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Staithes Harbour with Cod and Lobster in foregroundStaithes Harbour with Cod and Lobster in foreground

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You’ve made the effort to reach the coast, it stands to reason you want to maximise the time spent staring out to sea. These are some of Squidbeak's top spots for wave-watching.

The Moon & Sixpence is a rather stylish bistro bang on the harbour in Whitby, and if the night is right you can think yourself into a Mediterranean frame of mind as the strings of lights spark up along the front. Score a tall table by the window, half a lobster and a glass of Prosecco to toast your good luck.

If it’s a pint and a home made steak pie you’re after, head to the bottom of the bank in Staithes and the Cod & Lobster, a cracking village pub – if it was any nearer the sea, you’d be swimming. Some of the most spectacular sunsets happen on this coast, and to sit outside the Cod with a glass of something chilled and your significant other as the sun sinks into the sea is one of life’s richest, simplest pleasures.

The Seaview Restaurant, just up the coast in Saltburn is a stylish fish restaurant, and you don’t just get to see the sea; the stunning Victorian pier stretches out in front of you. It’s hard to tell if they serve the best fish & chips on the coast – it just feels like it because the location is so spectacular, particularly from the first floor balcony – but you know that your supper is straight out of the briny.

Speaking of which, The Ship is just along from Saltburn pier, and the patio is literally on the beach, so a great place to sit in the summer with a pint and watch the surfers and body boarders goofing around in the waves.


SquidBeak are Jill Turton and Mandy Wragg, food journalists who share the Yorkshire Post’s weekly restaurant review column as well as leading a secret life as restaurant inspectors for national food guides. You can also follow SquidBeak on Twitter.

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