LUXE LOCAL: YARM

Friendly independents, lively bars and much-loved restaurants. Historic Yarm has charm galore on its cobbled high street...

Properties >>

Old and new are in the mix when it comes to properties. In Yarm itself just off the high street there are characterful cobbled ‘wynds’ filled with properties of all shapes and sizes. You can find cosy cottages with beams, higgledy-piggledy townhouses or riverside apartments.

Either side of the high street you find grand Edwardian and Victorian properties in Yarm and Eaglescliffe and there’s an impressive array of executive new builds on the outskirts – but most within walking distance of the lively high street.

Yarm and Eaglescliffe have great schools, as well as access to open countryside surrounding the River Tees.

Connected >>

Almost as well connected as Meghan and Harry. You can get to London on the Grand Central rail service in about three hours direct from Eaglescliffe Station – which also gets to mainline services at Darlington in 15 minutes.

Yarm station is on the TransPennine line so you’re direct to York in about 40 minutes or straight to Leeds, Manchester or Liverpool.

In terms of roads, there can be a rush hour crawl into Yarm high street from both sides but it’s also accessible for the A66, A1 and A19.

Durham Tees Valley airport on Yarm’s doorstep has recently had new ownership so there are big plans for an expansion of flights over coming years. For now you can get to Schipol Airport in Amsterdam for access across the globe or fly to Aberdeen or Humberside daily.

Shop >>

Yarm’s a great place to while away a few hours buying things you never realised you needed.

Home to independent retailers trying really hard to offer a proper high street experience, they strive to offer great service and a touchy-feely experience that beats online. Some lovely shops offer friendly faces, well-chosen products and invaluable knowledge.

For clothes you can nip into The House, Attitudes or DC Couture for an emergency Saturday night outfit – or head to Fat Face for emergency weekend sofa-night PJs. Great designer kids clothes at Elfin and nice shoes at Moda in Pelle.

Get some top-of-the-range audio or TV tech at Bang & Olufsen or spend ages mooching over lovely things at Strickland and Holt. This mini department store is packed with character and well-chosen stock. The perfect place when you need a birthday card and gift for all ages and occasions. It’s also home to a clothing department that knows its market with brands such as Powder and Masai. This is where you find loose summer lines, artsy tunics and good jewellery, including our fave brand, Tutti&Co.

Interiors are catered for at Cinnamon Bay where you’re guaranteed great customer service and a good buying eye for on-trend home furnishings and accessories.

Cloud Cuckoo is a genuinely friendly store filled with lovely gifts and treats for the home, including restored hand-painted furniture.

Add to the mix some gorgeous flower shops, the lovely Lewis & Cooper deli, a host of expert beauty salons – including Skin – and nail bars.

Eat & Drink >>

You’re genuinely spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out in Yarm. From gastro classics at Muse to big steaks and burgers at Lost Property or Tomahawk, classic Italian at Santoro or great wood-fired pizzas at Cena.

Try a cocktail at Hide, definitely a place with a Friday and Saturday night buzz.

Al fresco eating spots are made for summer socialising too, among them:

The Black Bull – huge beer garden by the river.

Mockingbird Deli – the perfect prosecco or cappuccino stop-off with seating on the high street – perfect for people-watching.

The Keys – a lovely sunny evening outdoor terrace.

Fourteen Drops – classy little wine bar with outdoor seating, not to mention aperitivo evenings 5-7pm Tuesday-Thursday with a special wine list and free snacks.

Hide has a relatively new rooftop bar for an al fresco summer cocktail outing.

Coffee and cakes are a must if you’re having one of those moochy days out.

Specialist coffee is served with real enthusiasm and knowledge at Mint Hobo where homemade cakes are, as they say, ‘to-die-for’ too. And stupendous cheese on toast alongside a genuinely friendly welcome.

Borellis is tucked away in Dandy Wynd – a really sociable go-to for superb Italian treats such as coffee and panettone for a breakfast treat, as well as great deli platters and a Friday prosecco treat when it stays open early evening with outside heaters and blankets for a the perfect into-the-weekend feeling.

Strickland and Holt’s café is great for lovely breakfasts, homemade hearty soups, scones and healthy lunches.

Culture fix >>

The Princess Alexandra Auditorium attached to Yarm School is the venue for every kind of entertainment – from an evening with Ruby Wax to a Take That tribute act or live screenings from the National Theatre or Royal Opera House. Something for everyone – and then some.

Stroll >>

Yarm finds itself in a bend of the River Tees so you’re always just a short stroll from a tranquil riverside walk along the marked Teesdale Way footpath.

This is a lovely waterside blow-the-cobwebs walk – or there’s an easy Yarm loop walk via the charmingly named True Lovers Walk that gives a sense of what the town is all about.

You can hop on a boat at the jetty to the rear of Sainsbury’s on the high street and take the river ride to Preston Park museum which has a great living history museum with a Victorian street and  the grounds are home to an impressive children’s play area with a skate park.

At Preston Park and Yarm from May you can also hire rowing boats from the Rivershack team and make the most of the tranquil waters.

 

MY LOCAL…

Kimberley Overfield is owner of Cloud Cuckoo gifts and interiors store in Yarm High Street, celebrating ten years in business in 2019.

Three good things about living here:

– Yarm is full of independent shops and boutiques, great for finding that something special.

– We have such a fantastic range of places to eat and drink. You can get pretty much find anything you fancy! For a night out the little wine bars that have been opening are such a bonus for a cosy, intimate feel.

– Most importantly, it’s the people that make Yarm such a nice place to be. All of the businesses help to support each other which is so important and great friendships are made with customers that support our beautiful high street.

Three places to take visitors:

– For anyone with children, a day out at Preston Park and Butterfly World is an absolute must!

– I love taking my mum for a relaxing treatment in one of our many beauty salons. They all offer something different so we alternate between Adora Belle, At The Skin Company and Inspire Beauty.

– The best way to see the beautiful scenery surrounding the high street is on the riverboat by Rivershack. You get picturesque views of the viaduct from the river and in such a peaceful and picture-perfect setting.

An ‘in the know’ secret:

– One of Yarm’s best kept secrets is a gorgeous little Italian deli called Borrellis. Tucked down a pretty wynd off the high street, it’s tiny, quirky and full of life inside. I can’t come away without a delicious bottle of their prosecco.


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