for an afternoon of strolling, drinking and eating
Some places in Yorkshire are too good to miss – Grassington is one of those places.
Just on the outskirts of the Yorkshire Dales lies the little village that is a popular destination for travelling tourists. The little hub of a town is set away into its own world and gives you the feel that everybody knows everybody.
It really is a wonderful little place to be on an sunny afternoon. There are plenty of shops for you to go in and check out and three pubs within yards of each other for a pint. Also, in the winter, Grassington hosts the 'Dickensian Festival'. The hugely popularly festival where the entire village is taken over by Dickensian costumes and Christmas activities and opportunities to purchase gifts. This takes place on the three weekends leading up until Christmas Day.
After an hour or so checking out all the shops I headed for lunch. Lunch was a tough decision because there's a few good looking cafés in the centre, but as I walked further up the road I came
across Café Maison. It stood out immediately. The cream coloured sign had me intrigued and of course, after a walk, the term 'Licensed Cafe' was just the phrase I was looking for. Inside was a smart, clean, quirky finish. Decorated with gifts and oak tables, Maison seemed very chilled out and open to all ages. In one corner was a family of four sitting down to an afternoon lunch, in the other corner (mind the boxing pun) was a couple of elderly ladies having a pot of tea and a fruit scone.
I sat at the top end of the café gazing out of the window. Service was quick and cheerful. I went for the 'Goats Cheese Tart' which sounded wonderful on the specials board. To my surprise it came with a good portion of potato wedges and side salad. It was delicious and I could tell a great deal of effort went in to making it for the reasonable £6.95 pricetag. But the real reason I came here was the coffee and cake finish. All the homemade cakes sitting on the counter were a real delight to see in full view. I'd heard a lot about the cake here so I went for a Cappuccino and the Coffee & Walnut Cake. Quite frankly the best cake for miles! Then the sun came out, so I took my coffee outside and watched the locals and tourist flog past. It was a great way to finish a cracking afternoon out.
How to get there? By car from Leeds, take the A660, then onto the A65 and follow signs for Grassington along the way. If you are more local, from Skipton there are buses every hour.
Bus tours are very popular with tourists who come from further afield, so make sure you check your local bus tours for details. So yes, try out a real friendly and peaceful village in the heart of Yorkshire and don't forget the Café Maison cakes!