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HLN explores… Yarm

Want to explore one of our region’s best loved market towns? Come with us on a trip to Yarm…

One thing we can guarantee… you’ll find unique indie boutique stores, interior havens and artisan spirit houses that you’ll adore.

Named one of the most scenic market towns in North Yorkshire with the River Tees flowing right through it, we’re lucky to have a town so full of history and beautiful landmarks right on our doorstep. Not to mention the multitude of hidden gems to be found in the form of pubs, cafés and restaurants.

Sadly, we’ve all seen the closure of many local high street stores up and down the country during lockdown. But not in Yarm – this thriving town has seen more and more independent businesses popping up at every turn. There’s a real sense of buzz in the town, and it’s not hard to see why.

Fancy a jaunt down to Yarm yourself? Here’s everything you need to know…

WHERE TO PARK

Park on Yarm High Street, which is free for three hours (maximum stay). Or, if you want to stay longer, park at Castle Dyke Wynd (TS15 9DE), The Old Market (TS15 9BX) and Yarm Wharf (TS15 9AH) car parks, which are all only £1.50 all day.

WHERE TO SHOP

Best places to shop in Yarm

Pop into Cloud Cuckoo in the heart of Yarm, where you’ll find a wide range of beautifully hand-crafted gifts and furniture all under one roof.

Known as Strickies to locals, Strickland and Holt have been part of the market town for over a century. Bringing us unusual and well-designed gifts, toys and fashion to the North East. While you’re at Strickies, why not pop upstairs to Cinnamon Bay Interiors? Here you’ll find all the lighting, wall art, clocks and soft furnishings that you need. Or pop by Bauer at Home, recently opened on the High Street, to find beautiful home furnishings, accessories, bespoke cushions, curtains and upholstery to jazz up your home.

Who could forget our furry four-legged friends? Certainly not us! They’re part of our family, just the same as anyone else. From raw treats and comfy bedding to a wide range of toys, visit The Pet Quarter to put a smile on your pup’s face.

Using only the highest quality ingredients, Revelry Spirits create their handcrafted premium spirits with united flavours in store within their in-house urban distillery. It would be rude not to pick up a little tipple to take home, right?

Wine lover? Don’t sweat it – Fourteen Drops is perfect for you. Serving up exceptional wines from small artisan wineries who respect the grapes and the land, you should only expect the finest, top-quality wines here. Oh, and while you’re there, why not join in on their wine tasting events? A perfect excuse to try a new glass of wine (or two) and learn more about how they’re made.

Why not treat yourself to a new outfit? Independent fashion boutique Attitudes Womenswear have a stylish collection for your celebrations. They’re more than just a clothes shop; there’s a wide variety of shoes, jewellery and accessories to choose from here. From sequin midi dresses to a huge range of accessories, you’ll find your perfect wardrobe all under one roof.

While you’re at it, why not pamper yourself at Lucy Clydesdale Beauty Studio? Whether you’re after a set of semi-permanent lashes, a brow tidy up, or makeup done by a professional, this beauty studio is the place for you.

LUNCH

All this shopping had worked up our appetites. What better way to refuel with some food and drink with some Mediterranean flare at Café Nossa? This Portuguese deli provides you with all the foodie faves you need so that you can fill up on everything from fine wines and cheese to tasty pastries and meat from the Portugal and Iberian area.

If you’re craving some Italian freshness, pop into Mockingbird Deli, which serves delicious Italian meats, cheeses and olives platters. That’s before we’ve even mentioned their scones, cakes and Italian pastries, too.

Talking of Italian’s… there’s a new opening in Yarm that we’re very excited about.

Finzi brings gorgeous gourmet pizza to the town that’ll honestly melt in your mouth. Nothing can get more authentic than food made from Atalanta families, who bring traditional recipes to life and make everything using only the highest quality ingredients.

After a spot of lunch, we’re sure you’ll need your caffeine fix to refuel for the rest of your day – and we know just the place: Hobo Coffee. Whether you’re after an americano, cappuccino or you’re in more of a ginger spice frappe mood, they’ve got all your favourite freshly-brewed beverages on their menu.

WALK

While we were there, many lovely locals mentioned the True Lovers’ Walk. The riverside path is named after a tomb in the nearby St. Mary Magdalene church, which dates back to the 15th century. Its original occupants – a man and a woman whose origins remains a mystery to this day – are known as the True Lovers.

The path will take you on a scenic walk along the River Tees and to the town’s iconic bridge. A perfect break from your busy shopping day!

DINE

Best restaurants in Yarm

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ picky tea? Well, these tasty tapas bars are the next best thing, if not better. Serving some of the finest contemporary tapas and premium cocktails, Luna Blu is the perfect spot to end your day of shopping. Home to a stunning floral living wall, luxury VIP booths and DJs and live music at the weekends, why not dance the night away here after you dine?

If tapas have tickled your fancy, Marshall’s serves small plates too, but with cuisines from all around the world. From Asia to the Mediterranean (and even some local delicacies), take a trip to Marshall’s and you’ll feel like you’ve travelled around the world.

There’s nothing like a juicy steak and crispy-cut chips to warm us up during winter. And hidden gem Lost Property are here to serve us all our meaty cravings in style. Specialising in Yorkshire beef, locally sourced seafood, craft ales and cocktails, there’s plenty of choice on this menu, so we can guarantee you’ll enjoy your evening here.

There’s not a day that goes by where we aren’t tempted by our cheese and carb cravings. Whether you fancy wholesome homemade lasagne or want to spice things up with a chicken and chorizo pizza, Yarm’s premier modern Italian restaurant Cena is the foodie paradise for you, (at least, it was for us!).

STAY

After a day full of shopping, wining and dining, you must be feeling tired – so why not stay the night in this marvellous market town?

The Old Mill Rooms is a stunning staycation spot. A converted Old Mill filled with history dating back 250 years, here you can enjoy the gorgeous grounds in a beautifully peaceful location. Oh, and did we mention there are rooms available with hot tubs? A perfect end to a perfect day!

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Rachael Nichol
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After gaining a first in her BA Media and Journalism degree at Northumbria University, Rachael worked at Newcastle’s leading regional newspaper with her stories being picked up in national and global newspapers She spent two very successful years giving a voice to those communities across the North East who otherwise…

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