Mapped: What the food inspectors found in Richmondshire

Dirty chopping boards, cheese on sale past its best before date and warm fridges – just some of the things food inspectors unearthed when they did their latest routine checks on restaurants, pubs, shops and other food premises in Richmondshire.

Those on the map below scored at the lower end of the food inspection scale and were ranked two or less by inspectors. The information was revealed after a Freedom of Information request from a Mr Perry using the public transparency website What Do They Know.

* This map is crossposted from the Richmond Noticeboard which has more detailed information on the information. Read it in full here.

Food news and moves across the north to start the week

Plenty going on across the north this week – here’s my pick:

* Alnwick Food Festival has organised an Evening with Novelli. Organisers say: “Jean-Christophe will be demonstrating some dishes (some great ones for all you fish lovers out there) and he will be interacting with the audience as well as sharing some unique skills with you.” Tickets £30 per person.

* Sheffield’s food festival, which continues today, seems to be going well with a report in The Star declaring it ‘inspirational’.  The paper reports that Jack Baker, head chef at the city’s Relish on Ecclesall Road, dished out seafood chowder at the Brew Kitchen stall. He said: “The festival is definitely exciting for Sheffield.” Read the full report here.

* A love of home cooking has led to a new Lancashire business venture for a Hungarian woman from Whittle-le-Woods a tasty. A Little Taste of Hungary was set up by Katalin Halmosi Clews along with fellow Hungarian Andrea Balogh. Find out more here.

* The Parkfield Inn in Whitefield has re-launched after an extensive refurbishment with Award Winning Chef Paulo Atalainha. After three months of closure for renovation, new owners; Andy Morris, Paulo Atalainha and Ben Davis have come up with an extensive menu featuring both pub grub and modern, al a Carte dishes One of Paulo’s signature dishes is a braised shin of beef with horseradish mashed potato, peppered green beans with welsh rarebit and a red wine sauce. The Parkfield Inn serves lunch every day from 12pm until 2pm Monday to Friday, 12pm until 3pm Saturday, 12pm until 8pm Sundays and dinner Monday to Saturday from 5pm until 9pm. For enquiries call 0161 766 3923 or email website:

* and finally……don’t forget, the inaugural Urban Night Feast takes place in Newcastle between September 27 and 29 and will run from 6pm to midnight each night.The street food market will feature up to a dozen stalls and a host of top chefs, indoors at the Robert Stephenson Centre off Forth Street, Newcastle, behind Central Station. Food writer Maunika Gowardhan explains more here.



Food news and moves this week

A few snippets of foodie news from the north this week:

* Congratulations to the Michelin starred Black Swan at Oldstead  in North Yorkshire which, SquidBeak reports, has just won the Food and Travel Magazine’s ‘Gourmet Bolthole of the Year’ award, voted by readers.
 (If you like the sound of that, don’t forget I mapped the north’s Michelin places which do lunch at a reasonable price here)

* Seafood specialists Livebait Leeds  and Manchester are under new ownership. The restaurants are now now part of a new, independent company called S.B.G Restaurants and there’s been changes to the menu as well as how the ingredients are sourced.

* Halifax will be hosting the town’s fifth annual food and drink festival on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June. Entry is free for the first time and more than 60 stalls will be setting up shop. I’ve dropped more details on the noticeboard here.

* Manchester is soon be home to an Italian Gelateria – Fresco Freddo. They’ve been in touch to say they’ll be serving ‘fresh, traditional and authentic gelato’. No opening date as yet but it will be at 83 Oxford Street.

* If you’re looking to live it up a bit, the Fullerton Place Spa in Belsay has started doing light lunches and afternoon teas in the grounds of the retreat. For more information call Grace on: 01661 881804.

If you have food news from anywhere across the north to share, drop me an email or post it up on the noticeboard.

Where to get a value Michelin lunch in the north

If you’re looking for some top nosh food at a reasonable price, heading for the lunch menu can be a way to sample the best menus at a more restricted cost than the full dinner menu.

The train company Trainline published a list of set lunch prices for the UK’s Michelin restaurants this week (see that here) using data from the Guardian’s data blog list of Michelin Star Restaurants so I’ve pulled out the northern ones to create the interactive map below and make it easier to compare the location and prices.

In brief, the cheapest two course lunch can be found at the Black Swan in Oldstead at £20, for three courses is L’Enclume in Cumbria for £25 and when it comes to value for money then there’s a generous four courses for £30 on offer in Merseyide at Fraiche. The priciest in the list is Burlington at the Devonshire Arms Country Hotel in North Yorkshire which costs £65 for the two courses.

* Map: Michelin value lunches in the north

* The data for the northern Michelin restaurants is here.

If you’ve eaten at any of these places, please do share your thoughts on the experience and value for money below.