The Reliance Bus Company runs the No.40 which goes to the centre of York in one direction and to the local market town of Easingwold in the other.
If you are going to York the bus stop is right outside the double white gates to Pear Tree House. (There is no sign so be ready to put your hand out). The bus travels past the hospital and down Gillygate. The best place to get off is in Exhibition Square – The Art Gallery is on your right and if you turn left at Bootham Bar and walk under the city walls, you are in the centre of York. If you don’t get off here, the bus will take you on to the railway station.
If you want to go to the lovely Georgian market town of Easingwold, the bus stop is on the other side of Main Street, opposite the gates to Pear Tree House and is clearly marked.
The buses are infrequent, please visit the Reliance Bus website for an up-to-date timetable information by following the link below.
Distance from Pear Tree House – 8 miles
York, with its Roman, Viking and Medieval past, is one of the must-see destinations for most visitors. The city is full of exciting places to visit and things to do and is one of the most visited tourist destinations in England. The following links provide further information about the main attractions which include York Minster (the largest medieval church in England), JORVIK (perhaps the best known visitor attraction in York), Betty’s Tearoom and The National Railway Museum.
Distance from Pear Tree House – 6 miles
Easingwold is a pretty Georgian market town just 6 miles from Sutton-on-the-Forest. The market is every Friday and there are plenty of good places to eat and drink including The George, an 18th century coaching inn set in the heart of the cobbled square, and The Olive Branch, an excellent café and bistro (which offers vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free meals as well).
Distance from Pear Tree House – 16 miles
Helmsley is a picture postcard market town and hugely popular with visitors to North Yorkshire. It lies 15 miles north of Sutton-on-the-Forest. It has a number of good pubs, restaurants and tearooms as well as nice shops. It has an Arts Centre which hosts several themed events throughout the year, five acres of walled gardens set beside the backdrop of Helmsley Castle and Duncombe Park, a beautiful historic house and country estate. The area is popular with walkers – the town is the start of the Cleveland Way, a 110 mile walk which skirts the North York Moors National Park and finishes on the Brigg at Filey.
Our other holiday property, Fox Cottage, is located on the High Street. Rievaulx Abbey is just 3 miles from Helmsley.
Ben & Rosie’s Top 10 places to eat and drink
We regularly visit and review local pubs and restaurants so that we can recommend places to our visitors. (I know… someone has to do it)!
Herewith our Top 10 (with links):
The Rose and Crown (Sutton-on-the-Forest – just across the road) – Walk across the road from the house and a little further down is your local village pub. Leave the car at home, no taxi necessary. Excellent choice of beers and bistro-style food and you are assured a warm welcome.
Il Paradiso on the Forest (0.25 miles) – Family owned and run, genuine Italian restaurant serving a vast menu of authentic and delicious dishes.
The New Inn (Huby – 1.5 miles) – Excellent Cantonese restaurant just up the road in village of Huby run by husband and wife team, Mr Lin and Sally. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.
The Bay Tree (Stillington – 2 miles) – Daniel & Becky run this charming country pub in the neighbouring village of Stillington. The restaurant serves modern British cuisine in elegant and tasteful surroundings.
The Durham Ox (Crayke – 5 miles) – This three hundred year old pub has a reputation which extends far beyond the region. It has won numerous awards and has been family owned since 1999. It is also dog friendly.
Ambiente (Goodramgate, York – 9.5 miles) – If you like Spanish food and you like tapas, look no further than Ambiente in York. In fact there are two branches in York as well as one in Leeds and one in Hull. Our favourite is the branch in Goodramgate, which lies close to the city walls at Monk Bar. The staff are trained in Spain and the tapas is authentic and utterly delicious. Thank you to our friends and hispanophiles, Tom & Anne, for introducing us to the delights of Ambiente. Take the bus, as we do, and enjoy a good drink with your food.
The Fairfax Arms (Gilling East – 10 miles) – Tracy Cooper is head chef and deserving of her fine culinary reputation. Eat informally in the bar or in the restaurant or the new orangery. On a sunny day, sit at a table in front of the pub, by the little stream which trickles through the village and watch the cyclists hurtle past.
The Grapes Inn (Slingsby – 14 miles) – Our very favourite place for food, in terms of quality and value for money is The Grapes, another family run pub, a stone’s throw from Castle Howard. The pub is charmingly decorated and cosy. It feels posh somehow without being remotely snobby and you are always assured of a warm welcome. Catherine and Leigh have recently added a pizza oven and operate a pizzeria along side their outside bar at weekends. The pub is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Feathers (Helmsley – 15 miles) – Located in the market square, The Feathers is very much at the heart of life in Helmsley. The old coaching inn has twin bars and a capacious dining room. Perfect for a big family get together or simply pop in for a drink, a light lunch or afternoon tea.
The Star Inn at Harome (Harome – 17 miles) – The Star is a delightful, thatched, fourteenth century inn situated a few miles from Helmsley. This year, it is celebrating the arrival, 25 years ago, of Andrew Pern, chef/patron since 1996. The Star has an international reputation and is holder of 1 Michelin star.