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!