Stokesley is home for me, so, of course, I may be a little biased, but if ever there was a time to fall in love with what’s on your doorstep, it has been this last year, and I have done just that.
A quaint, cobbled market town at the foot of the North York Moors, Stokesley effortlessly blends country charm with contemporary elegance.
You’ll find stylish salons sitting between cosy coffee shops, you can shop forward-thinking fashion as well as local farmer’s produce at the weekly and monthly markets, and you can unwind with a glass of wine and a cheeseboard after enjoying glorious riverside strolls.
This trendy-yet-traditional town has it all. Whether you’re cafe hopping with your gran or cocktail crawling with your gang, you’ll find something that guarantees smiles for all generations.
So, during lockdown as I clocked up the miles pounding the pavements of my hometown, I decided to look a little closer, giving some love to the brilliant businesses sitting at the heart of the high street.
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The Truffled Hog
A chic and oh-so cheery spot to soak up all that Stokesley and the surrounding areas has to offer. Step inside this place and you’ll feel worlds away from the everyday – we’re talking Ibiza/Bali vibes, but you’ll get to sample some of the most spectacular seasonal produce from suppliers right here on our doorstep.
When things return to normal and the sun is beating down on College Square, you’ll find us out on the terrace with an Aperol Spritz in hand, tucking into an artisan cheese board. Here’s to hoping spring brunch dates are just around the corner.
The friendly faces at il Mulino have you covered when it comes to indulgent Italian delights. Round up the gang and go here for all your pizza and pasta favourites, with a Teesside twist.
With a whole host of wines, cocktails and beers on the drinks list, paired with a stylish sun-trapped terrace on College Square, it’s a must for spring/summer supper.
Sadler’s Cafe & Bistro
Sadlers is a stylish spot sitting on the buzzy high street. Go here for bistro bites, whether it’s a light bite over a coffee during the day, or a hearty homemade meal over a bottle of wine after dark.
With regular live music nights (when time allows) and twinkling fairy lights to create a lively yet laid-back atmosphere, this is a great place to people watch by the window and while away the hours in good hands.
Pistachio Bakery & Deli
Go here for all the goods when it comes to stocking up on sweet stuff and a cup of coffee. It’s been a lockdown saviour for hot drinks, cakes, pastries and more, and we can’t wait to return with our loved ones when the time is right.
Now, if you’re all for cocktails and moreish nibbles, TRU:VAI is certainly worth a visit. It’s wow interiors paired with its crafty concoctions, sweet treats and deli platters make it a real hit when it comes to winding down at the end of the week, or indeed a busy day at the home office.
The name says it all… TRU:VAI is inspired by the French word ‘trouvaille’ which translates to ‘lucky find’ – and that’s exactly what it is. How very lucky we are to find this unique little spot in Stokesley.
If you fancy spicing up your mealtimes, look no further than Y’Thai. Loved amongst locals and foodies travelling from further afield, this place will transport you from Yorkshire to the bustling streets of Bangkok in no time.
Think authentic Thai dishes with plenty on offer when it comes to sharing with friends and family. With low-lit lighting and a wonderful wine list, this is a great place to dine in for date night, or for takeout treats when getting the whole gang around the table at home, or in a lovely country holiday cottage.
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The Yorkshire Store
It’s all in the name – need we say more? An idyllic store sitting in the centre of Stokesley, offering everything from Yorkshire themed gifts to greeting cards sure to put smiles on faces and forward thinking fashion from the likes of Seasalt and White Stuff.
This family-run business is a breath of fresh air, giving us plenty of luxe inspiration when it comes to gifting and treating ourselves. It’s our go-to spot for L’Occitane, we couldn’t be without it!
Millbry Hill is your go-to for all things equestrian and pet-related. Part of the Armstrong Richardson group, it is believed to be the oldest independent, family-run agricultural and equestrian business in the country – and its HQ is right here in Stokesley.
The Millbry Hill store sitting back off the high street, is home to pet supplies, sportswear, gifts and country-inspired fashion including big name brands such as Barbour, Hunter, Joules and Fairfax & Favor.
If you have small people in your life, you’ll find little treasures for big hearts at The Nursery. Dubbed ‘a small shop full of wonderful must-have things’, it’s Stokesley’s go-to for gorgeous gifting for babies and children. Good things come in small packages, that’s for sure!
Whether you’ve tackled a number of lockdown DIY projects, full-blown home renovations or rejigging your rooms to achieve creative new spaces for home working, we’ve all fallen back in love with our humble abodes in some way or another this past year.
Our friends at Croft Interiors on Bridge Road are experts when it comes to stylish spaces – from fabrics and wall coverings, to upholstery, furniture and decorative accessories.
Go here and get lost in the beauty of carefully-selected interior products. From small gifts to big, room-defying pieces, you’re sure to fall in love with something.
The Only Weigh Out
We caught up with the friendly folk at The Only Weight Out at the beginning of the lockdown period back in spring 2020, when they were starting their new business in Stokesley.
It’s been a testing year to say the least, but they continue to go from strength to strength, offering up the finest plastic-free, zero-waste products for the everyday. From organic wines and wellbeing sets, to baked goods and store cupboard essentials, it’s an incredibly refreshing, innovative business.
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Angrove Country Park
Cross the fields from Stokesley towards Great Ayton, following the River Leven as you take in stunning views across the lush landscape, and you’ll stumble across a country gem. Angrove Country Park is home to G & Tea House, serving homemade food from dusk to dawn.
Whether it’s a quick breakfast roll and a coffee mid-walk, or an indulgent lunch with a bottle of something fancy, there’s an option for all occasions. Plus, with private huts to book our with your bubble, it’s a great place for family celebrations with wow views and excellent, locally-sourced food and drink.
Continue towards Great Ayton, where you’ll be greeted with tons of pooch-friendly businesses to browse and walking trails around the village and up into the hills, or head back towards Stokesley where you can lap up the fields and finish with a sunset stroll along the Leven. Idyllic.
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North York Moors
The best way to explore Stokesley and its surrounding villages is by foot, and that’s simply because of the sheer beauty it offers. This lively market town is just a stone’s throw from the North York Moors and all it has to offer.
A three mile stroll along the River Leven will bring you to Great Ayton, where you’ll find many more shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as routes to well known sites such as Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook’s Monument. In the other direction, you’ll find the stunning Cleveland Hills, towering over charming North Yorkshire villages, where you’ll find plenty of country pubs and brunch spots.
Our perfect day out in Stokesley includes brunch on the high street, followed by a hike up into the North York Moors, finishing with a refreshing tipple or two before picking up a bite to eat en route home. Nothing beats the glorious great outdoors – Yorkshire style!
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When staycations are on the cards again, Stokesley is a great place to switch off from the hustle and bustle or city life and escape in an exquisite environment. Sitting in a serene spot just a short drive from the high street, Roseberry View is a stunning 10 lodge retreat with all-encompassing views of the surrounding countryside.
Roseberry View enjoys a privileged position, lapped by the North York Moors and the glorious green spaces that surround Stokesley, perfect for family get-togethers and lazy weekends in pure luxury.
Complete with open plan living spaces, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and private hot tubs lowered into the stylish decking area, these lodges offer up the ultimate base for exploring Stokesley by day and unwinding in style by night.