Food & Drink

The Wellington Oak - Good Food - Warm Welcome

Northern Living - The Wellington Oak - Good Food - Warm WelcomeThe Wellington Oak is situated on the A1079 just outside the town of Pocklington, East Yorkshire. From Wednesday to Sunday they have home cooked food available, which is very popular with the locals as well as travellers heading to or from the coast. The A1079 is the main route between York and Hull and via Market Weighton it is one of two routes between York and Bridlington on the East Coast of Yorkshire. The Wellington Oak is situated at the head of The Pocklington Canal which is fed by two large springs in the foothills of The Wolds above Pocklington. The Pocklington Canal is a broad canal which runs for 9.5 miles (15.3 km) through nine locks from the Canal Head behind the pub, to the River Derwent which it joins near East Cottingwith. Most of it lies within a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. Alongside the canal is the Wellington Oak Caravan Site which is a small site accommodating eight caravans with electric hook-ups.

Pocklington is a picturesque market town. The town's skyline is dominated by a 15th-century tower of All Saints church. The town’s architecture is a mixture of quaint old houses and modern buildings and the town has several unusual street names reflecting its history from the Iron Age onwards. Pocklington gets its name via the Old English "Poclintun" from the Anglian settlement of Pocel's (or Pocela's) people and the Old English word "tun" meaning farm or settlement, but though the town's name can only be traced back to around 650 AD, the inhabitation of Pocklington as a site is thought to extend back a further 1,000 years or more to the Bronze Age. In the Iron Age Pocklington was the regional capital of the Parisi tribe and by the time of the Domesday Book in 1086 it was the second largest settlement in Yorkshire, after York itself. Pocklington developed through the Middle Ages while many similar places fell into dramatic decline. Pocklington owed much of its prosperity in the Middle Ages to the fact that it was a local centre for the trading of wool and lay on the main road to York, an important national centre for the export of wool to the continent.

The Wellington Oak,
Canal Head,
North Yorkshire
YO42 1NW
01759 303854

Yorkshire Vintners Ripon

Yorkshire Vintners Ripon“Yorkshire Vintners has been born out of a love of wine and its origin. Simon Jackson, Managing Director, has worked within the wine industry for over 10 years and finally decided to branch out on his own, setting up the business 1st June 2010. Yorkshire Vintners are now supplying wines throughout Yorkshire and beyond to numerous outlets including, restaurants, public houses, hotels and farm shops. All the wines are personally chosen by Simon and his team, ensuring only the highest quality and best value lines appear on the Yorkshire Vintners wine list.”

Introducing Champagne Thienot

For the past 25 years Alain Thiénot has been laying the foundations for a new ”Champagne House”, forever faithful to key values – quality, modernity and luxury – that has allowed this appellation brand to become so famous. This daring creation, in a domain whose greatest names first appeared in the 18th century, is exemplary of the determined entrepreneur’s personality, a combination of his value of terroir, savoir faire and a sharing of knowledge. This adventure has given birth to a ”French Brand” of international stature, in collaboration with his two children Garance and Stanislas, they have achieved an ideal marriage of prestige and creativity. Alain Thiénot Champagne is emblematic of this great 21st Century wine house; Exclusive, International and Modern.

FREE delivery in the UK for orders over £250*
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up to 6 bottles: £10.20
7 to 12 bottles: £14.50
13 bottles and over: £20.00

The Sidings, Shipton By Beningbrough – Review Tony Carson

Nothern Living - The Sidings,  Shipton By Beningbrough – Review Tony CarsonYesterday evening I had a meat with my parents at The Siding at Shipton By Beningbrough near York. The restaurant comprises 5 old Pullman rail coaches alongside the York to Edinburgh line and is decorated with various rail memorabilia. To the rear behind the bar is a pleasantly appointed large conservatory with views over open countryside and the inter-city line. The menu was varied with a Mediterranean feel. We had the Meze for three as a starter, which was generous and all excellently presented and obviously cooked on demand. For my main course I had the mixed kebab which included tender lamb, beef and chicken, all marinated to perfection accompanied by chips and a fresh salad. This was succulent and satisfying. The house wine was a Merlot which was an idea accompaniment for the meal. My parents both had a steak which were tender and cooked to perfection.

I would highly recommend The Sidings. The barman / waiter was pleasant, efficient and knowledgeable. The atmosphere was relaxed and the food and wine outstanding. I understand that they have a monthly Greek night which book up in advance. The restaurant can seat up to 100 hundred guests, although they have bookings for 112 for this months Greek night, which might be a bit of a squeeze.

As somebody who is not know for my solicitation of salads the meat balance was just how if should be! I'm sorry my photography didn't quite do my main course justice...

The sidings can be found at:-

Station Lane,
Shipton By Beningbrough
York YO30 1BT
Tel: 01904 470221
Fax: 01904 470945
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The Brewers Arms - Snaith

The Brewers Arms - SnaithThe Brewers Arms is just what you expect from a good English Pub, welcoming and friendly, serving great food, particularly the fish, and some brilliant beer, brewed 100 yards away at the Old Mill Brewery in the village.

The Brewers Arms is a small, cosy, traditional style hotel situated between Goole and Pontefract in the heart of Snaith. The pubs traditional open planned décor with wood fires gives it a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. A common stop over for businessmen and tourists, this pub attracts many different clientèle. Friendly staff on hand throughout the premises allows the pub to cater for everybody’s needs. In the bright summer months, customers can come and relax with a refreshing pint and snacks from the bar, in the pubs stunning beer garden. With real cask ales, a wide selection of fine single malt whisky and good quality home cooked food you'll never want to leave. Larger functions can be catered for and the pub can accommodate up to 80 guests, all types of parties can be catered for. The Brewers Arms has regularly been featured in the Good Beer Guide 2011, 2013 & 2014.

The Brewers Arms is a well known and highly thought of pub in the village of Snaith. Brewery Tap for Old Mill, four current beers available, Traditional Bitter, Blonde Bombshell, plus two seasonal ales. Lounge Bar, with two side rooms, and separate restaurant serving high quality food, cooked by a skilled chef. Lounge has a well featuring in the middle, and a raised adults only area by one of three fires. Interesting room ornaments and paintings.

The current menu can be download here (PDF – 10.08.14)

10 Pontefract Rd
DN14 9JS
01405 862404

August Gourmet Short Break

August Gourmet Short BreakChesterfield has a quiet food revolution happening - with award winning restaurants that are attracting national media recognition, and independent coffee shops and pubs with a belief in local produce. There's plenty of choice in Chesterfield when it comes to eating out. Chesterfield is home to a number of independently owned restaurants which are proud to serve fresh, locally sourced food. There's also a variety of cuisines for you to try - from traditional Sunday roasts, to authentic Japanese food. Chatsworth Road offers a fantastic selection of eateries, from Italian Nonna's to French themed Mes Amis. In the town centre, the Soulville Steakhouse and Coco Bar Bistro offer varied menus. For a unique dining experience, why not try Buckinghams, known as 'the restaurant with one table,' where chefs will create one-off meals to suit your individual tastes.

This gourmet short break has been crafted with those in mind who really appreciate quality and varied cuisine.

Wednesday 27th August – Calabria

“Welcome to Calabria Italiana & Caffè Bar, Chesterfield’s award-winning Italian restaurant at Glumangate, home to many of Chesterfield’s professionals and long established businesses. Calabria by night serves a contemporary a la carte menu five nights a week. Our tasting menu, although bre-booking required, is also available every night. Guests can also choose from our two and three course fixed price menu on Tuesday – Thursday.”

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Thursday 28th August - Maison Mes Amis!

Maison Mes Amis is a beautiful French themed bar and restaurant on Chatsworth Road in Chesterfield. "I want to create a version of home" says Marcella Kirk, proprietor "Mes Amis (Marcella's old Coffee Shop) was styled around a lounge, dining room and kitchen. Maison Mes Amis will be just the same but with the addition of a bar in the lounge and an outside courtyard off the dining room. The kitchen is in two sections, behind the scenes is a typical industrial area together with an open rustic area, more like your kitchen at home, where you'll be able to see your food being prepared." Maison Mes Amis will be serving food all day, and a full evening menu from Wednesday through to Saturday. The bar will be open for for cocktails, fine wine and a selection of continental beers. "It's definitely not just about the evening menu" emphasis Marcella "we're still the same team, serving the same great coffee or tea, scones and cakes all day - and our signature Croque Monsieur's. But we now have a bar and will be open into the evening for evening meals - a grown up Mes Amis."

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Friday 29th August - O-Tokuda

O-Tokuda is an independent, family-run restaurant specialised in traditional yet authentic Japanese cuisine. We offer Sushi, Sashimi, Yakitori, Sumiyaki, among others. Delicious Japanese food served up by a team of Japanese staff in the relaxing ambience, conveniently located in the town centre, we are just a stone’s throw away from the Crooked Spire.

01246 556 996 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anis Louise Guest House,
34 Clarence Street,
S40 1LN

01246 235412



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