Christmas Cocktails

Posted on December 2nd, 2018

Christmas is almost upon us, our social calendars are filling up and many a night out is being organised. However, just as much fun can be had in your own home; how about making your own cocktails? You could organise a cocktail evening with friends, with everyone bringing a different spirit along – much cheaper than a night out drinking cocktails! Or you could just make Christmas dinner that little bit extra special and serve a fancy cocktail for the family, and mocktails for the kids of course so everyone feels included!

Here’s some inspiration to get you started, or you could of course invent your own!
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Bucks Fizz

Simplicity itself – just combine 3 parts champagne to 1 part orange juice.


This is a well known classic associated with Christmas. Simply make from approximately 2 parts Advocaat to 3 parts lemonade with a squeeze of lime and mix. Add a couple of cocktail cherries for a final touch. Yummy!

Baileys Espresso Martini

Instead of the same old post Christmas dinner coffee, how about mixing 2 oz Baileys, ½ oz vodka and a shot of espresso coffee for a lovely coffee flavored cocktail. Serve in Martini glasses and for an added touch of sophistication, place a couple of coffee beans on top.

Strawberry Daiquiri

For a fruity cocktail, blend 4 strawberries, 2 tsp sugar, 1 ½ oz white rum, 1 tbsp strawberry liqueur and 1 oz lime juice. Serve in a Martini glass and add a fresh strawberry to garnish.


This one’s always a popular choice. Crush 6 fresh mint leaves with 2 tsp of sugar and 3 parts lime juice. Add 4 parts white rum and top up with soda water. Garnish with more fresh mint leaves.

Long Island Iced Tea

This is a great cocktail to make if you have a variety of spirits in the house. Mix 1 part vodka, 1 part tequila, 1 part rum, 1 part triple sec, 1 part gin, 1 ½ parts sweet and sour mix and a splash of cola.

Pina Colada

For a lovely creamy cocktail with a tropical twist, simply blend crushed ice, one part white rum, one part coconut milk and three parts pineapple juice.


Tis the season to be merry but remember to drink responsibly. Happy Christmas!

Pumpkin Recipes

Posted on October 31st, 2016

It may be Halloween, but pumpkins are for more than just carving spooky faces into; this often overlooked winter squash is a lovely nutritious ingredient which can be used in so many culinary delights. Pumpkins are in season October to December in the UK so now is the time to be making the most of them in lovely comforting dishes such as soups, stews and curries for those cold winter nights. There are numerous recipes and ideas for cooking or baking with pumpkin, here are just a couple to inspire you!

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

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1.5kg Pumpkin
Olive oil
1 Teaspoon dried chilli
1 Tablespoon coriander seeds
1 Large onion
3 Cloves garlic
1 Carrot
1 Stick of celery
1 Litre hot vegetable stock


1. Cut the pumpkin in half, remove the seeds and cut into wedges.
2. Place the wedges on two large baking trays and drizzle over a little olive oil.
3. Finely grind the chilli and coriander seeds with a pinch of salt and sprinkle over the pumpkin with some black pepper.
4. Roast in an oven preheated to 170C for 1 hour or until soft and slightly caramelised at the edges.
5. Roughly chop the onion, garlic, carrot and celery. Heat a lug of olive oil over a medium heat in a large saucepan, add the vegetables and cook for 15 minutes, or until soft and sweet but not coloured.6. When the pumpkin is ready, add to the pan with the hot stock. Blend and add more water if you like a thinner consistency.


Pumpkin Curry With Chickpeas

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1 tbsp Sunflower oil
3 tbsp Thai yellow curry paste, or vegetarian alternative
2 Onion finely chopped
3 Large stalks lemongrass, bashed with the back of a knife
6 Cardamom pod
1 tbsp Mustard seed
1 Piece pumpkin or a small squash (about 1kg)
250ml Vegetable stock
400ml Can reduced-fat coconut milk
400g Can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 Limes
Large handful mint leaves
Naan bread, to serve


1. Gently fry the curry paste, onions, lemongrass, cardamom and mustard seed in the oil for 2-3 mins.
2. Add the pumpkin into the pan, stir to coat in the paste.
3. Pour the stock and coconut milk into the pan and bring everything to a simmer.
4. Add the chickpeas and continue to cook for about 10 mins until the pumpkin is tender.
5. Squeeze the juice of one of the limes into the pan, cut the other lime into wedges for serving.
6. Just before serving, tear over mint leaves, serve with the lime wedges and warm naan breads.


Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

The seeds of the pumpkin are often discarded during preparation but these could be roasted for a nutritious snack. Rinse the seeds to remove any of the pumpkin flesh, coat in olive oil, spread over a baking tray and then bake until golden. Eat as they are or add to soups or salads.

Celebrity Restaurants UK

Posted on December 22nd, 2015

Have you always fancied visiting the restaurant of your favourite celebrity chef? There are several across the UK for you to choose from and visiting one of them on your self-catering cottage holiday would be a perfect treat.

Fork and Knife

Jamie Oliver

‘Jamie’s Italian’ serves authentic rustic Mediterranean food and has several restaurants up and down the UK in locations such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cambridge, Harrogate, York, Cardiff and many others.


Rick Stein

If you’re holidaying in Cornwall, pay a visit to one of Rick Stein’s eateries located here; The Seafood Restaurant, St Petroc’s Bistro, Rick Stein’s Cafe and Stein’s Fish & Chips.


Gordon Ramsey

Gordon Ramsey’s 14 UK based restaurants and bars are located in London and include Restaurant Gordon Ramsey, Savoy Grill, Maze, The Narrow and York & Albany.


James Martin

James Martin Manchester is set within the Manchester235 Casino; it serves a mix of British cuisine and features an a la carte menu which changes seasonally.


Heston Blumenthal

Well known for his scientific approach to food, Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant The Fat Duck is located in Bray, Berkshire. The restaurant has 3 Michelin stars and is certain to provide a unique dining experience.


Delia Smith

If you’re a fan of food and a fan of football you might find Norwich City’s Carrow Road the perfect place to visit. Try Delia’s bar and restaurant or the Yellow’s American style diner.


Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

The River Cottage Canteen & Deli in Axminster (Devon) offers a charming experience and fantastic choice of delicious dishes.


One of the many advantages to taking a self-catering in the UK is that you choose where and when you eat, so why not try out some celebrity cuisine on your next cottage holiday.

Chico’s Take Away, Skipton

Posted on November 21st, 2015

One of the perks of taking a self catering cottage break is that you can either cook for yourself or go out and enjoy a meal in a nice restaurant or buy a delicious take-away!
There are lots of take-aways to choose from and if you’re on holiday in the Skipton area then you might consider visiting Chico’s Take Away in Skipton.
Below is the full Chico’s menu to help you choose if this is the take-away for you.

Chico's Take Away, Skipton

Chico’s Take Away Menu

(V) Denotes Vegetarian

Pizza Menu

All pizzas are homemade, topped with special savoury tomato sauce, cheese and fresh ingredients.

1. Margherita Pizza – Cheese and Tomato. £3.40
2. Al Funghi Pizza (V) – Tomato, Cheese, Mushrooms, Herbs. £3.60
3. Prosciutto Pizza – Tomato, Cheese, Ham, Herbs. £3.80
3a. Ham and Pineapple Pizza – Cheese, Tomato, Ham, Pineapple, Herbs. £3.90
4. Salami Pizza – Cheese, Tomato, Salami, Herbs. £3.80
5. Garlic Sausage Pizza – Cheese, Tomato, Garlic Sausage, Onions, Herbs. £3.80
6. Pollo Pizza – Tomato, Cheese, Chicken, Fresh Tomatos, Herbs. £3.80
6a. Pollo Picante Pizza (HOT) – Tomato, Cheese, Chicken, Marinated Hot Sauces, Onions, Herbs. £4.10
7. Bolognese Pizza – Tomato, Cheese, Bolognese, Onions, Herbs. £3.80
8. Chilli Pizza – Tomato, Cheese, Chilli, Herbs. £3.80
9. Formaggi Pizza – Tomato, 4 Different Cheeses, Herbs. £3.80
10. Pepperoni Pizza – Tomato, Cheese, Peppers, Hot Pepperoni Sausage, Herbs. £4.00
11. Prosciutto Funghi Pizza – Tomato, Cheese, Ham, Mushrooms, Herbs. £3.80
12. Firenze Pizza (HOT) – Tomato, Cheese, Peppers, Pepperoni Sausage, Olives, Onions, Chilli Powder, Herbs. £4.00
13. Toscana Pizza – Tomato, Cheese, Mushrooms, Ham, Peppers, Onions, Herbs. £4.20
14. Quatro Stagioni Pizza – Tomato, Cheese, Mushrooms, Peppers, Salami, Shrimps, Herbs. £4.00
15. Marinara Pizza – Tomato, Cheese, Shrimps, Mussels, Cockles, Olives, Herbs. £4.00
16. Marzano Pizza (V) – Tomato, Cheese, Mushrooms, Fresh Tomatoes, Onions, Garlic Powder, Cheddar Cheese, Herbs. £3.70
17. Sicily Pizza (V) – Tomato, Cheese, Mushrooms, Onions, Olives, Herbs. £3.70
18. Chico’s Special Pizza – Chef’s Own Special Preparation. £4.20
19. Chico’s Meat Feast Pizza – Tomato, Cheese, Ham, Salami, Garlic Sausage, Pepperoni, Herbs. £4.20
20. Spicy Beef Pizza – Tomato, Cheese, Spicy Beef, Onions, Chilli Powder, Herbs. £3.80
21. Americana Pizza – Cheese, Tomato, Salami, Pepperoni, Onions, Green Peppers, Herbs. £4.00
22. Tuna Pizza – Tomato, Cheese, Tuna, Fresh Tomatoes, Herbs. £3.90
23. Pollo Funghi Pizza – Tomato, Cheese, Chicken, Mushrooms, Herbs. £3.90
24. BBQ Chicken Pizza – BBQ Sauce, Chicken, Onions, Herbs. £4.00
25. BBQ Pizza – Cheese, BBQ Sauce, Pepperoni, Salami, Onions, Pineapple, Herbs. £4.00
26. Crispy Bacon Pizza – Cheese, Tomato, Mushrooms, Bacon, Fresh Tomatoes, Herbs. £4.10
27. Doner Pizza – Tomato, Cheese, Doner, Onions, Herbs. £3.80
28. Napolitana Pizza – Tomato, Cheese, Tuna, Onions, Peppers, Herbs. £3.90
29. Create Your Own Pizza – With Up To Any Five Toppings. £4.30

Deep Pan Pizzas £1.20 Extra

Extra Pizza Toppings

Meat 60p
Veg 50p
Cheese 70p


Calzone Pizza Menu

30. Calzone Kebab – Folded Pizza, Kebab Meat, Chilli Sauce, Onions. £4.20
31. Calzone Kiev – Mozzarella, Mushrooms, Ham, Chicken, Garlic Sauce, Herbs. £4.20
32. Vegetarian Calzone (V) £4.00
33. Calzone – Folded Pizza, Ham, Salami, Garlic Sausage, Cheese, Mushrooms, Herbs. £4.20
33a. Calzone Picante (HOT) – Folded Pizza, Tomato, Cheese, Chicken, Marinated Hot Sauces, Spicy Beef, Mushrooms, Herbs. £4.20


Pasta Menu

34. Lasagne (Homemade) – Layers Of Spinach Pasta, Bolognese, Béchamel Sauce, Baked In The Oven, Topped With Cheese. £3.70
35. Spaghetti Bolognese – Spaghetti Pasta, Boglonese Sauce, Choice Of Parmesan Cheese. £3.70
36. Chilli Con Carne £3.70
37. Spare Ribs £3.70


Burger Menu

All burgers served in a seeded bun, lettuce, onion, fresh tomatoes and french fries.

38. Deluxe Burger – Quarter Pound £2.50, Half Pound £3.10
39. Cheese BurgerQuarter Pound £2.70, Half Pound £3.40
40. Chilli BurgerQuarter Pound £2.80, Half Pound £3.50
41. Bolognese BurgerQuarter Pound £2.80, Half Pound £3.50
42. 1000 Island BurgerQuarter Pound £2.70, Half Pound £3.50
43. Special Burger – 3 Different Cheeses, Tomato, Relish, Green Peppers, Salad – Quarter Pound £2.90, Half Pound £3.70
44. Five “O” BurgerQuarter Pound £2.80, Half Pound £3.60
45. Americano BurgerQuarter Pound £2.70, Half Pound £3.50
46. Coleslaw BurgerQuarter Pound £2.70, Half Pound £3.50
47. Chicken BurgerQuarter Pound £2.90, Half Pound £3.70
48. Veggie Burger (V) – Quarter Pound £2.60, Half Pound £3.30
Extra Burger Toppings 20p
Extra Cheese 40p


Other Dishes

49. Chicken Nuggets and Chips £3.10
50. Doner Kebab £3.60
51. Garlic Mushrooms (V) £2.20


Extras Menu

Garlic Bread £1.90
Cheese Garlic Bread £2.50
Tomato Garlic Bread £2.30
Side Salad £1.10
Coleslaw £1.00
Onion Rings £1.40
Fries £1.20
Chips ‘n’ Cheese £2.00
Chips ‘n’ Cheese ‘n’ Bacon £2.60
Selection Of Gateau £1.70
Soft Drinks 70p
Red Bull £1.50
Bottled Water 80p
Bottled Drinks £1.30


Dips Menu

Garlic Mayo 40p
Mayonnaise 40p
Mild Chilli Relish 40p
1000 Island 40p
BBQ 50p

# Cheese is a mixture of Cheese, Milk Protein, Vegetable Oil.

# Ham is Pork Shoulder.


Chico’s Take Away Opening Times

Sunday to Thursday 5PM till Midnight
Friday to Saturday 5PM till Late
Including Bank Holiday Weekends


Chico’s Take Away Contact Details

Telephone Number: 01756 799808
Address: 9 Sackville Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire.



Disclaimer: Remarkable Holidays Limited is not affiliated with Chico’s Take Away. This article does not constitute a recommendation and/or endorsement. This article is intended as a starting point for your further research in places to eat in Skipton. Details of this article were correct at the time of publication, 21st November 2015.

Don’t Waste Those Pumpkins

Posted on October 31st, 2015

With Halloween upon us, many of us around the country will be busying ourselves with carving pumpkins. While it can be satisfying producing what can often be described as a work of art from this vegetable, what isn’t so satisfying is throwing away all that lovely pumpkin flesh. Well rather than disposing of it while you get to work creating your masterpiece, why not use it to create a nutritious meal?
To get you started with ideas, how about a simple pumpkin soup? Warming and healthy, perfect for those chilly nights or after some trick or treating with the kids! If you’re on a self-catering holiday cottage break, this would be a lovely dish to return to after a brisk walk in the country air. Get the kids involved – this not only teaches them to be resourceful rather than wasteful but children love to eat something they have had a hand in preparing. Enjoy…and happy carving!

Follow the recipe below for a lovely Pumpkin soup….


  • 1kg/4oz pumpkin
  • 40g/1.5oz butter or margarine
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 900ml/1.5 pints vegetable stock
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 300m/1.5 pints milk
  • Salt and pepper



Remove the seeds of the pumpkin flesh and cut into small cubes. Melt the butter/margarine in a large saucepan. Add the onion, garlic and fry over a low heat until soft but not coloured. Add the pumpkin and toss with the onion for 2-3 minutes. Add the stock and bring to the boil over a medium heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper and add the ginger, lemon juice and bay leaves. Cover and simmer over a low heat for 20 minutes, until the pumpkin is tender. Discard the bay leaves and blend in a food processor until smooth or press though a strainer. Pour into a saucepan, add the milk and warm gently.