Ey Up! As you may know, our Scarborough hotel is proudly situated in God’s own country. In Yorkshire, we’re well known for having our own quirks, sayings and dialect, which only we can comprehend. Here are 10 things you won’t understand if you’re not from Yorkshire…
1. “Are you in love” doesn’t always mean romance
For non-Yorkshire folk, this phrase would mean somebody asking them if they have romantic emotions for another person. However, for us, this is read and understood as somebody, usually our mum, asking us if we’re home. We know which interpretation we prefer…
2. We don’t all live “near Leeds”
Our magnificent region is split into North, East, South and West, with towns and cities often hours away from each other. However, as the rest of the country often forgets the names of these places, we usually just say we’re ‘near Leeds’ for ease of conversation. And no, before you ask, Scarborough isn’t near Leeds…
3. Tea isn’t just a drink
Up here, dinner is your midday meal and tea is what you eat on an evening. People that call their mealtimes lunch and dinner are clearly confused.
4. “Ey up” is classic communication
Forget ‘G’Day’, Yorkshire owns the coolest greeting in the world. Only the most experienced of Yorkshire folk can judge whether it means ‘hello’, ‘how are you’ or both.
5. Yorkshire puddings are a starter
If there’s one thing we deserve a pat on the back for, it’s this magnificent creation. If you venture into a classic pub for some grub, you might find Yorkie puds on the menu…as a starter. Many believe that they should be eaten with gravy before the main and meaty traditional roast.
6. ‘How much?!” is our war cry
If you stand anywhere in God’s own country and listen very carefully, you’ll hear the call of “how much?!” glide through the air. If the price is too high us Yorkshire folks aren’t happy. We do love a bargain.
7. We sweat Yorkshire Tea
If you’re from our region, no tea compares to Yorkshire Tea. We are fiercely passionate about this, and we will defend it to the end. Don’t get us started on the proper way to make a brew, we’ll be here for hours…
8. A buffet isn’t just food
To many, a buffet is solely an ‘all you can eat’ foodie affair. However, here, a buffet doubles up as a stool you can sit on. We love a double meaning, it isn’t confusing at all…oh wait.
9. “Put big light on” has a shared meaning
Every Yorkshire child has grown up hearing this demand, referring to the main light in the room. Regardless of size, the light will always be named ‘big’. Obviously.
10. You can order cake from the chippie
Disclaimer: you won’t be served a nice, tasty slab of chocolate cake. Instead, this lovely concoction is a cheaper version of battered fish. Shove it between two slices of bread, and you’re onto a good thing.
Whether you’re nodding along in agreement or screaming “eh?!”, we hope you feel enlightened with our Yorkshire ways. Now you’re all prepped to pay our hotel in Scarborough a visit – yay!