This is an additional post to my usual schedule this week, because I thought it might be useful for anyone visiting Skipton. It's also an opportunity to show my fabulous maxi sweat dress again!
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. (Click on the Restaurant Reviews tab at the top of my blog to read my previous reviews).
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.
When I ate there, I knew to expect a hearty lunch so dressed accordingly in my Monks on Vacation Maxi Sweat Dress with nude pink Chelsea boots, more of which can be seen in the outfit post I wrote at the time.
Skipton Pie and Mash Shop 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...
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 one’s 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.
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.
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.
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.
Love Liz x
To see more pictures and details of my fabulous dress and Chelsea boots, please click on this link.
Those living in Skipton and the surrounding areas can read my review in the April issue of Aspire Magazine.
Skipton Pie & Mash Shop