The Blue Bicycle

We have seen (and heard so much about) The Blue Bicycle on our very first day in York, and have been meaning to try it ever since.

Located just a little way into Walmgate, it boasts such a welcoming, homely exterior. (And they give out free postcards at the counter too!)

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Comfort Food: Best Crispy Custard Bun in London

I first discovered Kowloon Restaurant, smack in the middle of London Chinatown, because I was drawn to it on impulse; who can resist that dazzling array of Cantonese pastries and buns displayed in the shop window of this massive restaurant cum bakery?

I brought Judith here for a quick snack during the Winter break when she first arrived in London.

 These crispy custard buns (just £1.00 each) are best served piping hot from the oven; break them apart and savour the taste of the sweet, warm custard enveloped in a crispy pastry skin – melts in your mouth! Be warned; a single bun is massive, so have plenty of friends to share the goodness with you!

Kowloon Restaurant

21-22 Gerrard Street
London Chinatown, London W1D 6JH

020 7437 1694


Taylor’s Restaurant (Dartmouth)

Dartmouth, Devon has just made its way to one of my favourite places in the UK. It is a charming coastal town all the way down South, a good 5 hour train ride from York (and a little under 3 hours from London Paddington station!) There are so many reasons to enjoy dining in a seaside town like Dartmouth: the fresh seafood, idyllic sea views, and just the experience of savouring a languid meal in a small , sleepy area.  We made our way to Taylor’s Restaurant on Friday before HT’s Easter Ball at the Royal Naval College.


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Patisserie Valerie

Word has gotten around that Patisserie Valerie has a new franchise in York. I’ve passed by the patisserie several times but have never gotten round to trying their food. With an extensive display of delicately decorated cakes and pastries it is nearly impossible to give this bakery a miss. What’s more their service crew have these cute baking outfits on, that includes the likes of an apron and boaty hat.


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