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Foundry Hill Bar and Lounge

Bingley Mums has a new site sponsor – Foundry Hill Bar and Lounge! Somewhere I am ashamed to say that I have never been to until recently. But I thought it might be a nice idea to do a “mystery shopper” style date night with hubby, so I could get a true picture.

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Foundry Hill has recently been taken over to be run as a family business by Emma and Andrew Bremner.  The family including two children Amy & Adam, live on a farm producing high welfare free range eggs – so all eggs served are direct from their other business The Rainbow Egg Company, based in Oxenhope.  Their highly experienced Head Chef, David Hartley, is passionate about preparing all dishes from fresh using good quality, locally sourced ingredients.  Even their burger buns, pasta and focaccia bread are made in their kitchen.  Nothing is bought in except fresh ingredients.

Andrew says, “I am only three weeks into running Foundry Hill and while I am very keen to preserve its already excellent reputation and small, but quality menu I am keen to build on that success.  We plan on bringing back sharing platters to the menu, something for kids and parents to enjoy together.  We are also planning on offering reduced portion options on selected main courses for smaller appetites both young and old.  Because we make all food from scratch though we are more than happy to customize meals where possible according to customer requirements such as serving starters as main children’s meals or splitting portions of mains to share.”

Foundry Hill has been the top rated restaurant in Bingley on Trip Advisor for a few years now.  This is something the new owners are very proud of and something they aspire to keep.  They are one of the few bars in Bingleyto offer an extensive cocktail, mocktail and shooters menu plus their gin selection is growing rapidly, 15 at last count including Masons Yorkshire Tea Gin.  They have 5 guest ales a week plus an extensive range of wine and spirits.  Their Prosecco from House of Townsend has won a few awards and is sold by the glass as well as the bottle (it’s stunning).

We went on a Friday night about 7pm and the bar area was very busy indeed and we had to push our way through to the “lounge” area as we had booked in for a meal. If you decide to eat at Foundry Hill, I really recommend booking as if we hadn’t, I doubt very much that we would have got a table. In the lounge area, there are a couple of sofas and tables – I would have taken photos but it seemed a bit rude to do that when people were eating, so I didn’t.

The bar has a really wide range of truly good drinks, including lots of draft beers and fizz – I tried the pink fizz which was stunning – as good as champagne. My husband had something from the gin menu – they had LOADS of gins available, and posh tonic too. So far so good.

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I was surprised how busy the place was – in the lounge area there was a combination of people eating and people sitting in groups with their drinks, but there was a nice atmosphere. The menu is good with something for everyone, we went for burgers.

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You can choose between french fries and thick cut chips, so we had one of each…

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Now I’m not really a burger sort of person, but I have to say these were delicious, you could really tell that the meat was high quality and that the beef burgers are made by hand in house.

I’m also quite fussy about wine (though not later on in the night) and I thought the wine list was spot on and also good value. We ordered a glass of wine each and I must say it slipped down very easily.

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During the day there are good facilities for children including baby change and high chairs, as well as a children’s menu.

We had a great experience and I have to say the waiting staff were very attentive and couldn’t do enough for us (they didn’t know I was doing a review). The busy-ness of the bar didn’t affect our enjoyment as all our drinks were brought to our table. I really recommend Foundry Hill for date nights, evenings out with friends or with the whole family. A real local gem!

  • Food service Wed-Sat 12noon – 9pm (last orders 8:30pm) Sunday 12noon – 6pm (last orders 5:30pm)
  • Function room available for hire.
  • Come and enjoy 2 burgers and 2 drinks for just £20 every Wednesday
  • Sunday Roast is served 12 – 5:30pm
  • Call 01274 566144 to book a table
  • Contact their Facebook Page for more details.

Foundry Hill have paid to be a site sponsor but all thoughts are my own.

Support Local Mums in Business

This Christmas wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all made an effort to buy something from a local business? Every time I buy from Amazon, I think, I’m making a rich person even richer! But if you buy from a local business, you help to change someone’s life and make something they’re really passionate about into a success! Here are just a handful of local businesses you can support this year, and also get some truly wonderful and original gifts to treasure forever.

  1. The Little Silver Company – Beautiful bespoke fine silver jewellery and keepsakes including Children’s handprints, footprints and fingerprints. Ceri says, “I set up from my love of jewellery and all things of sentimental value – there was no better keepsake than my children’s handprints and fingerprints captured forever in silver and so my business began..”15129538_844263485677214_503707997909684499_o.jpg
  2. Leanne who runs Leanne’s Little Gift Company says, “I set up as a way of being able to do a job I love whilst being able to be a stay at home mum. We make and sell items for all occasions, if you can’t find a colour or design you are looking for just message us and we will try our best to source it.”15232236_222378111524278_8726140556895182060_n.jpg

3. Jade says, “I set up Blossom Craft Company by myself not long ago. I have a 4 year old in reception and a 3 year old in nursery – I’m hoping that this gives me the best of both worlds- working from home being creative whilst having my little humans run around me! I have qualifications in fashion design and a BA Hons degree in costume design and textiles – this is what I enjoy! Creating ! .. my page at the moment is full of Christmas delights and hair bows for your little ‘uns.. and big ‘uns.”

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4. Emma says, “I went back to work part time after maternity leave as I wanted to do something a bit different alongside my main job and still have the time at home with my little one so I set up Kids Bee Happy Sand Art!”

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5. Adele says, “We are local mums that set up a business that celebrates family time and the precious memories you have along way we make personalised memory jars for all the family, personalised baubles, santas cookies in a jar, santas magic keys and lots of other Christmas goodies at the moment.” Find them at The Little Memories Company.

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6. Lia’s Scrabble Frames are a great gift idea for Christmas, birthdays, weddings…the list goes on!

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7. Cathryn says, “I’m a busy mum of 3 (children are 1, 3 and 5) and I opened Into the Woods 6 months ago. We do build a bear style teddies stuffed with our teddy bear machine, parties, fairytale pamper parties and fairytale photography set in our own enchanted wood, got some beautiful teddies and costumes in for Christmas.”

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8. Emma says, “I set up my business ‘Little Petal Cakes‘ after realising returning to work after maternity leave was no longer a feasible option!

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Swim Stars – Hazelbeck Review

Like many parents in Bingley, my two sons have been having lessons with Swim Stars for many many years. To be honest, it’s the one thing I don’t mind spending money on – swimming lessons really are a right of childhood, and there was no way I was going to wait until my children were in year 5.  Having accompanied many year 5 classes myself to swimming lessons as a teacher, I always felt sorry for the children floundering in the water because their parents weren’t able to have them attend lessons from an earlier age (I’m not judging – some people I guess genuinely can’t afford it).

Aside from the embarrassment factor of not being able to swim, swimming is clearly really good for us all for a variety of reasons – health, fitness, that feel good factor as well as simple survival if the need ever arose! Although I learned to swim as a child, I’m still not really a strong swimmer, and I know if my children got into trouble in the water I would probably struggle to rescue them safely. Another good reason for them to learn to swim to a good standard! We chose Swim Stars because of its good reputation locally, and also due to the simple fact that it was our nearest provider. We did try the council run lessons for a while, but I didn’t think that the boys were making any progress due to the large class sizes so we moved – a good decision!

So a little bit of info about Swim Stars…

“The Swim Stars story started in 2000 when we were known as ‘C.A swim school’ we started with just 5 swimmers, and have gone from strength to strength, we now have over 800 pupils across our 3 pools…..and we are still growing!

We pride ourselves on having some of the best teachers in the area, who are devoted to giving all our swimmers personal attention whilst developing excellent relationships with both children and parents.

From the first lessons as a beginner where time is spent encouraging confidence in the water, to mastering the perfect stroke with our more experienced swimmers- we aim to make each lesson as fun and rewarding as possible.

Our lessons are carried out with no more than 6 pupils per lesson. (4 at our Hazelbeck and Cragg Vale pools) with water based instructors at all pools. Private 1:1 lessons are also available as well as adult lessons on request.”

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It’s worth knowing that lessons also take place at Bingley Grammar school if you prefer. The pool at Hazelbeck is a hydro pool which means it is quite a warm pool and atmosphere – great for the swimmers but worth knowing for parents as you’ll need to wear a thin t shirt during the session for sure!

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Hazelbeck Hydro Pool

My boys both started at Swim Stars being unable to swim at all – my second son particularly has made really good progress and even though he’s only 5 (Swim Stars take children from 2.5 years old though), he can swim a length under water unaided and is really water confident. My older son has struggled a bit more (it’s just the way he is!) but under the guidance of Louise, he has really focused down to learning his strokes properly to make him a more effective swimmer. As well as teaching children the correct swimming techniques – children also get to have some free swim and jumping in at the end. Though the lessons themselves are “fun” based – unlike the lessons we as parents perhaps remember as children ourselves! The groups are really small – usually around 4 in each group, so each child gets personal attention from the instructors, and they are taught according to their own ability, rather than the ability of others in the group – although the groups are put together according to age and ability.

The instructors are really “child friendly” though know when to be strict when it’s appropriate – to ensure that the children make progress.  The lessons seem to build on the children’s skills each week so that  children clearly progress through a range of skills and strokes. There are badges and certificates when children achieve certain things which I think is a nice motivation!

My boys both really enjoy their lessons and have really bonded with their instructors – which is really cute to see! They really look forward to their lessons and as a parent I get a real sense of satisfaction from knowing that we’ve provided something for them that is going to last a lifetime.

Swim Stars also run crash courses during the holidays which we’ve attended a few times. With this, children attend each morning for a week – I have to say that the progress during that week is incredible, which just goes to show how important regular swimming is.

Lesson places are now currently available, and if you’re not signed up already, I really urge you to think about it. If you just pay for one thing for your child – this should be it.

Contact Swim Stars on:-

01274 560570

bradford@ukswimstars.com

Or visit their website over at http://www.ukswimstars.com/

Swim Stars are a site sponsor of Bingley Mums, but all thoughts are my own.

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Poppy Red Ilkley – Review

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Like most grown women, shoe shopping is something I thoroughly enjoy. Actually that is a slight lie, I  would  enjoy were it not for the fact that I have enormous feet and me trying on shoes is a bit like the ugly sisters trying to get Cinderella’s glass slipper on most of the time – sad but true. However, children think slightly differently about these things, and apparently trying on shoes is not high on their list of priorities – despite the fact that the shoes are paid for by someone else – madness! There is nothing more frustrating than shelling out a load of cash for your children on something they don’t remotely care about.

In the past we’ve often done a “buy cheap buy twice” when it comes to shoes for our two sons, something which I am at pains to avoid doing in the future. So when I was offered the opportunity to review the shoe buying process at local children’s shoe shop Poppy Red I thought it would be a good opportunity to find out what shoe buying could be like.

The shop itself is just a few seconds walk from the main car park in Ilkley, and the first thing that strikes you is the inviting shop front and huge selection of children’s shoes – brands included Geox, Ugg, Lelli Kelly, Birkenstock and many many more. I think the shop at one time did ladies’ shoes but they have now decided to concentrate on children’s shoes – a really good move I think as I don’t think there is anywhere else locally doing the same thing. Word had obviously spread as there were a fair few people in the shop already, but it didn’t take long until we had our turn. I looked longingly at some pink sparkly slippers, but my 7 year old son didn’t seem too keen – so Geox it was.

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He actually stood still!

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Decisions decisions…

 

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Deciding between ninja shoes and something more sedate…

Jenny, one of the owners, was serving us and instantly “got” my two sons and how to best include them in the buying process. She’s one of those people that children instantly build a rapport with and clearly has a lot of experience with kids. Although my 7 year old son can be a bit difficult and did NOT want to be there initially, she got him excited about some “ninja” looking shoes, and he couldn’t wait to try them on! I was really impressed with her professionalism and obvious knowledge about fitting children’s shoes, it’s something that only comes from having a passion for the service you’re offering, and can’t be replicated in the chain stores in my opinion. Another thing that’s great is that Poppy Red ensure ALL their staff are properly trained in shoe fitting so that every customer has the full experience – and this really shines through.  Jenny even somehow managed to persuade my son to not go with the bright green shoes (which were awesome) and he selected some more sedate looking red and black shoes – with flashing lights (standard) which he now won’t take off! Co-owner Jenny says, “I’ve always loved working with children and and what woman doesn’t love shoes? Owning this business with my mum is my dream job! I love being front-facing and seeing our customers on a daily basis, it definitely helps influence our buying decision – sometimes I can even have a customer in mind when we’re looking at new collections.”

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Actually smiling about trying on shoes!

There’s also something really satisfying about supporting a local business and ensuring that really good shops like Poppy Red, who are clearly really passionate about what they do, carry on and don’t disappear. Every single shoe I saw in store was of a really high quality and you could just tell that this is the sort of shop that wouldn’t compromise on that. The man in front of me was buying school shoes for his son and I was really taken aback by how, quite frankly, beautiful they were!

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A bit more information about the owners and ethos of the shop…

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Owners Jenny and Helen

Co-owner Helen says:-

“All the staff are trained shoe fitters and able to advise on the best choice of shoe to fit all shapes and sizes. People often comment that they have been unable to find anything to fit in other shops but we are usually able to help thanks to the wide range of different brands we stock. We are experienced at fitting shoes with orthotic insoles, splints and other footwear inserts. Although my daughter Jenny and I have different roles, we always unite when we’re selecting new stock. What mother and daughter wouldn’t love hours of researching and buying new shoes? It couldn’t be more satisfying if we were buying for ourselves! It’s a real responsibility getting the right mix of quality and style that mums will approve of and kids will really love and we’re very particular about what brands we stock. “

The other thing that was different from the high street chains was the fact that they actually had the shoes that my son wanted in his actual size – this never seems to happen in other shops, and means that children – who don’t want to be there anyway – aren’t left disappointed.

One other thing that Jenny did, was to totally understand that my other son didn’t need new shoes, and instead she offered him some lovely flashing lights to stop him having a full on paddy whack. Nice touch. AND chocolate eggs/sweets never go unwanted at the end of some strenuous shoe trying on.

I really urge you to support this business – great service and top quality shoes. What’s not to like?

Find Poppy Red’s website here.

Find Poppy Red on facebook here.

Poppy Red also have Ladies’ shoes on their website.

I was offered a £40 gift voucher to enable me to review this store, but all thoughts are my own.

The Oaks Dental Practice Eldwick

NEW OFFER

First check up for new patients now reduced to £18, (normally £28)

Offer ends 31st August 2016

Bingley Mums is pleased to announce we have another generous sponsor to add to our list! The Oaks Dental Practice Eldwick!

Whether you need a new dentist, or haven’t been for a while, The Oaks Dental Practice will definitely give you a friendly welcome!

  • Nervous patients are welcome.
  • Free on site parking (no faffing about finding a space and having to use small change).
  • Open Saturdays and Evenings (very important).
  • Payment plans.
  • Modern facilities, traditional values.

Payment plans are £13  for adults per month and include:-

  • 2 dental health checks and an oral health check each year which includes a mouth cancer screen to ensure all is well
  • 2 hygiene visits to prevent gum disease and to keep your mouth feeling fresh
  • Treatment for sensitivity
  • Any necessary antibiotics
  • 2 Small X-Rays
  • 10% Off Treatments

Dr Frances Vose, BChD (Leeds), the principal dentist with over 25 years of experience, says: ” We are an independent practice totally committed to providing all of our patients with excellent dental care. We give our patients plenty of time and provide prompt treatment using the latest techniques and top quality materials, because we want our patients to keep coming back and to recommend us to others. We look forward to welcoming all Bingley Mums and their families.”

What really impressed me is the service for children (this is only open to children whose parents/guardians are patients at the practice):-

Children 6yrs to 11yrs

  • Initial examination £15.00
  • Subsequent examination FREE
  • ALL OTHER TREATMENTS TO PAY FOR.

Useful Information

  • Did you know, that if a parent or guardian is attending the practice, children come for free!*
  • Children aged 0 – 12 years old are entitled to free check-ups, including that all important diet and oral hygiene advice.
  • We welcome children of all ages and look forward to making their dental visit a fun time for them.(*initial examination £15 for 3-17 year olds; all other treatment to be paid for)Please mention Bingley Mums when you book.

Find them at the top of Swan Avenue near Taylormade Treats

The Oaks Dental Practice
Oak Glen
Swan Avenue
Eldwick
BD16 3PA

Email: info@theoaksdentalpractice.com
Tel: 01274 270 579

Find them on facebook here.

Mia Bambina Giveaway!

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Here at Bingley Mums we are lucky enough to have the support of our sponsors, including local online Organic Baby Bibs specialist Mia Bambina.

Bingley Mum Becki set up Mia Bambina after the birth of her first child Mia back in 2006. Like a lot of little ones, Mia developed eczema and Becki found that some creams and washing products were making the problem worse. Becki also found that the clothes Mia was wearing were possibly adding to the problem as it turns out that a lot of clothes contain toxins that are present even in baby wear!  This shocked Becki enough to immediately change how she shopped for Mia, and that organic cotton was the way forward for them, however back then there were limited options. After a lot of shopping around and realising there was hardly anything out there, Becki decided to begin her own organic and fairtrade clothes and toys website, where people can buy safe and ethically sourced products  and learn about the advantages of going organic – so Mia Bambina was born.

It’s imperative that as mums we support other mums in business, especially in our local community, it’s a great way to do your bit to support the local area. Speaking of giving back, the lovely Becki has a fab bundle to give away to one lucky baby! Includes two organic bibs, crochet toadstool and fair trade wooden snail jigsaw. All you need to do is enter via this widget and visit Mia Bambina on facebook! For extra entries in the “hat”, follow the other instructions too.

We use rafflecopter for giveaways at Bingley Mums – because it’s a really fair way to do giveaways and keeps everything legal and above board. However some people have struggled to enter – you will need to click on “log in” when you see the widget and then sign into your facebook account. Ends 12AM 24th October 2015. Terms and conditions are available on the widget.

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Mia Bambina – Organic and Fairtrade Baby!

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Here’s a local success story for you!
Local Mum Becki set up Mia Bambina after the birth of her first child Mia back in 2006 (?). Like a lot of little ones, Mia developed eczema and Becki found that some creams and washing products were making the problem worse. Becki also found that the clothes Mia was wearing were possibly adding to the problem as it turns out that a lot of clothes contain toxins that are present even in baby wear!  This shocked Becki enough to immediately change how she shopped for Mia, and that organic cotton was the way forward for them, however back then there were limited options. After a lot of shopping around and realising there was hardly anything out there, Becki decided to begin her own organic and fairtrade clothes and toys website, where people can buy safe and ethically sourced products  and learn about the advantages of going organic – so Mia Bambina was born.
Becki says, “Mia Bambina is now an established business that I continue to learn from as I do my research into organic and fair trade. We have recently started our own range of organic cotton bandana bibs which I designed myself  – these are great for mopping up baby’s dribble, safe in the knowledge that no harmful chemicals have been used in manufacture.  We have a fantastic range of organic cotton babygrows and playsuits along with some gorgeous soft cuddly toys and rattles made from 100% organic cotton. Our funky wooden toys include a fabulous selection from Lanka Kade, their brightly coloured wooden baby toys and jigsaws aregreat for your baby’s developing brain.”

Bingley Mums is pleased to say that Mia Bambina has been added to our growing list of sponsors and we are pleased to be working alongside someone as passionate about her business as Becki.

Please visit www.miabambina.co.uk to see what Becki has to offer and help support local businesses. Becki loves providing excellent customer service so if you have any questions please contact her on becki@miabambina.co.uk.
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