Boston Spa High Street – Foodie Heaven!

Anyone who hasn’t visited Boston Spa for a couple of years would be surprised to see what a foodie hub it has become, with no fewer than 14 restaurants, bistros, and bars (plus 2 take-aways) on the High Street offering food and drink.  This is the result of a number of developments, some of which are due to the structural changes to the village and others, possibly related, that have encouraged more outsiders to visit.

The changes include the building of Church Fields and the development off Green Lane, which have introduced a number of younger families to the village, helped by additional parking at Church Fields and Stables Lane, with Millennium Square providing a focal point to the village.  A number of outside amenities have opened in the village – Tom Foolery, Stew & Oyster, La Casita, the Crown, and Cora all have outside seating.

There are a number of village events, e.g. the gala, open gardens, the Boston Spa Festival with the week-long scarecrow trail, all of which have introduced people to the village and attracted outsiders.

Also, an 80-strong local cycling group meets in the village prior to their cycle trip. 

People are drawn to a vibrant place – folks come to Boston Spa to meet in a bar for a drink and a chat and then decide where to go for a meal – the options are plentiful, with Thai, Tapas, Italian, Indian, etc.

The next phase, which will see Boston come alive even more, are the plans to create the people- friendly centre.  Work to commence in January will see the centre of the village take on a plaza-like appearance, with more seating, trees, traffic calming and block paving to the road & pavements.

Note:  per attached photo, this was on the front cover of the Wetherby News on 23 September.

 

Anne’s ‘Culinary Memoir’

Anne’s ‘Culinary Memoir’

From the Iron Curtain to the Zion Curtain. On August 12, 1961, just hours before the Berlin Wall went up, nine-year old Annerose and her family fled East Berlin. Joining the Mormon church led them to Provo, Utah. Annerose made her own escape, from the constraints of the church (and her mother’s psyche), to California’s counterculture. Freedom at last. But when her father died in a car accident while visiting East Germany, she had to return – to help her mother. Can she salvage their relationship? From East Germany to the US and back, and finally to England, a compelling memoir written with warmth and emotional honesty, coloured by a love of cooking, with recipes that reflect the cultural diversity of her journey.

Available from Amazon at £10.70 for the paperback, £3.88 for the Kindle edition.  Check it out!

Discount Cards

Discount Cards

We have negotiated a discount for our guests at our B&B and cottages at two of our local restaurants.  With the card, guests will receive a 15% discount at our lovely tapas restaurant, La Casita, or a 10% discount at the more casual Stew and Oyster.  Both restaurants are within walking distance, right in the middle of Boston Spa.  Enjoy!

Happy Guests

Happy Guests

Guests who stayed in our Garden Cottage recently wrote such a nice note in our guest book that we thought we’d share it with you.

“Very pleasantly surprised by Boston Spa, which was just meant to be a convenient stop-over after driving up the A1 and meeting friends on the North Yorkshire Moors. The town seems to have a lot of civic pride -clean, tidy, and new build houses blending (mostly!) with the existing honey-coloured Yorkshire stone. Lots of flowers everywhere too. Beautiful walk by the River Wharfe through lovely woods, past the weir and across the river to Thorp Arch. Loved the peace and quiet of Garden Cottage (and the cake).”

And a big thank you from David and Anne to our guests for taking the time to write.

Redcurrants

Redcurrants

The raspberries are nearly finished, and the redcurrants were getting ripe.  The birds had been sneaking under the netting – David has rescued about half a dozen blackbirds during the last few weeks.  So this morning it was our turn:  we removed the netting and picked 7.6 kg of redcurrants!  Yes, just the 7.6 kilograms.   And we even left some for the birds – mustn’t be greedy.  There’s just one thing… what to do with them all!  At least we’ve got a little time before the figs hit us full-force.

First Wild Orchid

First Wild Orchid

 

David spotted this while he was out cycling last weekend, and we went back to take this photo:  the first wild orchid of the season, spotted on a verge.  It’s a pyramidal orchid.  According to Wikipedia:  “Anacamptis pyramidalis, the pyramidal orchid, is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the genus Anacamptis of the family Orchidaceae.”  All we can add to that is, it sure is special to see these lovely flowers growing wild in Yorkshire!

Bluebells

Bluebells

What a time of year it is, with the cherry trees in full bloom, not to mention the spring flowers – some of them already finishing up. Best of all, the bluebells are just starting. You’ll have to come to Four Gables to find out where this photo was taken… but don’t leave it too long, as bluebell season is a short one.

Boston Spa

Boston Spa

The Sunday Times of 14 April included an insert citing the best places to live in the various parts of the country. In our area, York was rated number one – but not all that far behind, in No. 4, was Boston Spa! Yes indeed. Geoffrey Boycott’s move to our town was named as one of the reasons, but so was the development of Church Fields and the influx of “smart young families” – and along with it, a plethora of places to eat and drink on the High Street. The lovely Georgian architecture is part of the charm, not to mention the convenience of several good schools (and a doctor’s surgery, an excellent hardware store, a chemist, etc etc). We already knew this, of course, but it’s nice to be recognised! Oh, and they didn’t even mention the lovely riverside walks.

Boston Spa Sunday times

Brambles – a Bumper Crop

Brambles – a Bumper Crop

David happened to be running past our favourite bramble-picking location a few days ago (no, I can’t tell you where that is), and lo and behold, they’ve already started – nearly a month earlier than usual.  Not only that, the weather conditions we’ve had are producing a bumper crop:  the berries are bigger and sweeter than usual.  We picked 3.5 kg today (nearly 8 pounds).  I’d better get the jam pot out and start cooking!

P.S.  I forgot to take proper footwear along and was picking in my Flipflops – I can confirm that the nettles and thistles are also having a bumper year.  I won’t do that again.

GDPR / Privacy Policy

GDPR / Privacy Policy

This is to advise that we do not, and never have, kept a data base of guests who stay with us.  We do not use guests’ e-mail addresses for any sort of marketing, nor do we ever pass them on to third parties.  If you have made a booking with us, your e-mails will stay in our system for about a year (sometimes as long as 18 months) before they are deleted.

 

The phone number(s) provided to us by guests in conjunction with a booking are hand-written in our big booking book, and we keep the books from past years locked away.  Likewise, the registration slip filled out by guests when they check in, which include an address, telephone number, and e-mail address, are kept in a locked location and then destroyed.  The Inland Revenue requires us to keep such records for 8 years.

We hope that covers it.  We will be happy to answer any questions.

David & Anne