Welcome to 'Kelly's Guide'...
A sort of Bill Bryson's "Notes from a Small Island," from a lovely Goathland Guest House instead! Here you'll find local information, news from the house, short tales and observations and anything else which springs to mind as I type.
How can it be November already?! One minute we’re enjoying a proper Summer, then suddenly we’re remembering to pop the clocks back, then buy pumpkins and suddenly, we’re back to our ‘Winter Warmer’ season! This is when bed and breakfast gets a twist and we add a two-course supper for arrivals on Friday, Saturday and Monday. Arriving in the dark, then braving the elements to head back out for dinner might not seem too tempting after your journey onto the Moors. So instead, enjoy a cuppa on your arrival (in front of the fire!), unpack your toothbrush and slippers and you won’t have to venture out of the front door for good food and wine! Our Winter Warmer page introduces menus and our seasonal tariff, or ring us on 01947 896361 for more information. Recent dishes to feature include our Steak & Old Peculier ale pie with a puff pastry top, Baked Sea Bass with lemon, olive oil, rock salt & vine tomatoes and Chicken breast baked in white wine, with mushrooms, fresh thyme & garlic. Followed by an Italian Chocolate Cake, Meringue with fresh fruit & ice cream and Sticky Toffee Pudding.
We have some availability up to Christmas for you to enjoy the Winter Warmer, and again in the new year; our New Year’s Eve offer has been booked since 4th January this year! The North York Moors Railway start the ever-popular Santa Specials on Saturday 28th November – having tried the experience for myself, I can highly recommend it! A bright, crisp afternoon on Grosmont Station, transported back to the 1950s, hugging a glass of mulled wine and nibbling on a mince pie, waiting for the Steam Train, before enjoying a ride through the Moors and greeting ‘Santa’ as he makes his way down the train. A great way to spend a wintry afternoon!
So, what else? Well the weather is distinctly Autumnal, but we’re seeing plenty of sunshine! The bracken has turned a stunning copper-colour, the trees are a mix of green, red and gold and I can't help but take photos every time we take the dogs out! The Whitby Goth Weekend is in full-flow, with the Abbey illuminated from dusk each evening really setting the scene. Many of our guests have also been enjoying day trips to York, tying it in with a visit to the National Railway Museum to see the current exhibition, as the ‘Eurostar’ joins the collection. The National Parks are running a number of guided walks around the local area, with expert knowledge on local history and geology. And it’s the season of Christmas craft fairs, with Castle Howard kicking things of with theirs to fundraise for the NSPCC, on 6th & 7th. And Goathland Village Hall hosts theirs on 14th & 15th, as does the National Park Centre at Danby, alongside the exhibitions in the gallery, and the ‘Ice Factor’ returns to York from 21st
You might like to know, for example, that if you've had a leisurely Saturday hopping on and off the NYM Steam Railway, eaten an ice-cream or two and whiled away an hour watching the sheep nibble their way up The Common, that you won't need to drive down to Whitby to enjoy fish and chips... Eskdale Fisheries in Sleights is a great spot, with picnic benches in the garden outside so you can enjoy fish and chips at their best - open, in paper, in the sunshine!
Ever heard about the little pub you just have to visit in Beck Hole? Just a mile from Goathland by car and little less to walk down the Rail Trail... The Birch Hall is one of the best and smallest pubs in Britain, complete with sweet shop and beer garden. Enjoy a 'Beck Hole Butty' and a pint of 'Beck Watter'!
Sandsend... glorious beaches, good coffee and cake at both 'Sandside' and 'Wit's End', art gallery, pub, a 'foodies' shop and just a couple of miles north of Whitby town centre. Perfect. But don't tell anyone else about it!
For fish and chips, 'The Magpie' is rightly famous. Cue the queues! Alternatively head over the swing bridge into the old town and keep to the right... you'll find Hadley's. It's good. And Fortune's own-smoked kippers (find them on Henrietta Street), can even be posted home for you.
For a walk from our doorstep, follow the Rail Trail down to Grosmont - head to the Geall's Art Cafe for coffee and cake to set you up for the walk back. Or pop into the Old School House Coffee Shop for a slice or scrumptious chocolate cake. And you can even cheat and catch the train back to Goathland Station.
One of our favourite 'drives' starts by heading out of Goathland towards Egton, then up through Glaisdale and on to Danby. If you're peckish en route, stop in Lealholm for a home-baked treat from the bakery and enjoy it whilst looking at fantastic views towards the North Sea. Beyond Danby you'll find Castleton before circling back towards Hutton-le-Hole. Stop off at the Red Lion at Blakey Ridge for a spot of lunch or just a cheeky drink. By Hutton-le-Hole you might need to stretch your legs around the shops and if you forfeited lunch after your hearty Fairhaven breakfast, head to the Blacksmith's at Lastingham for an early dinner and then head towards Pickering for a straightforward drive back to Goathland, or towards Stape for a more adventurous route across the top of the moors!
What's happening now?
And right now? There are guests washing off the mud after a walk around the Mallyan Spout and along the Rail Trail to Grosmont, some on the last train back from Whitby after a day enjoying the Goth Weekend and some sat in front of the fire with a slice of lemon cake and scone! Recent recommendations for dinner (and regularly in the top three anyway!), are The Forge at Aislaby, The Horseshoe at Levisham and The Wheatsheaf at Egton. Mum even managed a quick trip to the Wheatsheaf with a couple of our guests last week – and brought me one of the infamous ‘Trio of puddings’ back in tupperware… a Tia Maria chocolate pot, sticky toffee pudding and a chocolate orange roulade. There’s a food-related theme running through this month’s guide!
If this gentler pace of life tempts you, then you couldn’t have picked a better time of year to join us. There are wonderful views, glorious walks, empty beaches and miles of un-chartered heather moors right outside the front door and within a few miles in each direction. Inside, there are 15-tog quilts, an open fire, a well-stocked bar, a kettle that’s rarely off the boil and more books, films and cds than you could shake a stick at. I can think of few things better than a few days away doing nothing more taxing than planning the next walk, via which pub and tea room and working up a healthy appetite for dinner after a hearty breakfast. We look forward to seeing you soon!
P.S. Those of you who have been before will know we’re never happy than when we have another “project” in the pipeline. Well this year, for the first time, we’ve officially ‘run-out’ of rooms to decorate from scratch! This winter will be all about freshening paint work… phew! Unless mum spots some wallpaper she likes…