A couple of days at a favourite spot on the Yorkshire coast, with some excellent weather, dramatic views, fascinating harbour, and some wonderful beer and pubs. Welcome to Whitby....
In the crazy year that has been 2020, chances to get away and get out have been disrupted and limited, so when I got the chance to go off for a couple of days the other week, I decided to head over to a place I hadn't visited in ages, Whitby. One of the jewels of the long Yorkshire coastline, it is famous for its Dracula and gothic connections, its Abbey, hosting numerous festivals and events, its busy working harbour, plus all the usual paraphernalia you would associate with a popular seaside resort and tourist destination. Keeping up the jewel theme it even has its own gemstone, the intensely black Whitby Jet, derived from the fossilised remains of ancient trees, found in deposits all along the coast in these parts, and which is fashioned into pieces of jewellery. There is even a Jet Museum in the town.
And within the town's stock of pubs, there are a number of gems too. Not least the tiny Black Horse, dating from 1660, which is situated on one of the narrow streets on the abbey side of the harbour, still sporting the colours of a former Tetley's house, and which in these days of one way systems and checking in you enter via a side entrance down a little alley. Inside are a number of small rooms, with an old bar dating from the late 19th century which has hardly changed over the intervening years. The pub always has hot drinks, tapas, olives, and a range of Yorkshire cheeses on offer, but a more unusual item for these days amongst this extra stuff is the availability of tins of snuff. No doubt any of these would add to the buzz of contented chatter that was wafting through the air. The table service was friendly and efficient. There were 3 beers listed on a chalkboard; I opted for a not-so-local Adnams Southwold Bitter which I rated as an ok 2.5 on the National Beer Scoring System; better was the dark 4.6% Rhatas strong bitter from the formerly local Black Dog Brewery, but which have been brewed under contract by Hambleton for a number of years. It was quite rich with a dry finish and I rated it a NBSS 3.
|The Black Horse, Whitby|
|The Waiting Room; the train can wait....|
|Another great pub: The Station Hotel|
|The Endeavour, Whitby|