PUB OF THE WEEK: Hayburn Wyke, Cloughton
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Anyone walking the Cleveland Way or cycling the cinder track from Scarborough to Whitby will probably know of the Hayburn Wyke.

The pub lies on the old railway track in the woods just by the tiny bay of the same name.

It’s a pub located in a place where woods meet beach with 10 acres of grounds and a waterfall a short walk away.

It really shouldn’t need any further selling than that. Fortunately, it has much more going for it.

As well as real ales and ciders, the pub offers a very hearty menu featuring proper pies or giant Yorkshires or decent steaks. Everything is well-made and good value.

Last time I went they even had a huge bowl of delicious pork crackling from the Sunday roast sat on the bar for you to sample.

As well as the two large dining rooms there is a sun-trap courtyard dining area littered with cartwheels, dolly tubs and farming ephemera and then there is the playground for the kids.

Best of all, the kid’s stuff is close enough to keep an eye on them from the courtyard, but far enough away to stop them bugging you.

If the weather’s inclement there are also regular music nights, a pool table and other pub games. In summer the Hayburn

Wyke feels like a secret, Brigadoony type enclave hidden in the woods where you can fill your belly, catch the sun and keep the kids entertained.

In winter, with the open fires warming the walls, it’s a haven that feels a million miles away from the rest of the world.

About The Author

Dave Lee is TV producer and film-maker who also writes on food & drink, travel and culture for various publications. He is a regular contributor on BBC Radio 4 and the Yorkshire Post. Worryingly, he believes that the finest food on earth is the pattie butty.

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