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What to Do and Where to Eat this Week


Ox Club Leeds
Candlelit carols and festive feasting with a twist

North East
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and that’s certainly been the case with Auckland Castle. Now, following its grand reopening, the magnificent, nigh-1,000-year-old fortress is set to celebrate its first Christmas in four years with something a little bit special. Think a fantastically-festive Christmas afternoon tea offering, followed by a candlelit carol service from The Durham Singers Choir in one of the largest private chapels in Europe. We told you. 

The containers underneath the iconic Tyne Bridge that make up By The River Brew Co. contain a thriving community of bars, a restaurant (featured in the Michelin Guide 2020), plus a coffee house, the Backyard Bike Shop. This Christmas, a cosy chalet-like shack has popped up with a fully-stocked bar serving mulled wines and ales, and we’re all for it. Grab a seat by one of the outdoor fires, or hunker down inside, feasting on whatever takes your fancy from the ever-changing street foodies lined up along the Tyne. 

You won’t find any ‘bah humbugs’ in Scarborough this Christmas, as the town prepares to go full-on Dickensian to mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth. Alongside the eclectic mix of high street shops and eateries, the ‘Queen of the Yorkshire Coast’ will welcome a special Victorian Christmas Market from Tuesday through to Sunday, so wrap up warm and get shopping (and don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for Queen Vic herself).

We’ll be honest, if you’re looking for roast turkey, then The Ox Club probably isn’t for you. But, if imaginative dishes that use the best ingredients with a very clever festive twist sounds more like it, then look no further. Tucked into Leed’s popular Headrow House, this grill restaurant showcases the best of Yorkshire’s produce – and its Christmas menu is no exception. Kick things off with a bread course, which is served with Christmas butter, before a starter of drunken pigeon and ox cheek to follow. Their chocolate orange ganache sounds like our idea of a heavenly festive pud too.

Published in: December 2019

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