Everything You’ll Want to See, Do, Eat and Buy in Hartlepool
This month our hearts are set on Hartlepool as we seek out all that this vibrant seaside town has to offer
When it comes to eating out, Italian restaurant Lusso receives rave reviews from all and sundry. Ruskins Bistro is also popular with the locals and they do an excellent Sunday carvery. Casa del Mar is a good tapas option overlooking the Marina. Enjoy tea at Pappa Caffs or Coffee Rappor Bar. The White Hart Inn on the outskirts of the town is a friendly pub where you can be assured of good home cooked food and cask ales.
Hartlepool Farmers’ Market is monthly, can be found in the Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience car park, and is a good bet for tasty local produce. There’s also the indoor market open six days a week at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre to bear in mind. For freshly baked bread try Mary Lambert Artisan Bakery (there’s also a café if you fancy a cuppa). In terms of florists Platinum Flowers and A Secret Garden are well worth checking out. Try Wet Rock N Ride for all things biking, and J G Jones Butchers for your meat.
Art Gallery and Maritime Experience
Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, a recreation of an 18th century seaport, is a great place for the whole family. Don’t forget Hartlepool Art Gallery, which features a frequently changing exhibition programme, as well as a permanent collection of contemporary and fine art, photography and crafts. After you’ve finished perusing, climb the 100ft clock tower and enjoy the views out over the town and coastline.
Durham Coastal Footpath
Stretching from Sunderland to Hartlepool, the Durham Heritage Coast has emerged from its industrial heritage to become one of the finest scenic stretches of coastline in the country. Spend an afternoon wandering along the 11-mile Durham Coastal Footpath where you’ll find nature reserves, shallow bays and headlands with yellow limestone cliffs, and a whole load of wildlife.