Bishopthorpe Road in York is arguably having one of it's best ever years. The Tour de France, which passed along the road at great speed, attracted thousands of visitors and created the perfect opportunity to host a massive street party.
There is a vibrant and active community, comprised of residents and the independant businesses which line the street.
I am lucky to live just down the river from Bishy Road and love visiting for the unique shops, bars and cafes.
I have a specially affinity for The Pig and Pastry, especially after a having a particularly wonderful breakfast there once which cured a particularly spectacular hangover. That's why I was thrilled that Steve, the owner, let me interview him and discover a bit more about the cafe and it's approach to providing one of York's hippest streets with much needed coffee, cake and more.
sits nestled between a well stocked greengrocers and an independent opticians. It has both cosy indoor and outdoor seating and it popular with locals and tourists alike! If you're after a larger plate, I advise getting there before 3pm, as lunchtimes are busy and the food is very popular. The vibe inside is very friendly and chatty and the staff, along with being extremely pleasant, make a very decent cappuccino.
Menu items range from hot and cold drinks along with cakes and other treats. If you're after something a bit more substantial, there is quite a plethora to choose from. The menu is subject to change, however whilst I was there you could choose from a range of sandwiches and salads, pancakes, soups, Eggs Florentine and even cheeks and mash (I'm praying this will be there on my next visit!)
Prices are slightly above average, but I always think you pay for what you get and the food here is flavoursome, well prepared and locally sourced where possible.
Click below to hear my interview with Steve.
The blog Steve mentions, The National Baking Society, can be found here
We enjoyed a Blueberry and Lemon Cake - perfectly moist and wonderfully flavoured!
Other treats were on offer!
Drinks selection, including ice cream milkshakes!!
Good coffee is on offer, which is one of the main things I look out for!