For tea of a different kind, namely a chippy one, Pickering provides. As well as everyone’s favourite fish and chips dinner, Capplemans is also a fine restaurant whose menu includes other seafood delicacies and even a considered vegan selection. And for even more eating pleasures, Piggies in the Middle is a deli which specialises in lip-smacking pulled pork sandwiches alongside other takeout treats.
To take Pickering’s food all the way back home, check out The Organic Farm Shop for quality local produce, and luxuriate in the sweet delights of wonderful artisan producers Birdgate Chocolatiers. Whilst that may be the perfect gift, there is plenty more to choose from in the town, at Beckside Gifts or the independent artist championing Pickering Gifts.
A couple more places stock a vast array of unique and specialist finds, in which time can be enjoyably whiled away. Pickering Antiques have 9 rooms of expert dealers to explore, whilst Jack & Sally’s Curiosity Shop is a riotous rummage through a variety of vintages to stumble across your treasure trove.
Pet presents are amply catered for too, at the aptly named experienced animal experts The Pet Store, full of toys, foods and treats. But maybe this is a day out for yourself, in which case treats should surely be lavished inwardly, perhaps by picking up a new outfit at smart casual clothes store The Smiddy.
On your way around all these shops and cafes, you’ll probably notice a few cultural spots and landmarks that attention should be paid to. Don’t miss the evocative Pickering Castle, a 13th century motte and bailey fortification that is now an English Heritage site which can be toured extensively or meandered pleasantly.
More impeccably displayed history can be seen at the town’s market cross, where you can rest up besides the the pretty flowers and grasses, and at Memorial Hall, where a plaque commemorates local heroes from the first World War. Inside this impressive building now acts as a meeting venue and events space for exhibitions, conferences, performances and community activities of all kinds. And to get to the heart of Pickering’s heritage, visit Beck Isle Museum, showcasing the town’s social past with their local collections.
Whilst in Pickering, it is tempting to venture into the moors, and whilst a walk is the way to go, a railway ride is a refreshing revival. Step aboard steam and diesel trains at North York Moors Railway and travel up to 24 miles through the area’s amazing scenery. Elsewhere, a scaled down version is a lot of family fun at Cedarbarn Miniature Railway, where the Flying Yorkshireman choo-choos through the fruit fields.
After experiencing your choices from those above, it’s time for a drink. Any credible market town serves up a traditional pub or two, and Pickering undoubtedly obliges, thanks to The Black Swan and Bay Horse Inn. So, sit back, sup up, and savour the marvellous day out that is Pickering.