Keelham Farm Shop

Keelham Farm Shop entrance

We had a lovely drive over to Skipton today to visit Keelham Farm Shop.

Keelham Farm Shop in Skipton

We saw the shop on television at the weekend on the Countryfile programme. We were really taken with the Huddersfield-produced halloumi that was featured.

Keelham Farm Shop floor, Skipton

So we decided to go buy some of that – and see what else was on offer. We filled a trolley with all manner of deliciousness!

Coffee shop upstairs in Keelham Farm Shop, Skipton

There’s also a large ground floor restaurant and mezzanine café with a vintage industrial vibe – now bedecked in its Christmas decorations.

Adelle in the Keelham Farm Shop coffee shop

We found a Hygge-friendly corner! Adelle had a cute little penguin to keep her company while relaxing with a cup of coffee and slice of carrot cake.

Stairway looking down on to the shop floor of Keelham Farm Shop, Skipton

We bought quite a selection of (mainly) Yorkshire produced food & drink… including two types of the Halloumi (or Haloum! – as they call it). A mint variety and a fiery chilli. Justin bought himself a pork pie – he always judges and establishment by its pork pies. To be honest, he bought four different kinds of pie! As well as bread, cheeses, soups, ales, biscuits and puddings.

Selection of (mainly) Yorkshire produced food & drink | H is for Home

We’ve been sampling items for both lunch and dinner – they’ve all got top marks so far! We’ll be making a return trip very soon as we really like Skipton anyway – and this shop is just one more good reason to go.

Christmas Countdown: Selfridges

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Selection of Christmas items from Selfridges

There’s a branch of Selfridges in Manchester city centre so it’s always a stop off point on our annual Christmas shopping trip to the city. Its food hall in the basement is very good for finding little Christmas Day morsels that you may not treat yourself to the rest of the year. Here’s a selection of other items that took our fancy…

  1. St Nicolas velvet Christmas stocking 60cm: £99
  2. Acqua di Parma Gold Berries candle: £72
  3.  Meri Meri nutcracker themed cracker kit: £21.95
  4. Philippa Craddock Classic door wreath: £175
  5. Adopt a Reindeer gift box: £19.99
  6. Victoria Eggs Christmas dinner mug: £11.95

Christmas Countdown: Paperchase

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selection of Christmas items from Paperchase

When I was at primary school, it was all the rage to collect & swap stationery; writing paper, stickers, pens, pencils. Even though I do a whole lot less writing these days, I rarely leave Paperchase without some beautiful handmade paper, notebook, pretty coloured ink pen or some-such. I guess I’ve never stopped being that little paper goods magpie of yore!

  1. Christmas characters place cards – pack of 8: £3.50
  2. White stags jute gift bag: £6
  3. Doodle Xmas tablecloth: £40
  4. Tartan and stag wrap tapes – pack of 2: £2.50
  5. Hand drawn thank you cards – pack of 6: £3
  6. Christmas tags doormat: £15

Christmas Countdown: Marks and Spencer

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Selection of Christmas items at Marks and Spencer

We visit Marks and Spencer every Christmas in search of their beautiful biscuit tins and other Christmas nosh. It’s not just good for food though – here’s a small selection of festive decorations & present ideas we found.

  1. Argyle throw – £28
  2. Crimbleberry Wood Eric the Robin Christmas room decoration – £12
  3. Giant Santa Christmas countdown calendar – £95
  4. Wooden nativity Christmas room decoration – £25
  5. Gold mistletoe hanging Christmas room decoration – £10
  6. Christmas pudding cushion – £36
  7. Crimbleberry Wood Ron the Reindeer tin Christmas tree decoration – £5

Christmas Countdown: Lakeland

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selection of Christmas items from Lakeland

Shhh… Don’t tell Justin, but a stop off at the Lakeland shop in Windemere is THE highlight of every trip we make to the Lakes. I’m always a little excited when we pull into their car park and catch a glimpse of their huge glass-fronted entrance. They stock every cooking tool, utensil, gadget and kitchen accessory you could ever need – and a quite a few you never knew you needed!

Needless to say, our Lakeland Christmas choice features cooking, baking and other food-related items…

  1. Hemisphere cake pans – from £3.29
  2. Reindeer biscuit tin – £4.99
  3. Traditional panforte with board – £13.99
  4. Christmas berries pudding basin – £8.99
  5. Mini pudding steamer – £6.99
  6. Chocolate Christmas puddings – £5.99
  7. Fairy tale village mould – £11.99

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Christmas Countdown: John Lewis

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Selection of Christmas items from John Lewis

John Lewis has done it again – they’ve come up with yet another tear-jerker of a Christmas ad – it’s my favourite once more this year! They have a HUGE array of Christmas bits & bobs – it was hard to chose our favourites – but here’s what we’ve narrowed it down to…

  1. Tree Hessian-effect gift bag, large: £3.50
  2. Alessi nativity Christmas baubles, set of 5: £39.20
  3. Figgy pudding double oven glove: £15
  4. Carol singer tea-light lantern: £20
  5. Caspari holly sheep napkins, pack of 20: £3.75
  6. Kids Company happy Christmas tree bag: £8
  7. House by John Lewis ball in glass bauble, yellow: £4

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Christmas Countdown: House of Fraser

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selection of Christmas items from House of Fraser

House of Fraser is a real High Street stalwart – the company’s been around since 1849! I (and lots of other people probably) still refer to the Manchester branch as “Kendal’s” and the Birmingham one as “Rackham’s” as they were once family-owned, independent department stores. There are lots of these old companies around the country which now come under the House of Fraser umbrella… even Harrods!

Anyway, that’s enough of a history lesson for one day; here’s our little selection of HoF Christmas goodies!

  1. Wedgwood neo-classical bauble: £25
  2. 5 kraft hand-drawn Christmas gift tags: £1.50
  3. Woodland Charm wooden tree: £10
  4. Novelty reindeer mug: £5
  5. Frosty boiled wool large penguin table piece: £9