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Boggle Hole Quarterdeck Cafe Credit Tony BartholomewBoggle Hole Quarterdeck Cafe Credit Tony Bartholomew

Squidbeak logoThe National Park's Capital of Cake initiative recognises of all the wonderful Yorkshire baking to be found in and around the North York Moors. We are as partial as anyone to a slice of cake and can confidently recommend the following:

The Quarterdeck Café is a gem tucked away between Stoupe Brow and Robin Hood’s Bay at Boggle Hole. It’s a delightfully refurbished youth hostel which is open to the public at weekends and school holidays, and has cakes and scones to enjoy by the wood burner in the relaxed café or out on the deck.

Inland from Boggle Hole is Falling Foss, a magical place set in woodland above the Falling Foss waterfall. Soup, sandwiches and cakes are served in the wooded garden. In autumn when we visited, children were toasting marshmallows in the firepit. Check its seasonal opening times.

Sandsend is blessed with Wits End with a charming little tea garden at the back, Sandside a timbered traditional tea hut where you can sit inside or out for panoramic views across the beach and Bridge Cottage Café which serves scones, brownies and big flouncy meringues in their lavender scented garden or cool interior.

Jane Gjertson from The Ship Inn Port Mulgrave with her pop up tearoom at Staithes Festival of Arts & HeritageAt Port Mulgrave on the Cleveland Way, the chic Ship Inn is less a pub more a licensed tea room where Jane Gjertson makes fabulous scones and cakes and in summer her freshly made real lemonade is a treat.

There’s no shortage of tea and cake in Staithes. Angie and Lou run the friendly Teashop near the car park. Dotty About Vintage is a quaint tearoom on the High Street alongside her fascinating vintage shop. Seadrift on the sea front is well known for its spiced coble cake but we love tea and a florentine taken outside with views across the harbour. 

For good baking in Saltburn head for Signals. It’s just the best.


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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