North Yorkshire ReportsCounty Review by M E Goddard on June 27th, 2007
Vennell's Restaurant, Masham I have travelled very widely in Europe, American and Australasia and have dined in many fine restaurants. This restaurant is superb. If it was in London it would be booked solid for weeks. The food is the best I have ever come across. The pannacotta desert is a world beater. M E Goddard
Review of Ampleforth by Sue Frank on February 21st, 2011
We were coming to a wedding at Ampleforth Abbey and wanted somewhere to stay local. About 2 miles down the road we found Carr House Farm which is between Ampleforth and Wass. We were very satisfied with the rooms and service we received and thought you may like to know about it. It was clean ,friendly and the breakfast was very good . We had time to take one of their dogs for a walk and we enjoyed this very much.We would certainly go again and will tell our friends about this place. Their website is www.carrhousefarm.co.uk.
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Review of Askrigg by margie wood on February 12th, 2011
I love this village, stayed at Catleap, thweate Holme in farm cottsge, loved the Thwseats and their hospitality, this was years ago, Pauline and Maureen sisters owened the B&B on their farm. Hope they are still there, It was a lovely place to spend the summer, clean lots of room, very private. central to the Dales. Wish I could go back there. Margie Wood
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Review of Carnforth by ray on October 9th, 2007
Carnforth has the advantage of being the gateway to the South Lakes,situated adjacent to the Yorkshire Dales and being on the northern edge of Morecambe Bay. Carnforths location is advantageous for those who love the country side,stunning views, walking (including cross bay walks with the famous Cedric Robinson),the Pennines,Silverdale and many other local beauty spots.There is of course the nature reserve at Leighton Moss where thousands of birds stop off for food and rest.Morecambe Bay also attracts many visitors od the 'twitching' variety who also enjoy the spectacle of birds feeding on the mud flats. Carnforth also boasts the railway museum where trips on steam trains can be had. The canal which runs thru Carnforth has some of the most spectacular views to be seen anywhere of the Bay and Lake district mountains(especially when the sun dips and the sky turns orange, pink and red. The sunsets are truly splendid and are a must for any visitor. There are a plethora of eating and drinking places offering the very best of local cuisine. Carnforth is well worth more than a short visit.It has a great deal for the visitor to discover.
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Egton Bridge, North Yorkshire
Review of Egton Bridge by John & Sue.Wigan on July 9th, 2009
We visited The Horse Shoe Hotel,Egton Bridge in July 09.For location,hospitality and good food,this is North Yorkshire's best kept secret.
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Review of Filey by Joan on August 7th, 2009
if you like Indian food then Filey Tandoori is a must, it has no license so take your own booze, Filey has something for everyone and the children will love the rock pools down at cobble landing. going back again soon
Review of Filey by Andy Stork on June 27th, 2008
Filey is the perfect place for family holidays with a diversity of shops, cafes, resturants, pubs, the best fish & chips in Yorkshire,miles of clean open sandy beach perfect for that summer dip in the sea, and cliff walks and just a few miles from the Yorkshire wolds, Dales & moors. So what are you waiting for? Come and see us this summer.
Review of Filey by leanne on April 22nd, 2008
i am getting married on the 11th june and i am going to primrose vally after befor i go on my honeymoon as i love this place kids old young you will love it something for everyone to do and just a short drive to bridlington
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Review of Grassington by stewart odgers on September 26th, 2007
Hi I was born in skipton but lived in grassington until 1960 we moved to blackburn.moved to ozzie in 67 i came over in 77 stayed in blackburn spent a lot of time in grassington.My dad skim odgers loved the pub along with mates jack mulldoon.brothewr george & mary the parkers i i recall i spent new yrs eve there in 77 good beer good friends the recognised me as skims boy love grassington dad is still prodding alon 79 this year i believe the chaney family still run it or was it rita?? i hope to get back soon with family hopefully to be cheeky do you have any memrobillia i am builing a bar and want to decorate it cheers stewart odgers
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Review of Harrogate by vikki hayes on April 7th, 2010
Harrogate was not as nice as I imagined. Hearing how clean and colourful it is was completely the opposite to what I saw when I visited for a weekend to a friend's. It wasn't as clean, bright and colourful, and the shops were not any different to most other large towns. York and Ilkley have a Betty's tea room so the tea room in Harrogate is just another. I was also shocked at the condition and drabness of the houses and buildings surrounding the actual town. Quite a mess to be honest. There's also it's fair share of council areas and litter on streets. I also found some people not very friendly and gave the impression of cliquishness. A lot don't smile neither. Harrogate was supposed to be fairly up market but I'm sorry to say I have seen up market places and Harrogate is far from it. The traffic was also a big shock to see so much. First and last visit for me.
Review of Harrogate by Francis P Pumford on May 27th, 2009
Just come back from a week in a motorhome on the Harrogate Showground.A town that I really liked,retained the character & pleasant streets,buildings & shops that a lot of other towns have foolishly lost.The frequent showers of last week didn't dampen the pleasure we had.Using the excellent bus services from the local bus station,we visited other close by towns through the beautiful countryside,travelling through picturesque villages.The only chrititism I would have is a town with CITY priced beer.
Review of Harrogate by vince cooper on November 17th, 2008
Harrogate. A wonderful place to visit both for shops and scenery. Strongly recommend a short stay at Nidd hall..... fantastic.
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Review of Hovingham by Gary Edgar on April 28th, 2009
Hovingham is a beautiful location for a UK break with its scenic walks and cycling routes. There is a bakery/tea rooms, general store and an ethical store/web cafe. In fact McConnell Thomas was recently 9th in the Independent's Top 50 delis in the UK. Hovingham Hall also opens to the public and attracts people from across the country.
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Hutton Rudby, North Yorkshire
Review of Hutton Rudby by pauline rovardi on March 28th, 2009
The Bay Horse at HuttonRugdby is a fantastic place to eat Matthew the owner chef is passionate about food and everything on the menu is cooked to perfection .I would strongly reccomend the steak sandwhich with proper homemade chips which is served at lunchtime its to die for!!!!
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Review of Kirkbymoorside by Ann Freedman on August 22nd, 2007
Attractive and spacious room with good attention to detail. Very peaceful. Only shame was that breakfast had to be taken at 8.30 on the dot (in the conservatory) so, if we wanted breakfast, we couldn't enjoy a relaxing lie in. More flexibility from the owner would have been appreciated.
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Review of Knaresborough by Dean Jones on June 7th, 2006
Knaresborough has arguable the most photographed railway viaduct in the country. It's a pictureresque village/small town set on the top of a hill just outside Harrogate. A visit to Harrogate should definitely culminate in a trip to Knaresborough. Select a nice sunny day and you are guaranteed a very pleasant day out. The river Nidd runs through the village and set up on the hill side is the remains of a castle. The view from here is stunning. There are a number of activities to enjoy in Knaresborough including afternoon tea, boating on the river and a trip to Mother Shipton's Cave.
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Review of Leyburn by Chris on May 28th, 2007
visited Bolton Castle last week (Wednesday) I am afraid this ancient monument is very unloved, In their defence it was very early in the season but the castle was empty very most room where empty with nothing but a room in need of care and attention. This castle is privately owned and it seems to me that they are desprately in need of financial input, it is a big shame. Hope to see it in better condition next time.
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Review of Malton by Denis Shaw on October 22nd, 2009
We as a group of about 20 belonging to the British Nuclear Test Veterans Association have had an annual meal at the Middleton Arms Hotel in North Grimston Malton North Yorkshire and I can only say that the food and treatment we receive has always been excellent and would reccomend it to anybody.
Review of Malton by joseph vinson on March 5th, 2009
it is the best
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Review of Masham by Jackie Danby on October 18th, 2008
We love Masham it is a very quaint yorkshire village. We have our caravan on a site at West Tanfield near Ripon, Sleningford Watermill for 6 months of the year and feel it is our second home. We are often to be found in the border tea rooms in masham on a wednesday lunch time having a brunch before we have to set off back to home and work. I tried to call into the information centre last week although it was a Thursday and did'nt realise you were closed. I wanted some information on the Christmas fair in December as we usually make a trip up to Masham before Christmas to get homemade chocs and visit the wonderful delicatesan there for fancy little pressys. I wonder if you could possible send me details by e-mail of when the xmas fair's are taking place. Thanks from a lover of you village.
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North Stainley, North Yorkshire
Review of North Stainley by jim griffin on September 27th, 2006
pretty, compact,clean...excellent shop, friendly staff..j
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Review of Pickering by Lisa on July 25th, 2011
Pickering is great destination, just on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors it makes a great base for exploring this beautiful National Park as well as the Coast with clean beaches, many having a blue flag. From Pickering you can catch the North Yorkshire Moors Railway which snakes up through the moors stopping at Grosmont and Goathland where Heartbeat the TV series was filmed.
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Review of Ripon by Chris on May 28th, 2007
visited Fountains abbey and water garden last week (Thursday) outstanding could not fault this place, it is amazing extremely well looked after and well worth the money. Can not wait to see it again.
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Review of Scarborough by stuart hartley on August 29th, 2011
if you want a good meal, you cant go past the highlander hotel on the cliffs above the harbour. good music of the soul and jazz variety has no greater champion and historian and collector than the local dj alan parry look him up.
Review of Scarborough by chris on July 7th, 2009
what a wonderful coast.good shopping within a comfortable distance.quirky market in the old town with an hidden gem underneath.fantastic working artists & people making all sorts of wonderful things.well worth a visit.
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Review of Skipton by maralyn on June 19th, 2009
Abbotts Harbour - the best home cooked food around. Top quality food. Ample portions and good selection of choice. A warm welcome from the staff, and many original quirky features of times gone by. Served in comfortable farmhouse style. Well recommended.
Review of Skipton by Mrs. Christine Roberts on September 15th, 2007
I always loved going to Skipton with my mother when I was a little girl and I have many fond memories of shopping at the market in Skipton. I especially remember a store which every Easter sold delicious chocolate eggs which were beautifully decorated with icing. A great treat for myself and my brother. The years were l950 to 1953 and we lived in Earby. In 1953 we immigrated to Canada. In August of 2007 my brother and I visited Earby after a absence of 54 years. We couldn't wait to visit Skipton and we were not disappointed as very little has changed over the years and the village was as quaint as we remembered. My cousin (Susan and Roy Veevers from Earby) who we stayed with bought us pork pies from a little meat shop near the market and they were the best pies we have ever tasted. Very impressed to see the Leeds and Liverpool Canal boat cruises - although we didn't have time to go on the boats. We bought England T-Shirts from a stall in the market and ended up having tea in a lovely little restaurant. Skipton is absolutely beautiful and if I ever have the opportunity to come back to England - Skipton will be on my have to visit list. Canada is a beautiful country but they don't have your Yorkshire Dales. Kindest regards.
Review of Skipton by Matthew Brannan on March 5th, 2007
This is simply to let everyone know of a fantastic little restaurant/cafe on the Canal side in East Marton. Abbots Harbour is a rustic old farm type building and the restaurant is situated in a converted cow shed which has wooden beams and uneven floors-now the best bit.... the food is cooked to order, so get a drink and sit back taking in the atmosphere or take time to talk to the many visitors who are usually seasoned campaigners to the food and return like migrating swans.(watch out for the pair who live on the canal. The Sunday roast is a four course affair with a choice of harty soups to start the session off followed by beef that simply falls off your fork and can be eaten with a spoon! then there are the 4 main vegatables, enough for four people and there is only two of us. Well if you can squeeze anymore in there is the old favorites of apple pie and custard made with milk and not the instant stuff you get everywhere else or home made chocolate cake with cream or ice cream if you don't like these there are several other gut busting puddings!!!. To finish you are served a fresh pot of tea which again feeds 4 so one gallon of tea later you need to visit the Monks or Nuns small room! The bill comes to £25 which might be a little exspensive if you are on a tight budget but as a treat once a month or when you can afford it go allong and give the place a go. If you don't think the food is any good let me know and I will give you the money back! Or at least visit you if your pschiatrist allows it.
Review of Skipton by Frank on July 14th, 2006
The church of the Holy Trinity is a special place to spend a quiet moment to reflect. Its splendid architecture is a marvellous sight to see, and I never tire of its splendour.
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Review of Staithes by sharon on May 7th, 2009
Staithes is an attractive seaside village nestling at the foot of a raggedy edged cliff, on the eastern side of Yorkshire. It dates far back into history with a strong maritime legacy, the harbour once saw hundreds of fishing boats, and smugglers, although today's visitors are tourists, and artists enjoying the stunning location. There is a hotch potch of red roofed, whitewashed cottages lining the cobbled roads, and an eclectic smattering of shops, art galleries and antique shops, cafes, pubs, and restaurants offering a warm welcome. There is also a chance to see the house that was Captain Cook's home when he worked in the village as a grocer's apprentice before joining the Navy. The charming scene of colourful boats moored in Staithes Beck which courses through the village is hard to beat, and has often inspired writers and poets. As are the winding narrow alley ways with attractive houses and cottages radiating from the High Street which runs from the top of the hill to the harbour. Rarely the fresh feel of sea breezes and the sound of many seabirds can be beaten, unless it's a stroll along the pathway at the harbours edge, or the stunning countryside close by.
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Review of Sutton-on-the-Forest by Nicky Seymour on March 11th, 2007
I grew up in Sutton over 40 years ago and remember it with great affection. I've just got home from a four day break in York and of course spent an afternoon in my favourite village. It has been 25 years since I was there last and, apart from a couple of new properties on Main Street and the school having been extended, nothing has changed. I wanted to knock on doors and say "Hello, I'm back!" But it was all so peaceful I just quietly left with my memories.
Review of Sutton-on-the-Forest by Julia Smart on October 2nd, 2006
wonderful little village! we stayed at the Blackwell Ox Inn as we couldn't find any decent accomadation in York. We warmed to the idea of using Sutton on the Forest as our base for our weekend in York, so much so in fact that we never left the village! Two wonderful little pubs in one village; the Rose & Crown which had a decent seafood menu and lovely surroundings, but the jewel of the village has to be the pub where we stayed, the Blackwell Ox. Wonderful food & lovely staff, and the accomadation was an unexpected treat for a countryside pub. Sutton park was a delight and had an excellent tea room. we shall certainly return here, and maybe pop into York next time!
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Review of Thirsk by lucy kent on October 5th, 2009
I HAVE BEEN TO THIRSK AND I THINK THAT IT IS BRILLIANT. I THINK THE WORLD OF JAMES HERRIOT IS FANTASTIC, I HAVE LEARNED A GREAT DEAL, I AM DEFFINATLEY COMING HERE AGAIN!!!
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Review of Tollerton by Ian Jackson on April 10th, 2007
Each year Tollerton has a Horticultural Show on the village playing fields which provides great entertainment for both adults and children. This year there will also be an Open Gardens & Artsfest on Sunday June 3rd. Details of all events can be found at www.tollerton.net.
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West Burton, North Yorkshire
Review of West Burton by John Cuthbert on April 14th, 2010
Stopped at the Fox and Hounds for a lunchtime drink and something to eat onApril 13 th 2010 after 50 years of cycling and driving past the village. A lovely situation and a smashing, friendly pub. The food was excellent and was exactly what it said it was, no pretentions, with some of the best chips I've had in an 'eatery' for a long time. To be recommended to anyone as first class value for money. The beer wasn't bad either!
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Review of Whitby by Jess on April 20th, 2011
With it's long sandy beaches, fossil filled cliffs, national park moorland, ancient monuments, beautiful hills and valleys, and all steeped in history, everywhere, Whitby makes an ideal family holiday destination. There's something for everyone. Good surfing, and bathing in the sea at Whitby, Sandsend and Staithes. Some nice sandstone outcrops offer reasonable rock climbing. A disused railway and nearby national forest offer excellent locations for cycling, mountain biking, and orienteering. Excellent fishing is available in the sea and rivers. Walking and hiking to all of these venues is also highly recommended and for the more sedate traveler, the entire area is wonderful to drive around, with fantastic views round most bends of most roads. For the younger visitor Whitby offers excellent night-life with many outstanding and very popular pubs. If you're a bit of a food lover, then Whitby has many establishments that will appeal to your palette, serving food from your classic traditionally smoked kipper and fish and chips, to fantastic five star cuisine. During the summer there are many exciting events which will be of interest to the family with young children. The "Whitby Regatta", for example, offers three days of amusements, parades, fairground rides and even the red arrows. Whatever the weather, whatever the season, there's always something to see or do
Review of Whitby by Jess on April 20th, 2011
The impressive ruins of Whitby Abbey have breathtaking panoramic views of the town of Whitby and the surrounding coastline. From Whitby Harbour the abbey can be reached on foot via the 199 Abbey Steps up the East Cliff, and through the church yard of St Mary's Church. Alternatively a well signposted road leads from the towns outskirts to the clifftop location. There is chargeable parking close to the abbey grounds. Near the abbey ruins are the remains of the Cholmley family mansion, built after Henry VIII supresssion of the abbey. The impressive classical facade now houses an award winning visitor's centre. The centre displays fascinating finds from Anglo-saxon, medieval and the Cholmley periods. There are many interactive activites and an audio tour of the abbey grounds. Courtesy of
Review of Whitby by phil on August 7th, 2007
one word MAGIC
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