It’s already Friday again with a new and long weekend upon us with the bank holiday in the UK (yay) so I thought I better share last weekend with you all, and quick!

I love reflecting on our weekends together, our precious family time, where we switch off from the week before, simply hang out, enjoy delicious food, at home, or out, and take in the lush Yorkshire countryside we live in and relax.

Last weekend saw us drive to the picturesque village of Thirsk, dining at one of our most favourite restaurants, The Crab & Lobster which is set in an 18th century Georgian manor house.

The place is famous for its gourmet British fare and sumptuous seafood. The perfect setting for a family Sunday lunch.

It was just warm enough to sit out on the sun trap terrace, and play in the pretty gardens in between courses, making for one of those lush spring days I had to document on the blog so as not to forget.

Mama cuddles-

mother and son

Now feast your eyes on this-


French seafood soup

fish soup

Cocktail of large prawns in a delicate whisky marie rose with a crevette fritter and wholemeal soldiers for dipping. Delicious.

prawn cocktail

Thin and delicate goats cheese tart decorated with red onion marmalade and a mild Dijon mustard ice cream accompaniment.

goat's cheese tart

Crispy fishcakes of Hartlepool Market codling & haddock, poached egg, baby leaves and a sweet chilli dressing.

fish cakes

The Mains:

Steamed Lemon sole, scallop, lobster & crayfish mousse, wilted spinach, Herbe Veloute and Charlotte Potatoes. Creamy and moorish, Peter was grinning from ear to ear with this.
lemon sole

Roast shoulder of local free range pork, sage stuffing, apples, crackling and roasties for my Dad, Papa G who was unsuprisingly reluctant to share this. Ha!


Mum and I opted for the slowly braised Faceby Farm lamb shank with root vegetables on a bed of minted & basil mashed potatoes. So large, we could have shared one. Tender and tasty, I loved it but we could only get through half each!

lamb shank

The boys tucked into deep fried fillet of local haddock in Skipton Ale batter, proper chips, minted mushy peas and lashings of tartare sauce. Posh fish and chips they loved!

posh fish and chips

And after all that grub, it was time to explore the gardens. Doesn’t this tree looks like it’s been plucked from the pages of a fairytale book?

tree playing brothers

Returning to the table for vanilla ice cream and shortbread (consumed so quickly there was no time for pictures), here is Oliver looking serious for his close-up!

He was adamant he wanted to a wear a Christmas jumper that day too. The rebellious son of a style blogger hey!

Oliver portrait

Then it was time for a spot of fruit and veg shopping in Thirsk at a grocers and florists- The Greengrocer, in the square.

The car was simply bursting with goodies on the drive home.


the greengrocer, thirsk fruit

Lovely lavender. Oliver crushed some in his hands, inhaling their sweet scent.

lavender 20150426-_88A9912 yellow courgettes yellow peppers baby tomatoes oranges

Back home it was bubble time before bedtime. I love these shots of Xander doing what kids do best!


child playing with bubbles

boy with bubbles

bubbles and boy


playing with bubbles





boy with bubbles

alexander with bubbles

While I did bath time, Peter chased after the last of the magic hour, to capture the sunset. These golden rapeseed fields near our home are simply breathtaking. You can see more of his shots on his site Yorkshire Camera. Definitely worth a look.

Isn’t Yorkshire gorgeous?

yellow field



yorkshire field

yorkshire sunset



So that was the weekend that was; I just can’t wait to see what this one has in store for us too…

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27 Responses

  1. Michelle Reeves (Bod for tea)

    What a fab weekend and some utterly stunning photos from Peter again – must send you my interview questions for him! Thanks so much for linking such a happy post at #sharethejoy this week xx

  2. Coombe Mill

    I can see why this would be a favourite place to eat, the food looks divine and what a lovely way to wear off your lunch playing in the trees and visiting the market. Stunning photos throughout, i think the bubble blowing bliss from your youngest are possibly my favourite. Thank you for sharing your special place on Country Kids.

  3. Jane

    What a wonderful day out! We are creeping into winter downunder while for you spring is sproinging. Currently the autumn colours are stunning but it won’t be long till the countryside turns to brown and snow and ice. We do have skiing but I’m enjoying looking at your fresh seasonal food while I dream of hearty meaty casseroles. Enjoy!

    • honestmum

      So strange to think we are in opposite ends of the worlds and seasonally poles apart, really love it though and one day I hope to visit your part of the world x

  4. Franki ~ Little Luca & Me

    Gosh I haven’t been to Thirsk for ages, think I need to rectify that sharpish. Love the photos as always, rapeseed fields make me feel at home as I grew up with them growing in the fields behind my parents house and played in them as a kid. The photos of Xander blowing the bubbles are adorable too, what is it about kids a bubbles? They have like a universal appeal, I always have some in my work bag. Looks like a perfect family weekend you’ve had again. Xx

    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, just beautiful, and playing in fields as kids is the dream isn’t it, we had the same at my folks. Living in Yorkshire is amazing. I love bubbles myself, so much fun. Thirsk is definitely worth visiting again chick x

  5. Vanessa

    Such wonderful pictures! Your boys, Yorkshire and the wonderful Crab & Lobster and its gorgeous food. I love to read about your life, and now i’m gonna have to take my boys their for fish and chips….something they love too. I have been there a number of times and each time is better than the last.

  6. Mirka @fitness4mamas

    Love seeing your days out and all these photos. Please take me there when I come for a visit, the food looks amazing and just look at how much fun your boys are having too!

  7. Morgan Prince

    That food looks really tasty, and it looks like it was a lovely day weather wise. I’m always amazed by your amazing photos. My iPhone 6 pics pale in comparison! Glad to hear you had a great weekend and here’s to another one. Xx

  8. Ruth

    Looks lovely, we keep meaning to visit here and stay but we just haven’t got round to it yet. This has made me want to book in! X

  9. Ellie

    This is such a gorgeous post lovely, the food looks so delicious and it just looks like you all had so much fun. Stunning photography, the inner photography freak in me loved them!! 🙂


    • honestmum

      Thanks so much Elle, my husband takes such stunning photographs, so lucky to share his talent on the blog and it was such a wonderful weekend x

  10. Ebabee

    Incredible photos – of the kids, the food and the glorious countryside. And speaking of food, wow – that looks delicious. Love seafood but also love the look of that goats cheese tart with mustard ice-cream. Have a wonderful bank holiday weekend xx

    • honestmum

      Thanks sweetie, when you visit us in Leeds (please do come), I’m going to take you there, and a tour of the family restaurants, you will love it xx

  11. The Breastest News

    What beautiful photos. The seafood looks amazing! I’m so jealous 🙂

    The boys look like they’re having so much fun. It’s lovely to get out as a family isn’t it. x

  12. North East Family Fun

    Such gorgeous photographs – really showing Yorkshire at it’s best!

    We stayed in a lodge at The Crab Manor when I was pregnant with baby number three. It was the perfect baby moon and retreat. The food is to die for and you feel as if you are in your own little world. I can highly recommend breakfast too. We keep saying we must return and really Thirsk is only an hour’s drive from us so there is no excuse. I love exploring the villages of Thirsk and Pickering and it reminds me of my childhood. We are staying in Yorkshire this August and I definitely think family lunch at The Crab and Lobster will be on the cards!

    • honestmum

      It is gorgeous, never stayed over as we live closeby but will have to now, we love the food there, have been visiting since we were kids. We are so lucky to live in Yorkshire, I was born here then moved back after a long time in London. We love it here. Give me a shout when you’re this way x


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