Sunday, 27 May 2018

FOOD & DRINK: PROPER YORKSHIRE GRUB AT THE YORK ROAST CO.

Established in 2004, the York Roast Co isn't actually a new thing to me in itself because I've been visiting York for a long time and their hot roast sandwiches have always been a favourite of mine when I've looked for something to eat either while I'm shopping or even while I'm out having a few. Roast dinners with all the trimmings have always been a favourite meal of mine so when Yorkshire Pudding wraps became a thing I was all over that and you can imagine my reaction when I was asked if I wanted to go and try one at the new Stonegate store where they have opened up a new seating area...




Unsurprisingly, the shop always has somebody in whether it's for a hot sandwich, a filled yorkshire pudding or what I went for - a Yorkshire Pudding wrap. You can of course take it away but if you want to take a minute to rest your feet, especially after a morning of sightseeing or shopping then the new upstairs seating area is perfect. Space is at a premium in York so it's actually quite nice to see that more places are taking advantage of upstairs space to offer customers somewhere to sit. 


As you can see the seating area is quite simple but theres plenty of tables and chairs and there's a bigger table overlooking Stonegate which is perfect for people watching! It isn't waiter/waitress service so you order your food as you normally would downstairs and take it upstairs on a tray. 


I daresay that this is one of the main things that lures people in - you can see all the meaty goodness through the window so effectively you see exactly what is going into your sandwich or Yorkshire pudding which I think is a real winner and I don't think us Brits can turn down any kind of roast especially when we've not slaved away over it!


The choice of meats is pork, turkey, beef and ham plus lots of little extras like roast potatoes with gravy, stuffing balls and crackling. We both went for beef Yorkshire pudding wraps with all the trimmings (veg, gravy and I had horseradish sauce) with a side of roast potatoes covered in gravy... I'll not lie, getting a photo of this kind of food that does it justice is really quite difficult but I can assure you that it was every bit as tasty as you would expect...





Admittedly it doesn't look the prettiest of things but for me that just screams Yorkshire - no heirs and graces just a good old Yorkshire pudding filled with meat, stuffing, vegetables and gravy. It was surprisingly easy to eat despite the fact that it involved gravy which can be notoriously messy and it was sooo nice! The beef was very lean and tender, the vegetables were cooked to perfection and the gravy was nice and thick (if there's one thing that makes me sad, it's thin gravy!). The Yorkshire pudding of course was the shall we say 'vessel' for all of this and it was amazing! Something different to your usual meat sandwich and it was really filling.

I would 100% recommend The York Roast Co. in a heartbeat and in particular their Yorkshire pudding wraps. They do have other stores in Chester, Shrewsbury and Salisbury so you might not be as far away from a Yorky Pud Wrap as you think!

Have you tried one yet?

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Thursday, 10 May 2018

WISHLIST: SUMMER FOOTWEAR SAVINGS

The great British weather has been teasing us yet again with some gorgeously warm weather over the past month or so and I've been absolutely dying to get some flip flops and espadrilles out because they are my ultimate favourite shoes (weather dependent, obviously). I'm always looking to expand my little collection of summer footwear so naturally I've veered towards the sale areas of different websites and thanks to Groupon I managed to find the latest savings for Office all in one place!



Love a bit of boho-fringe!

Toms Black Crochet Slip on £44.00 £32.00
Toms are the comfiest summer shoes and this crochet version is lovely and girly

These look quite chunky but the glitter just sold it for me and I bet they're soo comfy!

Sprinkles Toe Post Sandals £40.00 £28.00
Love the embellishment down the middle on these



Simple yet could be dressed up for an occasion

This simple rope style is perfect for dressing up or down for a walk along the beach

Zaxy Start Bloom Pumps £35.00 £25.00
Very Viv but at a fraction of the price!

The signature Ted Baker bow style just doesn't get old for me 


So there you go, my pick of the current Office sale! I do love a good bargain and I genuinely don't ever buy anything online without searching for a discount code first, which is where Groupon comes in. You'd be forgiven for thinking they were just for those special deals on restaurant meals and spa breaks but they actually have a full section of online discount codes sorted by retailer so it's super handy when you're looking for something to bring down the cost of your online basket; it's well worth giving them a look! They have all the popular fashion retailers on there like ASOS, New Look, Urban Outfitters, Boots and loads more so definitely go and have a look next time you shop online.

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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

WISHLISTS: NEW HOUSE LOVES + HOMEWARES DISCOUNT CODE

As you may have already seen, I recently bought my first house... all on my own, mortgage and all. So my focus has quickly shifted to spending any spare pennies on nice things for my house. Anyone who has a house will know that furnishing and decorating is a gradual thing for most people; I've obviously bought the essentials in terms of appliances, sofas and a bed but it's all the little bits and pieces that make a house a home which I've yet to get hold of yet. So because I spend so much time browsing online for different house-y bits I thought I'd share what I'd found recently from La Redoute as they've got 30% off at the moment with the code SAVE30...



Domeno Ladder Shelf Unit £139.00 £97.30
Because space comes at a bit of a premium in my little 2 bedroomed house this shelf unit/desk is perfect because I could either slot it in a little space downstairs or it would go perfectly in the spare room without taking up so much room. AND it's something a little bit different isn't it!

Quilda Vintage-Style Double-Height End Table £96.00 £67.20
Having somewhere for drinks near the sofa without worrying about knocking them over is an issue at the moment but this little end table looks like the perfect solution because it's small enough just to slot in but also high enough that theres absolute minimal effort to reach for a drink while I'm being totally lazy on the sofa!


Watford Vintage Dining Table £299.99 £210.00 & Bimat Set of 2 Chairs £168.00 £117.60
Believe it or not I still don't have a table and chairs which has resulted in me having to eat my dinner in front of the TV which isn't ideal but this table is quite quirky I think with the black triangle shaped legs - something different to the usual solid wood tables I've seen everywhere!


If any of this takes your fancy you can find it on the La Redoute website but make sure you use the code SAVE30 at the checkout to get prices with 30% off! You can also find loads of different homewares and appliances with various different payment options at approvedcatalogues.co.uk


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