Posted on October 6, 2016
Coffee, it’s a biggie for me. I will go out of my way for a good coffee, engineer meetings to take place in favourite coffee houses (‘hello Toast House‘) and will travel substantial miles when away from home in order to ensure that my daily cup is going to tick the satisfaction box for me. It’s not rocket science but it’s surprising how many places serve up average.
Quarmby’s Deli and Coffee House serves a GOOD coffee. According to Will (Mr Quarmby), that was the starting point; if they could get the quality of their coffee right, everything else would follow… and it has.
Quarmby’s, Sherrif Hutton (on the outskirts of York), is in a perfect ‘corner shop’ location attracting a real mix of locals and passers-by. During our time there, cyclists, business folk and ladies-who-lunch all stopped to reside in the feel-good setting that husband and wife team, Emma and Will, have created.
Being able to cater for the increasingly varied diets and demands of consumers these days must be quite a challenge for eateries. Quarmby’s clearly has a bent towards healthier eating and I would bet that few people would be able to visit and not be thoroughly satisfied. Our meal was first class; quality ingredients and food combinations made every mouthful something to linger over. Though neither of us ‘do’ desserts, both did quite simply because up on the specials board they looked too good to miss… and they were! I savoured the marmalade and chocolate pannetone pudding all the way home.
Finest local Yorkshire produce is available for purchase for those wishing to extend their experience further. There’s a real sense that this is a deli for the people, by the people and should we be in this neck of the woods again, we will definitely return. Find out more about Quarmby’s here.
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?!