Theakstons Crime Writing Festival : Baltzersen’s Criminal Giveaway


The Theakstons Crime Writing Festival is in its 13th year now and will be returning to the Old Swan Hotel for a weekend of star studded events from the 16th to the 19th of July. Featuring the familiar faces of … Continue reading

Review: Teacup in Manchester

The welcoming rosy exterior of Teacup cafe in Manchester's Northern Quarter.

After attending the launch of the Northern Independent Coffee Guide, the next day I picked a place in Manchester featured in the guide. I settled on Teacup in the Northern Quarter. The area is a hub of indie cafes and … Continue reading

The first edition of the Northern Independent Coffee Guide


The Northern independent coffee scene is now coming out from behind the South’s shadow with the launch of the first Northern Independent Coffee Guide. Featuring cities such as Sheffield, Newcastle, Manchester, York and Leeds, the guide is a fast track … Continue reading

Introducing our coffee suppliers: North Star Roasters

Ellis shows us what the beans look like before they are roasted.

Our great coffee is thanks to two talented guys, Krag and Ellis.  These two are changing the Leeds and surrounding scene fast with their ethically sourced coffee. We went over to their roasters to have a chat about what they … Continue reading

Daddy Day Care: Episode One

Paul and Seth on Daddy Day Care

My son Seth turned one on Monday and his Mum Katie returned to work a couple of weeks ago so we are now splitting childcare.  Wednesdays are now daddy day care, an opportunity for me to spend some one on … Continue reading

Leeds Feast Special: Norse “pops up” in Leeds

A beautiful sunny Saturday at Leeds Feast, part of the Leeds Indie Food Festival, May 2015.

Our evening service Norse made a bold appearance at Leeds Feast last weekend, May 22nd – 23rd at The Tetley. Pictures courtesy of Tom Joy for Leeds Feast. Last weekend Leeds hosted an event brimming with beards and top quality … Continue reading

Baltzersen’s Guide To LIF

The event will be in various locations in Leeds City Centre throughout May

Leeds is hosting a month-long food and drink extravaganza that is sure to inspire and satisfy the hungriest of brains and bellies. We have sifted through the wealth of events for you to have a closer look at. Hope to see you there! Continue reading

Foolproof Scandinavian Cookbooks: Tried and tested by Baltzersen’s


It’s hard to know where to begin with practicing cooking from another culture, especially one as varied as Scandinavia. To help you along we have given you an insight into our trusty reading resources so you can begin to explore … Continue reading

Introducing the Fastelavnsboller


You may have noticed at the beginning of the week a new addition to the sea of cakes and pastries we bake each morning, and you may have found it harder than usual to pronounce the name. Fastelavnsboller, also known … Continue reading

Harrogate Independents: Recommended Independent Tradesmen

Improvements installed by Stuart Charlton, one of the independent tradesmen.

Having recently closed for a week Paul gives a brief account of the work we’ve had done including recommendations for some of the independent tradesmen that carried out the work……. It had been 2 years and 3 months since we … Continue reading