Don’t forget kids, Sunday is Father’s Day. If it has slipped your mind here are some suggestions on how to treat your Dad without breaking the bank.
The weather forecast for Sunday looks brighter than it has done all week. So what better way than to take him on a ramble on the North York Moors before heading off to Hutton Le Hole for an afternoon tea. Both The Forge Tea Rooms and The Barn Guest House and Tea Rooms offer delectable treats. If you are walking in Farndale then The Royal Oak at Gillamoor offers great home cooked Sunday lunches as does the Horseshoe Inn at Levisham.
If you are feeling energetic you can catch the North York Moors Railway to Levisham Station and walk up the steep hill to Levisham village. That will certainly work up an appetite! But to avoid disappointment book in advance.
Head for the coast and near Skipsea is The Granary at The Rustic Riddle, where after a day on the beach (weather permitting) you can enjoy an afternoon tea and meeting some furry friends or alternatively visit Mr Moos for an ice cream or delicious lunch. Another artisan ice cream maker not to be missed at Helmsley is Ryeburn of Helmsley Ice Cream.
If you live near Harrogate then why not pop into The Cheesboard at 1 Commercial Street to buy some of Dad’s favourite cheese with over 200 cheeses you will be spoilt for choice. If your Dad like’s spicier food then Sukhothai is Yorkshire’s finest Thai restaurant. Established for 17 years they now have branches in Harrogate, Chapel Allerton, Headingley and Leeds City Centre.
Perhaps your Dad prefers a tipple? Then why not treat him to a gin experience at the Spirit of Masham where he can create his own unique gin and enjoy an afternoon gin tasting. But be warned you may need to send a tax to collect him! Theakstons Brewery and Black Sheep Brewery offer tours of their distilleries and if t he weather turns wet again it is an interesting afternoon for all the family to take a tour. The Black Sheep Bistro also serves great food so to make the day complete lunch at the brewery would be perfect.
Further up in Wensleydale is Inspired Chocolate and if Dad has a sweet tooth this maybe the perfect answer! Watch chocolates being made from the viewing gallery and then let him choose his favourite selection.
Just off the A1M near Bedale is the Exelby Green Dragon which was recently taken over by the local community who helped redecorate the pub and bring it back to life.
Across at Skipton, Skipton Castle is a great option to explore followed by a delicious fish and chip lunch at Bizzie Lizzie’s, or alternatively a day clay pigeon shooting at The Coniston Hotel, off roading or meeting the resident birds of prey is another way of spending the day where all the family can join in.
Over at Settle Ye Olde Naked Man Café and Bakery has been serving up delicious treats for as long as I can remember and if the weather is bad perhaps a tour of the Dales with tea here would be a perfect treat. You could also pop into The Folly to view their latest exhibition and see what is playing at Victoria Hall, the town’s theatre and the world’s oldest music hall.
In Sedbergh a new restaurant is making a storm. Run by a young couple, Al Forno serves delicious pizzas some of the best that I have tasted. If funds run to it why not buy him a new pair of walking boot as the Sleepy Elephant.
If in York then the best place for Sunday lunch is by far Russells Restaurant. Here you can see how the meat is carved and they offer at least three different joints of meat. Vegetarians are not ignored and there are tasty treat for them as well. Just outside York at Bilbrough Top Services is Scott's Fish and Chips serving light and crispy fish and chips.
So whatever your budget there is something for every dad from a simple ice cream to a full blown meal! And you never know he might be so impressed he may offer to pay!