Do you ever read those sections in the weekend papers along the lines of ‘a day in the life of…’ or ‘my perfect weekend’?
I am always quite envious of the blissful start to their weekends, especially when it involves strolling along to the local cafe to drink coffee and browse the papers.
With three young boys, lingering over a latte is not our usual start to the weekend. However, last Saturday our eldest boys were out, leaving us with just our youngest son at home. So we made the most of our downsized family to search out our own halcyon cafe experience.
We pulled into Talbot Yard in Yorkersgate, which were once stable yards and a carriage house for the Wentworth family and The Talbot Hotel opposite. The old buildings have been sympathetically converted into individual units housing a coffee bar and roastery, an artisan bakery, an ice cream parlour, and a butcher.
The early 19th century brick buildings set around a central courtyard have been brought to life by the renovation, highlighting many of their beautiful architectural features.
In their day this courtyard must have been bustling with life and business with the comings and goings of The Talbot Hotel – and it is wonderful to see them buzzing with activity once again.
Our first stop was the family-run Roost Coffee and Roastery, housed in a very pretty building with a dove cote above. The decor has been kept minimal with exposed brick walls and industrial-chic furnishings. As well as enjoying a coffee here, we also bought some of their speciality coffee to enjoy at home.
Roost adjoins the Bluebird Bakery where we bought a brownie for Ted to munch on while we were enjoying our coffee…..
…as well as one of their three seed cobs and some organic bread flour. The Bluebird Bakery does all its baking here to supply its shop both here and in the Shambles in York.
Hidden round the corner of Talbot Yard is the butcher, Food 2 Remember, which sells free-range chicken and pork as well as pies, quiches and gluten-free products such as sausages and scotch eggs.
I know from friends’ recommendations that Groovy Moo’s Ice Cream Parlour is a big hit with the kids so we will be back to sample some of their creamy ices very soon.
With such a lovely collection of individual shops, I can see us spending a fair bit of time here in the months to come – and if we are not at home on a Saturday morning, you know where to find us!