ASH COTTAGE

STAITHES, NORTH YORKSHIRE

There are 3 pubs in the old village – the Cod and Lobster (central in the picture at the top), very atmospheric and perched on the harbour edge. The previous Cod and Lobster was washed away in 1953. It is thriving and doing food most lunchtimes and early evenings. 50m up the High Street the other way is the Royal George, which also does food. At the top near the car park is the Captain Cook, which holds beer festivals at the drop of a hat.

There are a couple of good cafes, including the Spindrift, by the beach. Really good coffee and good snack and light meals, including a never-equalled bacon and brie roll, nice breakfasts, and pasta. At the top of the slope is the tea shop, with great all day breakfasts, cakes, snacks and plenty of room. In between, near the art gallery, is the Cleveland Corner Cafe, and a lovely tea room in the Dotty About Vintage shop.

A superb addition has been the Fox and Hounds at Goldsborough near Whitby. Phenomenal standard of food in a delightful and unpretentious pub on the narrow road to Kettleness. If you want to sample local produce cooked to perfection, you could risk just turning up. But I'd book (01947 893372). Worth a detour.

In the Village, the old Gift Shop has now been taken over by a classy chocolate shop. For almost everything else, there’s a decent size co-op supermarket at the top.

Coming down the High Street you can't miss the Staithes Gallery. Al and Dave's monumental restoration project has also restored Staithes's reputation as a centre for art (it used to be famous for the Staithes Group of artists). Top class work by mainly local artists (Tel: 01947 841840). Steph and Ian Mitchell have set up Staithes Studios Gallery at the top of the slipway by the harbour. It features their own distinctive work, and curated exhibitions.

Parking for Ash Cottage is in our garage, up the top near the car park. You really can’t park in the village – the streets are too narrow.  The benefit is huge, however, with Staithes being quiet and fairly car-free, making it both pleasant and fairly safe.

For up to date information about places to eat and visit in Yorkshire, you should visit Squidbeak. Strange name, but well written reviews and suggestions from food and travel writers who really know their stuff.

OLD JACK’S BOAT

The Cbeebies series Old Jack’s Boat, starring Bernard Cribbens, was shot in Staithes - younger members of your group will be able to spot the real locations around the harbour.

Staithes and around

There is plenty to do in Staithes, and Ash Cottage is in the heart of it.

Crammed with cottages, the High Street winds steeply down from the car park at the top to the old village at the bottom, the harbour and the sea. Ash Cottage is opposite the excellent butcher, on the harbour side and about 5m above the sea (at high tide).