10 Rules for a Yorkshire Hotel

Not just any hotel can be a Yorkshire hotel you know – we’re made of strong stuff! There’s lots of unwritten criteria our hotel in Scarborough has to meet in order to earn our keep. Here are 10 rules we have to follow….

1.It’ll always be reyt

No matter what, everything will always be all well and good in the end. Your dog’s got a sandy bum? It’ll be reyt. Seagull stole your fish and chips? It’ll be reyt. A motto to live by, if you ask us.

2.Offer a proper brew

There is only one tea in our county, and that’s Yorkshire Tea. Fact. To introduce our guests to the good stuff, we give out free hot drinks in our Retreat and even serve a dedicated gin in the Bareca!

3.Always turn the big light on

If you didn’t know already, the ‘big light’ is the main light in a room. Even if the light is small, that’s what we call it. As a proper Yorkshire hotel, we make sure we’re lit up like Blackpool Illuminations for your arrival.

4.Owt’s better than nowt

Translated: anything is better than nothing. True to this value, we give out plenty of freebies including teatime cake, hot and soft drinks, unlimited use of our film club and more. You lucky thing!

5.Know the difference between dinner and tea

Around here, dinner is your midday meal and tea is what you have on an evening. We serve both at our Bareca and don’t take reservations – but we might look at you odd if you get your dinner and tea mixed up.

6.Don’t be mardy

No matter what, you’ll always see us with a smile – not just from our staff, even our windows grin. I mean, who could be down in the dumps when you’re surrounded by so many cute and happy hounds in our dog-friendly hotel?

7.Red roses don’t exist

At our Scarborough seafront hotel, we’re very against red roses. Who cares if they’re romantic? The Yorkshire white rose is the only flower for us, thanks very much.

8.Offer up a bargain

We like to avoid the cries of ‘”ow much?!” in our hotel by offering up some fantabulous special offers. Check out our Wheels & Deals page if you don’t believe us.

9.Always look a bobby dazzler

You can guarantee we’ll always be looking our best for our guests. Our hotel was spruced up by interior designer Rachel McLane Ltd, who made us stand out from the crowd with bikes on the walls, carpeted lifts and flip-flop clocks. You’ll not find another seafront hotel as cool as us!

10.Have pride in tha’s roots

Not that you can tell, but in true Yorkshire hotel style we’ll talk about our region as much as we possibly can. We’d be surprised if you can get a word in edgeways.

We do hope we’ve persuaded you that our Scarborough seafront hotel has what it takes to be in Yorkshire. Join us for a sleepover and book your staycay today.

Meet Sean Rowley, Bartender at The Bareca at Bike & Boot Scarborough

Did you know our Scarborough seafront hotel has a Bareca (bar-restaurant-café) that’s open to anyone in Scarborough? You don’t have to be a hotel guest – or book!

In this Q&A, we spoke to Sean Rowley, one of our chief Bareca bartenders. We found out what he enjoys most about his job, his funniest tale and his favourite cocktail.

Tell us about yourself and your role at Bike & Boot.

I have worked in hospitality for around 10 years now and I love it. Behind the bar at Bike & Boot, I primarily make and serve beverages that ensure our guests are satisfied. I also keep the fridges stocked up and the whole bar area clean and tidy. And, at the end of each shift, myself and other team members ensure that the bar is ready and deep cleaned for the next day.

What do you enjoy the most about your job?

I’m a really sociable person, so I like meeting and talking with many people. Maintaining positive vibes with customers plays a big part in keeping them happy and smiling – and it makes me feel good too!

I also love the bond between me and my colleagues. The fact that I get the chance to work with them everyday makes me enjoy coming to work even more.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I actually usually have mornings to myself, as my shift usually starts between 3pm and 4pm. I get up on a morning with my children, keeping them busy until I have to get ready for work, then I start my shift and prep the bar ready for a busy evening.

What’s your funniest story from behind the bar?

I wouldn’t call it a funny moment for myself, but for the other people who were there it really was…

I was making an Espresso Martini and I used too much espresso for the cocktail shaker. I popped it open ready to pour after I had shaken it, but it all foamed right up and completely soaked me. I literally smelt like an Espresso Martini for the rest of the night!

What’s your fave foodie dish?

Definitely chicken milanese – breaded chicken breast, garlic butter and roast potatoes with a side salad and beetroot chutney.

I’ve had it a few times since I started working at the Bareca, and I absolutely love it. I’m a big fan of chicken anyway, but this is lovely. I love the garlic butter that goes with it and the side of chutney is very tasty. The roast potatoes are dreamy too!

Finally, what’s your fave cocktail and why?

Personally. I like the French Martini. We don’t advertise it on our menu, but it’s one of the classics. We always have the ingredients to make it if our customers request it. The raspberry liqueur with a touch of pineapple juice flavouring is amazing – I wish I was at the other side of the bar when it’s being served!

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…

Meet Jay Clements, General Manager at Bike & Boot Scarborough

Our Scarborough hotel is kept in tip-top shape by Jay Clements, the General Manager of our seaside escape. He makes sure everything always runs smoothly and never fails to look after our guests.

In our latest Q&A, we caught up with Jay and asked him what a typical day looks like for him, the best thing about working in Scarborough and most importantly – his favourite dog breed.

Tell us about yourself and your role at Bike & Boot.

I’ve been working within hotels for over 20 years and have been living and working in Scarborough for over a decade. I’ve predominantly worked within the more formal and traditional hotels and restaurants. But, having grown tired of the formality and constraints within the industry, the innovation and vision given from Bike & Boot and its owners was a very exciting opportunity to me.

My role as General Manager here at the Bike and Boot involves working closely with the team in promoting and setting the stage for Scarborough’s newest hotel.

What is the best thing about your job? What do you enjoy the most?

The best thing about my role, so far, has been seeing Bike & Boot being transformed from a vision to physical reality, which customers and staff can experience and enjoy. In the short time we were open in summer 2020, we far exceeded all occupancy levels and the feedback we received was immensely rewarding for all involved.

I’ve loved being involved in this project and can’t wait to see what is in store for the future of Bike and Boot Inns around the UK.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Outside of the daily management requirements and core responsibilities required within my role, no two days are the same. Ranging from assisting with service in the Bareca to choosing the monthly film within our Film Club, my days at Bike & Boot are far from normal!

It must be pretty cool to work at a seafront hotel! What is your favourite thing about Scarborough?

Over recent years, it’s great to see further investment in the town and the opportunities and enjoyment that it produces for us all.

Scarborough is an all-round great town to work and relax in. From eating chips on the beach to cycling along the cinder tracks, Scarborough is a place you can take in at your own pace.

In my free time, I do enjoy when I can get out on my mountain bike in Scarborough and surrounding areas, yet I’m mostly dedicated to the new addition to my life and family – Mia Clements. She was born on new years day!

Finally, what’s your fave dog breed?

It has to be a Red Setter – I had one as a child called Paddy.

7 Weird & Wonderful Things to Do in Scarborough

Yipee, lockdown is almost over, which means you can start planning your weird & wonderful trip to Scarbs. And we can’t flippin’ wait to see your smiling faces.

At our Scarborough hotel, we love anything weird & wonderful – it’s kinda our thing. So to celebrate our reopening and give you some inspo, we’ve picked out our favourite weird & wonderful things to do.

1.Discover the legend of Hairy Bob’s Cave

At the foot of the cliffs, near Scarborough Castle, you’ll find the mysterious Hairy Bob’s Cave. No one is sure how this man-made cave came to be, but there are many weird and wonderful tales. Some say Bob was a door-to-door salesman of ‘Yellowstone, harvesting materials from the Castle Cliffs, and others say he was a meek man who created the cave as a hideaway from his spouse! We don’t know what’s true, but we are living for the legends.

2. Watch films in a secret theatre inside a hotel

There is a really amazing dog-friendly hotel that has a secret movie theatre. All guests have free access to daily film screenings – pretty cool right? The hotel is called Bike & Boot, and we’ve heard that it’s the best place to stay in Scarborough. You can also have a big fat slice of FREE cake every afternoon, so you can kick back, relax and stuff your face – we won’t judge!

3. Sit on the WORLD’s longest bench at Scarborough Railway

Yep, you heard us, Scarborough is home to the world’s longest railway bench. The bench is 139 metres long, which is the equivalent to 12 double-decker buses! We know what you’re thinking, why on earth is it so long? It’s thought that the bench dates back to 1883, when the Grade II station was built and was crafted to accommodate the high number of tourists visiting Scarborough. Well, we suppose there’s no need to fight for the best seat!

(Photo credit: Reddit)

4. Witness the “Battle of Peasholm”

Every summer, war (don’t worry it’s not real) breaks out on the lake in Peasholm Park, as replica ships recreate battle at sea. For more than 80 years, “The Battle of Peasholm” has been played out three times a week in the height of summer. It’s also one of the oldest continuously simulated battles in the world. If only we knew who was going to win every time…

5. Ride the Victorian Tramway

Feeling mega lazy, or aren’t up for the climb down to the beach? Don’t sweat it, just hop on the tram and you’ll be down on the seafront in next to no time. The tramway itself has been running since 1881 and is a classic Scarborough landmark. It’s an absolute lifesaver in summer! After all, who wants to trek up a hill when the sun is blazing? Not us.

(Photo credit: Discover Yorkshire Coast)

6. Take a selfie with Freddie Gilroy

Is it a bird, is it a plane, no it’s a giant sculpture. The Freddie Gilroy statue is one of the most iconic in Scarborough, and it’s gigantic. Created by Ray Lonsdale, the piece is based on a real-life former miner who was among the first soldiers to enter the Belsen concentration camp on its day of liberation in WW2. Join Freddie on his bench and stop for a selfie as you walk along the seafront.

7. Take a trip down memory lane at Scarborough Fair Collection

Are you going to Scarborough Fair? Reminisce of days gone by in Scarborough, at this nostalgic museum, which is certainly a true love of ours. With a large vintage car collection, old steam engines and of course, classic fairground rides. Better yet, you can ride the Golden Galloping Horses Carousel every hour. If you’ve been pigging out on our hotel on all the free cake, just take it easy on the Merry-Go-Round…

And there you have it, 7 more reasons to visit our lovely little seaside town. If the secret cinema and free cake don’t tempt you to book with our hotel in Scarborough, we don’t know what will.

Plan your Post-Lockdown Winter Escape

When the time is right, the time is, erm, right.. So now is a better time than ever to start planning your post-lockdown winter escape to Scarborough! Read on to find out some of the bits and bobs you can hopefully get up to when we re-open our dog-friendly doors.

Get outdoors!

Brave the winter chill with a trip out to one of our local outdoor attractions. Grab your dog, bike or just yourself and discover what pleasures Scarbados has to offer. From Peasholm Park to our beautiful beach, from a cliff top walk to a meander along the nearby moors, there is plenty to do. However, if you can’t be bothered to move, you can always just sit and watch the waves crash from the comfort of your sea view room.

With no lounging sunbathers to cause havoc upon, the seasonal beach dog bans are lifted throughout the winter months. So, your doggo can have full reign across the North and South Bay. Just make sure you wash those sandy paws down at our Wadobi, before they trample all over your bed – no one likes those gritty sheets!

Also, with the seafront a lot quieter, there’s no better time for a tranquil pedal across the edge of Yorkshire. Bliss!

Hang-out at the hotel

If you’re searching for some delicious grub, look no further than a few steps outside your hotel room door. Winter is the time for overindulgence, and the Bareca’s festive menu allows you to do just that. Tantalise your taste buds with a host of new flavours and even sample our Christmas Pizza – topped with turkey, bacon and cranberries. Oi, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!

Not hungry enough for a full meal? Head down to the Retreat, where you can pull up a chair and watch the day go by – whilst stuffing your face with free hot drinks and cake. Ooh, we do treat you.

Go to the Movies

Again, we’ve got ya back, so you don’t have to leave our hotel to watch a festive film on the big screen. If you’ve not been forced to watch 20 Santa movies already by the kids, we’re presenting the 12 films of Christmas – you’re welcome! Here you can be tortured into watching your least festive favourite films, from Love Actually to Miracle on 34th Street.

If it makes you feel any better, you can crack open a few beers at your seat, to help you settle down to fall asleep and miss the entire film. Sounds like a faultless plan, until the kids start jumping on your head. You tried.

Do some retail therapy

We love local, and you should too! Kickstart your Christmas shopping and pick up some presents for all the family members you can tolerate – and those you can’t. It’s been a really hard year for independent businesses, and they could do with your helping hand.

You’ll make their day just by popping your head round the door, having a mooch around and stuffing some wares into your basket. Scarborough has loads of indie shops to visit, so you can grab anything from books to choccies. And, for that one person you don’t like, the Scarborough Joke and Magic Shop can help you set up the perfect prank. Do let us know what you get up to…

Meander to the theatre

Bored of listening to Elsa from Frozen belt ‘Let it Go’ out for the hundredth time? The Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough has created a brand spanking new adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s ‘The Snow Queen’, showing this December. Finally, a character with a heart of ice you can relate to.

Theatres have really struggled recently, and they’d very much appreciate your bum in one of their socially distanced seats. Also, when you book your tickets, you are automatically entered into a draw for prizes donated by Scarborough’s local businesses – including an overnight stay with brekkie on us! You can’t argue with that.

We can’t wait to have you visit again soon.. our Scarborough hotel isn’t the same without you. In the meantime, keep safe!

Meet Simon Kershaw, Brand & Development Director at Bike & Boot Inns

Our Scarborough hotel wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Simon Kershaw. One of the top dogs at the group, Simon had an idea to create a leisure-based hotel that was perfect for bikers, hikers, surfers and dog owners. And in July 2020, our hotel opened its doors.

In this Q&A, we quizzed him on Bike & Boot, the post-lockdown staycation boom and the future of hospitality.

Firstly, tell us about yourself and your role at Bike & Boot.

I’m responsible for the growth of Bike & Boot Inns through site acquisition and development, together with the evolution of the brand itself. No two days are the same.

What was your vision behind the Scarborough hotel? Has this been fulfilled?

Simon Rhatigan and I believed that there was a gap in the market for a leisure-based brand that was fit for purpose in the 21st century. The hotel was to accommodate the adventure traveller, and offer a different way to stay in rural locations. It would be informal, yet deliver a brilliant experience.

So far Scarborough has exceeded our expectations and we look forward to opening our Peak District hotel in spring 2022.

Staycations are predicted to boom after lockdown. What are your thoughts on this?

Staycations offer great experiences. We are so incredibly lucky to live in this country so let’s recognise that, celebrate the fact and holiday here in the UK. There is so much fun to be had in the nostalgic seaside town of Scarborough and it’s home to the first Bike & Boot hotel!

We can’t wait for the Peak District property to open! What can you tell us about the new hotel?

Located in the heart of the Peak District, our Hope valley hotel will have 60 bedrooms and a great Bareca, as well as fantastic Wadobi facilities for bikes, dogs and walkers. More to be revealed soon – keep checking our social channels.

Finally, what do you think the future of hospitality looks like?

Hospitality must be experience-driven to meet the demands of a more sophisticated public. This does not mean expensive or grand, though such places have their place, a hotel should leave the guest smiling and wanting to come back for more.

10 Things You Won’t Understand If You’re Not From Yorkshire

Ey Up! As you may know, our Scarborough hotel is proudly situated in God’s own country. In Yorkshire, we’re well known for having our own quirks, sayings and dialect, which only we can comprehend. Here are 10 things you won’t understand if you’re not from Yorkshire…

1. “Are you in love” doesn’t always mean romance

For non-Yorkshire folk, this phrase would mean somebody asking them if they have romantic emotions for another person. However, for us, this is read and understood as somebody, usually our mum, asking us if we’re home. We know which interpretation we prefer…

2. We don’t all live “near Leeds”

Our magnificent region is split into North, East, South and West, with towns and cities often hours away from each other. However, as the rest of the country often forgets the names of these places, we usually just say we’re ‘near Leeds’ for ease of conversation. And no, before you ask, Scarborough isn’t near Leeds…

3. Tea isn’t just a drink

Up here, dinner is your midday meal and tea is what you eat on an evening. People that call their mealtimes lunch and dinner are clearly confused.

4. “Ey up” is classic communication

Forget ‘G’Day’, Yorkshire owns the coolest greeting in the world. Only the most experienced of Yorkshire folk can judge whether it means ‘hello’, ‘how are you’ or both.

5. Yorkshire puddings are a starter

If there’s one thing we deserve a pat on the back for, it’s this magnificent creation. If you venture into a classic pub for some grub, you might find Yorkie puds on the menu…as a starter. Many believe that they should be eaten with gravy before the main and meaty traditional roast.

6. ‘How much?!” is our war cry

If you stand anywhere in God’s own country and listen very carefully, you’ll hear the call of “how much?!” glide through the air. If the price is too high us Yorkshire folks aren’t happy. We do love a bargain.

7. We sweat Yorkshire Tea

If you’re from our region, no tea compares to Yorkshire Tea. We are fiercely passionate about this, and we will defend it to the end. Don’t get us started on the proper way to make a brew, we’ll be here for hours…

8. A buffet isn’t just food

To many, a buffet is solely an ‘all you can eat’ foodie affair. However, here, a buffet doubles up as a stool you can sit on. We love a double meaning, it isn’t confusing at all…oh wait.

9. “Put big light on” has a shared meaning

Every Yorkshire child has grown up hearing this demand, referring to the main light in the room. Regardless of size, the light will always be named ‘big’. Obviously.

10. You can order cake from the chippie

Disclaimer: you won’t be served a nice, tasty slab of chocolate cake. Instead, this lovely concoction is a cheaper version of battered fish. Shove it between two slices of bread, and you’re onto a good thing.

Whether you’re nodding along in agreement or screaming “eh?!”, we hope you feel enlightened with our Yorkshire ways. Now you’re all prepped to pay our hotel in Scarborough a visit – yay!