More Information about Staithes, North Yorkshire Moors, England

I first visited Staithes in 1955. Tourism in Staithes was unknown then and some of the older women were still wearing a regional traditional dress which included the Staithes Bonnet. You won't see that now. It was also possible then to drive down the High Street and park by the roadside which it isn't now.

Vehicle access is now permitted only for residents and delivery or trade vehicles which is a good thing. With narrow streets such as the ones in Staithes it would be chaotic with visitors cars choking the streets and it's a lot nicer without parked cars crammed into every available space.

I went, on this visit, with my brother and we had lunch at a little tea room, the Seadrift Cafe, on the quay (Seaton Garth) outside in the sunshine. It is very small inside but there are extra tables outside in good weather. There is a selection of freshly made sandwiches with some very imaginative fillings as well as traditional fillings using locally sourced ingredients. They also offer hot dishes such as creamy scrambled eggs, bacon sandwiches, ciabattas, homemade soups in Winter and a variety of salads in summer. There are also homemade cakes and scones together with tea and coffee. The food is very good and this little tearoom is to be recommended.

There are also public toilets next door. I have to say that I tried a number of public toilets in the North Yorkshire Moors area on this trip and without exception they all had an unpleasant smell including this one - useable but unpleasant.