Posts in the Harrogate category

A rainy walk (+a cool new pizza place)

P1020778 P1020804 P1020806On Sunday, which felt like Saturday because it was a bank holiday, we decided to brave the rain as I couldn’t stand being indoors any longer. Actually, it started off fine and then we got caught out in a big downpour. I was expecting the kids to moan a bucketful but once they were wet they just sort of got on with it, which was surprising. Florence was breaking in a new scooter and therefore impervious to the weather and Charlie was using my umbrella to do this crazy kind of Singing in the Rain routine (even though he’s too young to have seen the film). And as for me, I was testing out my lovely new mac, which has to be the silver lining to the recent rubbish weather. Actually it has a yellow lining, which is ace. We took the long route into town, along the beautiful Harrogate Stray and partook of some of my favourite activities, namely peering into posh gardens and daydreaming about what it’s like to live there. And then, because the heavens opened again (and Bea had conveniently fallen asleep in her pushchair) we legged it to the nearest restaurant for a coffee and some food.


What Kat Did: The Yorkshire Meatball Co.

image_2Oh yes, a restaurant dedicated to meatballs has just opened up in my hometown! But as the name suggests, these are not mama mia Italian-style but proper northern meatballs, which you can order with mash, Yorkshire puddings or even spaghetti if you prefer. There are lots of different sauces to choose from too, so you can really make your order bespoke. We took the kids to this place recently on the spur of the moment, which is a bit of a gamble as we only ever eat out if it’s a tried and tested, family-friendly place. But it turned out to be a lovely treat. The kids loved the food, the staff loved the kids, Greig loved the beer and I loved the interiors – bingo!


What Kat Found: Nord at Baltzersens

01I’ve been meaning to blog about Baltzersens ever since it opened over a year ago now, in my home town of Harrogate. Since I first tried it, it’s been a firm favourite of mine when I want to meet a friend for lunch or sneak in a quick coffee and a bun (or Skolebrod) on my own. Just like the menu, the interiors are a great mix of Yorkshire meets Scandinavia with lots of natural materials, nordic colours and salvaged furniture.

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Baltzersens3And now founder Paul Rawlinson is launching Nord, a new dining experience in the evenings, with an amazing menu which I got to sample last week. Fresh, colourful, innovative, delicious plates of food were served up on lovely rustic earthenware – I loved everything about it.

220734Baltzersens450If you’re ever round this way – during the day or night – check out this place. It’s different to anything else you’ll find in Harrogate (in a very good way!).

Thanks to Tim Hardy, who took these fab photos and to Baltzersens for a great evening!

Baltzersens, 22 Oxford Street, Harrogate.





Fun, Florentines and a new frock


How are you liking this warmer weather folks? I, for one, spent most of the weekend outside without my coat – that’s quite a big deal for me. It was so nice we decided to head to one of my fave places; Harlow Carr Gardens to see what was coming into bloom and treat ourselves to a takeaway from the Betty’s cafe on site. 


Oxfam Harrogate – vintage boutique


I really count myself as fortunate to have grown up in Harrogate and still call it home. But as a place to visit too, it just gets better and better. Not only does it have a cracking high street but also boasts some great vintage and charity shops. Oxfam Harrogate (on Montpellier, just down from Betty’s) has always been on my thrifting circuit but now it’s become a shopping destination!