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Autumn 20

Pizza Plans

We’re taking advantage of the good forecast for mid September and firing up the oven on Friday 18th.

We’ll be operating on a first come, first served basis and we’ll have enough dough to keep the oven busy for two hours*.

There will be a few well-spaced tables on the terrace – but given SD guidelines, why not bring a picnic blanket or a few deckchairs and avail yourself of the real riverbank?

To keep things simple, we’ll have four pizzas to choose from. Just fill in order form, hand it to us and we’ll text you as soon as everything is ready.

*We’ve never run out before – but we have come close!

The Cafes are Open

We were super-proud to be included in this thoughtful scheme which supports independent cafes, the Brownlee Foundation and the health and wellbeing of participants! This challenge was the brainchild of Jonny Brownlee, who missed his cafe stops during lockdown and was keen to support this hard-hit sector as lockdown eased and cafes began to reopen. Basically, you pay to enter (proceeds to the Foundation that brings sport/triathlon to children), cycle the Dales and eat cake. Really, what’s not to like? Full details at

A massive thank you to Jonny and Alistair Brownlee and EVERYONE who has supported Riverbank and all other independent cafes and shops in this difficult year.

Rachel in front of plaque with Yorkshire Tea

Winter 2020

Who knows what’s in store?

Every day since we reopened in July, we have changed and tweaked things; trying to create a safe, comfortable space for our team and customers. Thankfully we are surrounded by acres of beautiful space, and now that the CRAZY summer post-lockdown frenzy has abated, it seems Burnsall is a good option for people looking for something to do.

Over winter we plan to open as usual* (Thursday-Sunday 9-3) – our inside space will also be open, but so will all doors and windows. As soon as it cools down, we’ll have the fire cranked up and we need one person from each group to follow the contact tracing protocol, which seems to be working fine.

*If this changes, I’ll update Instagram, tripadvisor, facebook and google. In any event I’m always delighted when people get in touch and you can contact me on 07711 530 156 or email to check.

A quick update on Mum and Dennis

Back in June I wrote a blog post about the horrors of 2020, which began in the wettest February on record and 3 consecutive weekends of flooding in Burnsall. This seemed bad until Dennis keeled over and, with impeccable timing, received the unbelievably exceptional attention of our NHS, just before they were diverted by a global pandemic.

Well Dennis got better, he beat all the odds and in August, he and mum were married and although I could cry every time I remember that I haven’t hugged my own mum for months, I’m bursting with happiness that she, and we all, have Dennis back and they are now Mr and Mrs Lee.

Mum and Dennis as the new Mr and Mrs Lee

After the wedding in August 2020

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