...studied textile design at York and Hartlepool before taking over the running of the tearoom at Jervaulx. Quite a change of gear for the bubbly twenty-something but one that is paying off for her and her customers. In only her second year, the tearoom was a finalist in North Yorkshire‘s premier food awards .
What makes mid-Wensleydale such a special place?
It has to be the hills, the wildlife and the scenery. I was once asked what’s a girl like you doing in a sleepy place like this. I've lived in the city and this wins hands down. If you have a bad day just get out there and you are de-stressed immediately.
Where is your favourite place round here?
Jervaulx. I am biased; my family own it and I've known it since ever I can remember. But it is such a spiritual place and once inside you can imagine a cowled monk walking round the corner.
What is the best event to take place in the Leyburn area?
The Dales festival of Food and Drink. That is the business I am in. I like it and many of our customers think it is special. The Open Day at Middleham for the racehorses is really popular too.
What single piece of information should people have when they visit here?
Don’t be afraid to get lost. You will find some amazing things - quirky, beautiful. That is how some people find us…they get lost.
What’s the best kept secret in the area?
Unashamedly I have to say Jervaulx again. We don’t get the publicity that an English Heritage or a National Trust property gets. An honesty box pays for repairs to be abbey. And very few people realize that it was the Cistercian monks at Jervaulx who made the first Wensleydale cheese. We owe them a lot.