Posted on February 2, 2017
One of the things I love to do here on the blog is to feature local independent shops. I believe they make our towns what they are by creating a truly unique experience.
Any of you perusing Living Etc in the coming weeks, will see Alpine Lifestyle Boutique which has just opened right on our door-step in Ilkley.
The name’s a giveaway; though it’s a long way from the slopes, everything through the doors transports you a la piste via exquisite LUXURY homewares. Read More
Posted on April 7, 2016
Our local Bettys is a place I love to frequent; their cakes and breads are simply divine and I’m always popping in to buy niceties for clients. Synonymous with quality, prestige and all things rather splendid, it’s a taste of days gone by and a bit of a Yorkshire institution… a reliable jewel in the ‘White Rose’ crown (so to speak). When friends or family visit from ‘down South’ or abroad it’s the kind of place you take them to, just for the experience!
Recently, Bettys, Ilkley has undergone a bit of a revamp – I popped in to see what they’d done with the place.
Gone is the dark, heavy wood and ‘in’ is a lighter, fresh ambiance which still keeps in tact, all we think of as ‘BETTYS’. The Ilkley store is now instantly recognisable as on par with the Bettys at Harlow Carr, and I understand all the other five sites in Yorkshire have either been revamped or will be following suit in the coming months. The refit has been undertaken by Thompsons of York. Sustainably-sourced oak, cast bronze fittings and marble counter tops give the place a feeling of solidarity and fine craft.
Whereas the coffee and tea counter felt off-limits before, you can now get up close to the goods, touch the beans and try before you buy in a new tasting area.
Another new feature is a chocolate counter offering a selection of 20 varieties of handcrafted chocolates, available to buy loose for the first time. The shop also offers a wedding and celebration cake consultation service.
It’s great to see Bettys investing in their next season… it is one of the ‘irreplaceable’s on The Grove in Ilkley and I hope they’ll be with us for many more years to come. Fat Rascal anyone?
Posted on February 18, 2016
Though chain restaurants can get a bit of the down-thumbing among small independents, the bottom line has got to be, does the space serve a purpose for the community and those it wishes to attract? Carluccio’s opened in Ilkley this week and having received nothing but excellent service every time we have visited others in the area, (mainly Trinity Leeds), we were pleased to see its arrival on our high street.
Suffice to say as we only had a drinks and pastry, this isn’t a review of the food, but to show you the space. The coffee wasn’t anything I remember as particularly special but we enjoyed our time there and the staff were friendly. (Hands-down the best coffee in Ilkley and the place that ticks all three boxes every time is still Toast House.)
Carluccio’s is a safe bet…a good call. We can already see us visiting it more than we did The Grove (which was there before) and we’ve always had great food and service in the past – what’s not to like?!
Posted on January 21, 2016
Posted on November 5, 2015
Happy to share what ultimately makes our little corner of Yorkshire so beautiful with you this week ~ the incredible landscape! The Autumn has matured and though this past few days have been nothing but grey – that past two weeks has seen some amazing skies and magical sunsets.
As you may know, I like to go out gadding up on the moors in Ilkley, so although there are many places in Yorkshire I could share if I had the time to go photograph them – we’ll just have to make do with the majority of these been taken from home… Enjoy.
Recently, I have returned home from a few big cities aware there was an absence of the changing season. Clearly, Autumn is what it is here in rural Yorkshire because of the incredible trees which offer so much by way of richness of ever-changing colour… I wouldn’t swap it for the world!
Posted on September 22, 2015
Covet, Ilkley, is one of those places you visit and then leave wishing you had a blank canvas of a home, in order to just start over and fill it with ev-er-y-thing!
Tucked away in a corner of the main car-park in Ilkley Town Centre, (at the back of Bettys!) it is a favourite lifestyle place of ours to visit for a few reasons.
COVET is hard to describe, it is very unique and almost undefinable. It’s a place for people with eclectic style and that’s all part of Lorraine’s (owner) vision for the place, who has both amazing taste and clearly buys widely.
A rather a natty little shop that sells just about everything, it is a place you can pick up a great present, (for under a tenner), or an outlandishly huge feature mirror and spend a small fortune if you so choose.
From cutlery, crockery and glassware to bespoke rugs, bedding, chairs and lamps, you can buy things for the home; both useful and unusual. And there’s storage solutions… lots of clever storage solutions.
Another reason we love COVET is because it also sells womens’ clothes, yet because you wouldn’t primarily think of it as a clothes shop, it has an under-the-radar feel about it…sort of like, ‘would you look at that, I just made a clothes purchase’… effortless!
What’s more, bespoke Fair Trade hand-made bags, jewellery, perfume, bath robes and scarves…
Finally, COVET’S effortless, understated yet highly-tasteful appeal extends to the customer experience walking round the shop; you can browse without feeling pressured in a very tactile environment.
COVET is a place to pop-in when you have both something and nothing to buy and every town needs one of those!
You can visit COVET’s online shop here.
Posted on April 16, 2015