Andrew Beadnall - My Yorkshire weekend
PUBLISHED: 00:35 21 December 2013
Estate agent Andrew Beadnall explains how he squeezes a lot in to his bijou leisure time
Whenever I spend my weekend in Yorkshire it invariably means that at some stage I will be in the office. Running a seven-day-a-week three-office estate agency means there are always clients and staff who need me for some reason or another. As a consequence, I always try to pack in as much as I can in the leisure time I have left during those precious 48 hours.
After a 6.30pm finish on Friday I like to head over to Headingley to watch a Leeds Rhinos game or meet up with old friends for drinks.
On Saturday and Sunday morning, you’ll find me in our summerhouse with the weekend newspapers and breakfast overlooking a lake rich in wildlife. This offers me some much needed peace and quiet before visiting my Wetherby office to catch up on viewings and offers.
At some stage I’ll squeeze in some piano practice as I’ve just started lessons and it helps me to switch off from all the pressures of work, or I might visit Martin Shaw Fitness at Thorpe Park in Leeds for an energetic personal training session.
We are always out on Saturday night with friends and may have an early doors meet at the Windmill at Linton, a pub I’ve frequented for over 40 years. Then it’s on to the Flying Pizza in Street Lane, Leeds, which I’ve also been visiting since it opened in the 1970s. As you can gather, I am very much a creature of habit.
On Sunday we might visit the Fox & Hounds in Walton for lunch with our son James and his girlfriend Charlie. As this pub was owned by my late parents for over 25 years, it evokes very special memories – and the food’s great too. If we’re not out with James, from time to time we’ll have a group of friends over for drinks before heading down to the pub for lunch.
A weekend trip to Whitby remains a favourite as I have always been drawn to water and the unspoiled countryside of the North York Moors. A walk along the harbour at any time of year is always a treat, especially when followed by fish and chips at Trenchers and a visit to the Moon & Sixpence bar (a great place to people-watch especially when it’s the Goth Weekend).
Dinner at Estbek House restaurant in neighbouring Sandsend rounds off a perfect day. And if we’re staying overnight, we make the most of it with an early Sunday morning walk along the beach at Runswick Bay to build up an appetite for lunch at The Wheatsheaf Inn in Egton.
When early Sunday evening rolls around, I’ll be back in the office preparing our advertisements for the week ahead and catching up on messages.
All too soon it’s the start of another eventful working week. But, after 41 years in estate agency, I can honestly say it’s still a challenge I relish and enjoy.
Andrew Beadnall is founder and owner of Beadnall Copley Estate and Lettings Agents with offices in Harrogate, Ripon and Wetherby.