Useful info and links
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Free parking is available on Frederick Street and most other locations throughout Barlick, including the town centre car parks. It's best to arrive at Pickles Cottage before 17:30 as there are usually plenty of spaces then.
The nearest grocery store is Singh's Convenience Store just around the corner in the parade on Gisburn Road. Leave the cottage, go downhill on Frederick street, turn left, then right at the bottom onto Gisburn Road - and you'll find the parade. Singh's isn't cheap but is convenient for a few basics. The usually have nice samosas in a box on the counter.
Aldi is on Crownest Road, just off Skipton Road on the way out of town. Just in the shadow of the mill chimney (which could be demolished at any time). Open 08:00-2200 Mon-Sat, 10:00-16:00 Sun. Opposite Aldi is a Spar attached to a petrol station. You'll find a Co-op supermarket on Rainhall Road in the centre of town, just next to the car park. You can buy logs in Aldi in winter for a reasonable price. There's a larger Aldi right opposite a Lidl store in Colne, on North Valley Road.
Barlick is said to be host to the highest density of independent shops in England. Have a wander around the town centre and you'll quickly see why. here are a few pointers
Artisan (formerly Liddells) Bakery on the Town Square bakes excellent bread including its own sourdough, corn bread and chia bread certain days of the week.
Browns Butchers on the parade on Gisburn Road. . They also sell some deli items and not very good bread. Better to go to Liddell for bread. Hirst Butchers (11 Newtown, near the square) makes lovely sausages. However, if you want fantastic sausages and delicious hot meat pies, go to Stanforth's Butchers, Mill Bridge, Skipton just near the Castle
Fruit and veggies
Chaudhury's Continental Store on the square sells a good range of fruit and vegetables which are usually very fresh. He also sells herbs, spices, milk and various other grocery items.
There's a small laundromat (coin-op) at the far end of the parade
The Fountain Inn on Church Street does reasonable food at okay prices but gets busy weekends. It's a nice pub though with friendly staff. Changed management in October 2019 so menu now different; apparently no longer as good
There's an array of take-aways in town, comprising all the usual suspects (fish and chips, curries, kebabs, pizza etc) and a number of cafés clustered around the square. Close to the square on Newtown, just up from the butcher's is Café Julia, a charming little establishment bedecked with flowers.
If you fancy a good breakfast, the Esse Stove Factory on Long Ing Lane by the canal doesn an excellent full English along with many other food options. It's also a display room for their stoves, which they have going during the winter, so it really is cosy.
If you head out of town towards Skipton, shortly before you arrive at the A59 roundabout, you approach the hamlet of Elslack. Just on the right is a large pub and hotel called the Tempest Arms. We've eaten there and like it, though it's not a cheap option. Continuing on to he A59, you'll soon see Broughton Hall on the right and almost immediately the Bull Inn. The Bull serves good quality food and both pubs serve excellent beers.
If you crave a McDonald's, you'll find the golden arches on North Valley Road, Colne next door to KFC. Both have a Drive-Thru. McDonald's is open 24 hours but KFC shuts at 22:00.
Food options multiply greatly when you arrive in Skipton, reflecting its importance as the Gateway to the Dales.