Saturday 14 January 2012

The Needlecase & More Delights in Tadcaster

If you are planning a visit to York then don't overlook Tadcaster, just a dozen miles away to the SW. This used to be the stopping point for us on coach trips to the seaside on the east coast. The best reason then was that Tadcaster had the most number of pubs and breweries per square mile than anywhere else in Yorkshire. Now there are still some independent breweries, but Commercial Street with its Georgian shop fronts is as unspoilt and bustling as ever.
Off the High Street, in Kirkgate (on the way to the church), you will find Needlecase - a delightful shop for your needlework needs. And when you have managed to drag yourself away, continue down Kirkgate to St Marys Church and take a look inside.
There, at the east end, you will discover fabulous stained glass windows by William Morris.

And early roundels. Here is Saint Catherine, who was the patron saint of linen weavers, an important trade in Tadcaster in the Middle Ages.
Though at first glance unprepossessing, for eating in the day and early suppers, we heartily recommend the warm welcome and excellent cooking you will enjoy at The Granary on Bridge Street. Try a selection of Yorkshire antipasto £7.50 which includes a selection of home-roasted ham, local cheeses, potted prawns and smoked salmon accompanied by dressed leaves and homemade bread. And maybe follow that with roasted pork fillet garnished with crispy bacon and served with black pudding, creamy mash, carrot puree and a light sage jus. Bliss!

1 comment:

  1. I miss England everyday when I see this.
    Lived there for 16 years
    I love the shops, and the Yorkshire pudding ,
    I enjoy your site , gives me inspiration
    Greetings Johanna