Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Round Up 2

Tues 19 Sept 2006

A busy weekend ahead for food lovers in Yorkshire ... the York Festival of Food and Drink kicks off on Friday with an action packed week of food related events. We're heading up on Saturday - and hoping to enjoy a bit of a pork pie tasting and wander the real ale trail ...

Newby Hall, near Ripon, hosts a craft and food show over the weekend (22-24 September) - it looks to have a strong focus on regional produce as well as providing a (somewhat early) start to Christmas shopping.

Looking into October and Harrogate will be putting on its eating and drinking hat for The Good Beer and Food Show 2006. On the weekend of the 14-15 October the Great Yorkshire Showground plays host to a range of chefs and tastings. Tickets (£8.50 in advance) are already available.

On the Leeds front ... well, North Bar is hosting an Oktoberfest. Rather incongruously this started on September 16 and runs through to October 3. Regulars might find some of their usual bottled favourites missing but there's plenty of new and interesting beer to try. I sampled the Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier and it was very good (though at 6% slightly more alcoholic than I anticipated).

It looks like some changes are afoot down in the Calls ... the Calls Grill has closed down and is to be reincarnated as River Plate - an Argentinian steak restaurant which "open's on 30 September" (according to the sign on the door) - let's hope their steaks are better than their use of punctuation!!!

Changes have already been made to Reclaim. One of my favourite bars and usually home to a good pint of Paulaner. We were shocked to go in and there be no beer on draft. There was a pretty limited supply of bottled beer. After some umming and aahing I opted for glass of Willowglen I could see open in the fridge. There wasn't enough left for a full glass so I was told I couldn't have it (not entirely sure who else they were going to sell it to) and the only other alternative was sauvignon blanc (love the stuff, bored senseless with it being just about the ONLY white wine you can get anywhere at the moment). So I went thirsty. Given that it was a quiet Saturday afternoon, and that the bar is either under new ownership or management, you would have thought they'd be keen to retain customers (remainder of wine for token cost perhaps?). We were both disappointed.

Also spotted - a new Indian restaurant has opened up just off Kirkstall and Burley Roads. Bengal Brasserie is part of a York based group of restaurants and opened up on 6 September.

Finally - a random blog of the week ... let's go for Dessert First. While this blog probably isn't going to sort you out for a three course meal, I have to say that Anita has her priorities in the right order!
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