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North York Moors – why it’s love at first bite for foodies

Posted on 24th July 2017 by CE Team

Whether you’re staying on the coast in one of our  Whitby cottages, or prefer the wide open spaces in one of our dog-friendly North York Moors cottages, the fresh invigorating air across the moors, and the bracing breeze off the North Sea are guaranteed to provide an appetite like nowhere else.

Picturesque cottage cafes turn locally sourced produce into freshly home-baked bread, scones and preserves. Country pubs and some of the best restaurants in North Yorkshire, offer local crispy salads, seasonal vegetables, succulent meats, and the freshest of locally caught seafood. Whether you’re a seasoned gourmet, or just want to quell the munchies, here are a few gastronomic delights to look out for.

Sherlock’s Coffee Shop


Situated at 10, Flowergate, on the waterfront in Whitby town. A quaint Victorian style coffee shop with a quirky interior, it provides the best of coffee and other beverages alongside a large range of home-made breads, pastries and cakes. With helpful, friendly staff and open until 5.00pm, it is popular with both locals and those making return visits to the area.

The Barn, Flatts Farm, Burniston

The Barn, Flatts Farm, Burniston

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If you’re staying in one of our self-catering North Yorkshire cottages, don’t stock up until you’ve visited The Barn at Burniston. A short drive down the main coast road from Whitby to Scarborough, this delicatessen/cafe can provide all the items you need to make that pre-ramble full English in your self-catering cottage, or a range of pies, salads and pickles to pack for that lunchtime ploughman’s. If you’re exploring the area, call in and get an energy boost from their large menu of home-made sandwiches, quiches, soups or American style burgers in the eat-in cafeteria.

The Moon & Sixpence, Whitby

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Situated on the harbour in Whitby, any holiday gourmet worth his salt will be drooling over the extensive menu offered at this beautiful bar & brasserie. Not the cheapest of establishments, but for those with a love of top quality cuisine in pleasant surroundings, it is ideal for those special occasions, or a relaxing evening out with friends and family.

The Black Swan, Oldstead


If you’re looking for things to do in North Yorkshire, jotting down the name of every country pub and village inn you come upon on your travels should fill a few pages of your notebook. The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) enthusiasts can enjoy a pint or three discussing the merits of a plethora of real ales. But most of these establishments are far more than just that. On the southern edge of the North York Moors is one such place. With a mention in the Michelin Good Food Guide, and with 4 AA rosettes, The Black Swan provides the best of classical cuisine with the chef’s personal twist. With stone flagged floors, roaring fire and antique furniture, it is the ideal place to end your day’s walking, before returning to your holiday cottage.

Bridge Cottage Bistro, Sandsend

If your day out takes you north of Whitby, the little village of Sandsend boasts a gem of a small cottage bistro. Just 10 minutes drive from Whitby they offer freshly made bread, cakes and pastries, as well as an extensive lunchtime and evening menu. For the evenings especially, booking your table is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

From north to south and east to west, the North York Moors has more than its fair share of magnificent country inns and pubs. The vast majority have outside areas, many with slides and seesaws for the youngsters, and are pleased to welcome well behaved four legged family members.