New Thing 34 : Leeds Tropical World
This was a pretty good day out for £7.40, if I had used logic that Tropical means hot and dressed us both accordingly.
10/10 as I love a bargain
New Thing 35 : Billy Bob’s Ice Cream Parlour
We did this twice this year, once in the summer which was painfully slow getting our food served however the play barn was a great escape from the sun whilst enjoying some fresh air.
Then we also went in December, I put a request through to eat inside the American school bus which was lots of fun and the brunch was wonderful (beef brisket with fried onions, peppers, potatoes and eggs) and the service was great….but obviously the play barn was really bloody cold.
Either way we will definitely keep going back so 9/10
New Thing 36 : Williams Den
So much fun.
Basically a soft play that isn’t soft, a huge play area made of wood with an indoor sand pit and stream running through.
It feels like the fun of an outdoor play area without the inconvenience of getting cold and wet and dirty. But they also have a big outdoor play area if you do actually want to get cold and wet and dirty.
Bonus points for the cafe with a wood fired oven serving great pizza.
New Thing 37 : Harewood House at Christmas
Very traditional and nice to walk around, but not as exciting as Castle Howard’s Narnia theme apparently was 8/10
New Thing 38 : Christmas afternoon tea at Harewood House
Appropriately fancy with caviar and a pine needle cake which actually tastes like pine needles (a good thing) and here is the menu:
All round very nice but I would knock off a point as it was a bit cold and the music was annoyingly low so there wasn’t the atmosphere I would have liked.
New Thing 39 : Christmas lunch at The Owl in Hambleton
This fit our criteria for a decent priced three course Christmas lunch on a week day with plenty of space and tolerance for a toddler to act like a toddler.
But also tasted like it was priced, very much like the meals you get that are mass catered for work christmas parties.
It was what I was expecting so probably warrants a 6/10
New Thing 40 : Below Stairs Cocktail Bar
Slightly hidden, slightly prohibition style bar without being too themey.
I don’t know a lot about cocktails but the menu was pretty elaborate and that’s enough to impress me.
Unfortunately no images as I feel like a knob taking venue photos when I’m not alone. I did sneak a drink photo though.
10/10 from me and you don’t have to take my word for it as Trip Advisor says everyone else also loves it
New Thing 41 :Roxy Ball Room (Boar Lane)
So much fun! We went here after the Below Stairs cocktails and played shuffle boards and table tennis. They also had beer pong, basketball hoops, pool tables.
9/10 as I am unfairly knocking a point off because I was drunk and wanted the deep fried mac and cheese balls but the kitchen had already closed.
New Thing 42 : Sukhothai in Leeds
Quite an obsessive preoccupation with keeping your table clean and glass topped up at all times. Yummy though.
8/10 (mostly as I’ve used the other ratings too many times)
New Thing 43 : Solo Sleepover at Oulton Hall
Child free night, massive bed to myself, salt scrub and facial in the spa, lots of wine and magazines and chocolate. So good.
I did drink a little inappropriately too much for someone in a bar alone and then giggled at random things like a weirdo, but I had fun so 9/10 (point deducted as I made poor ordering decisions at dinner time).
New Thing 44 : Christmas Eve at The Ivy Leeds
It’s the same menu and food at all of the sites and it is always good. But on Christmas Eve there is a disproportionate amount of sequins and even a fair few Christmas head boppers on adults which I enjoyed.
I was drunk when I went to the toilets and got too excited about the wallpaper and made a video of it. According to their Facebook page it is a bespoke gold leaf floral wallpaper, even on the ceiling.
10/10 from this drunken luxury toilet fan.
New Thing 45 : Royal Oak Pub at Great Ayton
Acceptable pub which is only on the list as I was scraping the barrell to hit 52 New Things and 2021 was severely Covid restricted so here it is.
6/10 if you sit in the boring extension at the back
8/10 if you get seated by the fire in the old pub and the waiter who naturally personifies Captain Jack Sparrow serves you.
Here is a photo of the walk we did immediately before the pub, which I am not technically allowed to call A New Thing as I did it in 2018.
New Thing 46 : Halloween at Blenheim Palace
All kinds of spooky set ups and Halloween actors walking around. Really fun and even open fire pits with huge marshmallows to toast.
Unrelated but Emily stayed in her pushchair so I didn’t have to carry her which was a massive bonus
New Thing 47 : Fireworks at Monk Fryston5
5/10 why no bonfire on bonfire night? In a huge open space!
Potentially an unfair scoring as we didn’t stay for the main event and only saw the early children’s fireworks display. My blog, my rules.
New Thing 48 : Spire Hospital
Getting high off your face on ketamine and being sliced open but also getting some really good catering is too confusing to rate. There is a bigger blog to make here, but the short story is to not grow a massive cyst in your ovary.
New Thing 49 : Carvery at Silkwood Farm
Confusing bar staff / food ordering ticket situation 4/10
Novelty of going to a carvery for the first time in 20 years 10/10
Actual food 6/10
New Thing 50 : Lingholm Estate
The childhood holiday home of Beatrix Potter with excellent brunch and the original Mr Mcgregors walled garden.
Even the Covid enforced outdoor eating situation didn’t piss me off as we had beautiful views across the gardens and mountains.
They even had alpaca walks, quad biking, woodland walks and the Catbells mountain next door.
New Thing 51 : Wishing Well Pub
We ordered a ham pizza and were given a bacon pizza with red leicester and it was terrible.
I then had the worst soft play experience of my life. I have never known such an overwhelming smell of children’s feet, I have never wanted to shower so badly. I have never wanted to get away from children so badly.
My rating -1/10
Emily’s rating 10/10
I now understand how some parents have such an enthusiastic hatred of soft play.
New Thing 52 : Crossgates Father Christmas
1. Said Emily had a beautiful mummy
2. Was fully on board with the Gentle Parenting hatred of “naughty lists”
3. The most enthusiastic man you could possibly meet outside of Poundland and Cash Converters
1001/10 to end on a high (…and also mostly due to point 1 if I’m honest)