So there you are, sipping a smooth cappuccino, your fork hovering over a rich home made cake, or a freshly made crab sandwich, the sun glinting off the sea. Oystercatchers patrolling the golden sands below, the North York Moors tumbling down behind and away to your right the breathtaking two mile expanse of Whitby bay all the way to the ruined cliff top abbey.
Dream on? Well, no. This is the reality of dining at the Sandside Cafe on North Yorkshire's stunning heritage coast. For more than a century visitors in search of refreshment, relaxation and hospitality have sought out the cafe-in-a-cabin which stands at the entrance to picturesque Sandsend village, an unspoilt gem of a place with old world cottages, towering sea cliffs, a secret ruined castle, woodland and a beach cut through by streams.
Sandside was always known as the little cafe with the big view, sitting as it does on the very edge of the beach, just off the A174 road, one of the most beautiful coastline drives anywhere in the country.
Now the cafe has been entirely re-built by owners of 21 years Neil Hodgson and his sister Karen Mortimer to provide high standards of comfort, cleanliness and refreshment while retaining the rural charm of the old cabin. It was so popular that regulars begged bits before demolition. Oh, and do remember that Neil and Karen are local people, so if you need to know anything from bus times and tides, or even the route to the secret castle, just ask.
It is a firm favourite with motorists, beach lovers, families, walkers, dog owners (plenty of outside seating), cyclists, artists and surfers. And most importantly, it is the place where the locals go.
Sandside Cafe in Sandsend, North Yorkshire has in one form or another graced the beach side for over a hundred years. The present owners Karen and Neil who are brother and sister came to Sandsend in 1994 .Their one aim to bring traditional foods locally sourced to the village.
The family business has strived to produce home - made pies, cakes and pastries in which nostalgia plays a large part. Summer or winter you are sure to receive a warm welcome as you sit and take in unrivalled views of the North Yorkshire Coast.
Selection of homemade cakes and pies:
Coffee and walnut
Chocolate or vanilla butterfly cakes
Apple and Raspberry pie when in season
Fruit and cheese scones
All served with fresh crisp salad.
Crab, Smoked salmon, Prawn.
Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha, Espresso, Americano.
From Seafood to Sandwiches, Cakes to Coffee, we have something for everyone.
Neil Hodgson Photography
Neil is also a talented photographer, his photography explores the abstract qualities of the diverse rock formations found up and down the North East coast. Click here to visit Neil's Facebook Page.