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Boggle Hole Quarterdeck Cafe Credit YHABoggle Hole Quarterdeck Cafe Credit YHA

In the first in a series of guest blogs, independent food reviewers, Squidbeak share their selection of cosy café’s for winter

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Hygge is the Danish word that embraces comfort, warmth and good atmosphere, and everyone is on to it right now. 

I think I get it. I’ve sat in pavement cafés in Copenhagen wrapped in a woollen blanket, lunched in shadowy restaurants with enough candles to light a cathedral and eaten at Noma (where else), seated on a wishbone chair draped in a sheepskin. So where do you find the best hygge on the north east coast. Our top three for cosiness:

The Quarterdeck Café, YHA Boggle Hole

The revamped youth hostel, a former watermill, sits just above the slipway at Boggle Hole on Robin Hood’s Bay. It’s done out with upturned boats, fishing floats, shells and ropes, landing just the right side of cute. It’s the perfect halt on the Cleveland Way for tea and a luscious lemon cake. There are family meals in the evening - burgers, fish and chips and the like. You don’t have to be a member and best of all there is a wood burner, sofas and bags of laid-back charm. Take a book, sit by the fire and listen to the waves slapping up against the cliff.

The Ship Inn, Port Mulgrave

Not strictly an inn, though it was once, more a licensed tea-room, but Jane and Tom Gjertson’s Ship has all the ingredients for hygge. A log fire, comfy sofas, scrubbed tables, vintage kitchenalia, piles of magazines and newspapers with which to hunker down and Jane’s fabulous food. Open at weekends only, for soup (try the pea and mint), scones and her fabulous ginger cake.

Dotty About Vintage, Staithes

A tearoom within a vintage shop on the High Street in the ever-fascinating fishing village of Staithes: dark red walls, old mirrors and a mass of flowery lampshades. It’s a cosy café with the full hygge vibe. Tea comes in period china teacups and scones are the size of elephant’s feet. Outside on balmy days you can sit with a blanket on your knees and watch the world go by.


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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