Wednesday, 11 December 2013
After we picked the apple trees up my Dad and I went to lunch at the White Swan in Pickering.The owners had kindly offered us a free main course lunch for 2 if I have their menus on show to my guests. I recommend that if guests are going on the North Yorkshire Moors railway and get off feeling hungry that the White Swan is only a couple of hundred yards away. We were welcomed by Catherine Feather who I have know for many years. Her husbands family ran the Feathers in Helmsley for donkey's years and her brother Simon used to ride jack's point to point horses when jack got too old or should I say wise to ride in races any more. Lunch was delicious. My Dad had a huge great plate of fish and chips and mushy peas which he polished off. I had their special ploughman's platter which was so big I took some home for my mum for her tea. The bread was gorgeous too. I looked at the price and thought for what they charged it was very good value. An ideal place halfway between our house and my friends to meet up again for lunch. Certainly didn't need to eat for the rest of the day. So saves on the washing up too. The son of the owners started off the Ginger Pig Meat Co and they have cookery books on sale too as well as having the produce on the menu
Can't believe it is a year since we were at Rogers Roses at Pickering to choose my Dad's apple trees. For some reason we didn't get them last year so when I got a phone call out of the blue to say My Dad had ordered 4 apple trees 2 pear trees and a cherry I was a bit flummoxed. They were ordered last year they said. When you are 91 I was surprised he had ordered then a year in front. Fortunately I was able to say we would go to pick them up.It had to be organised around the days my dad would be shooting . To miss a day's shooting was something that does not occur.Plant for future generation I think should be our family's motto. The apples were still on display and so my Dad did a good inspection of what fruits these trees grow. It has been a wonderful year for fruit and I use for breakfast as they have pink flesh. Discovery apples have finally ripened – in early September – about a month late according to many people’s idea of when it should be ready to eat. Not only are they delicious but also the skin colouring in many of them is intense, the flesh also more intensively coloured than normally seen.
Posted by Carr House Farm Bed and Breakfast,Ampleforth,North Yorkshire at 15:12
Friday, 6 December 2013
My dear friend,Louise, is such a talented yummy mummy. Not only does she make delicious cakes,biscuits and anything else that can be eaten on a fork or off a spoon. Louise has now started to make the most amazing candles. She warms up the beeswax and rolls them herself. Sounds a bit like a cigar maker. The smell that comes from a burning beeswax candle it just as if you had put your nose into a honey pot. She is selling them alongside the antiques in her shop at No 1 Bondgate in Helmsley. Singular,in pairs or bundles. Natural,ivory,reds and greens. With bees,ribbons and bows -all ready to hand over as a gift or keep as a present to your home from yourself Louise's number is 01439 771864 and candles can made to your requirements Lo
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Sorry folks I cant bring myself to call it the Cleveland Tontine to me it will be the Tontine and equally McCoy's Tontine. Many a wild night was spent here as locals rubbed shoulders with rockstars.The only reminder of those days is a picture of Munro in the drawing room as it would have been now more of a snug sitting area. Tales like the local farmer who escorted one famous Brigitte around the North Yorkshire countryside until daybreak I feel are now part of a history sadly never to be repeated. The legendary Eugene McCoy and the Tontine seem to go hand in hand. We have to be brave and face winter 2013 .A bestie friend Louise and I set out to see how the food fared on Monday evening. The dining room lit with candles,crisp white table clothes and odd plates a little of the past remains. We settled for the 3 course tea time menu even though it was after 8pm. I had never had eel before and razor clam so that was my choice of starter. Interesting starter with treacle? brioche perhaps with a little taster of a deep fried oyster with advocado puree. I went for fish again -beautifully executed sausage of lemon sole.Louise had lamb pie. Pudding was heavenly mascarpone ice cream, hot chocolate soufflé and yet another sausage this time of fresh fruit.Kindly sent over by another diner for us -champagne. We toasted to the old days,the magic and memories that Eugeene McCoy create and to the new Cleveland Tontine for the delicious food we had eaten. Unfortunately with the light been low the photos are quite blurred
Did you remember when eating your first mince pie of the season to make a wish. So that is why I had to have another. My excuse as I had forgotten to make my wish.These were indeed the most delicious mince pies created. Gary Verity,David Shields and Rosie Fyfie were all in attendance from Welcome to Yorkshire.A good gathering of folk -some more famous than others but indeed a good crowd to support the Cleveland Tontine and their new look.It was organised by the lovely Heidi Hatfield who is now freelance. Rhiannon Piasecki is now the house manager.A delightful vibrant approachable soul. If you could team a building and business with a person the new owners have already got it right. The Tontine was always a place I held in my heart. Sad the days of the McCoys are finally over.I always thought I would bump into the likes of Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull dining here,maybe Picasso in any earlier light. Times move on and with it comes changes. But the changes are good and the things that remains truly "The Tontine" before Cleveland was added and the new twists appeared. I had pleasure of meeting the famous William Tillyer and his wife. My connect to William would come not through him being a famous artist but to his daughter Kim.I met Kim through the North York Moors National Park workshops organised by Susan Briggs and Catriona McLees. Her father must have passed a lot of his genes down the line as I think Kim is so talented.William has sold his work to David Bowie. No mention of Mick Jagger but the same era. You can see his work at MIMA from 25th October to 9th Feb 2014. MIMA stands for Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art. Friendly staff gave us a tour of the hotel. I already have my eye on some of the wallpapers they have used.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Thirsk Racecourse was the venue for the awards ceremony for the Tastes of Herriot. Jessica Barker had worked very hard for the second year running to pull the day together.The first photo of Gary Verity from Welcome to Yorkshire It was a great success. I was sat on Jessica's table next to Kyle from the newly opened Park Restaurant. It was well attended and lots of local faces. Nikki and Robin Jaques formerly of the Fauconberg Arms won an award as did the Carlton Inn with Jason Sargent and his wife. I used to do Jason's granny's hair. A local boy made good and used to work under Nikki and Robin when he was a young lad. Delighted for both parties .Nikki is still beaming.Hope she has made time to get back into her kitchen and make her delicious Sawley Kitchen biscuits. As any good event it was all too quickly over. Well done Jessica another feather in your hat.Here you see her with her biggest fan next to her -Phillip -her husband one of the best
Posted by Carr House Farm Bed and Breakfast,Ampleforth,North Yorkshire at 19:27
Thursday, 28 November 2013
no more. Our drive had got some larger than large potholes in it thanks to the flood of rain we had it just washed the road away. We had a local firm who came in took off the old tarmac and replaced it with concrete as far as the gate. From there upwards it has been mended with tarmac. So now we are the owners of a posh new smooth driveway in.So we have the before and after photos -a drive facelift.
Posted by Carr House Farm Bed and Breakfast,Ampleforth,North Yorkshire at 22:00