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Our Favourite Things

A section in which we will tell you about our favourite experiences and activities, everything from restaurants and cafes to days out and walks -whatever we have enjoyed.

Willowgate Bistro in Pickering is new and getting rave reviews-it is small with a short menu but always good-it is not fine dining but a great addition to the town

We are spending more time in York and it really is an amazing city with so many hidden gems and some really good eating.

The wall paintings in Pickering Parish Church have to be seen to be believed

Bempton Cliffs especially when puffins and gannets are in. Combine with a visit to Filey for a walk to the end of the Brig

Still like to visit Leoni’s in Malton for coffee-Simon has won numerous barista awards and ,like us, uses Cooper’s coffee-another fantastic Yorkshire company.

We love Francis Tea Rooms in South Street Scarborough-up on the South Cliff behind the Crown Spa Hotel. It is an old barbers and has little screened booths for just a couple of tables each-the food is homemade and very very good with proper tea room service. We usually combine it with a visit to the South Street Gallery directly opposite where much of the artwork in 17 Burgate comes from.

Another favourite trip out is to poke about the Old Town in Bridlington-good art galleries and some very interesting shops. The whole place has a bohemian feel to it and upgrading of properties is slowly taking place. Good walk along the coast from the north of Bridlington up to Sewerby Park and beyond. Get the tides right and you can walk right back along the beach into Bridlington itself.

We enjoy Spice4U in Pickering but it can be very busy and noisy. Food also good at Noyen.

In recent times have had good pizza and pasta at Florios in both Malton and Scarborough.

Anvil at Sawdon still our favourite gastropub and it had a fab review recently in Yorkshire Post

Lunch at the Ox Pasture Hotel near Scarborough was very enjoyable ,also a really good G and T and seafood at the Moon and Sixpence in Whitby

We often call in on Chrissy at the Workshop in Ebberston to catch up on the range of craft courses in painting,furniture,upholstery,sewing and soft furnishings,art,pottery and willow weaving

Like Tea and Thyme in Bridlington for a cuppa and salad

Lucia’s in York for cocktails and people watching under the heaters and wrapped on a blanket

The Sun in Pickering is an excellent pub for a good ale and a slice of Pickering company. They also do live music in their garden on a regular basis. In fact the live music scene in Pickering is another well kept secret-something on most weekends and standard is good

Lovely walk from Thornton-Le -Dale up into Dalby Forest-paths around the forest are really well marked now.

We are doing more walking further north on the coast-Sandsend and the Cleveland Way. Had a fantastic hot chocolate in Saltburn last Sunday-wrapped in a blanket on a crisp autumn day

Beverley is a good day out-very pleasant drive over the Wolds -and has proper shopping with coffee houses and eateries. Spoil yourselves with a visit to the Pipe and Glass at South Dalton on your way there/back-Michelin Star but great also for a beer and glass of wine. The Wolds now pushing Hockney -his recent paintings are wonderful.

The Bay Horse in Pickering is in new hands and the pub/restaurant food is a good addition to the food offer in town