Day 2, Wednesday September 28, 2022
After being awake since early Monday morning Sydney time I pretty much went to sleep as soon as my head hit the pillow last night. The bed is so comfy and the house so quiet.
A cold start to the day and a lovely walk through the village and the fields. I must find out what all the hedgerow plants, berries, and weeds are – I certainly took enough photos of them.
Today, though, it’s all about York. After a slice of toast for brekky (fabulous Bluebird sourdough with an artery-inducingly thick spreading of Yorkshire butter and the raspberry jam we picked up from Castle Howard) it was off to York – via the Park and Ride at Monks Cross. York is one of those cities where you don’t even think about driving into, so the park-and-ride option (at £3.50 return) is a no-brainer…
Our first stop in town is Betty’s Tearooms for late morning tea/early lunch/do we even need a reason? There is a queue but it moves quickly and it’s not long before we’re guided to a table.
I think it’s the law to order Fat Rascals at Betty’s so we do. We also request pikelets with marmalade and a Yorkshire Curd Tart to have with our tea. While we both find the rascals a tad too crumbly and loved the pikelets as much as we did last time, I declare the curd tart my new favourite thing to eat and make a note to have a go at making them for myself when we get home.
Given that it was release day for Philly Barker we spent a good amount of time in the Antiques Centre. It’s made up of multiple stallholders, or, rather, cabinet owners, each sort of specialising in something. I was excited to see a “Mouseman” ashtray for sale as “Mouseman” furniture could possibly be featured in the next instalment of Philly #nospoilers.
We’ve already done most of the touristy things on previous visits, so this time we just wandered, stopped for a pint and wandered some more.
The York Food Fair is on and while there are foodie events scattered around the centre of York, the main stalls are set up in Parliament Street – where they hold the Christmas markets each year.
We share a viking burger before wandering some more.
Our final stop for the day is Marks & Spencers where Grant bought a dinner suit for the cruise. At £99 it’s far better value than it would cost him to hire one on the ship.
Dinner tonight is at The Blacksmith’s Arms in Westow where we celebrate the official launch of Philly Barker.
After sharing an entrée (duck liver pate) Grant had haddock and chips with mushy peas (a real Yorkshire portion) and I had pork belly with blackberries, mash, cauliflower, kale and a red wine jus.
Tomorrow we’re off to Stockton-on-Tees and North Yorkshire…
This post is an excerpt from my travel journal… you’ll find more in the series here.