Month: June 2017


In response to the Photo challenge ‘Transient

When choosing the carvery option, the transient visitors to the family owned Millstones restaurant are rewarded by a choice of three or more high-quality roasts and a delightful selection of vegetables.

On a recent mid-week visit with my daughter,  I counted three meat options, a savoury pie, twelve different vegetables, creamed and roasted potatoes and of course traditional Yorkshire pudding.

The picture below is of Liam who is one of the chefs at Millstones, Liam is carving my delicious and very tender serving of roast beef. I was one of the many transient visitors to pass his way on that day.



I first visited Millstones over twenty years ago when taking my late mother out for a drive into the Dales. The restaurant has evolved a number of times since then and now boasts function rooms and a Bistro on the lower ground floor named Mill 67 which overlooks Nidderdale, an area of  natural beauty.

Millstones and in particular Mill 67, has become my favourite carvery and believe me when I say I have sampled quite a few. A comprehensive A La Carte menu is also available and as a bonus it also has a gift shop and bakery.  I might also add that the staff here are attentive, helpful and friendly and many have been with the Ashby family for a number of years.

Millstones is situated in the open countryside on the A59 which provides easy access from Harrogate,  Skipton, Ilkley and Otley. They are open 7 days a week for Morning Coffee, Lunch and Afternoon Tea and I have no hesitation in highly recommending a visit.

The countryside, woodland and reservoir walks around here are also pretty awesome.

Mill ‘67, Skipton Road, Felliscliffe Harrogate, HG3 2LT  Tel 01423 779909  

01423 770672


Many thanks to Liam for allowing me to use his photograph for the Photo challenge this week.

By John Tomsett – The speech Theresa May should have made yesterday

I wish I’d written this excellent post by John Tomsett a headteacher from York. 

An excellent article and  if John chooses to leave teaching  (which he won’t) I’m confident a new post of advisor/speech writer to the Prime Minister would surely be his!

When Theresa May stood in front of 10 Downing Street yesterday, it was as if she had had no part whatsoever in calling the General Election.

This is the speech she should have given:

I have just been to see Her Majesty the Queen. We discussed the state of our country in the wake of the outcome of the General Election. We agreed that today the country appears more divided than ever – between young and old, between north and south, between rich and poor. I admitted that the General Election had only widened those divisions.”


It would have been something of an honest revelation had she actually used John’s speech.