The Local’s Guide to Harrogate: Independent Gift Shops

Scarves at Shine in Harrogate; an independent gift shop.

Since we opened our doors three years ago, our customers have constantly told us how much they appreciate quirky, independent businesses – and we feel exactly the same. We like to champion them through our #ThinkIndie campaign, and we’re fortunate … Continue reading

7 Top Tips to Market a Cafe (or any small business!)

A list of marketing tips on top of a photo of a blackberry cream cake.

This week I was asked to deliver a presentation at the Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce.  I spoke about a number of topics but one of these was marketing and with my own experience I had to approach it … Continue reading

Yorkshire Skyr: Iceland on our Doorstep

Kitty is one of the herd of Holstein Friesians at Hesper Farm, home of Yorkshire Skyr.

Recently Paul visited Hesper Farm, just the other side of Skipton, to meet Sam Moorhouse on his family farm and learn a little bit about how they make their ‘Yorkshire Skyr’ (pronounced ‘skeer’). Farms diversifying and processing their milk to … Continue reading

Baltzersens on Tour: ‘Cooks’ at Carlton Towers

'Cooks' - The Carlton School of Food.

On Monday, Paul and I ventured out into the Yorkshire moors to visit ‘Cooks’, situated in the magnificent Carlton Towers. The drive was long, but as we turned into an extended, twisting driveway we knew that we were in for … Continue reading

Why Baltzersens are urging you to #ThinkIndie

Harrogate is home to a great independent food and drink scene!

  Ah, what’s better in life than a lovely warm coffee and a slice of cake in the morning? ‘Nothing,’ I think as I sip on my flat white before I start work for the day. It’s no secret that … Continue reading

Daddy Daycare Ep. III: Walk on the Wild Side…of Leeds

Seth in front of the Probat Roaster in Maude Roastery Leeds

Previous episodes of Daddy Daycare have featured trips to Otley and visit to Leeds for Seth’s first Thai.  In this episode Paul and Seth are back in Leeds to check out some new openings and have a quick peek at … Continue reading


Instagram Competition Returns at Baltzersens in Harrogate

We’re excited to announce that last years Instagram competition is returning in force.

It’s time to wipe the dust of your cameras (well, metaphorically) and once again, begin snapping your favourite Baltzersen’s moments! Oh and we almost forgot to mention, there’s free coffee and cake on the line. Who can turn that down, right? Continue reading

Daddy Day Care Episode 2: Seth’s First Thai

Zaap Sign

So it’s a couple of weeks since the first Daddy Day Care (DDC) post.  We went to York the other week but only called into Ambiente tapas really, plus Seth’s grandma was in tow so it wasn’t a true DDC. … Continue reading

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