Where to Eat, Drink & Go in Sheffield

Where to Eat, Drink & Go in Sheffield

We have a number of modern apartments in a stylish city centre development in Sheffield to suit every lifestyle. You’ll be located near the centre of the famous Steel City, which offers traditional pubs, swanky bars, an eclectic array of eateries and a varied events scene.

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Situated in a modern, gated development, the Foster apartments are ideally located for those who love city living, being just on the edge of Sheffield city centre. The apartment overlooks the River Don, with local convenience stores, bars and eateries nearby including Craft & Dough, The Fat Cat and The Riverside pub. You’ll also be a short walk from the train station and the vibrant city centre, with an array of great shops, bars and music venues to offer. Sheffield is also home to Centertainment, Meadowhall, Motorpoint Arena, Botanical Gardens, Peace Gardens and the incredible Peak District.

Where to DRINK

Revolucion de Cuba – lively Cuban vibe, expert cocktail makers, globally-sourced rums, ever-expanding drinks menu.wick

The Wick at Both Ends – cosy night out, intimate setting, friendly atmosphere, range of beers, wines and cocktails.

The Old House – Gin Thursdays, 69 delicious gins, cask ales and cocktails too, friendly bar, quirky art work adorns the walls.

The Great Gatsby – classy bar, amazing cocktails, craft beers and wines, lively yet elegant atmosphere, candle-lit tables, music venue upstairs.resize

Daisy’s – The Great Gatsby’s sister bar on the top floor, exclusive venue, only open Friday and Saturday nights, impressive cocktail list.

The Riverside – nestled on the banks of the River Don, perfect beer garden for a summers day, great craft beers and cocktails.

Cubana – Latino heaven, exotic vibes, Spanish wines, Cuban cocktails, amazing salsa nights, authentic tapas dishes.

The Forum – great beer garden, original and quirky interior, local artworks, DJ at night, monthly cocktail making sessions.

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Craft & Dough –mouth-watering pizzas, adventurous and unusual toppings, all pizzas under £10.

Nourish – collaboration between a chef and nutritionist, fresh, imaginative and healthy food, particularly great breakfasts.

Anchorage Bar – American East Coast-style cuisine, comforting surroundings, excellent service, American beverages.

The Street Food Chef – Mexican food, takeaway or sit down lunch, fresh vegetables, tangy salsas, delicious pulled pork.timthumb

Couch – eclectic menu from tasty tapas to hearty pies, comfort is key, cosy armchairs, relaxing coffee and cakes, quirky and colourful décor.

Lokanta – delicious and authentic Turkish food, freshly prepared, exclusively Turkish wine list, perfect spiced lamb meatballs.twisted-burger-company

Marco at Milano’s –perfect combination of contemporary and old-fashioned, elegant décor, classic Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist, al fresco dining.

Twisted Burger Company – located in the Harley pub, melt-in-your-mouth incredible burgers, extravagant toppings and sides, amazing house BBQ sauce.

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Apartments

These stylish one and two bedroom apartments all boast a spacious, open-plan living area Flat 5 Foster (1)with large windows creating a bright space perfect to relax in, and are complete with laminate flooring for easy cleaning. The modern kitchens feature high gloss units and are complete with a stainless steel oven/hob, washer/dryer and fridge/freezer. All the apartments benefit from double bedrooms boasting a fitted double wardrobe, and the part-tiled bathrooms include a white three-piece suite with shower over bath, as well as bathroom cabinet with mirror and a small light above. One of the two bedroom apartments additionally benefits from being complete with furniture, as well as an ensuite in the master bedroom.Flat 5 Foster (4)

The apartments are within a gated development with intercom access, have parking spaces available for just £45pcm, and you will also get your water included for only £26 a month. The one bedroom apartments are both just £520pcm, the two bedroom apartment is £544pcm, and the furnished two bedroom property is £610pcm.sam_0713

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Update your home for summer!

Update your home for summer!

Now summer has officially begun, it’s time to sort out and revamp your home to get rid of your winter wears, and make your home lighter and brighter for the (hopefully) warmer months.Summer home1

#1 Add pops of colour to your home – bright colours will instantly but you into a summery mood, so whether its colourful cushions or bright accessories, refresh your home décor with a few pops of colour.

#2 Add indoor plants – a great way to bring summer into your home is to fill it with plants and flowers! Read our previous blog for loads of green tips.

#3 Give your garden a makeover – summer is the perfect time to get out in the garden; plant loads of flowers and even summer vegetables to create a vibrant garden, and weed and mow the lawns to get it looking extra neat.

#4 Summer crafts – creating some colourful crafts has two benefits; you can brighten up yoSummer home7ur home on a budget and it’s a great project for your children over the school holidays.

#5 Mood lighting – if the weather holds up, you’ll be spending lots more time in your garden, and putting up some pretty fairy lights will create a lovely relaxed vibe in your garden, so you can stay there all evening and enjoy your refreshed garden.

#6 Have a clear-out and deep clean – if you didn’t do this in spring, do it now! You’ll feel so much better when you’ve de-cluttered and cleaned your house, which will create much more space. And make sure to pack away all your winter things to make room for summer.

#7 Complete a DIY/décor project – in winter you often don’t feel like doing much, so now put your more energetic summer mood to good use and get on and finish that home project you’ve been meaning to do!

#8 Switch to lightweight – change your duvet to a lighter one to keep cool at night, and let more of the natural summer light in with thinner curtains.Summer home3

#9 Add mirrors – create even more light in your home by hanging mirrors, which will not only bounce light around the room to create a brighter space, but will actually make your rooms look more open and spacious!

#10 Hang wall art – a really simple way to add some colour to your room is to hang up some vibrant, unique wall art; it doesn’t have to be fancy, many high street shops do budget-friendly canvases.

#11 Create the perfect outdoor entertaining space – update or buy new outdoor seating and make it super comfy with light blankets and cushions for evening, and don’t forget about that mood lighting! Locate the space near to your house for easy access whilst entertaining.

#12 Sort out your freezer – you’ll be using it more in the summer months, so empty it out and give Summer home6it a defrost and a clear-out, ready for more delicious summer treats.

#13 Stock up on summer essentials – keep your medicine cabinet stocked with sunscreen, after-sun, insect repellent and bite cream. Keep your airing cupboard filled with picnic blankets and beach towels, and plenty of sports equipment in the shed!

#14 Deep clean your BBQ – summer means BBQ’s, so give your grill a really good clean so you’re ready for guests, and to make the food taste even better.

#15 And when you’ve done all this hard work, treat yourself, family and friends to a summer party!

Yorkshire’s best campsites

Yorkshire’s best campsites

Did you know that June is National Camping Month? Yorkshire is full of beautiful nature hot spots that are best experienced by getting properly stuck in and camping out in the wilderness, or at least a fully equipped campsite. Here is our pick of the best campsites in Yorkshire, as seen on Cool Camping.

  1. Butt Farm Caravan & Camping – best for history

A beautiful farm campsite in East Yorkshire, across the fields from the old market town of Beverley, this site is steeped in fascinating history. Check out the grand gothic masterpiece that is Beverley Minster, and a WW2 anti-aircraft gun site in a neighbouring field. Whilst the surroundings are old, the facilities on the campsite are new and modern, with showers and washroom, dishwashing area and electric hook ups.

Dogs are welcome with the site even having a dog shower, aCamp- Butt Farmnd you can hire a fire pit (with logs, kindling and marshmallows) for £10 per night or a BBQ for £5 per night. Have a look at Butt Farm’s amazing 180 acres, home to cows and sheep, head into Beverley by foot or cycle or go in the opposite direction to Skidby Mill, the last working windmill in Yorkshire. The closest pubs include The Barrel, The Ferguson Fawsitt Arms, and The Dog & Duck, which all serve great pub meals.

2. Serenity Camping – best for relaxing 

Visit this peaceful and charming campsite in the sleepy seaside town of Hinderwell on the North Yorkshire Coast for a truly relaxing camping getaway. The olde-world charm of the town is interwoven into the campsite, and silence really is golden here, where they cater for a calmer audience who want to enjoy the peace and quiet. This site has all the facilities you’ll need including showers and washroom, cooking facilities (including microwave, fridge/freezer and kettle) and charging points.

Camp- serenityThe site has space for 30 tents and 10 caravans, or if you’d prefer the glamping experience than you can use their Lotus Belle tent or the private Potting Shed, a large wooden cabin with private garden. Try one of the many walks that start from the campsite, such as an eight-mile route out to the cliffs on the coastal footpath to Whitby with breath-taking views. Have a well deserved rest when you return at the pretty wildlife pond. The artistic village of Staithes is just a mile away, with several art galleries and craft shops, and their own festival in September.

  1. Orchard Camping – best for a homely feel 

An intimate campsite just outside Sheffield at Tumble Dove Farm, with just six pitches but with plenty of room, for the ‘in your garden’ type camping experieCamp- Orchardnce. The site has all the wash and kitchen facilities, and you can even order home cooked food and baking from the house. The close, family-run campsite is popular with hikers and cyclists tackling the surrounding hills, or if you’re a larger group you can book out the whole site.

Just a 15-minute walk away is the quaint old market town of Penistone, which is great for long distance walking, and also has some lovely café and shops. Those who make it to the hilltops of the Pennines will be rewarded by incredible views, and avid cyclists can follow in the professionals’ footsteps by cycling the 2014 Tour De France route.

  1. York Cycle Stop – best for cyclists 

A specially designed glampsite for cyclists who want to tackle the Tour de France routes graced by the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, and have a comfy place to stay after a tiring day. The site has 6 eco-pods welcome to both cyclists and non-cyclists, but doesn’t allow tents, caravans, large groups or pets. The pods have plenty of space and two fold-down beds, as well as heating and electrical points to keep you nice and toasty. In the communal buildings are washrooms, showers and kitchen, and the pods come complete with secure cycle storage and servicing.Camp- York cycle

If you’re a non cyclist or wanting to take a day off from the tracks, the site is only a 30 minute ride away from the beautiful York city centre, full of cultural and historical wealth, home to the magnificent York Minster, the famous city walls, fascinating museums and the Shambles shopping streets. For great food and drinks close to the campsite, try The Windmill serving traditional, fresh dishes and Cross Key for a great selection of ales.

  1. Wold Farm Campsite – best for the coast

For those who don’t mind roughing it a bit more, this spacious site in Bridlington, with just one toilet and no showers, is definitely worth a visit. It’s open fields, big skies and breath-taking coast make you feel free and provide a great escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. You will have uninterrupted views of the sheep-filled fields and the Flamborough lighthouses, as well as a sliver of the gorgeous East Yorkshire sea. Children will be entertained by stroking the donkeys and feeding the sheep, whilst hikers can enjoy the circular six-mile walk of the entire headland.Camp- Wold

Despite it’s lack of shower facilities, there are electric hook ups, drinking water and a washing up area. Guests have exclusive access to a scenic path leading up to the stunning cliffs, and nearby are the Sewerby Hall and Gardens, an excellent picnic spot for a lovely day out. For another great day out, try the Landing Heritage/Sculpture trail, a mile-long walk through a nature reserve. There are also 13 drinking establishments within a mile and a half of the site, with the best being The Seabirds.

  1. Masons Campsite – best for families

An outdoor lovers dream in Appletreewick near Skipton in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, this campsite offers a whole host of outdoor activities. At the bottom of the two large camping fields runs a wide shallow river, great for flyflishing, whilst some families even bring lilos and dinghies to float on the river, or just go for a cool paddle. Children will love this site where they can paddle, fish, climb trees and feed the onsite chickens and ducks. The site has its only little shops with fresh pastries, eggs and local meats. You can pitch your tent, or hire out their bell tents, VW Van or Airstream caravans.Camp- masons

The site offers beautiful views of the surroundings, but get an even clearer view from a steep hill over the road. Take a walk along the river to Burnsall for a lovely picnic and a swim, as well as to Appletreewick and Barden Bridge. The site is very well equipped with 40 electric hook ups, 10 showers and 10 toilets, as well as washing up area. If you fancy a drink and a good meal, choose between the two nearby pubs; The New Inn has a great selection of quirky beers, whilst the Craven Arms has log fires and gas lamps.

Suburban living in Horsforth, Leeds

Suburban living in Horsforth, Leeds

Recently named as one of the best places to live, the up and coming Leeds suburb of Horsforth is the ideal place to live if you want a peaceful and beautiful setting, and access to one of the best cities in the country.

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17 Glenwood Villas is a two-bedroom apartment situated in an old converted coach house, meaning it boasts its own entrance way. The lovely villa features a large open-plan kitchen and living area, with the kitchen complete with integrated oven, hob and extractor fan, and fitted with viLounge-Kitchennyl flooring. The two double bedrooms are fitted with carpet to create a cosy feel, and the master bedroom benefits from an en-suite bathroom. The main bathroom is a modern, white three-piece suite with a shower over the bath.

15 Glenwood Villas is also a two-bedroom apartment, situated on the top floor of the main apartment building. This property also features an open plan living area, witexternal (1)h a kitchen fully fitted with white goods and vinyl flooring, as well as a striking sloping ceiling with a Velux skylight window. The lounge area features a large bay window overlooking beautifully landscaped gardens. The spacious double bedrooms are fitted with carpet and wardrobes, and the clealoungen-finished, white three-piece bathroom has a bath and separate shower cubicle. Number 15 also has a large hallway with fitted storage, and both properties have allocated parking.

Location

Glenwood Villas has access to the beautiful landscaped gardens which provide lovely views from the apartments, and also overlooks the stunning Newlay Valley. Glenwood offers a peaceful setting, whilst only being a short distance from the local shops, eateries and bars. Horsforth is a historical town and has a rich heritage, and the Village Museum has collections and displays illustrating life in the village. If you fancy a trip to the city, Horsforth Railway Station is only a 5 minute journey away, giving you easy access to the vibrant city of Leeds, also making it ideal for commuters.

Why Horsforth is the best place to live

The Times named this beautiful suburb one of the best places to live in Britain, and it’s pretty obvious why. From its stunning scenery to great community spirit, it’s the ideal Yorkshire village to live in. The infamous Horsforth Hall Park is a gorgeous community park that offers something for all ages; with a unique Japanese garden, a “Trim Trail”, as well as outdoor play area and skate park. It’s perfect for a peaceful Sunday stroll on a sunny day. Pretty much the whole villageHorsforth woods is picturesque, but other great routes to walk are on the Leeds Country Way and in Hunger Hills Woods.

The village’s architecture is also a sight to behold; most buildings are made from sandstone, creating a distinctive style. The area is full of history, which you can explore in the Horsforth Village Museum. Horsforth is also full of unique and quirky culture, with Firefly pottery café where you can grab a drink and paint some pottery, whilst the annual summer event Walk of Art showcases plenty of weird and wacky creations. If you fancy the buzz of the city, Leeds is only a 10 minute train journey away, and is packed full of amazing places to eat, drink, shop, be entertained and anything else you can think of!

Places to eat &drink

Its amazing eateries and pubs also make Horsforth a great place to live. Everyone raves about Trattoria Il Forno’s incredible pizzas, and Café Marinetti also serve delicious Italian food in a family run restaurant. For Mediterranean cuisine heHorsforth 166ad to La Bistro, and for Indian dishes (and cheap pints) visit East at Enigma. If you are looking for snacks and lunches, Hamilton’s Sandwich Shop and Pooky & Grumps Deli are the best in town. For a taste of sophistication, Bar 166 & Bistro serves delicious British cuisine and the best burgers, and you’ll definitely want to stay for a drink with the locally brewed and worlds beers on offer, as well as cocktails.

The Brown Cow serves excellent American diner-style food, whilst The Brownlee Arms offers a combination of homemade food and real ale (with a superb Sunday roast). The village even has its own pub crawl, ‘The Horsforth Mile’, and a number of great pubs including The Forge, with craft beers and real music, The Abbey Inn which hosts the occasional gig, and Town Street Tavern offers a peaceful pint of craft beers and real ales.

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No garden? No problem! Gardening for rented homes

No garden? No problem! Gardening for rented homes

You may think because you live in a rented home with little or no outdoor space that you can’t enjoy a garden. Well you’d be wrong! You can create lush indoor gardens, utilise balcony space, and if you do have a garden in a rented home, there are still ways to transform your green space.

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Indoor gardens

Creating an indoor garden and scattering house plants around your home not only makes your space feel fresher and more lived in, they also help purify the air, suppress bacteria, help counteract central heating by adding humidity, and can even make you feel happier and more relaxed. Growing plants indoors is actually easier than outdoors, as you don’t have to deal with bad weather conditions or diseases.

Low/medium light plants:

  • Chinese evergreen, Pothos
  • Snake plant, Zeezee plant
  • Peace Lily, Bird’s Nest Fern
  • Spider plant, Rubber plant
  • Dracaena, Prayer plant
  • Parlor Palm, African Violet

 

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You can fill empty spaces on bookshelves or in corners with potted plants, or create a no-mess terrarium to use as a unique table centre piece by putting small rocks, soil, live moss and low maintenance plants into a large, wide-mouth jar. Bathrooms are great spaces to grow plants as they provide warmth, moisture and light. If you are accident prone, opt for woven and material planters to avoid disaster, or if not you can choose quirky glass or ceramic pots to add decoration.

Unique ways to display houseplants:

  • On a repurposed, decorated ladder
  • In old light bulbs filled with water (for indoor hydroponics like English Ivy and Philodendron)
  • In small vintage teacups
  • In an small, recycled drawer set
  • In a range of different coloured pots with different materials and textures
  • Create a fairy garden in a small wooden crate
  • In repurposed mason jars, decorated if you want more colour
  • Hung up vertically to save space

 

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Home central heating can really dry out plants; in this instance most people would be tempted to water them more, but this can damage and kill them too! Instead what they need is to have the leaves misted with water daily to add humidity again. However, if you don’t have a great track record with growing plants, these are the hardest to kill: Aloe, Kentia palm, Arrowheaded vine, Golden pothos, Zebra Haworthia, Ghost plant and Geranium.

Succulents are also a great choice of plant to grow in the home: use loose cactus soil, expose to medium sunlight, only water when soil is completely dry, use plant food to input nutrients, let air get to them, and repot occasional in large containers to give them room to grow. The best succulents for rooms that receive a lot of light are Aloe Vera and the Jade plant.

Best purifying plants:

  • Aloe Vera, Areca palm
  • Baby rubber, Bamboo palm
  • Boston fern, Chinese evergreen
  • Mass cane, Ficus alii

 

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Herb garden

Herbs are great for your indoor garden as they also can be used for flavourings in your cooking! To plant herbs: soak seeds for a couples of hours, fill plant pots with soil/coarse sand mixture, plant seeds 3 times deeper than seed width, water only when soil is dry to touch. Herbs are ready to harvest when flowers bud; cut 4-6 inches above the base of the plant and harvest in small amounts.

The best herbs to grow on your kitchen windowsill are: basil, chives, coriander, fennel, lemongrass, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme; and they’re also best for seasoning your food. A great way to display them when ready to use is hung up vertically so they are easy to reach up for when cooking; unique and practical!

 

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Balcony/back garden

If you are lucky enough to have a balcony or a back garden, you have more choice, but you still have to be careful in a rented home! For balconies, vertical or hanging gardens are the best option as they leave room to put seating and a table so you can sit and enjoy the nature. It’s also a chance to get really creative without making any changes that would lose you your deposit! You can hang baskets on the balcony railings, and if you want to create more privacy, put in a trellis and grow climbing plants to create a natural barrier. You don’t have to splash out on new things to display your plants; you can reuse old items such as a ladder for great vertical display, a decorated shower caddy or hanging shoe rack.

The key for back gardens is to avoid digging anything up; instead use pretty plant pots to grow flowers, or set down wooden crates and fill with soil to plant, which will blend in more to the natural surroundings. Balconies and gardens also offer the opportunity to grow a little vegetable garden in containers.

 

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Best container vegetables for beginners:

  • Tomatoes, Peppers, Lettuce
  • Chilies, Onions
  • Beans, Peas
  • Eggplant, Carrots
  • Radishes

Even on tiny balconies you can add a couple of seats and a chair to create an outdoor space you can enjoy, or throw down loads of cushions and blankets for a chilled vibe. As well as plants to create your garden, decorations are just as important; fairy lights and lanterns look stunning at night on balcony, as well as a back garden. With a house garden you will usually have more space to be creative and to add seating and tables, or be a little different and put in a swing seat or hammock! Rented back gardens can tend to be a little plain, so add anything to give it personality and make it your own space, just no digging or serious landscaping!

 

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Exploring and living in Skipton

Exploring and living in Skipton

Skipton is the perfect place to live if you love the outdoors; “The Gateway to the Dales” offers beautiful countryside and breathtaking walking routes.

Property

This two bedroom apartment combines historical character and contemporary living; the property is situated in the beautifully converted Eller House, but boasts modern interiors and great views.

Making the most of open-plan living, the lounge and kitchen area is light and spacious, as well as convenient. The kitchen comes complete with an oven and hob so you can cook at home, and there is even space for a dining table and chairs so you can have dinner “family style”.Eller House external

The cozy bedrooms are fully carpeted and offer plenty of space for storage, so you’ll have no problem fitting all your belongings in. The master bedroom additionally benefits from an ensuite bathroom with shower cubicle, toilet and sink. The house bathroom is a white three-piece suite with both bath and shower facilities.

As well as all this, the property even comes with a free rail/bus pass or free parking for the first year; perfect for those wanting to commute to nearby cities.

Location

Eller House is a converted grade II listed building, situated less than a 5 minute walk from Skipton train station and the high street, which boasts an array of shops and eateries. With the Yorkshire Dales a stones throw from Eller House, this apartment is ideally located for those who enjoy the outdoors.

There are several supermarkets conveniently nearby, as well as a gym and the large Sandylands Sports centre which offers cricket, tennis and more. Coopers Café Bar, Thai Basil and Venue Sports & Music Bar are all just around the corner from Ellskipton hillser House, with even more bars and restaurants in the town centre.

What to do

With the Yorkshire Dales and Leeds & Liverpool Canal on your door step, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. There are several cruises and boat trips, including Airedale Cruising, Pennine Cruisers and Pennine Boat Trips that let you explore Skipton while floating along the water. For other outdoor pursuits you can explore the magical Skipton Castle Woods, or challenge yourself with the Millennium Walk.

Then obviously there is the Yorkshire Dales: discover its stunning views with scenic walks (for a range of abilities) such as Sharphaw Walk, Skipton to Settle Walk, the Three Peaks Walk and Goredale Scar. There are even several guided walks if you’d prefer including the Skipton Castle Woods Walk, Discover Skipton Moor, and the Craven Ramblers and Walkers clubs. If you’re feeling more adventurous, Skipton has great cycle tourism, with fantastic routes to follow and clubs to join.Skipton-Canal

Shopping, eating & drinking

Skipton isn’t all just about the outdoors; it all has great shops, eateries and bars to visit. The town centre offers the top high street names, and also puts on bustling market stalls and is host to many independent shops which you will find is the Historic Quarter and Victoria Square.

For places to eat, Le Bistro des Amis has to be top of your list, serving delicious European cuisine and excellent service in a relaxing atmosphere, this restaurant always receives rave reviews! If you’re looking for something more traditional, visit The Tempest Arms for classic British food, whilst Oakley’s Grill & Pizzeria offers the best Italian dishes, reserve a table to avoid disappointment! Need a warm, hearty meal after a day of walking? The Skipton Pie and Mash Shop is the perfect place. Closer to home is the Cooper Café Bar which serves lovely lunches, cakes and drinks.

If you’re searching for a traditional British pub to have a few drinks, then head to The Woolly Sheep Inn, The Narrow Boat or The Castle Inn, which all serve real ale. Looking for a little more sophistication? 25 Below is Skipton’s first champagne and cocktail bar, located in a vaulted cellar below the hotel Boutique 25, the perfect venue for classy weekend drinks.

Upcoming Events

  • Venue’s 3rd Birthday – 23 April – Venue
  • Skipton Waterways Festival – 30 April to 2 May – Skipton Canal Basin
  • Crafty Vintage – 30 April to 2 May – Skipton Town Hall
  • Skipton Beer Festival – 2 & 3 June – Ermysted’s Grammar School, Skipton
  • Skipton Car Show – 5 June – Skipton High Street
  • Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival – 30 & 31 July – Auction Mart, Skipton