Category Archives: Dining

Bistro in Menston village for Tour de France Grand Depart and a big screen presentation; Menston Community Association future in balance

Hosts Audra and Gareth at Solo, their delicatessen/pavement cafe, which will become a 'bistro', open late, for the weekend of the Grand Depart

Hosts Audra and Gareth at Delicasolo, their delicatessen/pavement cafe on Main St, Menston, which will become a ‘bistro’, open late, for the weekend of the Grand Depart. Menston’s popular delicatessen and pavement cafe will be serving ‘bistro’ food and beers and wines to match on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Menston’s popular delicatessen and pavement cafe, Delicasolo,  will be serving ‘bistro’ food with beers and wines to match from Friday to Sunday over the Tour de France Grand Depart weekend. With a drinks licence until 9pm, the popular spot will be open until 9.30-10.00pm for those who want to escape a mile or so up the A65 from the Burley-in-Wharfedale bypass Tour route and the biggest crowds. On Saturday morning coffee etc will be served from 6.00am!

Pulled pork tacos with Goose Eye beer, or …

In addition to the usual snacks, from olives to Mediterranean breads, there will be a variety of ‘bistro’ type plates including Pulled Pork Tacos with Spicy Sauce, a Beef Ragout, Chicken Tandoori with Bombay Potatoes, and a locally-produced Burger. Prosecco and a variety of reds and whites will be available to wash them down, together with a choice of beers and cider including a Pale Ale from the Goose Eye brewery in Keighley, brought in just for the occasion.

It will be a busy weekend for hosts Gareth and Audra as the other side of the business, Solo Catering, will be supplying the food to a number of private Le Tour parties in the area.

Delicasolo is on Main Street, Menston, just a few hundred yards from the A65. Telephone 01943 879010.

Watch the Grand Depart on the Big Screen in Menston

Tour de France Grance Depart Yorkshire logoMenston Methodist Church will be presenting the Grand Depart of the Tour de France on the Big Screen, as it happens, from 9.00am till 2.00pm on Saturday 5 July. The Cornerstone will be open for refreshments with its usual fayre from 10.00 until noon, then light refreshments will be on sale in the main hall from noon until 2.00pm. So if you’d like to watch this great event with others but away from the heaving crowds this might be a good solution.

Crucial meeting of Menston Community Association – future in balance

The future of the Menston Community Association, the independent charity of which all Menston residents of voting age are members, will be the subject of discussions at the monthly meeting on Wednesday 2 July, at the Methodist Church Hall, Main Street, at 7.30pm. No formal agenda has been issued.

Following the recent resignation of the Chairman, and the announcement of impending resignation by the Acting Secretary and former Chairman, replacements for these key officer roles are needed.

At an earlier meeting of the MCA committee the possibility of the Parish Council taking on some of the activities of the Association was discussed. The MCA has, of course, played a key role in opposing the inappropriate housing developments proposed by Bradford Council on Bingley Road and Derry Hill. However, it has also been a key player in important and successful village events like the Jubilee celebrations in 2012 and the Menston Village Vehicle Show earlier this year.

All Menston residents are welcome to attend MCA meetings and maximum participation is vital for the future of this independent organisation which represents all Menston residents.

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Car Show with terriers, a Menston teashop, charity concert at St Mary’s, and a Tiger tank

Rockyracing2There’ll not only be four and two wheeled speed machines at the first Biennial Menston Vehicle Show on Bank Holiday Monday, 5 May, but some four-legged speedsters too as Terrier Racing comes to the village.

Anyone with a terrier, of any shape or size, is invited to come along and take part in the fun at 1.30pm at the Malt Shovel in the village centre. There will be rosettes and doggy toys and treats to be won.

The one to beat is Rocky, who lives in Menston, shown in the picture racing at the Nidderdale Show. It is understood that he has not been beaten in four years!

Tea shop in Menston

Tickled teapot cafeThe show will also be an opportunity to sample something else new, the new tea shop (now how right for Menston is that?). Named ‘The tickled teapot’, it will be open on the day serving not only tea (in teapots!) but lovely cakes, even things like panninis with salad, and it has a proper Italian espresso machine if you prefer coffee. If the weather’s good you can sit outside. It’s just off Main Street in Croft Park, where the greengrocer used to be until recently.

Plenty of other places will be open for refreshments of all kinds, including Solo at the top of the village, the Village Bakery right in the centre and, of course, the pubs and clubs.

Fab concert at St Mary’s

The Leeds Youth Jazz and Rock Orchestra, choir and musicians from St. Mary’s Menston and Benton Park high schools, should make for a great evening at 7.00pm on Friday 9 May at the Menston high school. Paying homage to Nelson Mandela in the ‘Spirit of Madiba’, the concert is to raise money for the school’s great Bambisanani project in South Africa. Details on how to get tickets are in the Events listing for 9 May.

Tiger tank

Menston’s Victorian drains meant ruling out a full-size tank at the Vehicle Show, though one was offered, but there’s a fascinating alternative: a 1/10th scale fully working model of a German Tiger tank. It doesn’t fire shells from its turret-mounted gun, just puffs of smoke, so there’s no need for St John’s Ambulance, though they will be at the show. The tank will most likely be outside the Menston Arms, together with the small classic cars and the Black Forest fairground organ.

All the details

For more details of the show, which takes place at various locations around the village from 11.00am, click the special Vehicle Show page here or the Show poster in the right sidebar.

 

Menston glam evening for Callum; Menston restaurant up for Yorkshire award; Menston gets a column in the local free paper

Book now to be shaken and stirred in your glad rags in November; Menston’s cordon bleu Indian restaurant nominated for an award; Menston gets a column in the local Wharfe Valley TimesClick on any of the titles below to go direct to the story.

Raising money for Callum with James Bond
Menston’s Indian restaurant short-listed for an award
Menston events column in Wharfe Valley Times

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Poster for the James Bond Casino Night in Menston to raise money for Callum HallA glam evening to help Callum Hall

Menston residents will surely remember the terrible experience of former St Mary’s pupil Callum Hall, who stepped on a sea urchin while on holiday and is now paralysed from the waist down as a result.

Kate Sotheby, who lives in Menston, is determined to help and is organising a James Bond Casino Night charity event at the end of November at the High Royds Social Club. Money raised will go to the Callum Hall Trust to help with funding on-going physio and care, as well as equipment which the NHS does not provide.

Put 7.00pm, Saturday 30 November in your diary or, better, buy a ticket at Menston Post Office, High Royds Social Club or email Kate at kate_events@aol.co.uk. It sounds as though it will be great night, with a “fizz reception”, red carpet, pay to play casino, live music, a DJ and bar. Dress is ‘formal’ and there’s a prize for the “most glamorous guest”. Tickets are just £10.

Kate is looking for sponsors for the event, and people to donate prizes for the raffle and casino to ensure Callum receives as much money as possible; everything raised on the evening will go directly to him.

The evening will stay in the Events listing until it happens, so brief contact details will be there until the event if you need them.

According to the listing on this site there are about 70 businesses in Menston so it would not take much from each one to make a substantial contribution to Callum’s care. And they’ll get publicity at the event, on this site and elsewhere.

The 1875 shortlisted

Menston’s Indian restaurant over the booking hall at Menston railway station, the 1875, is one of four dining places in the county shortlisted for the ‘Deliciously Yorkshire Award’ for ‘Best use of local produce on a hotel or restaurant menu’. The winner will be announced and award made at an award ceremony with a superb dinner at the National Railway Museum in York on 25th September. Tickets, including the dinner, are £55. For further information go the the Deliciously Yorkshire website, or contact Manjinder at the 1875 restaurant, telephone 871811.

While you’re doing that you could book for one of the 1875’s ‘Christmas Party’ festive lunches or dinners. Devised and cooked by the restaurant’s Michelin Star trained Indian chefs, they are from £17.95 per person.

Menston events now featured weekly in Wharfe Valley Times

As part of a revamp of the local free paper, the Wharfe Valley Times, a weekly column featuring events in Menston and Otley has been introduced beginning with this week’s edition, dated Thursday 19 September.

Those ‘in the know’ might recognise the author as having just a bit of a connection with this website!

Menston village – our new site takes off

The second of occasional contributions from grumpytyke

Today grumpytyke‘s commenting on:

  • Are younger adults in Menston less community minded?

  • New Menston site takes off

  • Menston village pub lunch a bargain

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news flash!

The promised News flash. this site is looking for two young aspiring journalists to keep it up to date for young people in menston. If you’re interested click here for further details!

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don’T forget the parish council meeting, thursday 29 August and following planning committee meeting

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New site takes off

Just two weeks since this site was launched and it’s already had over 250 different visitors and almost 2,000 visits, and it’s yet to be indexed by Google.

Menston village website visitor map

Visitors to the website over the 2 weeks since launch have come from six countries apart from the UK

Surprisingly though, some visitors have not just been local or even just from the UK but include some from Belgium, Bermuda, Italy, Romania, Spain and the United States.

Followers have been building more slowly, probably as there seem to be few WordPress bloggers (or bloggers at all) in Menston so they need to subscribe to ‘follow’ by email. But it’s the only way to keep up with the news, by getting a notification each time there is a new posting. The same seems to apply to comments: quite a few via email to menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com – all positive so far – but few using the ‘comment’ box at the bottom of each post and page. As there will be a new post not more than twice a week your email box will not be bunged up by us.

Why are younger adults less community minded – or so it seems?

In the ‘About’ page for this site there is a comment about the many greetings you will get on a walk down Main Street. However, there is a distinct split in the reactions according to age, more so with males. I wonder why this is.

A Menston resident contributor has also commented that he would like to see more ‘younger’ people getting involved in village activities, commenting “Just a bit conscious that there are a lot of elderly groups in the village but less for ‘younger’ people, especially those which encourage activity & social interaction”.

I know of social activities proposed where the positive response has been far greater from people over about 30 than from those less than this. It’s not a matter of them having children as children have been welcome and events have been timed to suit them.

Returning to the ‘greetings’, in my experience most people over about 30 who are met on Main Street will exchange a greeting, and many women who are younger. But when it comes to younger men, it is noticeable that many will positively avoid eye contact, even when greeted. Why is this?

In praise of a Yorkshire ‘English’ Sunday pub lunch

If you like a traditional Sunday lunch, and I do: roast – beef, lamb or pork – Yorkshire pud, roast spuds and a few veg. But if you don’t want to cook, a visit to the Malt Shovel in the village centre is recommended, especially as it won’t hurt your pocket very much. £5.50 for two courses – main and either soup or sweet of the day.

Menston village pub Malt Shovel menu board

Menston village pub Malt Shovel menu board

None of the other village pubs can match that, in fact few anywhere. You can of course add a sweet if you opt for the soup including, eg, that favourite hot chocolate fudge cake and cream/ice-cream. And there are alternatives to the roast, including pies and lasagne. Last orders for lunch are at 1.45pm.

It’s good old-fashioned Yorkshire cooking like my grandmother used to do, except that the veg are not cooked to death as hers always were.

In fact you can eat lunch at the Malt Shovel any day of the week and the menu extends to more than a ‘roast dinner’.

Two Menston businesses innovate – a world first; a modern approach to Pilates

Menston village restaurant scores a world first – English Sunday lunch with Indian flavours

In Menston village, a traditional Sunday lunch with hints of Indian haute cuisine cooking? It was launched last Sunday by Menston’s only dine-in Indian restaurant, The 1875 at Menston railway station. (Read more below)

Menston restaurant '1875' owner Manjinder Singh Sarai receiving the 'Excellence in Customer Service' award from Kate Hardcastle

Menston restaurant ‘1875’ owner Manjinder Singh Sarai receiving the ‘Excellence in Customer Service’ award from Kate Hardcastle

Modern Pilates the basis of Menston business make-over

A long-established Menston village ‘fitness’ business has recently had a make-over as The Studio to highlight its ‘Modern Pilates’ training, both for people who wish to engage in Pilates exercises and for the training of ‘modern Pilates’ trainers. (Read more below)

Menston village Pilates studio with Christine North-Minchella with a model of the spine

Menston Village Pilates centre; Christine North-Minchella in the studio with the model of a spine used to show how Pilates can help alleviate back pain

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1875Award_thmbMENSTON VILLAGE RESTAURANT SCORES A WORLD FIRST – ENGLISH SUNDAY LUNCH WITH INDIAN FLAVOURS (continued from above)

This interesting innovation was launched at The 1875 restaurant with a ‘VIP’ lunch on Sunday 11 August, at which the list of local business people was headed by Kate Hardcastle, among other things a Business Woman of the Year, Mum of the Year and who this year became a director of Bradford Bulls.

August could be the time to try this different Sunday lunch as there’s a special offer until the end of the month: a booking for two brings one free starter from the ‘a la carte’ menu; a booking for four gets you one free main course. The basic price is £9.99 (£6.99 for under 10s). On Tuesday to Saturday evenings there is an ‘Early bird’ menu for £9.95, 5.30 to 6.45pm (closed Mondays and Sunday evenings).

The 1875 uses local produce if possible and all meat and poultry for all dishes are sourced in Yorkshire. The Sunday lunch (12.30 to 3.30pm) menu will vary around the ‘roast of the day’ – pork, lamb, chicken or beef and other seasonal joints – all served with Indian sides and trimmings. Vegetarian options are served too.

As the main roast varies it would be a good idea to check what it will be on the Sunday you wish to eat there in case you do not eat some meats.

Owner of the 1875, Manjinder Singh Sarai, says “we genuinely don’t know anywhere else in the UK, nor in the world, that is offering this”. The menus are created by Michelin Star trained chef, Vivek Singh Kashiwale.

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Pilates_1000327_ed2_thmbMODERN PILATES THE BASIS OF MENSTON BUSINESS MAKE-OVER (continued from above)

The Studio, discreetly tucked behind a large house at 9a Cleasby Road, is run by specialist personal trainer Christine North-Minchella BSc PGCE YMCA. With a small but bright and airy studio, it caters for eight clients at one time who can also rest and socialise over a coffee in the garden in good weather or the adjacent conservatory when it’s not so good. Parking is no problem even when the road is cluttered with commuters’ cars as its own car park inside the gate caters for eight vehicles.

Christine specialises in Pilates for older adults and women who are pregnant, catering also for people with osteoporosis or following hip or knee replacements. The small groups mean “I can give individual attention to each person in the studio”, she says.

She will only train with ‘modern Pilates’, commenting that “Joseph Pilates, were he alive now with modern knowledge, would agree that some of his exercises are now contra-indicated”. These are not used in modern Pilates as taught by Christine.

Pilates exercises of this kind can also help with back pain problems, she says, citing participants in the courses who say they have become a ‘new person’ as a result of the Pilates.

The Studio also runs courses in ‘Modern Pilates’ for Pilates instructors/teachers. Not only Pilates however, there are personal trainers, general fitness courses and small group yoga.

Long term residents of Menston may remember 9 Cleasby Road as a veterinary practice, so there has been a business there for more than a quarter of a century. The Studio caters now strictly for people, but maybe pets could benefit from Pilates too; who knows?