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Beverley named as “a best place to live’

Beverley has been named as one of the best places to live in the country, according to an annual survey published by The Sunday Times. It takes into account things like school league tables, crime rates, house prices and leisure facilities.

In the section for the North and North-East, Beverley was the only East Yorkshire location listed. The full listing reads as follows:

“This remarkable fine Yorkshire hotspot has suffered because of its location. It is a little out of the way, and 15 minutes by train from Hull – too close for the snooty until last year’s joyous stint as UK City of Culture.

“Closer to home, there are folk, chamber and early-music festivals, the theatre is thriving and there’s enough great architecture to satisfy even Pevsner, with an impressive Gothic Minster and properties ranging from red-brick Georgian and comfortable Victorian to charming cottages.

“The selection of shops on the cobbled streets off the market square is improving, and there are some decent restaurants, notably The Westwood (three-course set lunch £22.50). It’s named after the glorious swathe of greenery on the edge of town, where you’ll also find the lively racecourse. The most venerable local institution is the White Horse Inn, known to all as Nellie’s, with an interior that’s a monument to its 17th-century origins.

“There’s a choice of good schools, including three outstanding primaries and the good Beverley High. If you don’t want to go to Hull (more fool you!), it’s an hour’s drive to York, 80 minutes to Leeds and four hours to London.

Best address: North Bar Without (in the Georgian Quarter).

Why we love it: Upmarket, historic – and not far from Hull.”

Overall winner in the survey as the best place to live in the whole country was York.