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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Suburban Living in Pudsey, Leeds

Suburban Living in Pudsey, Leeds

Do you want access to Yorkshire’s best cities whilst living in a peaceful suburban area with local amenities and a friendly community feel? Then this two bedroom apartment in the suburb of Pudsey is ideal for you!

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This lovely upper floor, two bedroom apartment in a self-contained flat boasts a fabulous open-plan layout, creating a spacious place to both eat and relax. The space is fitted with stunning, wood-effect laminate flooring, which offers both a cosy and stylish element to the room. The contemporary kitchen is fitted with oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer, and an extended worktop which could double up as a breakfast bar.

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The two spacious bedrooms are fully carpeted and offer plenty of storage space, with the master bedroom benefitting from a fitted double wardrobe. The beautifully finished, part-tiled bathroom has a white three-piece suite including shower over bath, as well as a mirror, heated towel rail and shaver plug. The apartment also benefits from blinds throughout, a secure door entry system, and allocated parking within well-maintained grounds.lounge1

Location

The apartment is situated within the modern Sommerville Mews development in the peaceful suburb of Pudsey, conveniently located between Leeds and Bradford which are easily accessible by car (in just 15 minutes), bus or the nearby train station just a few minutes walk away. Pudsey is also close to other great suburbs including Bramley, Woodhall Hills and Horsforth. The apartment is located just a few minutes walk from the main shopping area with supermarkets, shops and eateries, and has plenty of green spaces to relax in such as Westroyd Park.

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Local Amenities

  • New Pudsey Train Station
  • Owlcotes centre – Barclays Bank, Asda Supercentre and M&S
  • Pudsey Leisure Centre
  • Westroyd Park, Queen’s Park and Pudsey Park
  • Odeon Cinema Leeds-Bradford
  • Woodhall Hills Golf Club
  • GO Outdoors Pudsey
  • Pudsey Civic Hall
  • Food & drink: Gigi’s Italian, 7 Steps, Deeva, Tino’s Italian, Piccolo’s Pizza, Golden Lion, 147 Sports Bar, East Restaurant, Viet Thai

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Decorating on a budget!

Decorating on a budget!

Decorating your home is one of those tasks that often gets left behind and forgotten due to other priorities demanding your attention, and money! But it IS possible to decorate your home on a budget, just read our list of tips!Decor4

You don’t have to buy all the most expensive decorations; look through second-hand shops, vintage stores and independent boutiques for cheaper and unique items. High street budget stores have also started to do much more stylish and better quality home decor, such as Primark, Wilko and Home Bargains. You can also find new furniture cheap at scrapyards and give them a makeover, or even auction houses.

If you’re just wanting to give your home an upgrade, there’s no need to be buying big, expensive pieces of furniture. Update your home with accessories such as cushions, throws and rugs which are much cheaper. And if you’re furniture is in a good condition but you’re just a little bored of it, give it a revamp with some paint or new upholsteryDecor5! Upcycling old items and repurposing furniture is a great way to make use of something old to decorate your home.

Some decorating can even be done for free! Take a look at what you already have and see if anything can be changed around; simply rearranging things in a room can give it a new lease of life! Also try going through all your old stuff, you never know what you might find in the depths of your storage that can be brought back out. And instead of keeping your belongings hidden behind cupboards, have them out on display as decorations; you could do this with mugs, books or pretty perfume bottles.

Decor3Getting creative can also be a great way to decorate your home on a budget. Instead of buying pictures or artwork to hang up, cut eye-catching pictures out of magazines and put them up using colour Washi tape (a great idea for not leaving marks in a rental home). Personal touches in your home are the best kind; print a load of photos of family and friends and create a collage with them. Use your imagination and pretty much anything can be turned into decor; used jam jars, cereal boxes, wooden crates, the list is endless! Try using nature as well; we’re not saying go steal flowers from someones garden, but pick up things such as shells from the beach, fallen leaves and branches, flowers, acorns and pine cones, which can make great decorations for your home.

If you do have a bit of money to spend, there are budget-friendly items you can buy to decorate your home. Mirrors create dimension in your home as well as acting as a decoration and making your space look even bigger. Big, patterned wall canvases are a great affordable way to brighten up your walls, especially living in a rented home. Try switching out your lamp shade Decor2covers to something a little brighter, and hang up strings of fairy lights for a warmer, more romantic feel. Buying potted plants for your home is also a great idea as they are cheap, add life to your home, and are even good for your health as they purify the air and make us feel happier!

Living in North Leeds suburbs

Living in North Leeds suburbs

This amazing two bedroom apartment is located in a highly sought after residential area in Leeds, close to the beautiful Roundhay Park, giving you the peace of suburban life just 15 minutes from the vibrant city centre.38915001d557fcebfeaaa9feab5bac2b43e49d3b_645_430[1]

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This stylish apartment benefits from a spacious open-plan layout, with a large lounge area featuring French doors and a Juliet balcony to let in the fresh air. The modern, high specification kitchen is fitted with white high gloss units, and complete with integrated oven/hob and extractor fan, washing machine and fridge/freezer, providing everything you need in one convenient place.kitchen edit

The two double bedrooms are fitted with carpets for a cosy feel, and the master bedroom additional benefits from an en suite bathroom, whilst the second bedroom has a built in wardrobe for extra storage. 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

Sandringham Court is situated in a quiet residential area between Alwoodley and Moortown, and is just 15 minutes from the amazing Leeds city centre. There are many golf courses and green spaces in the area, with the beautiful Roundhay Park just a short walk away, offering over 700 acres of parklands, lakes, woodlands, gardens and a tropical world, as well as many great events.Canal_Gardens_Aug_2007

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!

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)
  • Tree Tops Community Centre – hosts regular Pilates classescars and Ira B's 056
  • 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
  • Marks & Spencer’s – Simply Food on Moortown Corner
  • 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
  • Roundhay Park – 700 acres of parklands and tropical world

Upcoming events

  • Pilates Beginners – every Wednesday 7:30-8:30pm – Treetops Community Centre
  • Mustardstock music festival – 22 to 24 July – The Mustard Pot, Chapel Allerton
  • Summer Series – 22 July to 7 August – Millennium Square, Leeds
  • The Film House on the Square – 27 to 29 July – Millennium Square, Leeds
  • Fake Festival – 30 July – Roundhay Park
  • Leeds Pride – 7 August – Leeds city centre
  • Acoustic Night – 19 August – Headingley Arts Centre
  • The North Leeds Food Festival – 19 to 21 August – Roundhay Park
  • The Garden Party – 28 August – The Faversham, Leeds
  • Leeds West Indian Carnival – 29 August – Potternewton Park
  • Chapel Allerton Short Film Festival – 29 August – Seven Arts
  • Chapel Allerton Arts Festival – 29 August to 4 September – Chapel Allerton
  • Leeds International Beer Festival – 8 to 11 September – Leeds Town Hall
  • On Roundhay live concert – 17 September – Roundhay Park
  • St Gemma’s Vintage Fair – 17 to 18 September –St Gemma’s Hospice, Moortown

 

 

 

Living in Leeds & it’s Best Beer Gardens

Living in Leeds & it’s Best Beer Gardens

IMG_0317A unique one bedroom apartment in the buzzing city centre of Leeds, across the road from the Trinity Centre, within a beautiful listed building full of character and history.

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The spacious living area makes the most of open-plan living, with a bright and airy feel due to the large, original windows and high ceilings. The space has laminate flooring making for easy cleaning, and has plenty of room for a sofa, table and chairs to enjoy sit down meals. The living area leads into the kitchen which has an integrated oven/hob, washer/dryer and fridge, providing everything you need in one convenient space.

IMG_0336The double bedroom also has large windows creating a bright space, with laminate flooring and plenty of room for storage. The modern bathroom includes a white three-piece suite with shower over bath, as well as mirror over the sink and a plug for shavers. A separate hallway leads into the three rooms of the apartment, which are already fitted with blinds/curtains, and its first floor location provides easy access.

Location

This apartment is ideally located right in the heart of Leeds city centre just off Boar Lane, with shops, bars and restaurants right on your door stop, and is across the road from the new Trinity Centre, and just two minutes down the road from the train station. This Leeds3apartment if perfect for those who want to be right in the centre of all the action in this amazing city; you’ll never be short of things to do! Leeds is packed with great shops from high street names to designer brands to unique vintage stores, and the restaurant scene caters for every possible taste, alongside a multitude of swanky bars, traditional pubs and epic nightclubs.

This apartment is perfect for those working in Leeds city centre, but also provides an easy commute to surrounding towns and cities, with the train station just a two minute walk round the corner, and regular bus services from Boar Lane or the nearby bus station. This also means in the very unlikely case you run out of things to do in Leeds or just want to explore, you can discover the surrounding suburbs and other great Yorkshire cities. Despite being a hugely popular city, you can still find great budget shops, restaurants and bars that won’t break the bank!

Best beer gardens in Leeds

Since it is National Beer Day on 15th June, we’ve found the best beer gardens in Leeds where you can enjoy a relaxing, cold drink on a summer’s day (if summer ever arrives) just a short work from this apartment!Beer garden2

Headrow House – Sister bar to the Belgrave Music Hall, this establishment has a second floor roof terrace and the third floor Kennedy Meadows overlooking the Victoria Quarter. Outside there’s loads of seating, a bar and even a kitchen where you can line your stomach with some great food. The connecting bar Redondo Beach has a pint-sized cocktail menu if you want something a little different. Beer garden3

Slate NQ – This newly relaunched bar has not one, not two, but three beer gardens, providing plenty of space even on busy days, that you can even rent out for your private party. The selection of beers served is constantly changes, as they bring in well-known breweries and hidden gems, alongside wines, spirits and cocktails.

Beer garden4Roland’s – You’ll never believe you’re on Call Lane once you’re inside this little gem; jam-packed with character, from the old brick walls to the fresh flowers on the tables. They offer a host of lagers and ales alongside a carefully curated cocktail list and just about any spirit-mixer combo you could desire. If you want to fill your belly, you have to try Roland’s frizzas; an indulgent deep fried pizza. Beer garden5

Lamb & Flag – One of the best beer gardens in Leeds, with an impressive space featuring seating downstairs and up on the sun terrace, which has an amazing view of Leeds Minster. They offer a mighty fine selection on the bar, with their own brews alongside a host of others, and a well stocked liquor shelf as well as surprisingly expansive wine range.

Beer garden6A Nation of Shopkeepers – An old favourite, with tables in the sun and under their colourful canopy, with the whole place lit up by coloured bulbs and fairy lights at night. They always have a good selection of beers on tap, whether you’re an ale or a lager drinker, and they’ve been known to mix the abundance of spirits behind the bar into the odd cocktail. Food comes in the form of Ruby Jean’s Burgers, which are perfect beer garden fodder.

Beer garden7Angelica – If you’re after cocktails, wine and sophistication, this is the place to be. Make the most of their rooftop terrace on sunny days with a view of the city centre, comfy chairs and greenery, and continue into the evening under the warmth of the heat lamps. Their summer cocktail menu has been specially designed to cut your time at the bar and give you more time in the sun, and if you’re peckish, don’t forget the raw bar – a perfect light bite on a summer’s day.