With Brits flocking to seaside resorts to get away from it all, areas such as Norfolk and Cornwall have been forced to turn people away, whilst those lucky enough to get a place to stay have found pubs, restaurants, beaches and attractions to be overcrowded.
The Version checked out an alternative destination – Hull and the East Yorkshire Coast – to see how it measured up to the more obvious choices.
Hull was named Cultural Capital of Europe back in 2017 so we figured it must have some good stuff going for it, and we were right.
A place to stay
There are plenty of great towns along the East Yorkshire coast (more on that to come) so we worked out that we would be best placed staying in Hull itself, allowing us easy access to the other areas we wanted to visit.
We stayed at the Doubletree by Hilton, which offers fantastic deals. As a family of four, with two small children, we opted for a junior suite and we were not disappointed.
Firstly, the welcome we received was fantastic. A very friendly welcome included warm cookies and bottled water – just what we needed. It was also immediately obvious that the hotel was immaculate and all correct social distancing measures were firmly in place.
Next, we checked out our room. It was so spacious and again, spotless. A huge, comfy double bed awaited us, with tea and coffee services and a decent tv – which all meant we could flop out and take the weight off of our feet. The children slept behind a partition and had their own tv and sofa bed which they loved. The room was supplied with slippers, gowns and fluffy towels and the whole thing felt like a real treat for all of us.
The next morning, we went down to the restaurant (a Marco Pierre White Steakhouse by night) and enjoyed a fantastic breakfast. With buffets not an option, we actually felt we preferred the alternative method – individual menus where we could tick off whatever we wanted.
This meant we were able to enjoy a selection of fruit, yoghurt, juices, coffee, muffins, pastries and a cooked breakfast made to our taste. This was first rate, with beautiful bacon and sausage alongside mushrooms, beans, hash browns, toast… the full works!
Again, the service was exceptional – friendly, attentive and faultless.
Hull itself was a charming town, with a really lovely marina area and some great spots to visit including the old quarter which felt steeped in history and offered some magnificent little pubs.
In terms of the local area, there are some excellent places to visit. Try Beverley for shopping. You’ll find Jack Wills, Monsoon, Jaeger, Burtons, Lakeland, Laura Ashley and M&S alongside a whole host of gorgeous pubs and bars and a great chip shop just down the road. There’s plenty to explore in the town and it is well worth checking out.
If it’s the seaside you’re after, try hornsea. This old fashioned seafront is clean with some lovely little ice cream and food outlets. The beach was busy when we went, but we walked a little further and found a much quieter stretch, which was even sandier, had more space, and provided lovely views.
If you really want to shop, then head up to York Designer Outlet, about 50 minutes away. Here, you’ll find a massive indoor shopping centre, with Polo Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Coach, Denby and many more stores with incredible discounts.
We would definitely recommend a visit to the East Yorkshire coast for a getaway.