Meet Christopher Jones, Front Hall Host at Bike & Boot Scarborough

At Bike & Boot, we’re experts in making a great first impression with a proper Yorkshire welcome.

In this Q&A, we’re speaking to Christopher Jones, our Front Hall Host. We discover his favourite parts of the job, secrets of the trade and of course, what dog breed he would be!

Tell us about yourself and the role, what do you enjoy the most?

I started back in July 2021, and have been with Bike and Boot for over a year now. I work as a Front Hall Host, aiming to give our guests a warm welcome and fond farewell, whilst looking after them every moment in between.

As for what I enjoy most, it’s hard to decide between seeing the smiles on happy guest’s faces, or seeing all the lovely dogs! As an animal fan, I can’t deny seeing so many dogs is a joy.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My day can vary from one to the next, but mainly involves looking after our guests. You’ll find me seeing off our departures, looking after residents or welcoming new arrivals. Like any job, there is some paperwork involved, but ultimately our guests are the focus of all we do here, night or day, rain or shine, we are here for them.

What’s the secret to giving a good first impression?

The warm welcome and smile, every time. You never know who is about to walk through the door, nor what kind of day they have had. It could be a young couple eager to explore, or a large family where mum and dad are eager for bed. Everyone has different needs and we always aim to deliver, but that warm welcome and smile are always a great start.

You were Santa Paws last year and you’ll be him again this year. What’s your favourite thing about being Santa Paws?

Dogs. Need I say more?
It is a fun experience. I get to do a bit of dress up and play with the dogs. Some are nervous, some are excited, and some are too old for this stuff. All are welcome and get a fussing over. The guests love seeing their fur babies being played with, we have a chat and enjoy a laugh so a good time is had by all.

Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of work?

Various interests enrich my time outside of work, but if I had to pick a first love, it would be my books. History, philosophy, sci-fi, fantasy, poetry. All the better when it is a beautifully made hardback. Nothing like a wet and windy day out, then home, wrap up warm in PJs and curl up with a good book. 

If you could be any dog, what breed would you be and why?

Labrador, big with a glossy coat, intelligent but dorky, and most of all friendly and loyal to a fault. With those big brown eyes which let them get away with every stolen bit of food they can swipe.

What are you most excited for on the new Bareca Christmas menu?

I don’t think I could choose just one item! We have classics like pigs in blankets, our roasties are excellent, and the Christmas specials have the Bareca’s unique twist on Christmas food. I think It would be easier to say what I’d skip – I know it is naughty of me, but I am sure someone else will enjoy the sprouts. 

To meet Chris as his alter ego, Santa Paws, snack at our Bareca between 12 pm and 2:30 pm on Sunday the 11th of December. Find out more about what’s going on at Christmas by clicking here.

Meet Christopher Jones, Front Hall Host at Bike & Boot Scarborough

At Bike & Boot, we’re experts in making a great first impression with a proper Yorkshire welcome.

In this Q&A, we’re speaking to Christopher Jones, our Front Hall Host. We discover his favourite parts of the job, secrets of the trade and of course, what dog breed he would be!

Tell us about yourself and the role, what do you enjoy the most?

I started back in July 2021, and have been with Bike and Boot for over a year now. I work as a Front Hall Host, aiming to give our guests a warm welcome and fond farewell, whilst looking after them every moment in between.

As for what I enjoy most, it’s hard to decide between seeing the smiles on happy guest’s faces, or seeing all the lovely dogs! As an animal fan, I can’t deny seeing so many dogs is a joy.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My day can vary from one to the next, but mainly involves looking after our guests. You’ll find me seeing off our departures, looking after residents or welcoming new arrivals. Like any job, there is some paperwork involved, but ultimately our guests are the focus of all we do here, night or day, rain or shine, we are here for them.

What’s the secret to giving a good first impression?

The warm welcome and smile, every time. You never know who is about to walk through the door, nor what kind of day they have had. It could be a young couple eager to explore, or a large family where mum and dad are eager for bed. Everyone has different needs and we always aim to deliver, but that warm welcome and smile are always a great start.

You were Santa Paws last year and you’ll be him again this year. What’s your favourite thing about being Santa Paws?

Dogs. Need I say more?
It is a fun experience. I get to do a bit of dress up and play with the dogs. Some are nervous, some are excited, and some are too old for this stuff. All are welcome and get a fussing over. The guests love seeing their fur babies being played with, we have a chat and enjoy a laugh so a good time is had by all.

Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of work?

Various interests enrich my time outside of work, but if I had to pick a first love, it would be my books. History, philosophy, sci-fi, fantasy, poetry. All the better when it is a beautifully made hardback. Nothing like a wet and windy day out, then home, wrap up warm in PJs and curl up with a good book. 

If you could be any dog, what breed would you be and why?

Labrador, big with a glossy coat, intelligent but dorky, and most of all friendly and loyal to a fault. With those big brown eyes which let them get away with every stolen bit of food they can swipe.

What are you most excited for on the new Bareca Christmas menu?

I don’t think I could choose just one item! We have classics like pigs in blankets, our roasties are excellent, and the Christmas specials have the Bareca’s unique twist on Christmas food. I think It would be easier to say what I’d skip – I know it is naughty of me, but I am sure someone else will enjoy the sprouts. 

To meet Chris as his alter ego, Santa Paws, snack at our Bareca between 12 pm and 2:30 pm on Sunday the 11th of December. Find out more about what’s going on at Christmas by clicking here.

Google searches for ‘dog-friendly hotels’ have increased by 450% in the past year! With more and more of you lovely lot looking to take your bestie on a holibob, there’s no wonder we’re a hit. In this blog, we’re showing you why pet-friendly hotels are the future.

Happy Holidays

Let’s be honest – how can you be sad when you’ve got an adorable, waggy pooch around you? Studies have shown that spending time with dogs actually increases your levels of the feel-good hormone oxytocin, and lowers the stress hormone, cortisol. Looking to make your break chilled out and cheerful? Bring your dog.

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Part of the Family

When dogs have so much love to give, we’ve just got to give it back! In fact, 98% of dog owners consider their pups to be part of the family. We don’t know who the other 2% are, but we don’t want them at our hotel – no thanks!

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Ditch the Kennels

It’ll set you back £15 per dog, per night, to bring your pooch along to our pet-friendly hotel. When you compare that to the whopping big kennel fees, you’re saving a fortune! You’d be silly not to bring your pup on holiday with you, and they’ll love all of the quality time.

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Out and About

Owning a dog means walking in all weathers, come rain or shine – which is a good thing in the UK! They’ll defo get you walking, running and ball-throwing, no matter the elements. At our hotel in Scarborough, we’ve got the beach on our doorstep and the Cinder Track a stone’s throw away – so you’ll always have a place to go.

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Poochy Experience

A holiday with your dog is one to remember, especially when you come to our hotel. Snap some adorable pics, take a long walk on the cliff-tops and paddle in the sea – there’s loads of memories to be made with your bestie. 

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When we say we’re pet-friendly, we mean it! Dogs can roam EVERYWHERE in our hotel (except our dog-free rooms), including our free Film Club, Bareca and the Retreat. We also have Wadobi facilities, where you can pamper your pooch in our dog-washing and grooming stations. Bliss!

Take your dog on the trip of their life and book a stay at our hotel in Scarborough. Book your stay today!

When it comes to dog walks in Scarborough, there’s lots more options than just the beaches! If you’re looking to avoid the sticky sand and salty sea, you can venture to one of our local parks and woods, or go further afield to the North York Moors and beyond.

In this blog, our dog-friendly hotel has listed the best local dog walks in Scarborough that avoid the beaches.

Peasholm Park

This park is great for those looking for a peaceful walk with their pooch. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome to trek around the vast lake, natural glen and little ponds. Just please don’t let your dog pee on the very pretty and very rare trees. And maybe don’t take your pooch on a dragon boat.

Raincliffe Woods

Just a couple of miles out of the town centre, Raincliffe Woods has three trails for you to follow with your pup: Rowntree, Graham and Wallis – you can bet we love these names! The Wallis route is the most strenuous, so might be best avoided if you have a small dog that loves to be carried. We’re looking at you, chihuahuas.

The Mere

If you ask any of the locals what the best dog walk in Scarborough is, you can bet that they’ll send you on your way here. The famous Mere is the Lakeland that you can find down at the Weaponness Valley. We promise this location isn’t as threatening as the name implies.

Dalby Forest

Drive a little further out of Scarbs to Dalby Forest – it’s well worth it! There are a whopping 12 walking trails to choose from, including some easy access routes for the laziest of pooches. The Crosscliff View trail is one of their shortest walks, but you’re rewarded with stunning scenery to have a gander at!

Broxa Forest

Looking to make the most of the North Yorkshire Moors? Broxa Forest is the place for you! Follow the wooded walk to discover stunning views – and even look out for the Northern Lights! Let your dog be at one with the wind, as you investigate whether that glint you thought was an aeroplane is, in fact, one of nature’s best wonders. Will you ever know?

Our dog-friendly hotel in Scarborough is in the prime spot for you to access all the best walks of North Yorkshire. Even better? After a day of wild adventures, you can clean your smelly pooch down in our Wadobi. Find out more about how our hotel caters to your four-legged-friend: https://bikeandboot.com/scarborough/dog/

The incredibly talented local indie businesses of Yorkshire deserve credit, and Emily Nicholson’s fantabulously unique pet photography business is one of them!

Emily from Pet Stories Photography recently joined us at our hotel, to take some pup-perfect piccies of the dogs here, so we caught her for a chat. In this Q&A, our Scarborough hotel got to know Emily, her business and her rescue pooch, Alan.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a self-taught photographer, animal lover and quite a sentimental person. I’m from a small sleepy town called Glossop in the High Peak, on the outskirts of Manchester, and over the years have been so lucky to call many UK cities home. A few years back, myself and my other half finally settled in Sheffield, just over the hill from Glossop, and we absolutely love it. We have such an appetite for adventure so it’s the perfect location for dog walks with our rescue hound Alan, as well as bike-rides and wild swims.

Can you talk to us a little about Pet Stories Photography?

Pet Stories is a niche photography service capturing pets’ unique personalities and the special relationship they share with their owners. We are based in Sheffield, but travel nationwide to meet and photograph pets and their people.
I launched Pet Stories four years ago now and it has to be the best job in the world! I get to greet so many personalities and sometimes I have to pinch myself that I get to do the work I do. Influenced by the lockdown, Pet Stories evolved into a talent agency with a sister service called The Pet Stories Agency, at the beginning of 2021. Already we’ve achieved so much this year and I’m excited to see how the business grows.

How did your business come about?
In a past professional life, I worked as a trend forecaster. However after struggling with anxiety, I left this fast-paced role, picked up a camera and found myself taking more and more photos of my best pal, Cavalier King Charles, Ted. Capturing Ted was a welcome distraction and the best possible therapy at the time. I learned how to use the camera and so I learned about Ted too. His daily habits and the aspects of his personality that I adored so much.

Capturing Ted and everything I loved about him made me realise that other people might want to have their pets photographed in the same way. Sadly, Ted is no longer with us and passed away in 2019. I miss him dearly, he was the most gentle and devoted boy. I will be forever thankful to him, for his patience, pro posing and above all, his encouragement to launch Pet Stories.

When I first launched the business, people thought I was mad to go so niche and not to go down the wedding photography route. Now, there are so many unique and amazing pet photographers. I would go as far as to say, pet photography is just as popular and in demand as wedding photography.

You steer away from posed photoshoots to show pets and owners as natural as possible. Why is this?

Pets are such a valued member of the family and yet, sadly they only get to spend a fraction of our lifetime with us. I find studio-style shoots can often lack identity or show the unique personality of a pet. On a Pet Stories shoot, I visit people and pets at home, accompany them on their favourite or most meaningful walk, or tag along with them to a much-loved coffee shop.

Pet Stories shoots are all about capturing people’s lifestyles with their pets. So, there have even been times when I’ve had the pleasure of joining a pet and owner in more unique situations such as on epic hikes or wild swims. Every pet and owner relationship is different and that’s what I want to capture for my clients. These genuine moments between pet and owner will be memories that will be so dearly cherished for years to come.

What is the best thing about your job?
There are just so many aspects of my job that I adore. Every pet is different which means every shoot is different. I never really know what to expect and I love that. It’s just a fun time for all and I happen to take photos in the process.

One thing I absolutely love is that I get to experience the favourite walks and parts of the UK, which I never would have come across if it wasn’t for the pets that enjoy them on a daily basis. It’s such a privilege to be able to share these special and meaningful places.

Another aspect that makes my job so great is seeing how pets make people feel so at ease. I’m a naturally anxious person – so not only do the pets I photograph make me feel instantly relaxed, but I can tell they take away the anxiety and awkwardness for their owners too. There have been occasions where I’ve had a shoot booked for photos of just a pet, but during the shoot, the owner has felt more relaxed and has become open to having photos together with their sidekick. These spontaneous yet natural moments are always the photos my clients love the most and the ones they choose as prints. Just them and their pet, being themselves and having a special moment together.

Animals don’t always behave! Do you have any funny photo shoot/pet stories?
Call me crazy but I have always said the more chaotic the shoot, the better! I love it when pets are naughty, or a little wild on a shoot as there’s atmosphere and more often than not, lots of chuckles by embarrassed owners that I love to capture. This is what owning a pet is all about and in my opinion, a chaotic scene always makes a better photograph!

One great example of this is when I photographed a family of Spaniels; a mum, dad and their three pups all living in the same house. When I arrived, the pups were zooming in and out of the kitchen and it was so interesting to see how their mum barked and told them off to calm down. It was a beautiful sunny day and after some shots at home, I ventured with the family to a river at the back of the house. It was the first time the Spaniel pups had ever been for a swim and it was such a special moment. As you can imagine, the water-loving Spaniels were all doggy-paddle pros, and were completely in their element. Again, mum and dad were there to keep a close eye and it was so interesting to document the whole family together. It was a privilege to be there for those first moments.

Finally, what is your favourite type of pet?
I genuinely love all pets and my dream is to live in the middle of nowhere with chickens, goats, rabbits, guinea-pigs, a donkey and all the rescue dogs I can accommodate. I have such a soft spot for guinea-pigs and remember as a child, I had such a close bond with my own piggie Cyril. They are such endearing little creatures and the way they chirp and communicate their feelings makes that bond even stronger.

Do you have any pets yourself?
I have a rescue dog, Alan who is three and a half. Alan’s mum was taken in as a pregnant stray in Cyprus and so Alan was born in a rescue centre. Once named Loco (which explains a lot!) he came to us at four months old – a little tornado that loved to chew and bite everything in sight. I have such a passion for rescue pets and for raising awareness on responsible pet ownership. We donate 5% of every shoot or model booking to The Wild at Heart Foundation, the charity who brought Alan home to us.

Alan is quite a nervous soul, but we have learnt so much about his personality and I just couldn’t imagine life without him. He needs us and we need him. He’s almost human-like in his expressions, noises and everyday routine. He loves to be with his pack (me and my other half Nik) and I love nothing more than when we get out into the Peak District and explore the great outdoors. Alan never strays too far and always holds back and checks in with us. And, it goes without saying that he’s a bit of a pro at posing and he genuinely loves it when I get my camera out. He will happily sit there and work those angles!

To find out more about Emily at Pet Stories Photography, visit her website: https://www.petstories.co.uk/

Hotel for Dogs: How Our Scarborough Hotel Caters for Man’s Best Friend

At Bike and Boot, we believe that dogs deserve holibobs too. That’s why we’ve designed our hotel to be the best dog friendly hotel in Scarborough (and possibly the world!), so that no canine is ever left behind.

Hounds really are our VIPs. That’s why we’ve shared the many ways we look after our favourite furry friends, from serving them a poochy pint to giving them a cut and blow dry.

Sniff & Snooze

Everyone needs a comfy place to sleep at our hotel – even hounds. All of our doggy designated rooms are pet friendly, and come with a vet bed, making them pawfect for your favourite family member.

As humans probably won’t join them on the floor overnight, we also provide each pup with a complimentary toy to snuggle up to. A new stuffed bff will be waiting in your canine’s bed, ready to greet them after their long day of beach walks and greeting other dogs with a bum sniff.

The Dog’s Dinner

Dogs are completely welcome in our Bareca restaurant, where we serve special doggy beer- the only place in Scarborough where you can have a pint with your pooch! Bowls of water are also available for those that prefer a lighter option.

We’d love for your dog to pull up a chair at the table, but they must remain on the floor whilst humans dine on our delish dishes. But hey! They can drool over their owner’s delicious grub- then drown their sorrows in their puppy pint when they don’t receive a bite.

Roam Free

When we say dogs are welcome, we mean it! They have full access everywhere in the hotel (other than our dog-free rooms, boo). This includes our Film Club, where doggies can put their paws up and relax in front of their favourite films. Lady and the Tramp anyone?

They can also curl up in the retreat and enjoy some doggy dreams whilst their human plays chess or settles down with a good book.  Peace and quiet is in the air here… until it’s time for walkies again, of course.

Prune Your Pooch

Here at the Bike and Boot, we have our very own doggy paradise, aka the Wadobi. Dogs can hop up onto our washing and grooming stations, grab a posh blow dry and make use of our poochy pamper products. Bliss!

When you’re ready to get muddy again, the Wadobi is also stocked with walking maps of the local area, so you and your pet pal can explore to your heart’s content. You’ll both be expert explorers before you know it.

Paddles Galore!

Our hotel’s seafront location is perfect for that essential activity- chasing seagulls on the beach! There are some restrictions on Scarbados’ North and South Bay in the summer season, but there are still designated places where dogs can do zoomies on the sand.

What’s more, just a few miles south of Scarborough is a well-hidden gem – Cayton Bay. Surrounded by colossal cliffs, this quiet, dog-friendly beach allows pooches to prance along its shores all year long. Shh, don’t bark about this secret spot too loudly!

So, what are you waiting for? Bring along man’s best friend and let them sample our pet friendly Scarborough hotel for themselves. You can book your dog to stay with us for £15 a night, per hound. Go on…

Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Our Scarborough Hotel

Did you know we have our own Film Club? Or that we serve cake for FREE? There’s lots of reasons why you’re in for a one-of-a-kind stay at our sea front hotel! In this blog, we’re revealing five things you probably didn’t know about our Scarborough hotel, so you can make the most of your stay with us.

You can have free coffee & cake in the Retreat

For a little down time away from your room, why not chillax in the Retreat? You’ll feel right at home in the cosy setting, especially with the family arguments brought on by our selection board games. Uno anyone?

If that’s not enough to persuade you to unwind in the Retreat, we’re going bottomless. Keep your pants on! We mean we’re serving unlimited hot drinks, of course. Like a werewolf at a full moon, you can reveal your inner Bruce Bogtrotter around 4pm daily, and tackle our free cake. Hurry while it lasts!

We love doggos!

Here in Scarborough, we just love dogs! With so many dog friendly attractions, we were recently voted the second top doggo staycation location in the UK. Here at Bike & Boot, we are so proud to be at the top of the food chain for dog friendly hotels in Scarborough.

Dogs are our VIPs! We will welcome your companion with a lovely toy lobster, which they can keep, cuddle and play with to their little heart’s content.

As much as we all adore them, on all dog holidays in Scarborough, that dirty dog smell is a potent pet peeve. We have facilities to scrub your hound and perm them with a blow dry, so they’re bedroom ready. If dogs aren’t for you (WHY not?!) we also have Dog Free Rooms available!

Our Wadobi facilities are a helping hand for bikers and hikers

Being a seafront hotel in Scarborough, we’re the perfect central destination for your outdoor activities. That’s why we’ve introduced Wadobi, with free facilities that fulfil all your needs!

Start those wetter days off right with your pick of raincoats and umbrellas. Pump up those bike tyres, or stick your wetsuit on in the changing rooms. Forgot your bike? Hire one of our top of the range Trek electric bikes, perfect for touring the coast and moors. And, when you arrive back to us after your down and dirty day, the Wadobi will be ready to greet you.

Our washing stations are here to service your surfboards, bikes and muddy boots and leave them prepared for their next adventure. You can clean your mucky pup too at the grooming parlour. When you’re done, lock your boards, boots & bikes away for a safe, sound and secure night’s sleep.

We have our own in-house Film Club

Fancy a free trip to the cinema? All our guests are invited to the Film Club, right here at our Scarborough hotel. Whether it’s sci-fi, family films or romance you desire, with movies showings three times a day, there’s something for everyone. Swap your pic n’ mix for a pint and snacks, which you can grab from your room or the bar. No need to book, just turn up!

Our rooms have amazing features

Wake up and smell the coffee! All our rooms, great and small, come complete with a Barista-style coffee machine. So, you can ease yourself into the day in the best hotel rooms in Scarborough. If you fancy something stronger, the well-stocked minibars are full to bursting with tinnies and tipples, fresh milk & snacks. We also provide ice machines so you can chill that drink, free water, a hair dryer, iron and board.

Unlike other hotels in Scarborough, your TV won’t be limited to the odd few news channels. Oh no, our TVs can link with your phone, laptop or tablet, allowing you to stream your own movies and binge your favourite tv shows on a bigger screen. So, you can kick back and chill out with some quality viewing before bed.

Is this not the greatest hotel you’ve ever seen? Our unique hotel is as charming as the town we sit in, and will be sure to make your stay unforgettable. We hope these features have persuaded you to pay us a visit on your Scarborough holidays!

Our top 5 local dog walks

It’s true what they say about dogs being man’s best friend, and there’s nothing better than spending quality time with your bestie. Now, we’re not suggesting you take your dog out for a drink or a slap-up dinner, but a stroll through the park – or even further afield – isn’t a bad idea to keep your furry friend happy. We’ve put together a list of the best walking routes in North Yorkshire so you don’t have to.

Raincliffe Woods

Raincliffe Woods is a popular dog-walking spot a couple of miles outside of the town centre. There are three trails for you to follow with your pooch: Rowntree, Graham and Wallis – each with varying gradients and lengths. If you’re looking to challenge yourself, the Wallis route is the most strenuous, and when you get back to the hotel, we recommend that you make use of our dog washing station to keep you both smelling fresh.

Dalby Forest

If you’re able to get a bit further out of town, Dalby Forest is well worth a visit. There are 13 walking trails to choose from, including easy access routes, so everyone should be able to find something to do. The Woodcock Way Circular Walk starts off at Staindale Lake and climbs so you get a great view across the moor.

Broxa Forest

Broxa Forest is a smidge closer to Scarborough than Dalby, and offers a more rugged walk. The views around the edge of the track are fantastic, and you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. There’s plenty of wildlife to see down by the River Derwent too, so while your dog’s having a sniff around, you can try and spot some of the forest’s wildlife.

Cayton Bay

Just a few miles south of Scarborough is Cayton Bay, a wild and rugged dog-friendly beach. This walk is perfect if you want to get away from town and feel the sea breeze. Cayton Bay is a popular surfing spot due to its full exposure to the North Sea, so you might want to take your jacket to avoid those winds! Keep an eye out for fossils while your dog’s out letting off some steam.

Forge Valley Woods

Forge Valley Woods is a two-mile route that should be relatively easy for most dogs. It runs through the valley and leads you past a disused quarry, passing through wild garlic to follow the course of the River Derwent. This is another route that’s teeming with life and you can easily lose yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds you. We do recommend that you keep your dog on a lead around here, though!

We’re in a perfect location for you to access both the stunning woodlands of North Yorkshire, as well as the wild and windy side of Britain’s coast – and the best part? You don’t have to leave your best friend at home! Take a look at our facilities to see how your stay with us can be the perfect holiday for your furry friend too.