Heralds of Glasgow’s Coffee Scene: Tinderbox Espresso Bar

Tinderbox Cafes are a Glasgow-born chain of coffee shops that span across the expanse of the city, heralded as the originators of the current coffee culture in Glasgow. Having been in business since 1998, Tinderbox is now threaded into part of the city centre’s fabric, with five coffee shops in total  springing up along the Glaswegian streets, as well as now having expanded southwards into … Continue reading Heralds of Glasgow’s Coffee Scene: Tinderbox Espresso Bar

The Handmaid’s Tale – 1984 Meets Trump’s America

The release of the TV adaptation of Margret Atwood’s ’80s classic The Handmaid’s Tale earlier this year not only gave creator Bruce Miller a wave of critical acclaim but also instigated a revival of interest in Atwood’s book. More than anything, her dystopian America about an extremely conservative republic that treats women as state-controlled breeders is being seen to have fresh parallels with Trump’s America. … Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale – 1984 Meets Trump’s America

London Coffee Shop Culture brought to the North of England: Hoxton North

Established in October 2013, Hoxton North is the result of two Yorkshire folk who ended up living in London for more than a decade deciding to bring the coffeeshop culture of Hoxton back home to the North of England. Having recently celebrated their first year at the Royal Parade site in Harrogate, the cafe is enjoying a plethora of regulars from those who have followed … Continue reading London Coffee Shop Culture brought to the North of England: Hoxton North

Yorkshire quality meets Scandinavian comfort: The Home of Hygge in Harrogate at Baltzersens

Baltzersens in Harrogate is the go-to place for a bit of Scandinavian goodness in the heart of a town that has been wholly built upon afternoon teas. The Scandinavian inspired cafe is the manifestation of the owner’s childhood memories of eating Norwegian food at his grandma’s house. Because of this, although the cafe looks aesthetically like something out of a Nordic interior design magazine, it … Continue reading Yorkshire quality meets Scandinavian comfort: The Home of Hygge in Harrogate at Baltzersens

Home to the vamped up breakfast: The Pantry

In the sleepy, quaint Edinburgh suburb of Stockbridge, you’ll find the food haven that is The Pantry. Flanked by the pretty Georgian townhouses that decorate this part of the city, The Pantry fits perfectly into the quaintness of the area, offering the perfect spot for a relaxed breakfast. Since opening in 2012 this place has been getting some pretty good reviews, including The Sunday Times who said that … Continue reading Home to the vamped up breakfast: The Pantry

Ikea Minimalism Meets Local Caffeine go-to: Harvest Coffee House

Harvest Canteen and Coffee House in West Jesmond in Newcastle is a well-known coffee go-to for local caffeine lovers. The front-of-house cafe of the Ouseburn Coffee Company prides itself on providing the people of Newcastle with local, freshly roasted coffee straight from the Ouseburn Valley. Having sampled many of Newcastle’s coffee and tea houses, it was therefore only a matter of time before my feet led … Continue reading Ikea Minimalism Meets Local Caffeine go-to: Harvest Coffee House

The Silk Roads – an ambitious, fascinating but overwhelming history of Asia 

The history of the West’s rise to prominence has traditionally been told as a linear one. From the cultured Ancient Greeks to the all-powerful Roman Empire, Renaissance Europe to modern democracy – the West, history has told us, is the centre of the world. But Peter Frankopan disagrees. In his book The Silk Roads, Frankopan, an Oxford historian with a childhood obsession with maps, makes … Continue reading The Silk Roads – an ambitious, fascinating but overwhelming history of Asia