Think about English summers and what comes to mind? No doubt that seaside resorts and pub gardens are two of the main things. That’s why we’re taking you on a liquid tour of Yorkshire’s coast, stopping by a number of the pubs on the way to take in the best views and brews.
The Old Scalby Mills, Scarborough
You can’t get much better than The Old Scalby Mills for a cracking pint amongst beautiful scenery. Sitting at the northernmost point of Scarborough’s North Bay, visitors can sit indoors or in the beer garden at the end of the promenade, taking in everything from the modern pyramids of the Sea Life Centre next door all the way to the commanding walls of Scarborough Castle. This can be accompanied by any one of a selection of real ales from across Yorkshire, with the occasional foreign offering brought in for good measure. There’s even an exclusive speciality house beer by Wold Top on offer called North Bay.
The Bay Hotel, Robin Hood’s Bay
If you travel to one of the most rugged parts of the North Yorkshire Coast you’ll find Robin Hood’s Bay, a place with narrow and winding streets interwoven with stories just as twisty. Follow the road as far as it will go and you’ll find that the place is also home to a bar and hotel with a story featuring feuding fishermen, sly smugglers and famous filmmakers, all of which had an ale to drink and a tale to tell. Join them by savouring a hand-pulled beer whilst looking over the rugged beach and forbidding tunnel where many a dastardly deed has taken place.
The Ship Inn, Sewerby
The village of Sewerby is often overlooked as a jewel of the Yorkshire coast but its location between the sandy flats of Bridlington and the mighty, arching cliffs of Flamborough gives it the best of both worlds. The Ship Inn makes the most of this: Sat on the cliff top with a popular coastal walk cutting through the bottom of its beer garden, it provides drinkers with views of Bridlington’s heritage protected harbour and the beach beyond, as well as the deep blue sea and the cliffs of Flamborough on the other side. Hidden away from the main road with award-winning food and a good ale selection, this is a great walker’s pub.
The Crown and Anchor, Kilnsea, near Spurn Point
We’ve all seen the western with the cowboy drinking in the bar who realises it’s the ‘end of the road’ for him. Well, here’s the original pub at the end of the road. Past it lies only sand and crumbling cliffs and in front of it sits one of Yorkshire’s most heavily populated bird nesting sites. It’s well stocked beer-wise as well as bird-wise, with only the very best pulled from the pumps, including Timmy Taylor’s and many others. It’s also worth sitting down for fish and chips to enjoy the sheer size and flavour.