I love the East Coast of England. The area seems to have maintained that feeling of days gone by when England was proud, where honesty and decency were virtues, and fun and happiness were not dependent on the size of your wallet and the amount of gigabytes your phone or tablet possessed, and a recent visit to view the HQ Collection confirmed this. The HQ Collection consists of four family–owned restaurants and pubs with rooms; The Plough, The Copper Horse Restaurant & Cottages, The Mayfield Hotel and The Yew Tree Cafe, all situated just outside Scarborough. The Collection is part of the Yorkshire-based Qdos Entertainment owned by local husband and wife entrepreneurs, Nick & Sandra Thomas.
The overriding feeling that I had when visiting the Collection was the high levels of consistency throughout, whether it be the newly refurbished bedrooms at The Plough in Scalby or the traditional family pub and carvery at The Mayfield, Seamer, the attention to detail and stamp of quality shines through.
The HQ Collection carries the distinctive trademark of award-winning dining, with all of the eateries offering varied and individually styled menus produced by a team of top chefs using only the finest local and regional ingredients together with a warm, friendly Yorkshire welcome that you come to expect. The Plough, for example, is quickly establishing itself as a must-go-to eatery in the Scarborough area. The relaxed restaurant delivers exciting menus, whether it be a locally inspired light lunch, terrific dinner menu, or a traditional roast dinner with Yorkshire Puddings and all the trimmings, you will not leave feeling disappointed. A noticeable element of the HQ Collection is the desire to please all tastes, so if archetypal restaurant style dining is not to your taste then The Mayfield with its delicious carvery and wide choice of pub classics, burgers, sharing platters and great value kids menu or the quaint Yew Tree cafe – offering breakfasts, sandwiches or coffees and cakes – may well be your preference.
Elegant accommodation is standard at all of the HQ Collection properties with all rooms designed for comfort and complete relaxation with nothing left to chance. The choice includes the decadent rooms at The Plough and The Mayfield or the six, 5 star selfcatering holiday cottages at The Copper Horse and the pet-friendly Sunbeam cottage across the road from The Plough. There are a whole host of reasons to choose accommodation from the HQ Collection. A week’s family holiday on the Yorkshire coast might lead to a stay at one of the six luxury boutique style Copper Horse cottages (two of which are pet friendly) that are all designed to be the perfect home from home using quality fabrics and furnishings and complemented with generous mod cons. Within the cottage collection is Palladium House which has four astounding, luxury en-suite bedrooms which are available on a nightly basis with breakfast. Large groups can rent all six properties providing the ideal accommodation for wedding parties or large family gatherings.
There is certainly a warm sense of friendliness when visiting any of the eclectic establishments in the HQ Collection, an enormous pride in extending the warm Yorkshire welcome to locals, visitors and guests alike and one that should not be ignored. Visit them now before someone else does!