PLEASURE PRINCIPLES Your best Yorkshire life TV regular Dr Amir Khan, a Bradford GP and lecturer at Leeds School of Medicine and University of Bradford, has just published his book, The Doctor Will See You Now Something in Yorkshire that makes you smile It has to be the people. I have friends visit from all around the country and when we go out for runs or walks they are genuinely surprised when Yorkshire folk say ‘hello’ to us. They always ask if I know them, to which the answer is ‘no, they’re just friendly Yorkshire folk’. A place you love to eat My absolute favourite is Prashad in Drighlington. I have grown up on Indian food and often turn my nose up at Indian restaurants as it is hard to beat Mama Khan’s home cooked delights. But the food there is divine, all about flavour rather than spice. To take friends Harlow Carr in Harrogate. It has everything: a Bettys café for a gorgeous lunch, then a walk around the RHS gardens with plenty of things to do for the kids and then the perfect finish: a lovely little shop that sells books and plants, two of my favourite things. and conservation enthusiast and often work with the RSPB and Wildlife Trusts. Seeing the rich diversity of seabirds there is breathtaking, nothing beats the joy of watching the puffins return to the cliffs with beakfulls of fish! It can get a bit smelly, but it is worth it! there are beautiful swifts darting around throughout spring and summer and the views from the top are stunning. ABOVE: Dr Amir Khan often speaks on television about medicine and the NHS A childhood memory Packing up the car and going to Filey every time we had a sunny weekend. My mum insisted we get fish and chips and eat them sat on a blanket on the beach and then she used to wash the ketchup off our hands in the sea. I’m never happier than when I am watching the Red Kites soar above my garden. I am lucky enough to live by Harewood House where they have a successful red kite breeding programme. We get lots of them gliding by every day in search of a meal. It is wonderful to see such big birds of prey whilst looking out of your kitchen window. A place for indulgence La Bottega Milanese on the Headrow in Leeds. It does the best Italian pastries accompanied by gorgeous coffee. I often stop there on my way to work and buy pastries for the staff at the surgery – we are all big fans. A cultural go-to The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds is an absolute gem, The art and sculptures there really do resonate with me. As a man of science and medicine, it is a lovely break from the norm to immerse myself in art, It is especially handy as it is on my doorstep. Three words that sum up your best Yorkshire life… A Yorkshire view that inspires Stunning views everywhere. N It has got to be Malham Cove – I am lucky enough to have seen the peregrine falcons that live there. But even if you don’t see them, Dr Amir joins Yorkshire Life as a regular columnist from next month Inspiration outdoors Bempton Cliffs: I am a wildlife Yorkshire Life: October 2020 15
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