Find this cosy pub at the picturesque top of the Grand Old Duke of York’s hill – it’s the heart of the village. There’s a lot of space to enjoy – sit outside in the beer garden, sample one of their locally brewed gins in the bar with a board-game or book the private dining room with its own pre-dinner sitting area and log burner.
Food is excellent – great seafood, steaks, sandwiches and puddings with plenty for vegans too. Retire to the outdoor covered Dog House with a newspaper and a gutsy red while you warm yourself by the wood-burning stoves while you contemplate your next move.
Sleep in country-house style rooms in the old farmworkers’ cottages, wake up to a Bloody Mary and a buffet breakfast. There are great walks straight from the door; the hour long Crayke estate Walk takes you across the Howardian Hills, through beautiful woodland, over the river Foss and past views of Crayke Castle – bring the dog too.