The Pig & Pastry on Bishopthorpe Road, York was established in 2008 by Julia and Steve Holding. It is a family run, neighbourhood café with a fun, buzzy atmosphere, full of delightful treats and named one of the “Best places to eat in York” by BBC Good Food magazine in 2017.

The menu includes breakfast, brunch, lunch, sandwiches, salads, daily specials, home baking and much more. They source local and seasonal ingredients where possible and use regular suppliers and producers from the Yorkshire region.

In 2015, they released a ‘The Pig & Pastry’ cookbook with the sole aim, to raise money for Candlelighters. It was so popular that it sold out in just 8 weeks, due to its popularity it was the reprinted in 2016.

All the profits from the book go directly to the charity and the Holding family have now raised over £20,000 to support families facing childhood cancer.  

The cookbook could not have been possible without the incredible efforts of Karen Turner (Award Winning Food Photographer), Alexandra Vintilla (Designer) and Justine Brooks (Editor). These amazing ladies gave their valuable time and skills for free and thanks to this, the charity receives every penny of the sale after the cost to the publisher.

Candlelighters are a charity close to Julia and Steve’s hearts, they said: “Candlelighters were a huge help to us whilst our little girl undertook radiotherapy at St. James Hospital and chemotherapy and other surgery at Leeds General Infirmary. So, we really appreciate every single copy of the book that is bought.”

Daughter, Ruby, with a copy of the book!

If you have not already got your copy of The Pig & Pastry cookbook please purchase one, it would make a lovely gift for a loved ones birthday or Christmas, and as well as being full of wonderful recipes, you will also be helping to support children with cancer and their families across Yorkshire.

We still have a few remaining copies of the cookbook available to buy, so don’t miss your chance to grab yours! The best place to get it is at The Pig & Pastry, 35 Bishopthorpe Road, York, YO23 1NA, where you can also sample their delightful tasty treats alternatively you can purchase it online at

Jen Aspinall, Community Fundraiser for Candlelighters said: “It was a pleasure to meet the Holding family and we are so grateful to them for the fantastic amount they have raised. Not only have they raised money from the cookbook but by their family and friends have gathered together taking part in fundraising such as runs, and bake sales to raise over £26,000 in total for Candlelighters.”

Steve and Ruby presenting Jen with the cheque!



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