Yorkshire Micro Breweries

Yorkshire Micro Breweries

Here are two Yorkshire micro breweries hubby and I visited recently.

Helmsley Brewing Company

Yorkshire Micro Breweries Helmsley

Or Sommat’s Brewing as the sign above the door says. Translated as “Something Is Brewing” for you none-Yorkshire speakers.

Just when you thought Helmsley had everything, along comes this brewery.  The bar area was relativeey small but with the brewing vats on full view you’re left in no doubt that this is a brewery first. Yet it has a welcoming  cafe/pub vibe.

Head down the main high street, the Black Swan Inn behind you, towards the bridge and it’s on the right hand side.

It’s a great addition to this popular town which already has several inns, bistros, cafes and gastro-pubs. This place is raw and real and I liked it for that.

Brass Castle Brewery Tap in Malton

Yorkshire micro brewery in Malton

What a fantastic addition this place is to Malton.

This micro brewery is situated in Yorkersgate (between the market place and the station). It was around 4pm we visited on a Saturday afternoon and the place was heaving.  With friendly staff and a great atmosphere.

Yorkshire beer and wineAs you can see, I was drinking wine rather than beer. But that’s what I loved about this place.  It was full of beer enthusiasts but I didn’t feel silly for asking for wine. In fact they also serve prosecco and tea and coffee.  There was a range of pastries for sale too, which I resisted.

Oh the beers – they serve 8 on tap and apparently Northern Blonde is a particularly good session beer (3.9% and “an easy-drinking and refreshing malty blonde”).

Bad Seed Brewery is also based in Malton, with brewery tours available. That’s on our to-visit list.

Malton, known as Yorkshire’s Food Capital also held its own Beer Town festival in May. Dates for 2018 yet to be announced.  Will this market town soon be called Yorkshire’s Beer Capital too?

Watch this space!

Karen

 

Do you want more ideas and inspiration on where to visit and what to do while on holiday in Yorkshire? Then click here and download a copy of my guide to North Yorkshire’s hidden gems, to help you get the most out of your time here:

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Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

This North Yorkshire market town really does have everything!

Discover how the castle evolved over the centuries, from a mighty medieval fortress to a luxurious Tudor mansion, to a Civil War stronghold and a romantic Victorian ruin. There’s a plaque that mentions its connections to Richard III too.

It’s managed by English Heritage and here’s more info: http://bit.ly/1TykETe

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Helmsley Castle

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Yorkshire Tea Rooms

Yorkshire Tea Rooms

The Black Swan Tea Room in Helmsley, North Yorkshire is one of my favourite Yorkshire tearooms. I've been there for breakfast (fab bacon sandwich), lunch (fab salmon sandwich) and tea (fab ham sandwich).

Their tea is pretty good too and they even sell their own flavours for you to enjoy at home.
Situated in the market places next to the Black Swan Hotel. I'd recommend a tea stop here anytime!

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Birds of Prey Centre – Helmsley, North Yorkshire

Birds of Prey Centre – Helmsley, North Yorkshire

Did you see the Countryfile team meet the wonderful birds of prey at the International Birds of Prey Centre in Helmsley?

You too could get up close and personal on their Falconary and Experience Days. The centre is open March to October. Here’s some more information:
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The market town of Helmsley is approx 15 miles from Spring Cottage and I know our guests regularly visit here. It has boutiques, a castle, a walled garden, Duncombe Park, the birds of prey centre, tearooms, restaurants, pubs and an open air swimming pool!

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Helmsley – North Yorkshire

Helmsley – North Yorkshire

Massive congratulations to Helmsley. Named best market town in the Great British High Street awards http://goo.gl/di93MY

Well done to all those involved. No surprise really with it’s market town charm, array of boutiques, pubs, tea rooms and restaurants and it’s friendly Yorkshire folk.

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5 Reasons to Treat Yourself to an Autumn Break in Yorkshire

5 Reasons to Treat Yourself to an Autumn Break in Yorkshire

As autumn starts to kick in and the days become shorter, the air crisper and a scarf soon becomes part of your daily attire (yes really!), it’s easy to think that the holiday season is behind you. But I ask you to embrace the splendid early autumn.

An autumnal break at Spring Cottage is a delight and here are our top 5 reasons why you should treat yourself to an autumn break in Yorkshire.

  1. Bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles!

There is no better feeling than getting in a hot bubble bath after a refreshing walk through the exquisite North York Moors. That is why Spring Cottage offers luxurious bathrobes and fluffy white towels to hand. The free-standing roll top bath is perfect for two!  Ease-away your troubles and take a long soak, using our complimentary Wolds Way Lavender goodies.  Light the candle, lie back and star gaze through the rooftop window. enjoy your autumn break in this luxury bathroom

  1. Toasty log burner

After a day out crunching autumn leaves under your feet and exploring all North Yorkshire has to offer, unwind next to our toasty log burner. Let the warmth sink into your skin as you listen to the crackling wood and pinecones. The log burner sits opposite our squishy sofa, perfect for a cosy night in with a big bowl of marshmallows. And just to keep you extra snug, the cottage also has a full oil central heating system so you can set the temperature that’s right for you. luxury cottage with wood burning stove

  1. Local countryside walks

What’s better than an autumn walk through the forest admiring nature’s colour scheme. Do you prefer a 10 mile hike or a 3 mile stroll? Do you want to do a walk with a pub, tea room or art gallery en-route?  We can recommend to you the most beautiful autumn walks to suit you.  Dalby is a particular delight this time of year but we also know of some hidden treasures and are happy to share them with you. Dalby Forest North Yorkshire

  1. Your choice of Yorkshire eateries

Autumn is a delight for foodies.  Unlike spring or summer, autumn is the time of year to unashamedly appreciate the comfort gained from a hearty meal in a Yorkshire eatery, preferably one with a roaring open fire. Whether you prefer a traditional Yorkshire village pub (The Grapes Inn in Great Habton) or a restaurant (The New Malton, in Malton) or a Michelin star dining experience (The Star at Harome), their autumn menus will not disappoint. Or if you’re doing the cooking, help yourself to herbs from our garden and if you’re lucky some autumn raspberries or apples from Spring Cottage’s cottage garden.

Autumn break in Yorkshire and pick apples

  1. Peace and quiet

We don’t just mean the peace and quiet surrounding you in Spring Cottage.  We mean quieter roads, restaurants, tea rooms and market towns such as Malton, Pickering and Helmsley (except on market days!)  Also historic houses such as Castle Howard and Nunnington Hall are still open, until the beginning of November. Just avoid October half term! You won’t exactly have the place to yourself but you’ll be able to enjoy the delights of Yorkshire at a much more relaxed pace.

Escape to the country and visit Castle Howard
Spectacular Castle Howard

So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself to an autumn break with us in Yorkshire.

Spring Cottage is available from Friday 25 September from as little as £540 for 4 nights of autumn luxury. 

For other availability please click and check the website or email [email protected] and I’d be delighted to help you plan your autumn break to Spring Cottage.

Karen

Do you want more ideas and inspiration on where to visit and what to do while on holiday in Yorkshire? Then click here and download a copy of my guide to North Yorkshire’s hidden gems, to help you get the most out of your time here:

Guide To Yorkshire