The stunning market town of Beverley has beauty in abundance, from the 13th century minster and historical buildings, to its cobbled streets with small town charm, there is something for everyone. We have so much to see and do, Beverley is the perfect place to spend many days exploring.

Visit the heart of Beverley’s Saturday market which opens for business at 8am every Saturday,  come rain or shine. It is also the focal point of events throughout the year from the start and finish of the ‘elite’ cycle race, to Beverley’s Food Festival and home to the Festival of Christmas.

Close to Saturday market is Dyer Lane and Swaby’s Yard, quaint little streets and a square bursting with life hosting plenty of shops and cafes.

Take a walk down Toll Gavel and Butchers Row where you will find the many shops and cafes leading to Wednesday market which has a lively shopping and social scene to rival its sister location, Saturday market.

Don’t forget to head down the many small lanes leading off from the main drag, where you will find Beverley’s hidden gems that are simply unmissable.  Treat yourself to something unique from one of these independent shops and have a break from the ‘norm’.

Also visit North Bar Within and North Bar Without to see one of the East Ridings most treasured landmarks, the 15th Century North Bar. This is one of the greatest listed buildings in the region. In recognition of its unique status and place in the town’s history, the area was rebranded ‘The Georgian Quarter’ to represent the unrivalled lifestyle and shopping that it has to offer, as well as St Mary’s Arcade hidden away towards the North Bar.

Beverley is also home to Flemingate, the newest shopping area to come to the town, which has added another reason to spend time wandering around the many streets of Beverley. It hosts a number of popular shops and eateries, as well as the Parkway cinema. It’s just a short walk from the centre but there is also a free shuttle bus that runs every Saturday throughout the day.

So if you want to drink, dine, shop or simply relax, Beverley is a great destination. All of us fellow independent business owners look forward to seeing you all as you explore our trail.


Who we are

We are a group of independently owned businesses in Beverley, East Yorkshire who have come together to promote our town as a great place to visit, live, browse and shop.
Remember when shops were different in every town?  When visiting a new town meant a different shopping experience from the one at home?  And when you could find little, locally owned shops to explore?
So do we – and we love the idea that this kind of high street and this kind of shopping need not be gone forever!
We’re so lucky in Beverley to be blessed with a thriving high street.  We’re a town that can still boast many, many independent shops and we want to see them supported and succeeding long into the future.
We hope that this website will help you explore the wonderful independent shops of Beverley.  If you’re a visitor,we hope you’ll venture away from the main high street to find our hidden treasures. And if you live here, we’ll hope you’ll make time to head off your normal path and rediscover all that Beverley has to offer.

Why Independents?

The New Economics Foundation coined the term ‘clone town’ to describe a phenomenon which is transforming British high streets. Real local shops have been replaced by swathes of identikit
chain stores that seem to spread like economic weeds, making high streets up and down the country virtually indistinguishable from one another. Retail spaces once filled with a thriving mix of independent butchers, newsagents, tobacconists, pubs, bookshops, greengrocers and family-owned general stores are becoming filled with faceless supermarket retailers, fast-food chains, and global fashion outlets.

We’re definitely not anti chain stores but we are all for diversity and that got us thinking about what we could do to raise the profile of Beverley’s home-grown traders.
Most independents don’t have big PR or advertising budgets and many of us in Beverley are located off the main high street.  So we came up with the idea of a ‘town trail’ for independents which led to this website.

This website

On this website, you’ll find:

Places to Shop


  • Delis & Food Shops
  • Gift Shops
  • Furniture Shops
  • Jewellers
  • Clothes Shops


Places to Eat & Drink

  • Cafes
  • Restaurants
  • Bars


Places to be Pampered
  • Hairdressers
  • Health & Wellbeing Services


You’ll find that each business featured has some information about what they do and details of where to find them.  Please go and say hello – we’re a friendly bunch!


We don’t sell online through this website but many of the business featured have their own websites, so please do visit them.


To keep up with what’s going on, you can follow us on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.  And if you’d like to tell us what you think of this website or make any suggestions, we’d love to hear from you – just use the contact form on the left hand side or leave a message in our Guestbook.