Bishy Road and The Pig and Pastry

I happened to find myself strolling along the best high street in the UK last week – in York. Yes, really, it is that close to home.

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Bishopthorpe Road, or Bishy Road as it is affectionately known locally, scooped the ‘Best Local Parade of Shops’ title and ‘Great British High Street of the Year‘ 2015.

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So, what earned it the title? After all on the face of it, it looks like any other high street. But look again and you notice that this high street is mostly made up of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and delis.

The Great British High Street judges were impressed with Bishy Road’s ‘community spirit, innovation and legendary party spirit’ (it holds a street party and winter lights party). It has great shops, cafes and businesses, 90 per cent of which are independent stores as opposed to the usual row of chain stores that have monopolised many UK high streets.

Anyway, first port of call was The Pig and Pastry. It’s a while since I have been here and I had forgotten how lovely it is – good locally-sourced food, friendly atmosphere and charming decor.

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This family-run café is well known for its breakfasts and brunch served until 3pm (for those of you with a chance of a lie-in beyond midday). From bacon butties to waffles, full English to scrambled eggs (with chorizo) the menu has all-round appeal. I was intrigued by the BAFTA sandwich – any guesses? See at bottom of page for the answer*.

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Being as I was on a mission for Style and Story I stuck to coffee and toast. However, a very nice lady next to me let me take a photo of her mouth-watering waffle piled high with bananas, blueberries and bacon which she said was wonderful and the reason she came here.

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The Pig and Pastry is not a huge cafe and it was busy enough on a week day when I popped by which is probably testament to its popularity as one of York’s best-loved cafes. There is seating outside if the weather is kind enough or if you don’t mind a squeeze and getting to know your neighbours there are plenty of tables of all shapes and sizes inside.

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This is definitely a place I will be returning to – and I will most definitely be sampling that delicious looking breakfast waffle next time. More posts on Bishy Road to come….

*Answer – Bacon, Avocado, Feta, Tomatoes, Aioli.

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