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The Sitting Room, Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Hello! The weather here in West Yorkshire hasn't been very good the last few days. No sunshine, not even a glimmer of a blue sky. All grey, lots of drizzle.  Hopefully it's been a bit nicer wherever you are.

Last Saturday we took a road trip to the seaside. Leeds is so far away from the sea, but it is totally worth the long drive as the North has such a beautiful coastline and there are many places to visit. This time we headed to Saltburn-by-the-Sea, a town I'd only ever driven through on the way home from a previous trip to Staithes  but thought I must go back and properly explore one day.

Saltburn was originally a Victorian seaside resort with a long pier and the oldest water balanced cliff tramway still in operation today (although it being winter it wasn't running). It isn't a seaside town that is stuffed full of amusement arcades or rowdy crowds but has a quiet charm with lots of original period features.

First up was a visit to an Instagram chum Becky and her wonderful, quirky vintage tearoom The Sitting Room. We've been following each other for a while on IG and I've loved her pictures of family life on the beach as well as pictures of colourful cakes and vintage china in the tearoom. Located in the station buildings, the cafe is a charming mix of retro furniture, eclectic pieces and quirky touches. I especially liked the little details - the collection of vintage cameras on top of wall shelves, antlers with dangling neon pompoms and the vintage bar stool with painted green legs. The cake range is fab and Harry chose the rainbow layered cake. It was devoured in seconds. For me, it had to be white chocolate, pistachio and rose cake - it was unbelievably good alongside a cup of coffee from Baytown. The cafe was bustling and it was great to see it being celebrated as a favourite local haunt. We had a lovely chat with Becky, heard all about their cocktail nights and we thought we'll definitely be back next summer with our tent to go to one of those evenings! Next door to the cafe, Becky and her husband also run a cosy lifestyle shop that's stuffed full of vintage treasures, artisan pieces and original artworks.

We then headed off to the beach and enjoyed a long walk on the pier and seafront.  The beach is glorious, really clean and stretches for miles. There were lots of surfers taking on some big waves and kids playing football. Seagulls circled. But it all felt very laid back, a place to really relax. We sat outside at the surfers cafe and ate toasted sandwiches and drank hot chocolate for lunch. We didn't even need our coats on. The sun kept shining and the winter sky was beautiful to photograph. It was a perfect November Saturday. If Saltburn is a place you've never thought of to visit, I urge you to go. It's a little hidden gem on our Northern coastline.

Have a great weekend all. x