Stray Foodie: In search of the perfect loaf….


Last updated Apr 28, 2021

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Having for years made my own bread domestically, I recently decided that it was taking up too much of my time that could be used more productively elsewhere.  I bought a bread machine, on the recommendation of so many of my friends but found having to poke the paddle out of the centre of the finished loaf exceeding naff and the appearance not good!

With the excitement of our hospitality industry opening up again, Harrogate has been amazing with venue’s like The Fat Badger, The Yorkshire Hotel, William & Vics and many more offering such imaginative and creative outside venue’s in which to consume well established great food and drink.

I came across Tilly Peppers up Cold Bath Road now run by a lady called Jessica and received such a warm and vibrant welcome.  A young creative menu serving imaginative Breakfast and Lunches.  Such as her Cowboy Beans with Pulled Pork and for Lunch her Falafel with Spinach and Mango Chutney.  Her lovely homemade breads are available to take away or eat in.  These breads are different flavours with imaginative fillings.  Quite delicious!

Homemade bread from Tilly Peppers

Across the road is Manna Bakery.   A very efficient looking and commercial shop where I bought a Sourdough Loaf that was perfect in every way, available alongside Croissants and happy looking Preserves.   Who needs a bread machine?

Sourdough from Manna Bakery

At the bottom of Cold Bath Road is Gron, a Scandinavian Café and takeaway, the name meaning quite literally Green.  It is now coming into its’ own unique style as the rules relax further. This is well worth a visit to experience a Beetroot, Avocado and Pickled Cabbage ‘Poke’ Bowl – eat out with a difference!  Or perhaps a Gron Breakfast Bagel with a Vegan Sausage Pate, Avocado, Mozzarella, Spinach and a Cashew Mayo.

These delightful young Cafés seem to be a new way of eating with good fresh ingredients and different breads, which is exciting and hope will soon give Harrogate a whole new culinary reputation.

Gron Kafe, Royal Parade





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