Early morning we headed for North Yorkshire, the sun still beaming down and illuminating our way into a beautiful part of the country. We passed the angel of the North standing proud ploughed fields and glistening lakes on our way to meet Glass artists Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones. They create visually stunning handmade glass collectors pieces in the picturesque town of Rosedale Abbey, North Yorkshire. Their studio is set in a converted barn and they’ve been producing glass blown pieces in the a traditional way for over 20 years, we were lucky enough to see the methodical process for ourselves which is an art-form in itself. Their decorative glass work has received global recognition and can be found in both public and private collections worldwide and it is easy to see why, the stunning colours and delicate designs make each piece a unique piece of art.
After our morning visit we were excited to meet the Rounton’s Coffee Roasters. The sat nav took us past the building down a country lane but with the windows open we were soon hit with the smell of fresh coffee, we knew we were in the right place. A quick U-Turn, we followed our noses to the second barn dwelling of the day. The place was full of character, exposed beams handmade wooden furniture, hessian coffee sacks and of course lots of shiny coffee equipment. David and Tracy, owners of Rounton Coffee had set up a cupping tasting session guiding us through the subtleties of their blends which are so apparent when you pay attention to the flavours. Their knowledge and passion for coffee comes through in abundance and their belief in creating a sustainable business increasing the supply chain with coffee farmers abroad is brilliant to hear.
The day was finished with a few beers in the pub garden round the corner where we pitched the tent for the night and sampled some of the draft delights.