Sunday, 27 January 2013

Creative Breads, Shipley

@ Shipley Health Food Shop, 40 Westgate, Shipley BD18 3QX | 01274 80 90 79 |

Type of Food: Bakery

I just wanted to quickly blog about the best bacon sandwich I have ever had. 

I love bacon sandwiches. I used to have them every Wednesday during our team meeting at work. But the sandwich I had from Creative Breads was by far the best. 

Countless pieces of bacon (possibly four but then again I didn't count I was too busy eating), home made bread. Cooked perfectly. Ideal

Anyone in the Shipley area needs to try it. In fact, anyone not in the Shipley area needs to make the effort to try it.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

don't tell Titus ..., Saltaire

6 Victoria Rd, Saltaire Village BD18 3LA | 01274 595633 |

Type of Food: Bar Grub

Price:  2 mains + 3 pints = £35
Occasion: Sunday Lunch with friends
Date Visited: January 2013
Overall Rating: *** Good

Eating out twice in two weeks ... how extravagant! don't tell Titus ... is a place I've not been to for a good five years despite living within walking distance of where I live. Right in the heart of beautiful Saltaire Village it's very popular locally. 

The first time I came here, the atmosphere put me off. I thought it felt a bit to pretentious and stuffy. Not sure if that was because I was a student and anywhere were 'normals' went was too stuffy but that was the impression I had had before we went. On our visit on Sunday it was busy, not too busy but busy enough to have to wait 10 min for a table. To be fair, it does feel like a trendy bar, mainly because it is, but it actually felt welcoming today. I went with a large party so there wasn't anywhere suitable in the bar but luckily there was a restaurant upstairs with a table. We were taken upstairs after a short wait and were greeted to an empty room full of messy tables with a single exception, ours. Felt a bit odd ...

Can't really complain. We didn't wait long for service or food. The barman looked made sure we had a drink while we waited and they made us feel welcome.

The first thing I would point out, it is expensive so I expected high standard not just standard bar grub (which to be honest I expected)..It was a difficult choice as the menu sounded delicious. There were few things I couldn't have had. With it being a Sunday I went a bit traditional and ordered Leek & Chicken Pie and most of the others had a Sunday Roast (only one on offer, Pork). It was delicious. It came with 'fresh vegtables' (just carrots and turnip in the end) and my choice of potato (mash). Beautifully presented and filling. Couldn't have asked for more. It was so good I actually can't recall what everyone else's food was like.

Expensive bar grub. But very very good expensive bar grub. Would go again.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Med One, Huddersfield

10-12 Westgate, Huddersfield HD1 1NN | 01484 511100 |

Type of Food: Lebanese & General East Mediterranean cuisine. 

Price:  2 mains, 2 Starter, 1 Appetizer + 3 drinks = £35
Occasion: Dinner Out
Date Visited: January 2013
Overall Rating: **** Very Good

Getting the ball rolling, I went to for an after-work dinner in Med-One on Monday. I'd not had it on my list of places I wanted to go long, but it had been given a glowing recommendation and with it being only one block away from work seemed like a no-brainer. 


The atmosphere was OK. It was quiet but not too quiet. There was only one other party in, which is not always a great sign (I found out later there is an upstairs which had other dinners in). There was some (probably) authentic music in the background and the tables and chairs were new and clean. So far so good ... we sat down.

Good. Then again there were only four or five parties and two staff. We were given the right amount of time to order. Drinks came almost straight away, and food wasn't too long either (which was good as I could have eaten the menu I was that hungry!)

DELICIOUS! For starter there was a minor bread overload. Chef's specialty bread, hummus (with more bread) and Cheese Fatayer (a pastry topped with Feta cheese). The bread was light and not too filling at all, the fatayer, which I have never had before, was very satisfying and the hummus was just right, if not a little over-garnished with olives. The main courses were both eye-catching when they came. There was Kufta, a restaurant specialty and a giant kebab ladened with not one, but two flat breads! Talk about value for money. The bread complemented it well and wasn't too heavy and the meat was delicious and well-cooked!


Well worth it! I'm actually a bit concerned that it's so close to work and they are open for lunch time ... definitely recommended! There's so much more I want to try!

Sunday, 6 January 2013

The First Post

So yes ... It's a new year and I've decided I want to share with the interweb my love of the excellent restaurants and bars in Yorkshire. 

The first rule will be:


I'm not saying these types of restaurants are bad, it's just because you can find out about these from anywhere on the internet and this is just a way of me sharing the new places I've found using the tools available to me. This will mainly be recommendations but one handy tool I have is Foursquare.

The second rule will be:


No real reason for this. If you want to find places in other places, then look somewhere else ... simples.

To help me keep track of the places I've been I've set up a Foursquare Page which you can follow me on if you so wish. I also have a Twitter account. 

The third rule will be:


When I want to try out a new restaurant, all I want to know is that it's got a good atmosphere, good service and most importantly GREAT FOOD. I don't need to know every little things that happened, every minute detail f the way the food looked and the way it tasted. I don't want to see crappy photos taken quickly on smart phones and you won't find any of that from me.

*definition of a chain:  a brand that own more than 5 of the same restaurant with the same menu / decor etc. Examples include Pizza Express, Nandos, Bella Italia etc.