Christmas is fast approaching, so I thought I’d do something a little different this week with my first non makeup-related Lifestyle post.
I go to university in York and this is always my favourite time of year, so I wanted to share some of the lovely photos with you all. As one of the most historically important cities in England, you can’t find a more beautiful place to do your Christmas shopping than York. The winding, cobbled streets are full of the smell of roasting chestnuts and mulled wine, the quirky shops in The Shambles are decked in Christmas lights and of course, if you need a break, you can stop in one of the 365 pubs for a pint of Yorkshire ale. Today, my friend Lily and I headed to the Christmas Market which opened this week, to peruse the stalls and hopefully pick up some delicious treats.
We started the day at the Christmas Fair along the main high street. The quaint little huts are so inviting, full of local produce. Along the way, we managed to sample some strong cheese, home-made honey and countless oils, chutneys and relishes.
Lily looking very stylish here. Hats are such a Winter staple and a floppy, black one suits everyone.
After getting as much free food as we possibly could, we headed down to the lower high street where there were even more tempting stalls.
Of course, it wouldn’t be truly Christmas without a cup of hot mulled wine.
If you know much about York, you may have heard of the famous Betty’s Tea Rooms. On a weekend, it isn’t uncommon to see a long line of people down the street, waiting for the chance to sample the scrumptious scones, cakes, pastries and wide selection of teas.
There is always a very tempting and attractive window display. Mince pie anyone?
The only downside of the day? The town Christmas tree seems to have shrunk considerably in previous years.
The city is steeped in history and I often feel very lucky to be surrounded by so many beautiful buildings.
Taking a stroll down The Shambles is a must. For anyone who doesn’t know, these are some of the oldest surviving streets in England, dating back as far as the 14th century. Once known as The Great Flesh Shambles, where many Butchers and meat markets prepared and sold their produce, now they mostly consist of quirky cafes, bookshops and souvenir shops.
The York Minster towers in the background and many of the oldest pubs lie along this street, including one where Guy Fawkes supposedly used to frequent. I always feel like I’ve stepped back in time to the Victorian era.
Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a good old Yorkshire pudding.
Time for lunch! We went to one of our favourite restaurants today, where you can get a little taste of the Mediterranean in the rainy North of England. It’s called Lucia, and it specialises in tapas, although you can get a variety of main dishes as well. The bright fairy lights and salsa music really make you feel like you could be on the coast of Spain. We chose to sit outside, keeping warm underneath the heaters and with the blankets kindly supplied by the restaurant.
I plumped for 2 tapas dishes; a hot smoked salmon bruschetta with cream cheese, dill and capers and a steaming bowl of mussels in white wine, garlic and cream with some crusty bread to mop up the sauce. This is such a comforting meal in the cold winter months.
Lily ordered some chicken liver pate and a fabulous vegetable platter, consisting of hummus, olives, tzatsiki, mini calzones, fried risotto balls and a feta and red pepper salad.
Feeling satisfied, it was time to head home. But not before picking up some fudge for the road of course!
I am now officially in the Christmas spirit!
If you ever get the chance to visit York, definitely do! It’s a beautiful place and full of the friendliest people you will ever meet. Thanks for reading and have a good weekend xxx