Posted on August 24, 2014
“Ooh this time last week”… do you ever say that? Well we are today because last Sunday we spent a large portion of the day at one of our favourite lifestyle places to hangout, CHESTERS.
Chesters is everything you’d want for a relaxed and terribly civilised Sunday. Nestled by the River Brathay at Skelwith Bridge, everything within its doors is housed behind a beautiful slate facade looking every-bit the part in its woodland surroundings. Yes, you’d think there’d be a picture of the exterior but it monsooned last Sunday so there was most definitely no way I was going to get that shot!
Each time we have returned to Chesters from when we first discovered it ten years ago, it has only ever improved; something you would never think it needed because of it being so darn perfect as it was.
Complete with outdoor decking you can descend to the river to if you fancy a paddle on a warmer day, else don the wellies and just go for it. It’s a place you go to gently while away the hours eating, drinking and if you fancy, doing a spot o’ shopping… what’s not to love?
Ok first up, the food…
Amazing right?! The menu is fantastic and extremely good value for money, if visiting you have to play a game I invented here called ‘Cake Roulette’. Simply buy the same number of cakes as per people in your party (maybe add in a coupe of extras) then take a bite and pass it round! Means you get to sample more of the INCREDIBLE baking that happens here.
On the other side of the building is an absolutely delightful shop selling everything from books to exquisite pieces for the home, girly things, man stuff. These pics are only the smallest representation of what’s there but needless to say, post eating it makes for a very happy experience!
If you’re planning a trip to Cumbria any time soon, this place is most definitely worth a visit, you can visit their website here to find out more. Happy Days! X
Posted on March 20, 2014
The very smell of toast says ‘comfort’, ‘home’, ‘more-ish’ so although I don’t even eat bread/ toast (crikey- it’s carbs!) … I do here!
toast house Ilkley is the brainchild of Natasha Byers and Lisa Jenkins. Opened just 6 months ago it is still a relatively new coffee house on the Ilkley scene but whereas Starbucks’ goal is to be third place (i.e 1.home, 2.work, 3.Starbucks) – this place for me is that… and then some. Everything you experience from the menu to the neon pink handwritten tags is their idea, it is absolutely 100% their STYLE OF LOVE. Oh do we LOVE those places!!
toast house is a place you feel. Everywhere you look there is ingenuity, creativity and quite frankly, fabulous kookiness! There are photographs of grandparents working in the mills, an old bench for kids to play at, sackcloth-covered old cinema seats… and for the love of all things ‘ahhh’ fairy lights that connect with that inner, year-round Christmas!!
The menu, quite simply is toast + a plethora of toppings, amazing cakes and the best coffee! You can buy the jam, the bread and (oh we have one) the hand-printed tote bag! toast house is a place we love because it is clearly two local girls having a blast and inviting the rest of us to join in the ride. I don’t know about you but I’m on board!
Love to hear what you think about toast house… your kind of place?!