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.

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!

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!