In the centre Eat: The Pig and Whistle, the first solo venture of former Burnt Truffle and Pétrus man James Allcock, opens at the start of the month, and will be a chilled out, sun-kissed Mediterranean small plates joint. We’re very excited. The hugely popular and LN favourite The Westwood is a high-class brasserie with a local-first ethos, a great atmosphere and celebrates 10 years this year. Drink: The King’s Head is exactly the kind of poised Farrow-and-Ball’d pub-hotel a country town like Beverley needs, and does cocktails alongside its ales. For more ales, head to the unvarnished and friendly Chequers micropub or The White Horse, also known as Nellies, which is as atmospheric an old pub as you’ll find, dating back to at least 1666 and has pretty much all of its original features intact. See: The staggeringly gorgeous 15th century Minster has been a holy site since the sixth century, and St Mary’s Church on North Bar Within is a Gothic masterpiece. Do: Get a feel for the lie of the land with a walk around the untarnished common ground of Beverley Westwood.
10 minutes away
Eat: James Mackenzie’s Michelin-starred gastropub, the Pipe and Glass, is one of the standouts of the whole of Yorkshire, with its subtly modern tweaks on classic British dishes like roast duck breast with confit duck leg, cauliflower purée and dukkha nut crust. Get the full experience with a cookery demo in the kitchens and private meal with James himself.
Drink: Slightly further west, the Star Inn at Sancton is another top-grade gastropub which does belting roasts and has a clubbable, unpretentious bearing.
See: Bishop Burton’s a pretty little village with roots going back about 10,000 years – there’s evidence of Mesolithic humans having lived here – and its Open Gardens event on 25 June shows it off to its best advantage.
Do: After you’ve eaten at Pipe and Glass, have a ramble across the Dalton Estate’s parkland.
30 minutes away
Eat: Hull’s restaurant scene has come on a long way in the last few years – Thieving Harry’s hip bearing and stellar menu of brunches, burgers, and grilled cheeses have made it a must-try, and don’t miss Tapasya’s take on Indian fine dining at the marina either.
Drink: Humber Street Distillery is an extremely hip gin bar in the Fruit Market which will start selling its own fruit-flavoured gin, distilled in-house, this summer. The Minerva, an elegant gastropub near the marina, is well worth a pint too.
See: Obviously, Hull’s halfway through its year of cultural shenanigans, and in July hosts the Proms, the world’s greatest classical music festival.
Do: Hornsea is the kind of place the phrase ‘pottering about’ was invented for. Potter about its Blue Flag beach. Potter about the Grade II-listed 19th century Bettison Folly made of local ‘treacle’ bricks. Potter about the Elizabethan Constable Hall and its 300 acres of parkland. Potter yourself stupid.
45 minutes away Bridlington
Eat: The Lamp – named, you’ll be surprised to hear, for its lamp – is Grade II listed, and does classical French-inspired bistro food par excellence. It’s got a rear courtyard for warm summer evenings too.
Drink: The White Horse, also known as Nellies, is as atmospheric an old pub as you’ll find, dating back to at least 1666 and has pretty much all of its original features intact.
See: The Old Town is an intriguing mix of the old – there’s the historic buildings, for instance, and the annual Dickensian Festival – and the new, with the likes of Gallery Forty-Nine showing off some of the best of contemporary British art.
Do: Obviously, you’ve got to hit the beach: try North Beach, Fraisthorpe Beach and North Landing in Flamborough, and the walk to the cove at Dane’s Dyke in Flamborough is well worth doing. Take a quick ride on the pirate ship from Bridlington too.