You can’t beat a grand day out in Yorkshire. With clear skies and beltin’ weather, the TeaClub boys B & M went for a day out to Settle. It’s probably our favourite place in Yorkshire. Countless places for good tea, the joint-best fish & chip shop and Booths Supermarket for a spot of tea aisle browsing.
Benn, dressed in his Lumberjack shirt, turned up at the station. Michael, dressed in his floral blue shirt and red trousers, turned up at the station. It was the ingredients for the perfect storm. The views were breathtaking once we left the urban jungle of Keighley and market town of Skipton. Fields upon fields of farmland, dry stone walling, rolling hills and sheep. We discussed what kind of places we would like to visit and after some careful planning we came to the conclusion that we’d like to visit places that serve tea.
Settle Station is gloriously well looked after and could easily feature at the Chelsea Flower Show if it was mobile enough to move a few hundred mile down south.
Our first point of call was the Lay of the Land Garden Centre cafe (above). It’s got everything you need for an English country garden and has a pretty cafe at the back with outdoor seating. We should have taken advantage of this but thought the seating outside were products on sale! Still, the interior is equally as comfortable and pleasant. The tea is thirst class thanks to the guys at Brew Tea Co. Two pots of English Breakfast were guzzled down as we admired the range of tea and showed some appreciation for the Casa Espresso Coffee on offer too as they’re out Twitter buddies.
It was a little early in the day for fish & chips and we didn’t want to look like a couple of crazed concert goers waiting for the doors to open for a Chas n’ Dave gig. We took a romantic stroll around Giggleswick and agreed that other than fine views, there wasn’t much in the way of tea. Fish n’ Chips it was then and where better to enjoy it than at The Fisherman. With mushy peas and a pot of tea on the side, we made noises of appreciation such as “ahhh” and “mmm“. These noises carried on until it’s final crescendo of “that were grand were that“. We discussed our favourite Yorkshire views. Michael said it had to be the Ribblehead Viaduct. Benn said the tea aisle at Booths. Patience Benn. Patience.
Tea – Sorted. Fish & Chips – Sorted. Time for a view. We hiked up the cobbled hill behind the market square and into the open fields of Settle. We realised that our footwear wasn’t the best and we can only apologise to Kate Bush for not getting up the hill quicker than we did. But oh my days the views! Incredible. Maybe the Ribblehead Viaduct has stiff competition? We stayed for a good 20 minutes to soak it in. It was all downhill from there but only in a literal sense.
Booths Supermarket is probably our favourite supermarket out of them all. Even though most are in Lancashire, you do get a good few in Yorkshire & Cumbria. The store in Settle is a great place for great Bread, fresh fruit, a diverse range of beers and of course tea. Michael picked up a bag of loose leaf All Day Tea. A blend of African teas. Splendid.
The day out was coming to a close. A nice walk around the grounds of The Water Tower and a chat with its owner concluded our day in style. It really is an iconic building and well worth the visit if the invite is there to come explore the grounds. Check the gate before entering.
Tea. Fish & Chips. Views. Booths. Now that’s a proper TeaClub day out.