Grab some brunch
The Cod & Lobster, Staithes
01947 840330 www.codandlobster.co.uk
Part of the point of going to the coast is to feel safely ensconced in a warm, cosy nook while the wind howls and the sea batters the shoreline, and if the Cod & Lobster on the harbourside were any closer to the sea you’d have to pack galoshes.
What we love: If you manage to catch some sun, you’ll be able eat al fresco and take in glorious views of the harbour and cliffs around you.
Excelsior Fisheries, Staithes
Staithes, like most coastal towns worth the name, isn’t exactly understocked with options for seafood buffs. By common consent, however, Excelsior Fisheries on the top of the hill is the best. All food is freshly cooked to order, and their gargantuan portions should set you up for a day’s rambling around the clifftops.
What we love: Their superlative chips are cooked to a deep brown hue rather than being the pale, limp, soggy, apologetic excuses for chips one encounters too often these days.
Work up an appetite
The Ship Inn, Port Mulgrave
There are few better places to recharge after a ramble across the cliff-tops in a stiff North Sea breeze than the Ship Inn. Around 45 minutes’ walk south along the coast, it’s a cosy little retro-styled tearoom; get up early enough and you can sample their excellent breakfasts, or their fresh, home-baked breads and cakes if you pop by later.
What we love: Grab some local ales and/or wines to enjoy on the beach at Staithes.
Dotty’s Vintage Tea Room, Staithes
It’s usually full of locals, too, which is a reliable sign of quality and gives Dotty’s the friendly, lived-in feel which is the key to its charm. It’s less a café than an unofficial community centre, and is attached to a vintage curiosity shop which is well worth a rummage around.
What we love: The carrot cake is fantastic, and comes in portions which have to be seen to be believed.
The Endeavour Kitchen, Staithes
01947 841029 www.endeavourstaithes.com
While this B&B’s full Yorkshire breakfast is the stuff of village legend, and their locally sourced fish, crab and lobster are worth getting excited about, it’s roast dinners at which they excel. Alas, they’re only available on Sunday afternoons, but they’re well worth waiting for.
What we love: There’s no fixed menu, and what’s on offer depends on what’s in season, so you’ll be surprised each time you come back – and you definitely will want to come back.
After dinner drinks
The Captain Cook Inn, Staithes
01947 840200 www.captaincookinn.co.uk
Nearing the end of a significant refurbishment both inside and out, the pub named for Staithes’ most famous resident is a very traditional seaside place with an emphasis on sourcing local produce and locally brewed ales. If you’re fortunate, you may catch the village’s male voice choir in concert there too.
What we love: The house ale, Northern Navigator, is brewed especially for the pub by the North Yorkshire Brewery at Pinchinthorpe, just 15 miles away.