Last year I wrote about a splendid trip to Brighton that I went on; this year I ventured up to Yorkshire to see what was happening up there. Apparently I drove right through the Yorkshire rhubarb triangle; I thought there might be a signpost or flashing lights or something but sadly not! The weather was typically British with some rain, a little wind and just enough sun. We stayed near a little village called Stamford Bridge which was our base to go out and visit: Harrogate, York and Whitby.
Next we were off to York, somewhere I’ve heard a lot about and of course we headed straight to The Shambles. An interesting mixture of shops and cafés, overhanging buildings and narrow alleyways The Shambles is well worth a good poke around. We desperately wanted to try a suave, modern looking café (the name escapes me) but they only had four tables and it was a busy lunch time. There are so many places to choose from it was hard to know where to start but the little café we ended up at served a very generous Greek mezze so I was pleased. For more ideas, here’s a whole list of other things to see and do in York.
We did manage to find a recommended beer shop; set out like a wine shop is, by country, but absolutely full of beers. It was a great place to have a look around and see all these weird and wonderful brews you might not be able to get hold of anywhere else. The other thing we fit in to the trip was a visit to The Chocolate Story. It was a really fun interactive tour through the history of chocolate in York which included making your own chocolate lolly (I quite fancied a swim in the liquid chocolate bath used for this) and plenty of chocolate tasting.