We welcome a lot of tourists and visitors to the town and as part of my day job, I’m lucky enough to eat in and review local restaurants.

A leisurely dinner in an elegant restaurant is always wonderful and there are few things I enjoy more, but sometimes, especially when out for the day with (seemingly permanently starving) children, we need something straight forward and which does what it says on the tin so to speak. With this in mind, I’d like to recommend Skipton Pie and Mash Shop. It is one of the only places to sit and eat traditional pie and mash in the North. Located in the canal basin very close to Coach Street Car Park, it’s easy to find and enjoys beautiful views over the canal. 

It’s very well signposted…

Skipton pie and mash shop

Skipton pie and mash shop

I visited with my friend Sally on a busy
Friday lunchtime. So busy in fact that the chef was
making more pies as they had run out, testament to the popularity of this family owned café. 

The menu is written on a blackboard and offers a
wide selection of pies, baked on the premises and served with a choice of
chips or mash and mushy or garden peas. 

Orders are placed at the counter and
then brought to the table. I chose steak and ale pie with mushy peas and
Sally opted for the Homity pie with garden peas. Neither of us could resist the chunky homemade chips. The pies are substantial and hearty yet the
pastry is light and flaky. Mine was generously filled with steak, locally
sourced. Sally’s was equally packed with leek, onion, potato and cheese. 

Skipton pie and mash shop

Skipton pie and mash shop

There
is a wide selection of pies including vegetarian and gluten free options as
well as a selection of soups. Drinks include bottled soft drinks, hot
drinks and a small wine selection, so there is something for everyone.

The café has extra seating up the most
colourful flight of steps I ever did see. 

Clarks pale pink Chelsea boots and bright staircase

This is where we sat. It
was homely and welcoming with a fireplace, beamed ceiling and various
memorabilia paying homage to the owners’ interest in the waterways.

Despite the heartiness of our main
courses, being blessed with generous appetites and having seen the array of
mouthwatering cakes on display, we were unable to resist a dessert.  Sally, something of a connoisseur ordered her
favourite- hot chocolate pudding with ice-cream. She thoroughly enjoyed it and
said it was the best she’d ever tasted. 
The hot puddings and scones are baked freshly on the premises by the
chef each day. The cakes and tray-bakes are brought in each day from the local
Craven Bakery and it was one of their carrot cakes that I had, served with
pouring cream. The bakery itself has an excellent reputation so it came as no
surprise that the cake was as light, moist and as delicious as it looked.

Food review

Carrot cake

It’s little wonder Chef had to make more
pies when the food tastes this good!

If you visit Skipton I hope you’ll give this brilliant cafe a try. You could even take a canal boat trip afterwards.

Skipton canal boat

Skipton canal boat

Love Lizzy x

Skipton Pie & Mash Shop                                                                                   

Waterside Court                                                                                                          

Coach Street                                                                                                      

Skipton                                                                                                                             

01756 228371                                                                       

www.skiptonpieandmash.co.uk

Hello, I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend.
My children and I stayed Sunday night at my parents’ home and  it feels like I’ve been away on a mini holiday. My mum’s cooking on Sunday and lunch out yesterday meant I had a welcome break from cooking and I’m now looking forward to spending some time with my children during their school holiday, interspersed of course with work and blogging

Thank you very very much to all of you who voted for me in the Aspire Style blogger challenge. I’m absolutely thrilled to say that I won!

Aspire Style are kindly offering readers of my blog a 10% discount with the code LIZZY10, so do go and take a look.

In the challenge I wore this Jolie Moi vintage style floral midi skirt with a simple long-sleeved black top, a bright yellow necklace and orange shoes. Despite the decidedly un-springlike weather on Easter Sunday I wore it with a soft pink top, an aqua short-sleeved cardigan, (that I first wore almost 13 years ago at my brother’s wedding), and my beyond gorgeous peachy pink brogues. The blustery conditions afforded me a Marilyn moment and showed the fullness of the skirt off beautifully.

Floral midi skirt with brogues

My mum brought these daffodils on Saturday when we celebrated my daughter’s birthday. They are so cheerful and for me they epitomise the optimism and promise of the new season.

Floral midi skirt with brogues

Floral midi skirt with brogues

Floral midi skirt with brogues

Clarks Hamble Oak pink peach brogues with pink ribbons

Love Liz x


Outfit details
Pale pink longline vest top (with lace hem), Mandy’s Heaven
Aqua short-sleeved cardigan, previous season
Jolie Moi Sarah Skirt, Aspire Style, £39
Hamble Oak brogues in peach combi, Clarks £60
Pink watch, Next, previous season
Swarowski crystal set bee T-bar bracelet, Danon at Lizzy O £29

Hello and Happy Easter! 

My children and I are going to my parents’ house for lunch today which I’m very much looking forward to. Yesterday was spent with my family too, celebrating my daughter’s 15th birthday. My son’s birthday is towards the end of April and with my mother and my brother celebrating theirs in between my children’s, one of them always has an Easter birthday.

I wore this pink floral dress with flat Mary Janes on my own birthday in October along with a jacket and scarf.  It is a good trans-seasonal style and perfect for the start of a new season. Yesterday, I picked out the orange flower within the floral pattern with orange shoes and I have also worn it with opaque tights and Chelsea boots, with bare legs and sandals as well as with nude tights like I did yesterday. 

Versatility is something I look for increasingly when getting new clothes and offering alternative styling for my outfits is something I’ll be including more of in future blog posts. 

Multi-tasking women deserve multi-tasking clothing that works as hard as we do.

And as if we don’t have enough chocolate right now, I baked her a chocolate cake smothered in chocolate ganache and adorned with chocolates.  

Love Liz x

Outfit Details
“Amy” dress, Joules, AW15
Orange quilted shoes with Postman’s Lock, Mulberry, previous season
Gold Danon double stars ring, Lizzy O, £25