So Saturday night is take away night in our house – is anyone else finding the 3 meals at home full on?  It’s the thinking about what to have every day 3 times a day….so  this Saturday we treated ourselves to Gino’s.  There are 5 of us in our house and the kids were in their element, as were we!
We had a look at the menu and wanted to have everything!  It was hard to decide so we went for a bit of everything……….for starters we shared a massive garlic bread with cheese – it was delicious, along with some Aranchini – wow they were divine – we just had to eat them quickly before the kids grabbed them all.
The main courses were fantastic & as we were eating my hubby said ‘wow it feels like we are in a restaurant’ which it really did – everything was presented perfectly.  For mains we went for pizza’s, steak & prawns.  The pizza’s are big enough to share and the portions were generous.  The steaks were cooked to perfection and really tasty – and the Truffle Fries – oh my goodness they were good!!!  We had the Calabrian Style King Prawns – these were stunning – king prawns in a spicy sauce – it was sooooo good!!!
We were so full but wish we had ordered desert to have later!
I can honestly say this was the best take away meal we have had in lock down & I can’t wait to visit when they open their doors again.  We opted for the collection service which was great – you select a time and your food is waiting for you and everything is done in a way that adhere’s to all the safety measures.  We live about a 15 minute drive from Harrogate, but the food was so well parcelled up it was like it was fresh out the oven when we served it!
Give it a try – you won’t be disappointed!
To order go here.
Reviewed June 2020.
Disclosure: Mumbler was lucky enough to receive this for free however we pinky promised to only write a truthful account of our meal. Phew, we really enjoyed it! (otherwise that could have been awks!)

Mumbler Review: Andy Annat Delivered

All for the purposes of research (of course!) tonight we have sampled a DELICIOUS delivery from @andyannat.
For myself & hubby we enjoyed a fairly spicy Thai Green Curry, Chicken with udon noodles, duck rolls & prawn toast.

The kids won’t eat anything with a kick so for them it was a yummy burger & chips.

For desert it was sticky toffee pud, banoffee pecan praline pie, vanilla cheesecake & brownie- we have no idea what these taste like as we’re all stuffed to bursting after our delicious mains (& very generous portions!) I’ll report back on flavour later!

Reporting back – the deserts were awesome!

A great choice for a take away as so many different cuisines to choose from!

To order check out there website here!


Disclosure: Mumbler was lucky enough to receive this for free however we pinky promised to only write a truthful account. Phew, we really enjoyed it! (otherwise that could have been awks!)



Mumbler Review: Sweet Treats

My little boy, Edward, turned 5 last month – I still can’t quite believe it! We celebrated his birthday with some friends and family, which is the first time we’ve been able to do so in person since 2019.

Edward has a sweet tooth, so I jumped at the chance to sample and review some party favours. Sweet Treats offers alternative party and occasion gifts. It is run by Fiona, who clearly has a passion for creating delightful things to be enjoyed. The favours are beautifully packaged with lots of care and love in the presentation. 

The children’s faces lit up with delight when I presented them with their treats. They were spoilt for choice with 3 different favours each (as pictured below) and all immediately tucked into the chocolate dipped marshmallow. A huge success! 

Two of the guests had dietary requirements (no dairy or soya) and Fiona was so accommodating. She made sure everything was dairy free and used Moo free chocolate. The children’s mum was so impressed that her children weren’t left out and could have exactly the same as everyone else. Dietary requirements are so important, but can often single children out so it’s nice that they were able to feel the same as the other guests.

Fiona, who has 3 small children, has just taken the leap and left employment. She wanted a job that would allow her flexibility to spend more time with her own children. And so Sweet Treats was created. You can see all the options she has available on her Facebook page here and Instagram page here

Well done on taking the leap Fiona and we wish you every success in your new adventure.


Reviewed April 2022

Disclosure: We were gifted our party favours from Sweet Treats however we pinky promised to only write a truthful account. Phew, we really enjoyed them, otherwise that could have been awks!

Mumbler Review: The Harrogate Cookie Company

The Harrogate Cookie Company is the  sister company of the award winning Harrogate based deli bar Little Breads! They deliver Cookie treat boxes and cookie pizzas a to the Harrogate, Knaresborough, Wetherby & Ripon areas on a Wednesday and Friday.   They can also be posted if you live further afield.  They are delicious on their own or warm them up and add ice cream to make an indulgent dessert. The cookie treat boxes contain 4 cookies plus a tasty traybake such as a brownie, flapjack or rocky road.   The boxes start at £11 for local deliveries, a little further afield are £13.

For a full range of flavours please visit their website and keep an eye on their Facebook page too.

Our cookie treat box arrived last week to lots of excitement – all contact free.  We had three different cookies – Orange, Wispa Gold and a random flavour, and two brownies – a Mars Bar one and a ridiculously chocolatey one (i think its probably their plain flavour – but calling it plain doesn’t quite sit well!)

I’ve been reliably informed the cookies and other treats stay good for at least 7 days – if you don’t want to eat them straight away the best way to keep them fresh is to keep them in the fridge.  They are freezable too.  Anyway, none of that mattered for us as they were all gone within 2 days!!

They make a lovely gift – and at such a reasonable price – a great alternative to a Birthday Cake!  And with lockdown measures still in place I think it makes such a fab birthday gift.  A few of my friends are turning 40 over the next couple of weeks, and they’ll all be getting one of these boxes in the post!  A great local business that we can keep supporting during lockdown!

So let’s get on to the cookies.  AMAZING!  Me and my little girl started off with the Random flavour – which she re-named Rainbow flavour – covered in smarties, choc drizzles and pieces of Toblerone.  Just as a cookie should be – nice and crispy on the outside and nice a chewy in the middle.  We loved it.

Hubby felt left out that we’d inhaled the first cookie without him so off he went to get the Orange cookie.  Without tasting, I would have said this would be my least favourite flavour.  I like a chocolate orange, don’t get me wrong, but it would never be my first choice.  Anyway, I’m prepared to eat my words as fast as I ate these treats!  It was gorgeous – two slices of the juiciest orange cake on top of another bang on cookie!  A serious taste sensation!

I’m not sure how but we managed to resit temptation for the rest of the day.  But the rest of the box was demolished the next day!  11 o’clock snack time husband and I shared the Wispa Gold cookie – had it with a coffee, delish!  I’ve been reliably informed the cookies are really good warmed up with a bit of ice cream too – great on hot days like today.

We then shared the brownies between the three of us that afternoon.  It making me drool now just thinking about them.  Absolutely perfect – nice a squidgy on the inside and ridiculously rich and chocolatey.  A taste of heaven!

So if you’re looking to send some one a little gift, or just want a sweet fix yourself we couldn’t recommend The Harrogate Cookie Company enough.  The flavours are insane, the prices are really reasonable and you’ll be doing your bit and supporting a local business too!


Disclosure: Mumbler was lucky enough to receive this for free however we pinky promised to only write a truthful account. Phew, we really enjoyed it! (otherwise that could have been awks!)

Mumbler Reviews: Bamber & Brown

Bamber & Brown is a beautiful little barista bar at Birk Crag, serving takeaway coffees, refreshments and light bites perfect for ramblers & dog walkers.  Owner Philippa has dreamed for over 20 years of re-establishing the cafe that used to be here years ago and remembered by many.  Opening last month, it’s already proving popular with the dog walking crowd, but given it’s tucked away location not everyone knows about this little gem – but we are here to change that!

Bamber & Brown is located on Crag Lane – just before Birk Crag.  If you’re coming from Harlow Carr, it’s about a five minute walk – just walk down Crag Lane, past the kennels and Bamber & Brown Barista Bar is on the right. Alternatively you can walk down past the old Harrogate Arms Pub, skirt around with Harlow Carr Gardens on your left,  before turning right towards Birk Crag.  Go up the stairs by the big rocks (turn right when you get to the access road to Birk Crag House) and Bamber & brown is on your left. See the map below, Bamber & Brown is marked with the red cross.

The beautiful converted horse trailer serves an array of hot and cold drinks – and some mighty fine looking snacks, in fact I can tell you, not only did they look fine – they tasted fab too.  We took full advantage of their sample station!  From September Philippa plans to start serving some hot food options including pizzas and bacon sandwiches.  For now though – there is a great array of snacks to choose from – cakes, sweets, fruit, crisps and ice creams to name a few.

There are plenty of picnic tables, and the setting is just gorgeous (it’s hard to believe we are still in walking distance of Harrogate town centre!).  Its obviously very dog friendly – with lots of water bowls dotted about and even some treats for sale for them!

We absolutely loved it here – and will be coming back again for sure.  It’s perfect for a summers day – but with Philippa’s plans for the woodshed – it sounds like it will be just as magical in the winter.

I can confirm the coffee is top notch – and love they have a loyalty card.  My daughter loved it here – plenty of space to play, and she loved our adventurous walk to Birk Crag afterwards too.

A big thumbs up from Mumbler and a welcome addition to the Harrogate coffee scene.

Reviewed August 2021.
Disclosure: Mumbler was lucky enough to receive our coffees for free however we pinky promised to only write a truthful account. Phew, we really enjoyed it! (otherwise that could have been awks!)

Mumbler reviews Gino’s with 5 kids (are we mad?)

So Harrogate Mumbler were invited along to Ginos to give our honest opinion of the Family Dining experience which unfortunately meant we had to take (all) of our Mini Mumblers with us (11 months, 5, 6, 7, & 9). Although we were treated to a complementary lunch there is no amount of pizza that would persuade us to give anything other than an totally honest review, so here goes………

We arrived at 12 (ish) and were shown upstairs to the private dining room which is very swish, lots of glass walls, the table was set for 9 in the middle but there were 2 other tables so you could probably seat up to 30 in the room. The extra tables were great for the kiddies as they could colour, play, fight(!) away from the beautifully set table we would eat at.

Our waiter, David was very helpful and didn’t mind at all that I asked for the music to be turned down (I was hopeful that the youngest would sleep….she didn’t!) and whizzed around getting drinks and handing out menus. The games room (table football & pool table) next door to the Private Dining Room was a big hit with all the kids and the glass wall between the 2 meant we could see them but not hear them…. literally my ideal parenting situation!

The starters was ‘Fantastico’ sharing board for the grown-ups, which really lived up to its name with delicious meats, olives, bread and cheeses and the kids food (pizza & pasta) came at the same time which worked very well.

Having the privacy of the room upstairs meant that the kids could play, chat and enjoy themselves without us having to worry that they were potentially annoying other diners. It felt very relaxed and we didn’t have to rush at all, especially once they discovered the (free) photobooth in the adjoining bar area!

The staff were all very tuned in to kids needs and nothing felt like too much trouble. With delicious food, and entertainment for the Mini Mumblers we had a (surprisingly) lovely time and will definitely return to Ginos…..

Ciao x

To join the rewards scheme (Club Individual) free of charge and receive a £30 Dining Gift follow this link

To take a look at the menus or book a table online please visit Ginos website


Mumbler Reviews: Harrogate Fisheries – OMG they do scraps!

May 2020

I haven’t had a fish and chip supper since before lockdown and I have really been craving the nostalgic meal which takes me back to past family holiday memories.

The family owned and run Harrogate Fisheries did not disappoint me.

We ordered via Deliveroo, but you can also buy your lunch/supper directly from their shop on Skipton Road, with strict distancing rules in place for queuing, ordering and waiting.

They are also offering a FREE local delivery service to the senior residents of Bilton on Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays between 5.00pm – 6.30pm. This can be arranged by calling 07931 596398 to place an order, make a payment and arrange delivery. What an amazing thing to do for the local community

My husband and I opted for 2 portions of their fish and chips (small size), a smoked battered sausage (to try for research purposes obviously), and a portion of fish bites for our mini-mumbler. Not forgetting a small portion of both mushy peas and curry sauce, because the more condiments the better in my opinion!

When you order on Deliveroo you can choose to add salt, vinegar & scraps, so just like when you visit the shop itself. Who doesn’t love scraps!?

It arrived quickly and was delivered safely (contact free). It comes in cardboard boxes which state they are biodegradable and microwaveable – although we did not give them chance to cool down to try that out!

The food was delicious, so fresh you could tell it was cooked to order, a real treat and the portions were great. Lovely light & crispy batter, not greasy and big chunky pieces of white flaky fish. The smoked sausage was really tasty, and I will order it all again for certain…in fact I’m getting hungry just typing this!

So, for a taste of the seaside in #lockdown without the long journey or if you fancy a treat for lunch or tea, my family and I can absolutely recommend Harrogate Fisheries for your fish and chip takeaway fix.


Monday – Closed

Tuesday to Thursday 4.30pm to 8.00pm

Friday and Saturday 11.30am to 1.45pm / 4.30pm to 8.00pm

Sunday – Closed

Please note they are only accepting card payments.

Mumbler reviews….. Harrogate’s newest independent bars & eateries

2018 has been a great year for Harrogate and the opening of new bars and eateries. What’s especially nice to see is whilst the big high street chains can’t seem to hack the pace, we are seeing small local chains and independent food and drink places in Harrogate flourish. As it’s the time of year to eat, drink and be merry we thought we’d share with you some of our newly opened favourite places to eat and drink in Harrogate – with or without the little ones in tow.

Thug Sandwich 2a Albert Street

This list is in no particular order, but if it were this would be number one! Opening at the end of the summer this little sandwich shop is AMAZING. Owner Dan is a trained chef and boy, you can tell. I feel like he’s somehow got inside my head and made everything especially for me – and judging by his reviews online I’m not alone in thinking this. The guy is a gastronomic genius! Pretty much everything he puts in that sandwich he makes himself – and my goodness everything I’ve tried so far (which to be honest is most of the menu) is a taste sensation. And for those few things he doesn’t make he sources from local suppliers. My personal favourite is the special beef in soy and honey – just delicious. Portions are really generous, which always gets a thumbs up from me. The billionaire shortbread is to die for, my husband says it’s ruined any other caramel shortbread for him because these are so good! I love this shop, Dan has done such a brilliant job with the place – he’s so passionate about what he does and it really shines through. I’m sitting here smiling just thinking about how tasty those billionaire shortbreads are! Seriously – without a shadow of a doubt the best place to get a sandwich in Harrogate. Go check it out NOW!

I am Doner, 30 Station Parade

I am Doner opened its second premises here in Harrogate last month. I am Doner is a revolutionary kebab shop serving delicious takeaway doner kebabs, salad and rice boxes with artisan bread baked daily. They use a total of 120 ingredients in the six kebabs they make and there is nothing dirty about these kebabs! Founder Paul Baron is leading the kebab revolution after having worked in Michelin starred restaurants and been trained by top chefs. I am Doner is inspired by the kebab shops of Berlin and they’ve got it spot on. Me and hubby got a take away from here last week and it was delicious – portions were huge and the food was not only tasty but pretty damn healthy. Hubby went for the large roast chicken doner, I went for the chicken rice box and we shared a portion of the special street cart fries. All were super tasty but my favourite had to be the special street cart fries – basically a mixture of all their kebabs loaded on chips. What’s not to love! They even do a vegan kebab which I’ve heard very good things about. Another great addition to the Harrogate food scene – and definitely not a kebab shop just to visit after a night out – there are even queues at lunchtime!

Corner Haus, 28a Swan Road

Situated near the entrance to Valley Gardens this café bar has literally just opened. Inspired by trips across Northern Europe, owner Isla Birch is putting everything she loves about her trips abroad into this place. They plan to serve an alternative brunch – including waffles and some yummy tasting potatoes and cheese dishes. As well as food and really good coffee, Corner Haus also serves beer and wine! There’s easy access and plenty of space for pushchairs – the big leather sofas add to the relaxed atmosphere. It has a real Alpine Lodge feel to the place. I’m envisaging this place being really popular especially in the winter; I’m already thinking this will be an ideal place to warm up after some winter sledging in Valley Gardens. Something a little different to what’s currently on offer in Harrogate – I think this place will be a great success!

Cold Bath Brewing Co, 46 Kings Road

This place is bought to us by three local friends who shared a love for craft lager, who were so good at making the stuff that they opened their Brew lab earlier this year. It’s been a great addition to the Harrogate bar scene AND they brought the sunshine with them – what a great opening summer for them! We even managed a very unheard of date night here at the end of the summer and we loved it. Hubby can vouch that the lagers are great – he got through quite a few! The atmosphere and the bar staff were equally as great – and I can assure you if we ever get round to another date night we’ll be heading here again.



No 43 Brew Bar, 43 St. Winifreds Avenue

This is a lovely little local coffee shop in the Saints area which opened earlier this year. A small little coffee shop with a few tables and a communal bar area, this place has a really friendly and snug feel – they even have dog treats out for your four-legged friends. We took our little girl for an afternoon treat – her and hubby gave the chocolate milkshake a big thumbs up. The cakes made by the Harrogate Cake Lady looked delicious, but I opted for a scrumptious brownie, made by Brown and Blond Brownies. They also serve a selection of freshly made sandwiches and paninis, available from mid-morning. A lovely little addition to the area – already a big hit with the locals!

The Cats Pyjamas, 2-4 Albert Street

The Harrogate branch is the newest addition to this small Yorkshire chain. You might have heard they’re having a few financial issues – but that appears all to be in hand now and the Harrogate branch is definitely open for business. Indian street food served in a vibrant trendy setting. Worlds away for your typical Indian restaurants and when it’s done in this style it’s right down my street – I particularly liked the Lamb Chops and Saag Paneer. The restaurant gets extra brownie points from us for being very kiddy friendly – with a kids menu for your more adventurous children and plenty of space for high chairs and buggies. In fact, if you’re waiting on the imminent arrival of a little one the owner Alison White swears by the Pork Vindaloo to bring on labour!

There you have it – a round-up of some of our favourite new additions to the Harrogate Independent food and drink scene. And it doesn’t stop there – if you’re a fan of fish then FISK are opening their second restaurant in Harrogate this week, and if you’re a fan of donuts you’ll be pleased to know Manna Bakery are also taking over new premises. I’ve also been reliably informed that Baltzersen’s are expanding too! If you haven’t tried these places before – treat yourself as well as supporting some great local companies. As always, if you have any other recommendations you’d like to share then let us know your thoughts on our Facebook chat group!

Mumbler Reviews – Portofino Ristorante Italiano

My family and I were excited to visit Portofino. We all love Italian food and had hoped to visit in March to celebrate my son’s 3rd Birthday, but then Lockdown hit. So, when the opportunity came up to visit last week, we were overjoyed. And what a fantastic visit it was.

We were greeted at the door by lovely friendly staff and my contact details were taken – one of the many covid-19 procedures in place to keep you and other guests safe. There is a hand sanitiser station on arrival and Perspex screens up around the booths, so you feel safe in your own area, but can still enjoy the atmosphere of the restaurant.

Right, on to the food!

We had a delicious Homemade Fresh Flatbread & Olives, with garlic butter to dip into. I am not normally an olive fan, but they were delicious, so I quickly converted. It was a generous size too, so we were all able to have a decent amount each. The menu is extensive. There is plenty of choice and if you are not a huge fan of pizza or pasta, there are plenty of other dishes to choose, from steaks to burgers. There really is something for everyone.

Salmon Fetta

To start we had Salmon Fetta & Calamari Fritti. The Salmon Fetta was made up of smoked salmon, mascarpone cheese, baby prawns and a mango coulis with toasted bread to eat it on. The Calamari had a light and crispy batter and we even managed to get our mini mumbler to eat it (he is rather fussy about trying new things). Both were beautifully presented and tasted amazing.

They have a children’s menu (Bambini Menu) and it includes a choice of kids drink and ice cream. The mains are served with chips or salad & beans or peas. They can have Fish Fingers or Chicken Nuggets or Sausages or Any Pizza or Pasta. Our mini mumbler loves Pizza, so it was an easy choice for him.

I chose a dish from the speciality menu, Risotto Alla Pescatora (creamy mixed herb and garlic sauce with chicken, baby prawns and mixed peppers). They also do this dish with Linguine pasta instead. The menu itself said “You’ll regret not trying this”. It was heavenly and so light.

Risotto Alla Pescatora, Diavolo Pizza and Spaghetti Amatriciana

My husband couldn’t decide, so opted for the brilliant half pizza, half pasta. He chose the Diavolo Pizza (pepperoni, Jalapenos, parma ham, mozzarella and tomato sauce) and the Spaghetti Amatriciana (bacon, onions, mushrooms, cream & tomato). The pasta was beautiful, so tasty and fresh.

The portions are generous and if you cannot fit it all in, they will box up the leftovers for you (we took home some of the yummy pizza and enjoyed it later).

With regards to value for money, I think it is excellent. They have a Happy Hour Two Course Offer and are also taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

The service was excellent, very quick and with staff checking on us throughout the meal, always friendly and eager to help. The restaurant itself had a lovely relaxed atmosphere and you felt safe and at ease. I am already planning my next visit….


Portofino Ristorante Italiano

2-4 Albert Street, Harrogate, HG1 1JG

01423 507700

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday

11:30 AM – 10:00 PM


11:30 AM – 09:00 PM


Reviewed: July 2020

Disclosure: Mumbler was lucky enough to receive this for free however we pinky promised to only write a truthful account of our meal. Phew, we really enjoyed it! (otherwise that could have been awks!)

Mumbler Reviews: Stump Cross Caverns and The Time Cafe

Our last (and first) visit to Stump Cross Caverns was back in February, and we all loved it.  The world has very much been turned upon its head since then!  And time and time again throughout the lockdown days my daughter use to say to me “When everyone’s better, can we go back to Stump Cross Caverns?”  I promised her once it was reopened, we would go back up to these magical caves. 

And that’s finally what we did this weekend!  It’s very much a family run business up at Stump Cross.  As I said, its only my second time here and I was welcomed like a family member!  That’s exactly how they treat everyone that walks through the door, and that’s one of the reasons that everyone is raving about this place.  Don’t take my word for it – read their reviews!  Some of the things I’ve read on Trip Advisor have brought me to tears!  Lisa, Nick and their team go above and beyond to make your trip to Stump Cross Caverns as magical as possible!  It’s no wonder they received a 2020 Travellers’ Choice award from TripAdvisor. 

Since they re-opened back in the summer, they’ve done everything possible to not only make your experience as magical as possible but also as safe as possible.  They’ve taken every COVID-19 measure you can think of, and then some!  As Lisa said to me, it’s on her head if anything happens.  If you’re feeling practically vulnerable, then get in touch with her – she’ll talk you through everything, and has even been known to open the caves up early so her customers have had the added benefit of being the only ones on site! 

It’s so nice to go somewhere that’s put so much time and effort into making their establishment as COVID secure as possible.  That now nearly constant fear I have going anywhere indoors in public wasn’t there when we went this weekend.  A true testament to how much Lisa, Nick and their team care! 

We went on a cold but Sunny October Sunday at around 12.30pm, probably their busiest time!  You can pre- book online for their café and the caves but if you just turn up (like we did!) they’ll try their hardest to fit you in!    We were looking to eat first then go down to the caves.  The café was pretty much at capacity – so we were given the option of waiting for a table indoors and going to the caves first, eating in their cinema room or eating outside. 

We opted to take advantage of the weather and eat outside!  It was a bit nippy, but the glorious autumnal sun was out and we loved it!  If you’ve never been up here – the surroundings are beautiful!  Right on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales!  Plus, we have a 4-year-old, so she was loving running around in garden – there’s a mini maze, a huge dragon (!) and a giant sandpit to keep her amused.  Which was so much easier than keeping her amused sat at a table indoors!  Therefore, my top tip – if the weather allows it – eat outside!!  We loved it! 

The food at The Time Café is all freshly made by their much loved and REALLY talented chef!  Everything is made freshly to order, so you will have to wait a little longer but believe me its worth the wait!  This isn’t any ordinary café – the food here is top quality!  Think of it as more like going to a gastro pub!  They’ve got a great menu, lots of smaller offerings for kids too which are really reasonably priced!  They also have a pretty extensive specials board, which included Fish and Chips and a Crayfish and Prawn Sandwich whilst we were there. 

We opted for a sandwich and ciabatta for us parents, with a side of chips (goes without saying!) and our little one had the home-made chicken goujons, chips and peas (which comes with a free drink!).   Everything was amazing – seriously, gastro pub standard!  Such a refreshing change when you’re on a family day out!  Usually food choices are just a means to an end – but not here.  I couldn’t fault anything; portion sizes were on the large size which is always a bonus in my books!  The chips here are ridiculous.  They remind me of the chips my Nan use to make when I was a little girl – what I like to call PROPER chips!  

If you’re not looking for a full-on meal – then you need to try their sausage rolls!  Although having said that – be warned they are HUGE and could easily pass as a meal!  You only have to look on their media sites – whenever they post a picture of their legendary sausage rolls – they get so many comments!  They’re flaming delicious! 

 All their cakes and tray bakes are freshly made in house too.  Oh, my days.  Please do treat yourself – the Rocky Road is immense!  I’m salivating just thinking about it!  They do some delicious ice creams too – and it’s a licensed café!  You can even enjoy a Stump Cross Ale!! 

I cannot recommend the café enough.  The food is faultless and so is the service!  The waiting staff are so friendly!  They all made such a fuss of my little girl – and all the other children that were there!  As I said – it was pretty busy when we were there – but they were all doing a brilliant job and still made the time to make sure everything was perfect!  It was! 

After we’d been fed, we headed down to the caves.  You’re allowed down in time slots in one booking at a time.  Essentially, you go down there in your own bubble.   You’re sent down at staggered time, so you’re less likely to see another bubble.  But there are times when your paths will cross.  You’re asked to pass at the passing points where there is more space to socially distance.   Masks are worn at all times in the caves. 

Before you go down you’re given a briefing about what to expect, how long it will take etc.  The caves take about 50 minutes – so if you’re going with little ones make sure you’ve done a toilet stop first!!   There is a little fairy trail to follow, and the younger guests are given little torches so they can investigate all those little nooks and crannies!  

You’ll go down to the entrance where there are hard hats.  There are two different containers – new and used.  After each hard hat is used its thoroughly cleaned before going back in the new container!  There are also a lot of adult sized wellies.  They’re usually not needed – but they were this weekend.  Whatever the weather I’d advise you take your kids in wellies – they’re always a puddle or two! 

There are lots of stairs to content with and you’ll be bending down a fair few time – the hard hats are definitively a necessity!   The caves are just brilliant – the kids just love it!  It’s a bit magical, a bit mysterious!  My daughter loved looking out for the fairy doors, and I loved finding the answers to the fairy door quiz – the quiz was really interesting!  It’s one of those family days out that the whole family can enjoy!  Something a bit different and really interesting.  A much-needed change of scene to soft play! 

One of the great things about Stump Cross Caverns is it’s a perfect day out all year round!  Come rain or shine, it’s a constant 7 degrees down there and always a bit wet!  If it’s been raining heavily some of the walk ways will be flooded – but that just added to the sense of adventure for us! 

All in all, we had a fab day at Stump Cross Caverns!  A day out for all the family – you can even bring the dog if you want (although they’re not allowed down the caves!). 

Check out their website for latest offers and to see what events they have going on.  We love it here, it’s my daughter’s favourite place!  She remembered all the names of everyone we met they made such an impression on her!   So if you’re looking for somewhere safe to go in these funny times, somewhere extra special with amazing food and somewhere the whole family will enjoy the SCC is the place to go! 

 And if that isn’t enough to tempt you did you know they had a cinema room too!!!  You can rent it for only £6 per person! 

Stump Cross Caverns.

Book online


Review October 2020

Disclosure: Mumbler was lucky enough to receive this for free however we pinky promised to only write a truthful account of our experience. Phew, we really enjoyed it! (otherwise that could have been awks!)

Mumbler Reviews: The Homemade Pizza Club

I love pizza, in fact my whole family do so jumped at the chance to try The Homemade Pizza Club out…….I was intrigued to see what it was like & I wasn’t disappointed – we all loved them & had a great time making them.

I received my box of goodies on Friday (the kids straight away spotted the box had ‘pizza’ on it when they came home from school) so we decided to try it out for diner.  We had some friend staying which was great as the pizzas are massive.  Everything was packaged really well & included an ice pack so it kept everything cool even in this crazy heat.

The bases were packed individually & as myself and my eldest are gluten free we opted for some of those bases as well.  It was an absolute joy to see the gf bases were the same size as the normal ones – usually this isn’t the case & we always have to have smaller options.  Everything was clearly marked and as the bases were individually wrapped you could pop them in the freezer, however in the Friday they stay fresh for up to 48 hours.

Everyone has their own base & we set about adding the toppings, starting with the rich tomato sauce provided & the grated mozzarella – perfectly portioned for each pizza – next there was a selection of authentic Italian toppings including pesto, grilled vegetables, sun dried tomato & salami (you can choose which toppings you would like to go along with your bases).  The children went for salami & I tried out the vegetables & pesto which were delicious.  Everyone had great fun & enjoyed being involved in making them – then they went into the oven and were ready in around 7-8 minutes – perfect for a speedy tea without having to think about anything!

The verdict was 10/10 and I can honestly say I have never had such a fantastic tasting pizza at home – it was a winner all round & we will be trying them again in the Summer holidays.

There are many options including meaty, vegetarian & spicy options & you can even buy gift cards too – do check them out here.

Reviewed July 2021.
Disclosure: Mumbler was lucky enough to receive this for free however we pinky promised to only write a truthful account of our meal. Phew, we really enjoyed it! (otherwise that could have been awks!)

Mumbler Reviews: Thug Sandwich

May 2020

The best news hubby and I heard all lockdown was that Thug Sandwich was re-opening!  We’d had to self isolate before official lockdown due to our daughter having a temperature, so we weren’t able to get our fix before Dan shut up shop.   There was talk of a delivery service – but I totally get why this didn’t happen.  If you’re a regular Thugger you’ll know Dan does not cut corners on anything – and I guess with a delivery service he’d have had to.  So I’m glad he waited, because his sandwiches are in my opinion a taste of heaven, and it was so worth the wait – they were, as always bang on!

I’m a big sandwich fan, and Thug have somehow gotten into my brain and taken everything I love and put it in a sandwich.  Everything is either home made or locally sourced.  The quality of everything is unreal.  The portions are huge and the prices are really really reasonable!

If you’re after something brunch-esq, a usual cheese and ham or something a special you will not be disappointed!  We went for our absolute favourites – Soy Beef special and the KFCaesar. 10/10.  The Soy Beef is my absolute all time favourite – mouth wateringly good.  They sell a range of non sandwich items too – salads, brownies and their pretty incredible lamb fingers to name a few.

There are are socially distancing rules in place, and you can even call in your order before hand.   Thug Sandwich has been a great addition to the Harrogate food scene.  But now more than ever you need to go and try these sandwiches.  His usual foot fall has gone, no more people in the local offices, shops or even the gym opposite.   But for everyone now working from home – take your lunch hour and head down there.  If you usually treat yourself to a take away at the weekend – try this for lunch in brunch instead.   Or, if you’re off out for a family picnic – fill your boots here first!

So get out there – support a brilliant local business and do your tastebuds a massive favour.  Oh and they’re coffee is pretty awesome too!

Open Mon-Fri 9am-3pm, Sat 10am-3pm. Thug Sandwich.

I didn’t choose the thug live, the thug live chose me.


New in 2019 Independent Bars and Eateries in Harrogate

I wrote this blog last year, and its fast becoming my favourite thing to write about!  Its so wonderful to see that it’s been another great year for new independent bars and eateries opening in Harrogate.  We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite that have opened this year.  Most are child friendly – but we’ve added a few that would be ideal for those precious evenings or lunchtimes you have without your mini-mumblers!


If you haven’t heard of Doe then where have you been hiding!  This colourful addition to Bower Street opened earlier this year and its fab!  Its a donut shop – like no other!  An Instagramer’s dream – everything is colourful, fun and delicious!  They taste as good as they look.  With the menu changing daily you can often find me drooling over their latest creations posted on Instagram.  A great treat for all the family.


As soon as a moved to Harrogate, I’ve said to anyone who would listen we need more small cocktail venues.  Seems like someone was listening and along came District to Cold Bath Road.  They do some killer cocktails, as well as great coffee and delicious pizzas.  We’ve been in the daytime with our little one before, and a few friends and had a very enjoyable boozy afternoon in the Snug.  We just need to get a babysitter booked now and check it out on a night out!


This place definitely gets my vote for newcomer of the year!  It took me ages to finally get round to trying this place out, but my goodness I’ve made up for it since!  As a family, this is our go to restaurant, we all love it!  In fact, whenever we’re in town my three year old asks if we’re going to Farmhouse.   The kids menu is great, the adults menu is even better!  Such a huge selection and everything I’ve tried so far (if we’re being honest then its most of the menu!) has been ridiculously good.  The cookie skillet is AMAZING!  Its a great location, really reasonably priced, brilliant staff and fab decor.  You could easily have a whole NCT class reunion in here with no pram parking issues!   We had Harrogate Mumbler Christmas party here this year and it was fab!  If you’re thinking of opening a local, independent restaurant, get down here and see how its done properly.   In fact, Farmhouse if you’re reading this and need any one to test any new dishes I’d happily volunteer!

Little Breads @ The Hydro

A firm favourite on the Kings Road, Little Breads opened in the Hydro earlier this year.  I must admit I got a little worried when I turned up one Sunday morning for our family swim session and noticed the cafe was no longer there.  But a few weeks later, Little Breads arrived and I had my first (of many) rocky roads…wowzers they’re good from here!  Just what you need after a long swim.  They did really well at the Mumbler awards this year – and rightly so!  A great place for all the family.

Harrogate Brunch Club

If you’re a fan of pancakes then head down here!  A big favourite for the American community living in Harrogate.  It seems to be Harrogate’s secret gem – sorry guys but not any more!  A fab place for a lazy Sunday brunch with all the family.


Opening earlier this month Portofino is a welcome addition to Albert Street.  Sandwiched between two of the big high street Italian chains its great to see this place is always busy!  I haven’t been there yet, but I obviously perused the menu extensively and it all sounds delicious.  In fact when I was reading the menu on their door, I caught the eye of a customer tucking into a HUGE bowl of pasta who gave me a big smile and thumbs up!   Definitely one to try in 2020.

Not quite new to the scene – but worth a mention anyway!  Hoxton North have now starting serving food on a Friday and Saturday evening and i have to say the menu looks amazing.   A great little date place.  The lovely Mrs Smith’ s Cafe also opened their fabulous little outdoor area this summer.  And finally, technically this place opened at the end of 2018 but still worth a mention – Domo on Montpelier Street is the place to go if you want some ridiculously good Japanese cuisine!

So get out there Mumblers, support these brilliant local independents – eat, drink and be merry!