Kick off the day with an al fresco brunch in this cutesy café’s intimate courtyard. The look is kitsch, and there’s a strong line in cakes like their key lime pie. Bottomless boozy brunches are very in right now, so you might flip through their extensive gin menu too, which will soon list over 100 examples.
What we love: The streak of Middle Eastern spice sprinkled over the menu – try the carrot soup with chickpeas, harissa and sour cream.
Rusty Shears, 3 Silver Street, YO21 3DU
Living gluten-free can be a bit of a torture – a world without bagels is no world at all, really – but the Cranberry Swamp takes the limitations imposed by a lack of gluten and turns out classic dishes like kedgeree or Mexican eggs as well as innovative and hearty takes on familiar favourites.
What we love: Eggs benedict are ten- a-penny, so branch out with their crab benedict. Get in early or they might all have been snapped up! Ahem.
Cranberry Swamp, 24 Skinner Street YA21 3A
01947 228080 www.cranberryswamp.com
Botham’s Tea Room
Botham’s has been a fixture in Whitby since 1865, and their emphasis on quality ingredients and traditional recipes makes them an ideal spot to refuel at. Your three-tiered stand comes with a selection of mini cakes, a scone, sandwiches and a pot of Botham’s own Resolution tea blend, which is made in-house. Marvellous.
What we love: The ‘Celebration’ edition of the afternoon tea comes with a bottle of prosecco.
Botham’s Tea Room, 35/39 Skinner Street YO21 3AH
01947 602823 www.botham.co.uk
Late-Afternoon Pit Stop
Beacon Farm Ice Cream
Much like the tree falling in the woods, if you go to the coast and don’t get a decent ice cream, does it count as a holiday at all? Beacon Farm’s parlour packs both quality and quantity – at the height of the summer they make enough for 11,000 cones every day from Yorkshire cream and milk.
What we love: The ever-changing specials menu – try the muddy puddle crunch, which teams chocolate ice cream and sauce with a crunchy nut topping and fresh cream.
Beacon Farm Ice Cream, Beacon Way, YO22 5HS
01947 605212 www.beaconfarmicecream.co.uk
The Magpie Café
In a town full of quality fish restaurants – Hadley’s, Harbour View and Abbey Wharf are all excellent – The Magpie Café is the pick. Yes, it’s an obvious choice, but they do such a staggering array of delicately cooked seafood and have such experience at their disposal (they’re on the third generation of family owners) you’d be mad to ignore it. What we love: Beyond the traditional cod and haddock, there’s ling, pollock, hake, plaice, monkfish and more to pick from for your fish and chip supper.
The Magpie Café, 14 Pier Road YO21 3PU
01947 602058 www.magpiecafe.co.uk
The Moon and Sixpence
Chic and sharp, this is a piece of city sophistication at the waterfront. A brief but extremely well-constructed wine list backs up their cocktail bar, which balances the usual suspects (Cosmopolitan, White Russian, et al) with modern classics and new spins like the Bramble and Cucumber Collins. Head back the next day for one of their superlative Bloody Marys.
What we love: That view across the harbour is a bit special.
The Moon and Sixpence, Marine Parade YO21 3PR
01947 604416 www.moon-and-sixpence.co.uk