Focus on: Great Preston

Focus on: Great Preston

The property

This modern three bedroom home is ideally located giving you the best of both worlds! Whilst only being 25 minutes away from the city centre of Leeds, you can still enjoy the quietness of a small rural village.

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The property has a spacious living area, perfect for entertaining family and friends, and leads into the rear garden via double French doors. The kitchen is finished to a high standard, with white gloss units and dark faux granite worktops. In the kitchen you’ll also find a fitted oven/hob and extractor fan!

Upstairs there are three spacious bedrooms – two doubles and one single, with the master bedroom benefitting from built in storage. The modern tiled bathroom is complete with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath. The home also enjoys off-street parking.

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The location

 

Great Preston is a semi-rural village located in the south-east of the City of Leeds, close to the town of Castleford. Great Preston offers many great local amenities within easy reach such as schools, shops, leisure facilities, and the beautiful St Aidan’s Nature Park and Reserve.

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Being so close to Leeds, you can enjoy the incredibly diverse shopping in the city exploring Trinity Leeds, the city’s newest and largest retail destination, and home to over 120 high street favourites. Victoria Quarter, housed in beautiful arcades, is the perfect next stop for high-end designers, including Mulberry and Louis Vuitton, where lunch can also be grabbed in the stylish Harvey Nichols Café.

You can can definitely soak up some culture and art by heading to the Cultural Quarter, home to a number of museums and galleries just metres from one another. Be sure to visit the Henry Moore Institute, part of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle and home to the largest collection of sculpture in Europe.

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Just a short drive from Great Preston is the town of Castleford, home to the amazing Xscape centre, offering families with endless fun days out. The centre has plenty of shops and restaurants, along with a cinema, adventure golf, lazer zone, trampoline park, skiing, and many more thrilling activities!

 

Best restaurants and bars

  • Bulgogi Grill

Right up there at the top of the list is Bulgogi. It’s the city’s first Korean barbecue restaurant, and as such, it offers a completely unique experience. The first thing you’ll notice is that there’s a grill built into your table – because you’ll be cooking your dinner yourself, Korean style.

  • Mr Nobody

Mr Nobody has evolved since it first opened as a tapas restaurant. Nowadays, the downstairs restaurant offers a unique tasting experience, with five or eight courses, depending on just how extravagant you want to be – and there are some rather unusual dishes on the menu.

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  • Fazenda

When it comes to eating out in Leeds, Fazenda is right at the top of the list. Why? Five words – all you can eat steak. Before they set up shop in the city, it was a foreign concept, but now we can’t get enough of it as they bring a procession of top quality meats, served in traditional gaucho style.

  • Shears Yard

The restaurant itself is as impressive as the menu – expect high ceilings, exposed brickwork and stunning light fittings, creating a space that’s bright, open and downright beautiful to look at. It’s definitely one of the best looking restaurants in Leeds, and coupled with the food, it makes for one hell of a night out.

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Christmas Events in Yorkshire

Christmas Events in Yorkshire

The holiday season is officially upon us, so get into the Christmas spirit with these fantastic festive events across Yorkshire. From theatre shows to Thor’s Tipi, Christmas markets to magical lantern displays, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

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Santa’s Grotto – from 17 November – Trinity Walk, Wakefield

Santa’s Candy Cottage – from 24 November – Kingsgate Shopping Centre, Huddersfield

Santa’s Grotto – from 3 December – outside York’s Chocolate Story

Breakfast with Santa – 3 December – The Broadway, Bradford

Santa’s North Pole – from 3 December – Weston Park Museum, Sheffield

500 Years of Christmas – 10 and 11 December – Temple Newsam House, Leeds

Father Christmas Visit – 17 & 18 Dec – The Hepworth, Wakefield

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Theatre/Shows

Sleeping Beauty – 24 Nov to 31 Dec – Wakefield Theatre Royal

The Nutcracker Live Broadcast – 8 December – Rex Cinema, Elland

Cinderella – 8 Dec to 28 Jan – York Theatre Royal

Snow White – 9 Dec to 8 Jan – Sheffield Lyceum

Christmas Comedy Cellar – 13 to 15 December – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

The Snowman – 15 December – Sheffield City Hall

The Snowman & Other Tales – 18 December – Leeds Town Hall

It’s A Wonderful Life– 23 to 24 December – Hyde Park Picture House

Best Ever Christmas Show – 28 December – Leeds First Direct Arena

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Crafts & Outdoor

Crafty Christmas Decorations – every Sunday – The Hepworth, Wakefield

Thor’s Tipi Bar – 18 Nov to 31 Dec – Victoria Gardens, Leeds

Thor’s Tipi Bar – 24 Nov to 31 Dec – Peace Gardens, Sheffield

Christmas Teepee – December – The Mustard Pot, Leeds

The Magical Lantern Festival – from 25 Nov to 2 Jan – Roundhay Park, Leeds

Ice Trail – 10 and 11 December – York city centre

Enchanted Christmas Garden – 16 to 23 December – Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster

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Markets/Fairs

Leeds German Christmas Market– 11 Nov to 18 December – Millennium Square

Sheffield Christmas Markets – 16 Nov to 24 Dec – Sheffield City Centre

Made in Yorkshire Festive Fayre – 24 Nov to 18 Dec – The Guildhall, York

Victorian Christmas Market – 3 and 4 December – Kelham Island Museum

Art, Craft & Gift Fair – 10 December – Byram Arcade, Huddersfield

Leeds Hidden Christmas Market– 16 to 22 December – Kirkstall Abbey

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Christmas experiences/Days out

Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience, Leeds: Twelve Days of Christmas Walk, Elf Village, Secret Fairy Hideaway

Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure, Wetherby: Breakfast with Santa, outdoor activities, theatre, illuminations, Santa’s Grotto

Santa Steam Specials, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway: 10 mile train journey with santa and pixies, festive music, decorated train carriages, Christmas food, presents

Santa, Elves & Sleigh Bells, Tropical Butterfly House, Sheffield: Santa’s Grotto, sleigh ride, Farm Barn Nativity Scene, Elf Workshop, Christmas crafts

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, York Designer Outlet: outdoor ice rink, vintage funfair rides, Santa’s grotto, live entertainment, Christmas shopping

York Christmas: stalls, music, carols, fairs, lights, food and more!

Christmas Eve wind down – December 24 – Nostell Priory, Wakefield: relax with wintry walks in the gardens, a cosy cafe and festive treats

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Christmas Shopping in Yorkshire

Christmas Shopping in Yorkshire

With the big day only one month away, we’re kicking off our Christmas blog series with some present ideas! It’s hard every year to think of something original to buy your family and friends, but our list of local shops in Yorkshire will provide those special and unique gifts that you can guarantee nobody else will have!

Leeds

  • Great Yorkshire Shop, Corn Exchange: Support Yorkshire producers by purchasing your Christmas presents here! They sell Henderson’s Relish, leaf tea from Sheffield’s Birdhouse Tea Company, and natural skincare products from Whitby’s Sweet Cecily’s
  • The Traditional Shaving Company, Grand Arcade: For all your bearded friends, pick up an old school wet shave kit or some top-notch products to keep their beard in place
  • Chirpy, Chapel Allerton: a creative design store and workshop where you can find some unique home accessories and even take part in some workshops to learn how to do it yourself!

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  • Little Leeds Beer House, Corn Exchange: A haven for craft beers with an extensive selection of the finest beers from Yorkshire and beyond!
  • On The Wall, Boar Lane: You can find everything here from classic film posters to artsy prints, trendy t-shirts to incredible canvases
  • OK Comics, Briggate: Know a comic fanatic? Get yourself to OK Comics where they offer an impression selection of classic comics and graphic novels
  • Armadillo Toys, Chapel Allerton and Horsforth: The best independent toyshop in Leeds and a child’s dream! You’ll find a vast range of old school and modern toys to keep children entertained over Christmas
  • Yellow Sunrise, Corn Exchange: When you step into this magical shop you’ll want to buy every single one of its Japanese and Moroccan goodies!

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York

  • The Inkwell, Gillygate: A hipster’s paradise with old-school vibes, filled with vinyl records and pop culture oddities
  • Fraser & May, Bridge Street: A shabby chic boutique providing the perfect unique gifts for Christmas including furniture, jewellery and vintage prints
  • Monkbar Chocolatiers, Shambles: Your chocolate-loving friends and family will appreciate the delicious handmade chocolates from one of the most well-establish chocolatiers in the city

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  • Rafi’s Spicebox, Goodramgate: Your foodie friends will love anything you buy them from here! A family run businesses with a tantalising selection of spices and ingredients to make authentic Indian dishes
  • Snowhome, Gillygate: You can be sure nobody will have whatever gifts you buy from here, with stunning homewares from small manufacturers and emerging designers
  • Burgin’s Perfumery, Coney Street: Step into the past in this traditional perfumery offering 2000 makes from designer brands to independent businesses
  • The Yorkshire Soap Company, Blake Street: Give someone the gift of relaxation with handmade soaps and bath salts in an array of sumptuous scents
  • The Imaginarium, Blake Street: Next to the YSC you’ll find a store full of bizarre and fascinating trinkets you can guarantee nobody else will have!

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Sheffield

  • Collard Mason, Devonshire Street: A dark and moody boutique selling clothes, jewellery and homewares from independent designers
  • Sheffield Antiques Centre, Broadfield Road: A truly traditional antique shop with an awesome range from trinkets to furniture, all at great prices
  • Starmore Boss, Sharrow Vale: For the one who loves a tipple, you’ll find an amazing selection of wines, beers, whiskeys and South Yorkshire’s largest range of tequilas
  • MoonKo, Division Street: A bright and quirky independent shop where can find the perfect gifts from home to fashion pieces

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  • The Record Collector, Fulwood Road: A true institution in Sheffield, pop in for new and second-hand CDs and vinyls, and if you’re lucky you might even catch one of their signings!
  • The Famous Sheffield Shop, Ecclesall Road: Celebrating everything that it great about Sheffield, with stunning metalwork pieces, and shop owner Paul who has an impressive knowledge of all things Sheffield
  • Hilary & Flo, Ecclesall Road: Venture into the jungle that is Hilary & Flo for quirky interior design pieces from all over the world. Even make a gift yourself in one of their DIY workshops
  • Sheffield Skincare Co, Crookes Road: Treat family and friends to some of the incredible skincare products homemade from natural ingredients by founder Megan

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New build development in Upton

New build development in Upton

Would you like to live in a totally brand new home in West Yorkshire? We have just one home left on the new build Marguerite Gardens development in Upton, just south of Pontefract.

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This stunning two bedroom home is the last plot left on this brand new development, finished to a high standard with a modern family layout and contemporary fittings. It’s versatile layout and size makes it perfect for couples and small families!

When you walk into the home, an entrance hall leads through into the spacious lounge, which benefits from a large window and fitted carpet, creating the perfect bright and cosy space for the whole family to relax. An under stairs cupboard also provides extra storage space.

The stylish, beautifully-finished kitchen features white high gloss units and is complete with an integrated oven, hob and extractor fan.  A rear hallway is accessible from the kitchen and leads to a separate W.C. that helps to ease the morninbath1g rush, as well as opening out onto to the private rear garden.

The property comprises of two double bedrooms, both fully carpeted and providing plenty of room for storage, with the master bedroom additionally benefitting from a built in cupboard. The sleek modern bathroom is complete with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath, with stunning marble-effect tiles creating a lovely relaxing feel.

A driveway provides space for parking your car, and this rented home is suitable for the whole family, pets as well! All of this could be yours for only £428pcm.

Location

  • Pontefract: 15 minutes
  • Castleford: 20 minutes
  • Doncaster: 20 minutes
  • Wakefield: 25 minutes
  • Barnsley: 25 minutes
  • Leeds: 30 minutes

The new Marguerite Gardens development is ideally located in the village of Upton, just south of Pontefract, providing easy access to Yorkshire’s best towns and cities, including Castleford, Wakefield, Leeds, Barnsley and Doncaster, perfect for commuters who want to live away from the hustle and bustle in a peaceful area. You’ll upton1have all this on your doorstep, as well as traditional village living and a great community spirit, with schools, parks, local shops, pubs and eateries all situated nearby, making it a great place for families.

There are also other great towns and villages surrounding Upton that offer even more amenities within a short distance. You’ll be just a 5 minute drive from South Elmsall and Moorthorphe high streets, Frickley Country Park and the Langthwaite Business Park. South Elmsall also provides the closest train station, providing easy access to the rest of Yorkshire. Just under 15 minutes away is the Hemsworth Water Park & Playworld, and another 5 minutes beyond that the Fitzwilliam Country Park. If you want to enjoy the breath-taking nature of Yorkshire, the Humberhead Peatlands Nature Reserve is 35 minutes drive, and you can be in the Peak District National Park in just 40 minutes!

Local amenities

  • Upton Primary School and Upton Community Library
  • Phoenix Bikes and Upton Skatepark
  • Upton Post Office and Harewood Estate Post Office
  • Llyods Pharmacy and Greenview Medical Centre
  • Upton Country Park
  • Upton Village Hall
  • Upton Youth Club
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  • Metro Express and Co-Op
  • Groom A Pet
  • Pubs/eateries: The Shake Boss, Get Stuffed, The Upton Arms

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A Guide to Leeds Suburbs

A Guide to Leeds Suburbs

Whilst Leeds has one of the best city centres in the country, its amazing suburbs are also places you really don’t want to miss out on! If you’re new to Leeds or just want to explore more of this wonderful city, then our guide will help you discover the hidden treasures of Leeds’ suburbs. Every one has their favourite, which one will you be?

Chapel Allerton – The Vibrant One

Whilst being a suburb, Chapel Allerton is often described as an ‘urban village’ with a friendly community feel, offering unique shops, beautiful parks, excellent restaurants and vibrant bars. There are regular bus routes to Leeds meaning you’ll only be 10 minutes from the city, but the suburb has it’s own little high street, as well as a thriving arts and events scene.

Highlights: Chapel Allerton Park, Inkwell Arts centre, Seven Arts centre, Scott Hall Leisure Centre, Edinburgh Bicycle Co-Op, So Pilates, Yoga Kula, Angels shop, The Pink Banana, The Perfumed Garden, The Mustard Pot, Kith & Kin, El Bareto, Sukothai, The Sunshine Bakery.

 

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Horsforth – The Historical One

Horsforth is a historical town and has a rich heritage, with the Village Museum hosting collections and displays illustrating life in the suburb. Make the most of the open green spaces such as Cragg Hill parks, Bramley Fall Park and Horsforth Hall Park. If you fancy a trip to the city, Horsforth Railway Station gives you easy access to the vibrant city of Leeds, also making it ideal for commuters. Horsforth is also just a short journey from Leeds/Bradford airport if you fancy a trip away!

Highlights: Golden Acre Park, Horsforth Hall Park, Newlay Valley, Coco Thai Massage, Bar 166 & Bistro, Trattoria Il Forno, Café Marinetti, “The Horsforth Mile”, The Brown Cow, Medusa, Sandbar.

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Moortown – The Foodie One

Just 15 minutes from the city centre, this suburb is like it’s own little town with a great range of amenities including a Marks & Spencer, restaurants, bars, banks and other shops. You’ll also find a few vintage shops, a David Lloyds gym and the Moortown Golf Club, listed in the top 100 in the country. Moortown is especially known for its longstanding Jewish community and selection of amazing eateries.

Highlights: G-Wu, Mama Doreen’s, Haley & Clifford, Ira B’s, Gourmet Foods, The Street Lane Bakery, Amici Italian, The Lord Darcy, Blackbird Vintage, Tree Tops Community Centre.

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Calverley – The Picturesque One

This stunning village is just 20 minutes from Leeds, easily reached by the ring road and buses. The village itself has a friendly feel and a welcoming community spirit, with great schools, delicious eateries and village pubs, a beautiful park, and surrounded by local farms and golf clubs. This quaint village gives you the best of both city and village living, whilst being the perfect location for families.

Highlights: Victoria Park, Calverley Old Hall, Crossfield Farm, Calverley Golf Club, Calverley C of E Primary School, The Thornhill, The Calverley Arms, The New Inn.

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Headingley – The Sporty One

The suburb of Headingley is an ideal place to live for young professionals, with an array of shops, eateries and bars, as well as great transport links, meaning Leeds city centre is easily reached by bus and train. The suburb is home to Carnegie Stadium, Leeds Beckett University Campus and many green spaces including Beckett Park and Beckside Gardens. Headingley has a great community spirit, and provides the perfect mix of suburban and city living.

Highlights: Carnegie Stadium, Cottage Road Cinema, The Bear Pit, HEART centre, Jino’s, The Original Oak, Beer Ritz, Arcadia, Shake It.

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Pudsey – The Peaceful One

The peaceful suburb of Pudsey is conveniently located between Leeds and Bradford, which are easily accessible by car (in just 15 minutes), bus or the local train station just a few minutes walk away. Pudsey is one of the quieter suburbs of Leeds, but still has plenty of excellent shops, bars and restaurants. Take a stroll round the stunning Pudsey Park or catch a film at the nearby Odeon Cinema.

Highlights: Owlcotes Shopping Centre, Pudsey Leisure Centre, Pudsey Park, Westroyd Park, Queen’s Park, Odeon Cinema, Gigi’s Italian, 7 Steps, The Wetherby Whaler, Piccolo’s Pizza.

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Kirkstall – The Old & New One

Kirkstall is close to the city centre, but retains its suburban feel, with a mix of traditional pubs, local shops and sports facilities, including a dedicated pilates centre. It also has a brand new retail park, with an M&S Food Hall, Pure Gym and Costa Coffee. As well as the new, discover the old at the fascinating Kirkstall Abbey, which hosts great events including markets and cinema screenings.

Highlights: Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park, Kirkstall Leisure Centre, Kirkstall Bridge Inn, Gallery FortyOne, The West End House.

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Village Living in Calverley

Village Living in Calverley

Do you want to live in one of the most picturesque spots in West Yorkshire, that also offers easy access to its best cities? Then you won’t be able to resist our beautiful three bedroom home in the village of Calverley.

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This lovely three bed town house has a spacious lounge with dining area, creating the perfect space for the whole family to eat and relax. The separate fully fitted kitchen is complete with oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washing machine, and also has an under the stairs storage cupboard. Leading out from the kitchen is a large enclosed garden with decking area and shed, making it perfect for entertaining.

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The property comprises of three good-sized bedrooms, two doubles and one single, all fitted with carpet and offering plenty of space for storage. The modern tiled bathroom is complete with white three-piece suite including shower over bath. As well as a large rear garden, this home has a front garden, on-street parking space, gas central heating and double glazing throughout.

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Location

23 Clarke Street is located in the stunning village of Calverley, just 20 minutes from Leeds and 15 minutes from Bradford city centres via ring road links, and easily reached by bus or rail, making it ideal for commuters. The village itself has a friendly feel and a welcoming community spirit, with great schools, delicious eateries and village pubs, a beautiful park, and surrounded by local farms and golf clubs. Other great villages and suburbs nearby include Greengates, Apperley Bridge, Woodhall Hills, Pudsey, Horsforth and Yeadon, which is adjacent to Leeds-Bradford Airport. This quaint village gives you the best of both city and village living, whilst being the perfect location for families.

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Village highlights

  • Calverley Victoria Park
  • Calverley Library
  • Calverley Old Hall and Crossfield Farm
  • Calverley Golf Club
  • The Little Cake Cottage
  • Schools: Calverley C of E Primary School, Calverley Parkside Primary School and Calverley Village Day Nursery
  • Restaurants/pubs: Cafe Village, Calverley Fish Shop, The Thornhill, The Calverley Arms, The New Inn

Local amenities 

  • Greengates: Asda, Sainsbury’s, Homebase, Matalan, Argos, Laura Ashley, Core Gym
  • Apperley Bridge: Train station, marina, The Moody Cow restaurant
  • Woodhall Hills: Golf club, Priesthorpe School
  • Pudsey: Odeon cinema, Owlcotes centre, Pudsey Park
  • Horsforth: Golden Acre Park, Horsforth Hall Park, Hunger Hills Woods, Newlay Valley, Trattoria Il Forno restaurant
  • Yeadon: Yeadon Tarn, Leeds-Bradford Airport

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Suburban Living in Moortown, Leeds

Suburban Living in Moortown, Leeds

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The two well-sized bedrooms are fitted with carpets for a cosy feel, and the master bedroom additionally benefits from an en suite bathroom, whilst a cupboard in the hallway provides extra storage space. The modern house bathroom is part-tiled and fitted with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath, and also comes with a mirror and electric shaver plug. A secure door entry system provides extra safety, and the apartment comes with an allocated parking space.

Location

In the suburb of Moortown there is a great range of amenities including a Marks & Spencer, banks, restaurants, bars and many other shops. And if you’re looking for more, Leeds city centre is only a 15 minute journey away and boasts a whole range of fantastic shops, bars, restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues; you will never run out of things to do in this city!Canal_Gardens_Aug_2007

Highlights of Moortown

  • G-Wu – the raved about Chinese restaurant & takeaway
  • David Lloyd – high end gym
  • Blackbird Vintage – a unique vintage store selling furniture and designer clothes
  • Mama Doreen’s – a delicious cupcake shop
  • Haley & Clifford – ethical and home-cooked food
  • Ira B’s – classic Jewish food with loads of personality (pictured)
  • Gourmet Foods – a kosher butchers
  • Amici – friendly Italian restaurant
  • The Lord Darcy Pub – classic suburban pub
  • Moortown Golf Club – in the top 100 golf clubs in the country
  • The Street Lane Bakery – a range of cakes, pastries and bread
  • COOK – selling gourmet, frozen ready meals
  • Filmore & Union – upmarket café and deli
  • Peperoncino – authentic Italian takeaway

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