My Perfect Day In Saltburn by What Kates Ate

21 Jan 2021

By the amazing What Kates Ate (find her on Facebook and Instagram)

I am so lucky to call Saltburn my home. Waking up, hearing seagulls and (if the wind is in the right direction) being able to smell the sea as I walk out of the front door is pretty wonderful. Saltburn is a charming Victorian seaside town with all the trappings of a century old resort like a lovely pier, an amusement arcade and rainbow coloured beach huts. However, in the last few years, there has been an influx of indie bars, restaurants and shops lining its streets. A real gem in Teesside’s crown. I am so excited to share some of my favourite spots with you!

Breakfast in Saltburn

My perfect day in Saltburn would begin with a breakfast flatbread and salted caramel pretzel hot chocolate from Signals on Station Square. Signals is a family-run bistro and bar and has taken numerous lockdowns by the horns.

Lazy grazing trays, parmo pop-ups and their famous hot chocolates have been the talk of social media over the past 12 months. They have superb vegetarian and vegan offerings and even did their own take on a certain bakery’s festive bake over Christmas time, including a vegan alternative. It was utterly divine! Before the pandemic, Signals was also open on weekend evenings for cocktails and drinks. A super spot to spend an evening.

A beautiful beach walk

A brisk walk on the beach would be next. Saltburn, and the Teesside coast, has long stretches of sandy beach which are beautiful in the warmth of summer and in frosty winters too. The impressive Huntcliff watches over the town and provides visitors with an alternative walk. A picturesque 9 mile walk along the cliff will take you to another gorgeous seaside town, Staithes.

If you're not in the mood for a 9 mile ramble, the beach and pier offer lovely views and ice cream stops for those with a sweet tooth! The sea air and view of the sea itself can do wonders for mental health. Sometimes, I just watch the sea. Waves flowing in, and waves flowing out - so calming and good for the soul.

A fish and chip lunch from Seaview

Now, on to lunch! While at the seaside, who can resist the smell of salt and vinegar on freshly fried fish and chips? I can’t! Seaview, on the bottom prom, have won awards for theirs, and for good reason! They really are delicious. Since Summer 2020, they have made their takeaway offer even better. I am yet to try these awesome sounding dishes, but if they are any bit as good as their fish and chips, these bites will be glorious! The half lobster and skinny fries and Thai crab cakes are top of my list!

Stock up your kitchen with Real Meals Delicatessen & That Pantry

After all that deliciousness, a walk back up to town will be tricky, so during high season, the funicular (built in the 1880s) can take you up to town in complete comfort! Once you’ve reached the top, I would head straight for Real Meals Delicatessen on Milton Street. This is another family-run and long established business in Saltburn.

I love to visit here to stock up on interesting cheeses, tasty meats and jam-packed pies. They have a regular fresh fish delivery and, during non-Covid times, you can eat in, and sample wholesome, high quality food, sitting at chunky wooden tables. The café/shop has such a warm feel about it and the staff are always willing to help you pick a good cheese too!

A recent addition to Saltburn’s foodie scene is That Pantry on Station Street, the famous That Cake’s sister shop. Another independent business which has picked the best foodie and lifestyle brands, and put them all in one place - one gorgeous looking place! I really could spend hours in that little shop, browsing the shelves and piling my basket full! The cheese fridge and cake cupboard are to die for!

Evening drinks in Saltburn

For an evening drink, you are completely spoiled for choice in our wonderful little town. Guns Bar on Milton Street is a super cool gin and craft beer bar, and the perfect place to go with a large group of friends, but just as good for a date night as well.

I love The Sitting Room, which is a tiny bar by the station. Kitsch, mismatched tables and chairs and fairy lights a-plenty make for a super cosy atmosphere. Their cocktails are the best in town and the staff are super lovely too! Since the pandemic, they have been delivering scrumptious looking cocktail kits so you can have The Sitting Room experience in your own… sitting room!

Winding down for dinner

After such a long day, too tired to cook, there are plenty of dinner options in town. Alessi’s on Dundas Street is another family-run restaurant. You can not beat their happy hour for a casual evening meal with pals. Tasty and very reasonably priced – what’s not to love!?

Rapp’s Café and Bar on Milton Street is another favourite of mine. Their food is top notch, especially the pizzas, and it is a perfect place for dinner and drinks. During lockdown, they have been doing takeaways, which look just as good as their dine in dishes.

Fancy a roast?

It would be remiss of me not to mention my favourite place for a Sunday lunch in Saltburn – The Spa Hotel, half way up Saltburn Bank. Whether eating in the restaurant looking over to Huntcliff or scoffing their takeaway at home, The Spa Hotel’s Sunday lunch is the best in town. With roast meat from the local butcher, so many veggie sides, and super tasty gravy, plus no washing up, I can’t see myself cooking another roast in my kitchen again!

Saltburn is the most wonderful place to live and to visit. It is a food lover’s heaven and has seen so many new independent businesses establish themselves over the last few years. It has a real buzz about it, and the monthly farmer’s market and annual food festival bring another exciting foodie element to the town. While you work off your lunch wandering around the town, you can pop into some fabulous independent stores. I could fritter away all of my wages on stylish homeware and plants in Lillian Daph and Hey Ho & Co. Spend a morning, or a whole day here, you will not be disappointed…or hungry!

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