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Bluebell Inn, Kettlewell

Bluebell-Inn-KettlewellBlasting through the Dales last night was exhilarating.  The sky was a clear azure blue and the fields a lush green, the boundary walls clearing marking the landscape with their cool limestone.  When weather is this good it makes me think there will be days and days and days like these and of the early promise of summer.

Turning the corner into Kettlewell we stumbled across this gem: the Bluebell Inn and thought to flag it up for anyone looking for a real food (Paleo) friendly menu and a great evening.

The menu was simple with a specials board: all home cooked, prices ranging from £5 upwards for a starter and between £10.95 and about £17 for a main.  We chose to share a starter: goat’s cheese with a delicate salad and a raspberry vinaigrette dressing.  The plate was dressed well, simple and colourful and the goat’s cheese was local, warmed, soft and melted, sharpened by a lick of the vinaigrette dressing.

Service was prompt, friendly and attentive but not intrusive.  We chose two main meals: chicken stuffed with chorizo sausage and wrapped in bacon and pork medallions with a honey and ginger sauce.  Both dishes were served with side dishes of thick roast potatoes new potatoes (neither of which are particularly beneficial and so we chose not to eat) however a vegetable selection was also on offer.  It is worth pausing here to say that upon delivery up of the veg we were urged to eat as much as we liked and to order more if required.  And we did! The vegetables were a soft orangey-coloured mashed swede, carrots, green leeks and bright purple cabbage: fresh cooked and you could tell this because the colours were so vibrant in the dish, made by someone who cared about the food they were serving.  The plates had been warmed, the meat was piping hot and stayed that way throughout the meal which meant every mouthful was warm and sustaining and complimented by the vegetables.  The flavoursome sauce of the pork was subtle with just a hint of ginger and honey. The chorizo and bacon was enough to compliment the chicken which was cooked through and served in a (no sugar we checked) tomato and onion sauce.

wharfe-at-kettlewellAfter the meal we wandered down to look at the stream that meanders through this popular holiday village.  Mike gave me his coat but  the sun was setting low in the sky and a chill was beginning to form in the night air.  We pulled the roof back on the car and drove off, pausing only once to let a gritter pass as we turned the corner for home.  This early Sunday morning the sun is up and bright again, it’s clear and cold (-3) but I think it;s going to a good one.

Do you know any paleo friendly eating places?  Tell us!  We’d love to hear from you and will make space to publish all submitted information so it’s available to all.

What is Paleo and How To Do It?

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Kate - Founder, owner & operator - Paleo Works.

What is paleo, or the caveman diet and how do you do it?

Let’s strip it back down to basics, pull up a chair and remind you.

Also known as a stone age diet, a paleolithic, evolutionary or dna diet, the pitch is simple: its about eating as our ancestors ate before the great agricultural revolution some 10,ooo years ago and thus no wheat, grains, legumes, sugar or vegetable oils, that is: no processed food!

Meals are based around meat, fish, saturated fat (from animals, avocados, nuts etc), green leafy vegetables, nuts, eggs, seeds and some low-sugar fruit mostly berries.  Meals are tasty because we eat fat: fat is not the enemy, fat is our friend just as it has been across hundreds of thousands of years of ancestral health.  And by fat we mean good saturated fat not man-made monstrosities like canola oil, hydrogenated fats or margarine.

Why no grains or processed food?  Because these products are making us fat.  Period.  Why are they making us fat?  Because we cannot digest them. We cannot metabolise them.  Our genetic blueprint has not evolved to process this food and the consequence is severely impacting our health.  Evolution is a slow process our dietary habits have revolutionised exponentially and while we have not changed genetically our diets are radically different  and so is our body shape, health and general wellbeing.  Can you see the link?

And it’s not just us is it.  See here the headline in today’s Daily Mail and read this shocking article: in the UK, doctors are medicating babies in the womb for obesity or read this article “Junk food gives you the blues” and begin to understand the link between so called “junk food and our mental health”.  Every day scientists are making new discoveries but even if you don’t understand the science and have no interest in the why, you must hanker for a solution?

Many of us get to the point where we are simply overwhelmed by our fat.  And give up.  Can you see it in your life?  Did you give up too?  We are not helped by the endless round of fad diets that tell us we can have our cake and eat it: weight watchers, slimming world, Atkins, lighter life – it’s not true.  But it does keep you coming back for more when you fall off the wagon and overeat.  Got you over a barrel see – no wonder we give up faced with such extraordinary odds against us, we simply don’t know any different.

What we require then is an approach, a gentle but radical approach that works: not a diet, not a manifesto: paleo works    Think of paleo as a life long journey of continual renewal with you in control.  That’s the difference.  Cut out the junk food and you are more than half way home.

Keep it simple, keep your food real.  Start changing things up, integrating good saturated fat into your diet (butter on your veg, fry meat in coconut oil, eat bacon with the fat on, enjoy tallow, dripping and lard as our forefathers did).  Keep away from processed food: and always remember that the worst combination..that is the combination most likely to put your fat on is sugar and fat (think buns, pies, buttery pastry, white bread, eclairs, cakes, batter mix, cookies) always remember that and you won’t go far wrong.

So, this diet and lifestyle approach is simply based on common sense.

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