipes
  • 11/04/18
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Treat yourself to a lazy Sunday brunch with this easy-peasy, delicious recipe. Ingredients 1 free-range egg 6 trimmed asparagus spears 2 baby tomatos (chopped in half) 2 rashers of smoked bacon A handful of herbs for seasoning Method 1. Separate your asparagus into three sets…

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  • 11/04/18
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Lamb is great this time of year, so instead of a traditional roast, why not try this? Ingredients (serves six) 4 onions, peeled 1 tbsp ras el hanout 2 tsp salt ½ tsp white pepper 1 shoulder of lamb on the bone For the slaw…

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Our columnist, Peter Sidwell, is all about embracing spring and the delicious British produce this season brings to our plates. Spring is here – lambs are popping up in the fields, the daffodils are out and its not dark when I go to work and…

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The new bar and bistro breathing new life into Selby’s social scene. When Kate Dawson was asked to take over the running of No1 The Crescent last summer, she wasn’t sure what to expect. Having previously run a family focused public house on the outskirts…

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Hot on the heels of Asda’s Easter Egg made entirely of cheese, Morrison’s is now getting in on the act with the launch of its limited edition Game of Thrones Dragon Egg. The 20 centimetre high, 240-gram Dragon Egg is made from rich Belgian milk…

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Heather Gilbert and Paul Alderman’s story is a tale of two kitchens. When they met at a local producers’ market in August 2016, Heather was running her own vintage and afternoon tea business and Paul had a stall selling local meats and pies. They hit…

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You might already be a pro at drinking cocktails, but wouldn’t it be great if you could craft your own concoctions at home?  Here, we bring you the Wine and Dine Cocktail Masterclass – just follow our step-by-step instructions to make cocktails to rival those…

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From chocolate baubles to edible centrepieces, rustic trees covered in sweet treats, macaroon towers and candelabras filled with fondant flowers, Helen Birkinshaw is breaking boundaries, parting with tradition and changing the face of the wedding market… Perhaps you’ve been to several weddings in the past…

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This month, Yorkshire foodie, Peter Sidwell, encourages us to ‘keep on cooking’ as we head towards the new season… This month I wanted to encourage you to keep on cooking now spring is edging closer with its hint of lighter nights and a new season’s…

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Hot on the heels of its quirky cheese advent calendar, Asda is launching its first Easter Egg made of cheese. The perfect Easter gift for cheese lovers, the Cheester Egg is made by Lancashire cheesemakers Butler’s, and is a 120g half dome of Blacksticks Blue…

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Hot cross bun-flavoured fudge is a new one on us, and here at W&D we’re more than willing to give it a try. Well, Easter is just around the corner… Available now in store and online at Morrison’s, the sweet treat is made with Italian…

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, our thoughts have been turning to afternoon teas, leisurely brunches, locally sourced Sunday lunches, and not forgetting a glass or two of something fizzy. Whatever it is you have in mind as a special treat for all those…

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Wine & Dine Yorkshire has teamed up with the Grand Opera House, York, to offer a pair of tickets for The Rolling Stones Story on March 2nd. They ran neck and neck with The Beatles in the popularity stakes with the late sixties and early…

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Who doesn’t get a chocolate craving every now and again? If you’re anything like us, it’s a daily occurrence, so news that York Chocolate Festival is back is music to our ears. The organisers promise this year’s event (29 March-2 April), will be bigger and…

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On the second Saturday of every month, Malton becomes a Mecca for food lovers and amateur chefs alike, who turn out in their droves for the town’s increasingly popular Monthly Food Market. The event now boasts 35 specialist food stalls, street food, live chef demos…

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Whether simply stewed or cooked in a warming crumble or pie, rhubarb is one of our all-time favourite ingredients here at Wine & Dine, so we’re very much looking forward to the Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink & Rhubarb later this month. Taking place from…

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We’ve teamed up with the Grand Opera House, York, to give away two pairs of tickets to see the highly acclaimed Kite Runner on its opening night (Tuesday 8th May) at York. Following two acclaimed West End seasons, when it played to over 100,000 people…

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Once regarded as a fringe movement, veganism is gaining in popularity, with a recent survey suggesting Britain is more vegan-friendly than ever before. It therefore comes as no surprise that festivals dedicated to veganism are becoming more prevalent, and Yorkshire is no exception. The first…

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A bit like Marmite, a Yorkshire pudding pizza will either horrify you or get your taste buds tingling. One thing’s for sure – you need to get down to your nearest Morrison’s sharpish if you want to give this unusual combination a go as they’re…

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Next Tuesday we’ll all be tossing food around the kitchen to mark Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day as it’s more commonly known. But why do we do it? The name Shrove Tuesday comes from ‘shrive’, meaning absolution for sins by doing penance. It immediately precedes…

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Who doesn’t love a good farm shop, full of fresh, local produce and artisan delights? We’ve put together some of the ones we love the most, which is your favourite? Cannon Hall Farm Shop Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley S75 4AT This shop’s specialities are…

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Four young, aspiring chefs in Year 9 and 10 at Harrogate Grammar School and Vale of York Academy competed in FutureChef 2018 at the college on Wednesday 10th January. The skills competition directly relates to the national curriculum and aims to tackle the severe skills…

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  • Recipes
  • 16/01/18
  • Posted in Recipes

Ingredients 450g fusilli pasta 4 Italian sausages, removed from the casing 1 red pepper, thinly sliced 1 yellow pepper, thinly sliced 1 onion, sliced 200g kale 100g grated Parmesan 100ml pasta cooking liquid Method 1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil and…

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Peasehill House, Harrogate Road, Leeds – Leasehold: £65,000 Set in the the centre of Rawdon, approximately eight miles from Leeds and a short drive from the Yorkshire Dales, is Peasehill House, a beautiful Yorkshire stone restaurant and hotel that has been run by the current…

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  • Reviews
  • 16/01/18
  • Posted in Reviews

Following its recent refurbishment, Wine & Dine editor, Lisa, visited Snaith’s Brewers Arms to sample its revamped food and drinks menu. Check out what she had to say about this well’ established pub… ‘After a long day in the office, any pub that greets me…

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You’ve heard of food and drink pairing, but what about pairing the two with music? There’s scientific evidence to show that the music we listen to influences our mood and a number of food and drink experts believe that listening to the right kind of…

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Purple basil is being embraced by foodies everywhere, and it looks set to become a big food trend in 2018 as demand for Instagram-worthy food increases. Leading the way with the purple basil phenomenon is ASK Italian, which commissioned a crop of the purple plants…

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Often referred to as ‘the first craft beer bar in Britain’, Leeds North Bar is credited with influencing a new wave of craft beer bars and breweries around the country, with many citing the venue as one of the original driving forces behind the craft…

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  • Recipes
  • 16/01/18
  • Posted in Recipes

We’re focusing on celebration cocktails in this issue, which of course all include fizz. Wow your friends with our top 10… 1. Lemon Sherbet Fizz A citrusy, tangy, fresh, lip-smacking delight! Put a heaped teaspoon of lemon sorbet into a champagne flute and add a…

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Our food columnist, Peter Sidwell, tells us about his winter food heroes and baking those all-important British puds. There is never a time of year more than winter to dictate your style of cooking. It’s dark and cold outside and battling the elements really does…

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Can you imagine, even 10 years ago, taking a photograph of your nan’s Sunday roast, immediately heading down to Snappy Snaps to utilise their one-hour processing service, and then rushing to your neighbour’s house to show them your nan’s Yorkshire puds in all their glory?…

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If you’re already vegan or you’re taking part in Veganuary, you might want to check out our list of chain restaurants that offer great vegan menus. All Bar One All Bar One has launched a brand new Veganuary menu, which will only be available from…

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