RSS Feed

Category Archives: Huddersfield

March’s afternoon tea

My first afternoon tea event is nearly here. Due the experience of last year’s snow I thought I’d delay this year’s first event until the better weather arrived. March’s afternoon tea event is now fully booked but there are places available in May, July and September.

Here’s March’s menu if you want an idea of what to expect.


Lindley Apple Day – Saturday 19 October


Next Saturday Lindley village is celebrating Apple Day. Starting from 10am in the heart of Lindley there will be apple related activites for all the family, including:

# apple pressing – turn apples into fresh juice. If you’ve got spare apples and empty milk cartons bring them along to add to our collection.
# apple bobbing – using nothing but your teeth you’ll have 20 seconds to catch an apple
# apple pie competition – bake a homemade pie and bring it along before 1pm so we can crown our first Lindley Apple Pie Baker of the Year
# apple greetings card competition sponsored by Gift – design an apple inspired card and take it to Gift before 5pm Friday (under 12s only)

Full details on or follow us on twitter @lindleyappleday

Hope to see you and your apples next Saturday!

Independents Day – Huddersfield

It’s the 4th July and a day that has been declared Independents’ Day – a national campaign to celebrate independent retailers.

Huddersfield has some great independents and my favourites foodie ones are Hoults Wine and H Mitchell butchers. However, today I want to share my favourite street that has four great independents on it (and non of them food related!)

The street is Market Walk and it connects Market Place and King Street.

Market Walk

It’s a little back street that can be easily missed but it’s home to a jewellers, a florist, a shoe shop and clothes shop. On that one little street you can get a complete outfit for a special night out. I always receive compliments on the things that I have bought from these shops. They are great places to find  something unique.

Walkers jewellery shop

Walkers jewellery shop

Shaw and Hellas shoe shop

Shaw and Hellas shoe shop

PInk Cadillac clothes shop

PInk Cadillac clothes shop

Posy Bowl flower shop

Posy Bowl flower shop

So these are my recommendations for Huddersfield. Which independents’ do you recommend?

Pink Cadillac –

Posy Bowl –

Shaw and Hellas –

Afternoon tea returns in May

Hello afternoon tea fans.

After a short break, afternoon tea at Cafe Nouveau Home returns on Sunday 19 May from 1 – 3pm. It’s a fruity theme and we’ll be showcasing strawberries, raspberries and a host of other fruits. If you would like to book place, visit the booking link. I am now asking guests to pay when they book which will hopefully make it easier for everyone.

More dates will be coming soon.

Look forward to seeing you at Cafe Nouveau at Home.


Huddersfield’s First Upmarket Sunday


Today was the first Upmarket Sunday in Huddersfield, a new monthly market experience for Huddersfield with food, drink, craft and antique stalls.

I popped down at lunchtime and despite the cold there were a good number of stalls including a few unexpected ones such as the fruit and veg stalls which was nice to see. A few stalls that were advertised to be there weren’t this month which was a shame but hopefully they will be there in April.

I came away with some forced rhubarb and nectarines, a couple of cheeses (vintage gouder and gruyere) from Milk Street Fine Cheeses, a soured cherry and bourbon brownie from Brownies, a slice of apple crumble cake from Aunty P’s and a pork pie from Little Yorkshire Pie Co. And I met up with some fellow foodies!

If I’d not been planning on cooking lunch I’d have definitely got a pulled pork slider from El Kantina and glass of hot mulled apple juice from Simple Sencillo – I guess I’ll have to wait until next month!

I hope that there were enough visitors to make it worth while for the stall holders. Reading tweets from people that went and from the stall holders themselves there seems to be lots of postive feedback so fingers crossed it inspires more visitors.

Looking forward to the next Upmarket on Sunday 14 April.

End of an era

It’s a sad day when you find out that your favourite shop closes.

Today as I walked past Cook and Bakeware I noticed that the redecoration sign had changed and after a quick search I found the Examiner article from last week that confirmed they had go e into liquidation.


Cook and Bakeware, or Strawberry Fair as it was previously known, has played a big part in my life since I moved to Huddersfield in 2004. We used them for our wedding list, friends and family have received their christening, birthday, wedding and Christmas gifts from there and colleagues from my last two jobs have bought my leaving gifts from there. I would often just wander in when I had a spare few minutes and I would rarely leave empty handed.


Nevertheless I’m not overly surprised that they have closed. They seemed to have lost their way a bit recently, feedback about customer service hasn’t always been positive and I think they could have promoted themselves better. I still think Huddersfield needs an independent shop like Cook and Bakeware and I hope that there are enough customers like me that would make it economically viable. Let’s hope that a solution is found soon.