Sean Jarvis, commercial director, Huddersfield Town Football Club

PUBLISHED: 00:00 13 April 2020

Sean Jarvis (c) John Early/Huddersfield Town

Sean Jarvis (c) John Early/Huddersfield Town

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The Terriers’ commercial director tells us what he loves about Yorkshire

Something in Yorkshire that makes you smile

It goes without saying, a win for Town and three points! Having said that, in my role I do a lot of travelling around the country and abroad, but the sight of Emley Moor Mast means I’m nearly home and it can be a breathtaking sight.

A place you love to eat

I’m a big foodie and one of my all-time favourite places would be The Barn in Noordhoek just south of Cape Town. The food is incredible. Having said that we are spoilt for choice in Yorkshire and on my list is Shibden Mill Inn in Halifax and Prego in Brighouse. Both serve mouth-watering food in a classy but unpretentious atmosphere. Shibden is fascinating and it’s brilliant to see that part of West Yorkshire get international recognition from the TV show Gentleman Jack. The waterfront location of Prego makes it an ideal place to chill.

To take friends

I’m always a fan of new, local ventures and the Magic Rock Brewery is somewhere I would take friends. It’s got the Tap House and there is a great atmosphere. Around December, I can’t think of anywhere better than to show young or old friends the City of York with the Christmas market, which is just fabulous. Or in July, the Great Yorkshire Show epitomises everything about living in this amazing part of the UK.

A childhood memory

I was quite late moving to the area so it’s not so much a childhood, but more a first Yorkshire memory. I do remember being invited to my now mother-in-law’s house for Sunday lunch - I had Yorkshire pudding as a starter. Naturally, it was delicious and I think I scored a few brownie points that day!

A cultural go-to

Fountains Abbey near Ripon, without question. Every time I go there, I find out more about the history. That’s something I love to do. The other place would be The Vineyard at Holmfirth in the Holme Valley. The views are spectacular and the work and dedication that goes into what they are doing there has to be seen to be believed.

Inspiration outdoors

We do a lot of charity work with the football club and cycling around Yorkshire is something I really enjoy. To be in the open air, keeping fit and having the inspiration of Yorkshire all around, what could be better? I’ve also completed the Three Yorkshire peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in under 12 hours. It was tough but so, so rewarding.

A place for indulgence

We are very lucky to have an abundance of golf courses in Yorkshire and that’s probably where I would head for some ‘me’ time. It clears the mind and helps to switch off for a little while. Rudding Park in Harrogate is one of my favourite courses. It’s challenging but satisfying to lose yourself in the game without distractions.

For my wife, I’m sure it would be Titanic Spa at Linthwaite.

A Yorkshire view that inspires

Which one do I choose from? From the moors to the coast there are so many I could pick but a hidden gem when you’re on top of it… Castle Hill in Huddersfield. We started a bike ride from there and to be able to see all of Kirklees was amazing.

I’m never happier than when

Seeing my son, Josh, score a try in rugby or take a wicket for Barkisland. He’s just completed his first year and I’m absolutely chuffed to bits for him.

Three words that sum up your best Yorkshire life

This is a tough one to answer so I put it out to people in the office at the club and they came back with ‘Real, Ale, Trail.’ I’m a big fan of the local breweries and a good pint of Yorkshire beer so mixing that with your mates, sounds like a winner. 

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