Monday, 2 December 2019

45 Teashops & Eating places within 2.6 miles of Settle

Fancy a cup of coffee? You're in luck at Settle. 

Newly opened on 1 Dec 2019: Sugar and Spice - Eco-Friendly Cafe



45 Places within 3 miles of Settle!!   .. (yes, the total has grown since I started this post two and three quarter years ago.)

The five new ones added in 2019 are:
Sugar and Spice - Eco-Friendly Cafe December 2019

Sydney's - Tapas Bar and Restaurant - Summer 2019
The Waffle Cone Ice-cream shop Spring 2019
and newly added to this post, but both going many years:
Settle Conservative Club
Settle Social Club

We have lost two in 2019 - Traidcraft at the Quakers, and (..)

I list all 45 lower down this post.  - I keep adding or highlighting a place every few weeks.

Place number 1: St John's Tuesday coffee mornings 10-12
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Place number 1: Settle Methodist Church BD24 9JH
: 10am-12midday - There is coffee every Tuesday - but the first Tuesday of the month it is always for charity. e.g. on 5 Nov 2019 we made £170 for the Rainforest Fund!

May 2018: Newly opened:
Place number 10: The Boxer and Hound  - [Return to index]
on facebook 
6 High Street, BD24 9EX Settle

Light snacks. Open till 6pm which is useful. Plans to be open 10am-8pm Specialises in Yorkshire ground coffee and speciality beers.

How do you tell it is dog friendly  apart from the name?

Ans: There is a dog's water bowl at the entrance. 

I see it is toddler friendly too.

Index of 45 places

Tuesday Mornings only:-

  1. Settle Methodist Ch. Tuesday Coffee Morning 10-12
  2. Settle Angl Ch. Tuesday Coffee & Lunches 10-13.30

  3. Victoria Hall  Tuesday Coffee and Bacon Butties 10.00-15.00 

Sunday Afternoons only:-

4. Langcliffe Teas in Summer - Langcliffe Inst  2-4.30pm. *****

All Week Days, and sometimes Sundays:

  1. Lay of the Land Garden Centre 
  2. Poppies Tea Rooms   10.00-15.00  (Wed Closed)
  3. Singing Kettle
  4. Naked Man Cafe             Longridge ice-cream
  5. Boxer and Hound       Open till 6pm
  6. 3 Peaks Cycle Shop Cafe
  7. Limestone View Cafe
  8. The Fisherman - Fish and Chips 11.30-20.30
  9. Fish and Chip Shop Cafe at the Shambles 11.30-19.30 (Cafe) 11.30-20.30 (shop). Yorks Tea
  10. Watershed Mill (really in Langcliffe Parish), 4 minutes walk from the north river bridge
  11. Car and Kitchen
  12. Bar 13  3pm-11pm Internet Cafe
  13. The Folly Coffee-House Mon- Sat9.30am - 4.30pm; Sun: 10.30am - 4.30 
  14. Sugar and Spice - Eco-Friendly Cafe December 2019

Hostelries in Settle:-

  1. Talbot Arms -     open all day and evening
  2. The Royal Oak   Lunch    12-2.30pm and evenings
  3. The Lion  -  open all day and evening
  4. The Falcon Hotel
  5. Sydney's - Tapas Bar
  6. Settle Social Club 
  7. Settle Conservative Club

Take Away (Mostly Drinks only)

  1. Forage and Feast      9-3.30pm M,T Th,F  9-1pm W, Sa
  2. Settle Railway Station - Take away coffee
  3. Settle (Coop) Petrol Garage     7am-11pm 
  4. Booths - Coffee    8am-9pm Suns: 9.30am-4pm
  5. Lambert's newsagents - Market Place- Earliest for coffee: 5.30am-5pm
  6. Premier-Settle Convenience Store - Coffee, 1 Duke St 8am-10pm (-11pm Fri Satt),
  7. The Waffle Cone Ice-cream Dhop Spring 2019

Take Away Food / Evening restaurants:

  1. Dales Pizza 824411 Take Away and Delivery
  2. Ruchees
  3. R. Spice - Indian on the Market Place    5-10pm F, Sa 5-11pm
  4. China Choice - Take away (no tea/coffee)  825825  5pm-11pm (Fri,Sa -middnight)
  5. Italian - Basement of the Shambles    824929 (5-9pm). Summer June-Aug also 12-3pm)
  6. Griddle and Sizzle     5-9pm T,Th,Fr,Sa,Su  M,T closed. 822277
  7. Little House              W,Th, F, Sa, Su from 6pm Closed Mo Tu 823963


  1. The Craven Arms  near Gig Rly Station   (weekends and evenings) 
  2. The Black Horse 
  3. The Hart's Head        12pm-9pm

Within three miles of Settle and Giggleswick  

  1. The Courtyard  Restaurant    Beyond south end of Settle Bypass
  2. Knights Table - Little Stainforth  Restaurant and bar  BD24 0DP 822200 9.00-21.00
  3. The Craven Heifer, Hostelry Stainforth
  4.  The Courtyard Dairy, Cafe and Cheese shop Beyond north end of Settle Bypass  LA2 8AS - View: Google Maps.

Population (2011 Census) Settle:2560 Giggleswick 1270, Langcliffe: 231 (total S,G,L: 4061) 
Stainforth: 231. We also have two large caravan sites (not included)

Place 24: in summer: Settle Railway Station [Return to index]
Shop at Settle Railway Station -
serve Drinks of Tea 

Dec 2017: Place Number 24: Settle Railway Station. On Sat 9th Dec 2017 there were mince pies and sherry  at 10am onwards -and the chance to hear Settle Voices singing folk carols at 10am  before they set off  on the train for Ribblehead 


Right: Enjoying the Christmas Food at Settle Station Open Day 2016

Above: 10 December 2016 - Jumpy filming - but meaningful words

Below: 13 Dec 2014 - this makes a good story.
 (The video is so long so you may wish to skip the middle two thirds.)

Then in the afternoon Settle Voices are joined by Lakeland Voices -- singing in...


Place number 21: the Lion - [Return to index]


Nov 2017: (Day of Rainforest Fund Coffee Morning at St John's)
Place number 1: St John's Tuesday coffee mornings 10-12
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Place number 1: Settle Methodist Church BD24 9JH
: 10am-12midday - There is coffee every Tuesday - but the first Tuesday of the month it is always for charity


August 2017: During Settle Flowerpot Festival:
Place number 27: Coffee available from 5.30am!! - Lamberts: Newsagents on the Marketplace:  [Return to index]

 Lamberts has an outside  Notice board with small adds.

It's Settle FlowerPot Festival time of year - and Lamberts has a Liquorice Allsort Man!.

Place number 42: Opened on 27 June 2017: The Courtyard Dairy [Return to index]

The shop

 This is 3.4 miles from the centre of Settle - so maybe not within the 2.6 mile definition.. But it's such a fine place I must include it:
Upstairs is the cafe
See my blogpost 


Place number 18:-. Brand new Opened on 21 June 2017: The Coffee- House at The Folly [Return to index]

This picture was taken on 19 June -
as the electricians make final touches
to the new Coffee-house

Inside a Sneak preview
picture taken two days before opening:-
There are two coffee rooms.. 

Ivy-leaved Toadflax growing near the door.

Place number 20: 3 Peaks (Cycle Shop) Cafe [Return to index]

Three Peaks Cycle shop -New  Cafe -
Opening times || Picture of inside of cafe  

Place number 8: The Singing Kettle, Settle [Return to index]

The Singing Kettle, Settle

5.  Poppies Tea Room [Return to index]

Poppies Tea Room


The Talbot Arms
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The Talbot Arms has just had its doorposts painted for you.

Enjoy the beer garden at the back of the Talbot

We may be losing our local schools and petrol stations (and even pubs) .. but ..
Settle residents and visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to partaking of tea or coffee.

Early-late evening meals: 16 places within 3 miles of Settle 
Cup of tea/coffee/cakes on a Tuesday morning within Settle itself (excluding even Giggleswick): 17 places (or 20 including take-aways).  Not bad for a resident population of c.4500 (including Settle, Giggleswick, Langcliffe and Stainforth)

Places nearby but outside Settle include (distances from Settle Market Place) : The Courtyard - 1.7 miles, Craven Arms (1.3 miles) The Knights Table. Little Stainforth (2.6 miles), The Craven Heifer, Stainforth (2.4 miles) The Courtyard Dairy 3.4 miles.

A big thank you to all the visitors who support our shops!!!.

Post first started 24 May 2017 but is frequently updated - latest update: 5 Nov 2018

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Settle 2nd Global Climate Strike

Since the first strike two months ago in September, things have moved rapidly. Extinction Rebellion Events in London in October raised the profile of the environment catastrophe.

The media has become SO much better in reporting the climate events.  

The magnitude of events are increasing exponentially.

My list of changes in the past two months has gotten so long that I have had to put it at the end of this post.

SO: The second Global Climate Strike we have had a Settle, North Yorkshire, UK took place from 1pm-2pm Friday 29th November. (Settle and Giggleswick have about 3,500 people and the surrounding villages about the same.). Neighbouring Skipton 16 miles away had a strike at 9am on this day.

Again we were blessed by sunny weather.

We were joined by Andy Brown (of the Green Party) and Andrew Murday (of the Liberal Democrats).
One lady came with her two young children.

One young lady, a singer, who works in Germany, said how in Berlin there would be thousands of people striking.
One man wanted to strike with us, but for job reasons did not want his face put up on social media, so did not stay
Here are the two carols we sang: They come from the Christian Climate Action Carol Book by Grace Thomas of the Manchester Hub.
I wonder when we look back at this "Twelve year's of crisis" carol in three years time whether we will laugh or cry.

We have had scientists warning us many years that these things were going to happen if we did not look after the climate.
They predicted bigger things such as the reversal of the Gulf Stream. That still has not happened. It will make Britain a much colder place if/when it does.

Perhaps when people picked the Ladies Slipper Orchid to extinction (bar one later discovered plant,) 150 years ago, they thought the world was "infinite". Now we know it is not.
Here are the words of the carols.
Twelve years of Crisis:..

Here is just the last verse - the twelfth year:
On the twelfth year of crisis, inaction gave to me,
Eleven wildfires raging,
(sing slowly) No turning back (pause) Ten displaced peoples, Nine glaciers dwindling,
Eight coral die-offs, Seven flood disasters, Six nations starving. Five rising seas.
Four crop failures, Three heatwaves, Two hurricanes
And a forest without any trees

The second carol is:

We wish for a greener Christmas
We wish for a greener Christmas
We wish for a greener Christmas
We wish for a greener Christmas
And a Low Carbon year
Sad tidings we bring To you and your kin
We wish for a greener Christmas
And a Low Carbon Year

We all want meaningful action We all want meaningful action
We all want meaningful action So bring some out here
We won’t stop until we’ve got some
We won’t stop until we’ve got some
We won’t stop until we’ve got some So bring some out here

We wish for a greener Christmas…

words from

For news of Settle Climate emergency events
visit the Facebook page of of Settle Action on Climate Emergency.

Here is a LIST of
Events that have happened since the last climate strike just two months ago: (I just write this because this blog is a sort of diary)

We have burning fires in the forests in Australia. 

We have melting ice sheets. 

"Just down the River Aire" - (The Aire  starts six miles away from Settle), just down the River Aire, (c 80 miles) after it meets the Ouse, where the River Don meets the Ouse there has been drastic flooding, last month, especially in a village called called Fishlake.

We have reports (from non-NE individuals) of the Natural England staff (those that are left) struggling with their work because of lack of staff (due to cutbacks, and people being sent to work for Brexit.)

Reports of increased deforestation on the Amazon.

I went on a lichens "holiday", and learned how lichens on trees in Devon and Cornwall that should show pure air, actually show that there is SO2 in the air.  It is coming from the huge ships.

We are going to have an election on 12 December. We had a hustings with (only) "Environment Questions" for our candidates on 16 November in the Victoria Hall

 and then another Hustings with other questions on 27 November 

We have had sudden promises from all the parties that they will plant millions / billions of trees. - I worry a bit about this - This may wreck lots of good valuable wildlife sites. The landowners will choose to plant on the poorer soils and these are often the only good places left for wild flowers and wildlife. Restoring peat bogs is a much better and more permanent way of storing carbon.

 Yet that is not mentioned.  We have lots of peat bogs in Yorkshire.

Well, That's where we are now.


Must go away and practise my carols now so that I don't need to have sheet music to help me in future.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Settle Community Christmas Day Meal 2019

We will be having another meal together this Christmas at St John's Church Hall

If you would like to volunteer I would be REALLY pleased to hear from you early! Plus any suggestions about any changes! We are having a planning meeting on Monday 25 November at 4.30pm.

It is a compromise between making it "Greener" and providing the treat of having the usual Christmas Trimmings that people look forward to

ENjoy looking at pictures from previous years:

Settle Community Christmas Day Meal 2016

Living Well - Climate change - Settle - UK - the world- and what you and I can do

The graph below is a VERY QUICK way of finding the Carbon footprint of the main activities in my, and, for most people, your life.  I collected the data by surfing the web two years ago. 

I have printed copies of the leaflet available for people in Settle, and gave them out at the Eco-Hustings on 16 Nov 2019. You can pick up a copy in St John's Church Hall.

The first side shows climate change impact at Settle

You can download the pdf  here and print your own copy.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Fungi at Black Hill, Embsay - Barden Road

Please click here for Settle Community Christmas Day Meal 2019 

Here is the view from Black Hill 
(or Black Park) near Embsay
 - Are we looking at smoke from
bonfire night fireworks kept 

here by the temperature inversion?
6 November: It's the first Wednesday of the Month and the Craven branch of the Mid Yorkshire Fungus Group are out again - this month looking for waxcaps.

Look at that Waxcap over there!!

How are your olefactory skills?
 Smell (and imagination)  plays a big part.
This yellow wax cap is called Hygrocybe quieta and its English name is The Oily Waxcap
It smells of a greasy garage.
It is interesting that its namesake Lactarius quieta also has an oily smell.

Here it is growing in situe - amongst the Common Bent-grass and Springy Turf-moss

Peter spots this (reputedly rare)  "Pink Waxcap" or Ballerina"  - not very pink today but definitely the right shape

Parrot Waxcap
Heath Waxcap

I am delighted to learn the difference between Parrot Waxcap H psittasina (left) and Heath Waxcap   H laeta (right)
(and ashamed that I did not know the real difference before.).
They are both colourful and have slimy caps and stipes, and change colour slightly.
I used to think that Parrot Waxcap  was green at some stage in its life and Heath Waxcap  was orangey all the time.  But as you can see   H. laeta (on the right) can be a bit greenish too.

The difference?

1. If you look at the edge of the gills with a handlens you can see a translucent slimy margin to the gills of H laeta

This is not present in H psittasina. 

2. H laeta
gills are decurrent. H psittasina gills are only adnate.

Both are supposed to be edible.

This is an interesting earth-tongue - I hope Archie will identify it.

I expect you know what this is

This, they tell me is H. aurantiosplendens.

Here is a youtube clip of us discussing whether it really is H aurantiosplendsens

And this is Cedarwood Waxcap - smells like pencil shavings.  Hygrocybe russociriacea

Peter brings some "perfume" chemicals. Iso E Super is an artificial perfume that smell s a  bit like Hygrocybe russo coriacea

Cordyceps militaris growing out of a dead chrysalis

Let's have a look at these fungi

We  find a Fairy Ring of Blewits

Closer - the Blewits are in the foreground

I also found Snowy Waxcap, Meadow Waxcap and Conical (Blackening Waxcap) and  Honey Waxcap and Scarlet Waxcap - so that makes eleven species of Waxcap.  

We'll be meeting again in a month's time in the first Wednesday of December.

On the 9th of November I will be at Whitby at the Yorkshire Naturalists Union  (YNU) AGM, listening to a talk on Seaweeds by Jane Pottas