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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.