After a long winter we recently decided to take a break to the magnificent North East coastal port of Staithes situated just North of Whitby and just South of the strange purpose built Victorian holiday resort of  Saltburn-by-the-sea.

It’s a magnificent village and we were lucky enough to stay in a fantastic artists cottage just behind the Gallery.

We’d packed loads of crafting gear determined to learn to knit, make marmalade and most importantly hand print our “save the date cards” for our wedding in September. It was snowing when we set off with all our good intentions and by the time we got to Staithes even the sea had stated to freeze.

Dropping our gear off at the cottage the first thing was to take the car just out of the village at the top of the hill. This has one advantage – the Whitby Seafish wholesale store is just at one end of the car park.

This was the first massive bonus of the trip as this place is famous for it’s award winning oak smoked salmon made on the premises and the freshest fish.

Staithes doesn’t have a lots of shops and but whats there is of quality the butchers which is open most mornings sells local meet and again ticks all the boxes for fresh locally sourced amazing produce. The boozers are alright but could do with a bit more imagination put in, but there’s a great cafe near the beach which is worth a visit. We didn’t go to the bistro which looks nice but with all of Yorkshires finest produce knocking about you just gotta get cooking!

Next day it was full steam ahead on the crafting! That’s until over breakfast we noticed that the temperature had risen by ten degrees and so we decided to go vintage shopping. We’d had a tip off from Annabel at Love My Dress wedding blog (for all brides to be out there check this site out it’s the best) about a great vintage shop in Saltburn-by-the-sea Northern Lights Interior so off we went and – what a find; not only that but the street it’s on has some great charity shops where we got lots of vintage embroidered linen old music books and a small stash of 78s (rare charity find these days)

The other amazing, and best, vintage find in this part of the country was that same afternoon in Whitby where we met the marvelous Trudie at Dotty About Vintage 

A great shop which had only been open for a few days and well worth the trip. So good in fact we went back twice more as her stock was moving so fast you just want ot go everyday Trudie who lives in Staithes promised to help us in our knitting quest to “cast on”…. later in the pub like!

The rest of our trip was spent eating great food cooked by us, making stuff including Matt’s famous marmalade

And we did those save the date cards.

We also went to both pubs for the two pub quizzes, and spent hours hoovering beaches of driftwood and other assorted flotsam and jetsam.

We also had a great meal at the Star Inn at Harome we’ll be back here as this was an amazing meal but next time we’re going to stay in there too.

 The best Prawn Cocktail!

Staithes is an amazing place and with Whitby near and the beautiful coast line we’ll be back. Special mention must be made hear  to Staithes Gallery which is has some great works and we bought two fantastic screen prints by the Artist Ian Burke.