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Five places to stormwatch snugly

Winter may be nearly over, but just in case it has a sting in its tail, guest blogger Clare Gogerty suggests you snuggle up and stormwatch in one of these places.

1. Sandside Café, Sandsend, near Whitby

The terrace of this cabin-style café is right on the edge of Whitby's glorious sweeping two-mile beach. Pull on a hat, brave the winds and tuck into a crab sandwich as the waves pummel the shore in front of you and oystercatchers peck at the strandline.

2. Swell Café, Robin Hood’s Bay

In the summer, the terrace at Swell Café, an old Methodist chapel which overlooks the beach at Robin Hood’s Bay is a sun trap, the perfect perch to drink a cup of tea and look out over the ocean. In the winter, hardy souls head here to drink the fine coffee and tuck into a toasted panini as the wind blows clouds across the Bay.

3. The Cod and Lobster Inn, Staithes

Little feels as snug as sipping a pint in a cosy pub in front of an open fire as a storm lashes the windows. The Cod and Lobster sits on Staithes harbour wall and has been washed away by storms in the past. These days it stands firm and has a generous menu, including fresh fish, to entice customers to stay put until the storm passes.

4. Camfields Espresso Bar, Saltburn by the Sea

Sit on the elevated deck and tuck a blanket around your knees as the storm comes in over Saltburn’s expansive beach. Housed in the ticket office of the old miniature railway, the café serves Illy coffee, freshly made smoothies, milk shakes and, among other treats, the perfect food for a winter’s day: a sausage sandwich served with HP sauce.

5. Royal Hotel, Runswick Bay

Table and chairs outside this pub in the heart of the impossibly pretty village of Runswick Bay offer a place to sit, drink Black Sheep ale and watch the sea turn choppy. If the weather gets too much, retreat indoors for a bowl of mussels in front of the fire and peep through the windows as skies darken.

Clare Gogerty is Associate editor for The Simple Things and has also written The National Trust Book of the Coast. You can also follow Clare on twitter.

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