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.

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!

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!

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!

Scarborough’s Top 5 Outdoor Attractions

Scarborough is one of the greatest destinations for walking holidays in Yorkshire, so stretch those legs and get outdoors! If walking through empty fields just isn’t for you, don’t worry – there’s plenty of places for you to visit on your travels. In this blog, we’ve listed five top outdoor attractions for you to visit on your next stay at our Scarborough hotel.

Oliver’s Mount

Forget Mount Everest! Formerly known as Weaponness, this large wooded hill rises a mighty 500 feet above sea level. You’ve probably heard of this place due to its motorbike racing reputation, so it’s hard to believe that for most of the year, Oliver’s Mount is a tranquil local beauty spot! You can stuff your face with sausage rolls whilst overlooking panoramic views of South Scarbados at this perfect picnic destination, but most importantly, don’t forget to pay your respects to the 241 individuals who fought for our country at the Scarborough War Memorial, which towers at the top of the hill.

Scarborough Castle

Look up as you stroll along Marine Drive and take in the beautiful Scarborough Castle. Just watch out for an unwanted surprise from the seagulls! The safer option is to climb up the hill for some close-up action. With over 3000 years of turbulent history, this castle has survived Romans, Vikings, sieges from medieval Kings and German naval bombardment. And now, it is inundated with visits from guests of our seafront hotel in Scarborough on our recommendation – the poor thing, I bet it preferred the Vikings!

Peasholm Park

This peaceful, oriental-themed park is home to a tranquil lake, where you can glide along on a rowing boat, canoe or dragon headed pedalo – we know which one we’d choose! Its beautiful bridges, mysterious gardens and wondrous waterfalls make for a truly unique experience, so there’s no wonder it’s one of the UK’s top 10 parks, especially with its champion trees – which are the tallest, widest and best example of species in the country! Also, the Golden Elms here were thought to be globally extinct, but then two of them popped up right here in Scarborough! Magical happenings at Peasholm park. You’re welcome for the tree education, by the way.

Hairy Bob’s Cave

At the foot of Scarborough Castle lies a tiny rock with carved out windows and doors. Legend has it that it was once the seaside escape of a gnome on his Scarborough holidays. The gnome was said to have a faithful pet seagull, who brought him fresh fish every day, which could be true – no one actually knows the origins of this cave. Another local story is that it was built to store workmen’s tools, but we like the first one better. Also, if you fancy a wheel about, Bob has his own skate park just below the cave – what a daredevil! Steady on, Bob.

St Mary’s Church

Built in 1150, this historic church stands proud above the old town, just below Scarborough Castle. This magnificent much-loved building has always been well looked after by locals, having been rebuilt and restored after the English Civil War. You can easily see why Agnes Grey writer, Anne Brontë, selected her final resting place here. Her grave still stands in the graveyard, with an accompanying correctional plaque because the original engraving supplies her wrongful age!

All of these attractions are in close proximity to our hotel in Scarborough, so you can easily walk, bike, or stroll with your dog to them. With our central seafront destination, our hotel is the best accommodation in Scarborough, and we look forward to having you stay with us!