The Local’s guide to Harrogate: Sweet Shops

sweet shops

This week was apparently National Chocolate Week. Wednesday was Dessert Day, and Halloween is just around the corner. This may seem self-indulgent, but what reason DIDN’T we have to feature the finest independent sweet shops in Harrogate? You know you … Continue reading

Sauda, Norway – a Baltzersen’s history lesson


In the northernmost region of the south-western county of Rogaland, Norway lies Sauda. Neither particularly famous nor infamous, there’s evidence of a society in this area dating back to the last ice age. Why do we care? Because Sauda was … Continue reading

The Local’s Guide to Harrogate: men’s fashion

men's fashion

Ah, yes! Winter fashion is the best fashion, and you know it. This time of year is the best excuse you will ever find to present yourself to the world with the catwalker’s confidence and a swagger to match. Whether … Continue reading

2014 Rwanda cup of Excellence – Baltzersen’s Roast & Coffee Research

rwanda cup of excellence

A couple weeks ago Paul sent  an email to the Baltzersen’s staff, offering an invitation from our good friends North Star Micro Roasters in Leeds and Falcon Specialty Coffee, as they were hosting a 2014 Rwanda Cup of Excellence. Our baristas Paul … Continue reading

The Local’s guide to Harrogate – Yorkshire produce

yorkshire produce

Let it be said that we do not encourage premature Christmas celebrations. It comes around once a year and that’s part of what makes it special, but it won’t remain so if we’re immersed in 4 months of over-eager advertisement. Having … Continue reading

Schichttorte – pronounced “better than it sounds”


Ever since Mary-Jane first took on the challenge of the Great British Bake Off princess cake, we’ve been trying to bring a piece of the show that ties a whole country together every Wednesday night, to the café. As baklava … Continue reading

The local’s guide to Harrogate: Independent Wine and Beer retail

wine and beer retail

As we come to an end of the first month of the season with an ‘R’, cold winds creep in from the North and we prepare to embrace winter fashion. Although as days become shorter and temperatures drop, it’s quite … Continue reading

Ich bin ein Berliner – The Nordic Doughnut


After the success of Mary-Jane’s princess cake and Anna’s scrumptious Karelian pasties, we’re pleased to keep this regular column of GBBO/Nordic food fusion rolling. As a result of a national doughnut-frenzy, courtesy of GBBO, we thought some fried pastry comfort … Continue reading

Brown cheese, posing caviar and other adventures in Norwegian food

norwegian food

Rob recently completed the final part of his West Coast Chronicles, documenting his caffeinated adventures in Norway. However he felt that there were enough oddities falling outside of his journalistic jurisdiction of coffee to justify a follow-up post: Returning to … Continue reading

One (cortado) for The Road – West Coast Chronicles pt VIII – Final


I was nearing the end of my adventure. It’d been quite a trip, having spent most of it on some form of public transportation in a constant state of scheduling. I felt neither refreshed nor rejuvenated, though I’d enjoyed myself … Continue reading