#ThinkIndie – Independents in Harrogate

Over the last couple of weeks, the Harrogate Advertiser have been helping us a long with our #ThinkIndie campaign. Urging locals and visitors alike to shop in Harrogate’s amazing range of independent shops, cafés and restaurants. We thought this would … Continue reading

Fika: Swedish-style afternoon tea in Harrogate

afternoon tea in Harrogate

We’ve all heard of afternoon tea – but were you aware that the Swedish have a similar concept? ‘Fika’ is traditionally a coffee break accompanied by a sweet baked treat – and it’s a big thing in Swedish culture. It’s … Continue reading

A helping of hygge in Harrogate

Cosy jumpers and candles in Baltzersen's Scandinavian cafe in Harrogate, an example of hygge

Imagine this: Reading a book by a roaring fire while a gale howls outside. Drinking mulled wine with friends dressed in chunky knitwear. A bowl of steaming broth on a solid oak table. The warm glow of candlelight. A duvet day eating … Continue reading

International Waffle Day – 25th March

Photo of a waffles at Baltzersen's Scandinavian cafe in harrogate for international waffle day

Our waffles have been a favourite from the word go. With International Waffle Day approaching we thought we would share our recipe for how to make the best (gluten free) waffles! (And some salted caramel to go with them!)  International … Continue reading

The Locals’ Guide: Family activities in Harrogate for the Easter holidays

Dozens of flavours of ice cream in Harrogate

From things to do on a rainy day to outdoor activities that will help the kids to burn off some energy, there are plenty of fun family activities in Harrogate and the surrounding area. Here’s our Locals’ Guide to family activities for Easter and school holidays. Continue reading

Easter in Norway

Photo of painted eggs in Scandinavian cafe Baltzersen's in Harrogate

Easter in Norway: Traditions Easter in Norway is still a very prominent festival. Though many people are no longer religious, religious traditions are carried out none-the-less. The traditional colour which symbolises Easter in Norway is yellow. Another important traditional symbol … Continue reading

The Locals’ Guide: Easter in Harrogate

Hand-made chocolates in Harrogate

With Easter on the horizon, we’ve been thinking about the way it’s celebrated and how we can make more use of local independent businesses – and eat a bit more chocolate in the process, of course. This year, Easter falls … Continue reading

5 Reasons to Visit Baltzersen’s During the Green Party Conference

Photo of Baltzersen's t-shirt with caption 'it's better to support an independent than curse a chain'

The Green Party Spring Conference is taking place this weekend from 26th-28th February at Harrogate International Centre. We would like to welcome all members of the Green Party to Baltzersen’s – here’s 5 reasons why you should come and visit … Continue reading

North Bar Harrogate Opening

Photo of the bar at North Bar in Harrogate on their first day open to the public

On Thursday last week we were lucky enough to be invited to the opening night of North Bar Harrogate, so Paul, Niall and I went to take a look. The long awaited arrival of this bar didn’t disappoint. Niall and … Continue reading

Smørrebrød: Sheffield Edition

photo of salt beef, danish eggs smørrebrød with beetroot syrup and pickled beets in Upshot Espresso, Sheffield

The independent coffee and café scene in the North is constantly growing. Those further south think they have it all in the Big Smoke, but Yorkshire has some great offerings for coffee and food, including an increasing interest in our … Continue reading