Things to Enjoy in Sleights, Briggswath and Ruswarp

Things to Enjoy in Sleights, Briggswath and Ruswarp

Sleights is a large village with plenty to do right on our doorstep. The village is well served by our local Spa shop, which is also home to a Post Office. We've also got an excellent butcher, a couple of pubs, a fish and chip restaurant, a garden centre with cafe and more all close at hand.

While Whitby draws big crowds, Sleights, Briggswath and Ruswarp tend to remain fairly quiet and peaceful all year round. The perfect place for a relaxing break in the North Yorkshire countryside.

Here are our recommendations for other businesses to visit while you're staying at Rowan Tree House.

Botham's Bakery

Botham's Bakery, established in 1865, is a renowned family-run bakery based in Whitby. Known for its traditional baking methods and high-quality ingredients, Botham's offers a delightful array of baked goods, including artisan bread, cakes, biscuits, and their famous Whitby Lemon Buns.

The bakery's rich heritage is reflected in its charming shop, which has become a beloved local institution. Botham's also provides afternoon teas and hampers, showcasing their commitment to excellence and tradition. Visitors and locals alike cherish Botham's for its delicious treats and warm, welcoming atmosphere, making it a must-visit location.

We have a small Botham's Bakery right here in Sleights, just a short walk down the hill from Rowan Tree House. It's the perfect place to pick up some tasty treats for a picnic, before catching the train up the Esk Valley or into Whitby for the day.

Eskdale Fisheries

Eskdale Fisheries, located in Sleights near Whitby, is a family-run fish and chip shop known for serving some of the best fish and chips in the area. Benefiting from Whitby's rich fishing heritage, Eskdale Fisheries uses the freshest locally-sourced fish, ensuring top-quality dishes. Their perfectly crispy batter and golden chips, cooked to perfection, attract both locals and visitors. The shop maintains a welcoming atmosphere and prides itself on excellent customer service. Eskdale Fisheries is a must-visit for anyone staying in Sleights, offering an authentic taste of the Yorkshire coast's famous culinary tradition.

Radford's Butchers

Radford's Butchers, located in Sleights, is a well-regarded family-run butcher shop known for its high-quality meats and exceptional customer service. Established for many years, Radford's has built a reputation for sourcing local, ethically-reared meat, including beef, lamb, pork, and poultry. The shop offers a variety of homemade sausages, burgers, and other specialty products, catering to the tastes of the local community.

Radford's Butchers prides itself on its traditional butchery skills and personal touch, ensuring that each customer receives the best cuts and advice. It's a cornerstone of Sleights, reflecting the village's commitment to quality and tradition. Just a short walk from Rowan Tree House, Radford's is definitely worth a visit while you're in the area.

The Salmon Leap

The Salmon Leap is a family run pub located at the bottom of the village. They have a large beer garden to the rear of the property which looks on to the Yorkshire railway steam trains, passing in the summer months. In the winter months they light their wood-burning stove, creating a cosy and welcoming atmosphere in the bar.

Perry's Plants & The River Gardens

Perry's was originally a family house with Victorian Tea Rooms and a tennis court, croquet lawn and a very basic holiday accommodation in the grounds. There's a lovely photograph on the wall in the cafe of Victorian ladies in their gorgeous dresses takin tea and rowing on the river.

The gardens were bought in the 1970's by Pat and the late Bill Perry. It was quite run down at that time with a tea room in the lounge of the house, an old boathouse and caravans and holiday cabins in varying degrees of disrepair. Over the years they improved and developed the site and landscaped the gardens.

The licensed cafe is now in the renovated, old holiday cabins overlooking the river and the Garden Centre has evolved from being Pat's hobby into a nursery specialising in unusual plants.

Still a family business, Pat and Bill's son Richard and his wife Sharon run the Garden Centre and their daughter Jackie runs the cafe.

Ruswarp Pleasure Boats

A little further away in the nearby village of Ruswarp you'll find Ruswarp Pleasure Boats. People have been enjoying boating on the River Esk at Ruswarp for over 100 years! These days you can hire rowing boats or kayaks, and spend a leisurely hour exploring the river. It's a popular activity, especially through the warmer months, and a fantastic way to enjoy some of the beautiful countryside in our local area.

The Bridge Inn

After spending some time 'messing about on the river', why not head round the corner to The Bridge Inn? It's a traditional pub serving heart meals. Recently renovated and under new ownership it's become a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. There's a small beer garden to the rear, and it's conveniently located just next door to Ruswarp Railway Station from where, timetables permitting, you'll be able to catch your train back to Sleights!

Jackson's Butchers

Also in the village of Ruswarp you'll find Jackson's Butchers. Jackson's are most well known for their amazing breakfast sandwiches. Choose from sausage, bacon or egg (or a combinatioon). They're generously filled and excellent value. Why not pick one up on your way into Whitby. If you're walking you'll find a footpath just to the right of Jackson's shop which leads across the fields and up to Mayfield Road in Whitby. It's a lovely walk through the summer months.


We've some wonderful attractions right on our doorstep. Whether you're a foodie, looking for a delicious treat, or enjoy being out in the great outdoors experiencing the North York Moors, there's truly something for everyone. Relax and unwind at Rowan Tree House B&B in Sleights, the perfect place from which to enjoy all that North Yorkshire has to offer.