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The Big 2015 Scarborough Cafe Review

Experienced reviewer Martin Dove loves nothing more than to enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake in the town's many cafes.

Here he shares his thoughts on many of the towns tea rooms and coffee shops, highlighting his favourites and providing a few pointers on where perhaps they can improve.

Daisy Tea Rooms

Daisy tea rooms are situated on Scalby Road on the outskirts of Scarborough, but are well worth a visit, especially on a warm summer's day.

They have a beautiful garden where you can sit and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea. Of course, you can also sit inside too. The service was very quick, even though they were busy and the staff will come out and take your order and bring your food and drink when it is ready.

The food we had was good, although I have had better, but I will definitely be going back for one of those afternoon teas.

There is only one toilet, which means you might have to queue on busy days. They have a car park, and the tea rooms are open every day from 10am to 4.30pm.

Daisy tea rooms also do take away, outside catering, and will take telephone orders too.

Martin's Score ★★★★

Chambers Coffee Bar

Chambers coffee bar is situated just out of the town centre, opposite the railway station. It's rather small, but there are seats outside too, and you can get food and drink to take away, so if you have time to spare when waiting for a train, you would be better off popping in here, rather than the station buffet.

The service is excellent, and the food is very good indeed. My wife had a baked potato which she said was very tasty. I had a toasted teacake which was a bit crunchy, but did come with jam, which was a nice surprise.

Take-away menu includes paninis, jacket potatoes, toasted sandwiches, burgers, and drinks.
Chambers is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9am to 4.40pm, and is well worth a visit for take-away, or sitting in.

Martin's Score ★★★★

Seven Coffee Shop

Seven Coffee Shop review
Seven on York Place has been around for quite a few years and is very popular with locals on a lunch time. They have a lovely conservatory, which is light and airy, and always a pleasure to sit in. They do close this area off though after lunch as they are much quieter, but there are still tables chairs and stools in the main area of the café.

They do lots of specials such as salad of the day, quiche of the day and cake of the day. After 2pm they offer two scones for the price of one. The service is always really good in here, as is the food.

My wife had quiche and chips which she said was lovely, I went with a teacake and hot chocolate. The teacake was large, and I was offered extra butter, which is always a good thing for me, as dry teacakes are never a good idea. The hot chocolate was delicious.

Seven is open from 9am to 4pm from Monday to Saturday. Be aware that there are five steps to climb to get inside, and the door often sticks, so remember to give it a good push!

Martin's Score ★★★★

Tea Rooms at Stained Glass Centre

Tea Rooms at Stained Glass Centre
This charming tea room is simply the perfect setting for afternoon tea. On sunny days you can sit in the delightful garden, under the shade of your parasol.

They do a fabulous afternoon tea, or you can select your own cake or scone. I went for an apricot and almond scone with clotted cream and marmalade jam, which was delicious.

The garden is such a lovely place, and you can linger and explore to your heart’s content. You can sit inside if you wish, on comfortable seats, in a very modern setting.

Once you have finished in the tea room and the garden, you can look around at the most amazing stained glass items, which are on sale in the showroom. Even the toilets have stained glass windows.
The perfect tearoom just got better. Open daily 10am - 5pm.

Martin's Score ★★★★

Café Baroque

Café Baroque Cake
This lovely café is situated at the top of the pedestrian precinct, so is very easy to find.

Most customers seem to like to sit outside, but I prefer a bit of comfort with my afternoon tea, so my wife and I headed inside. There are not many tables, but there are stools, and a spiral staircase which leads downstairs. I didn't venture down below, as we found a table and comfortable armchairs on the ground floor.

The service was exceptionally good and I enjoyed my coffee and cake in a very relaxed modern setting, whilst watching the world go by.

I had the apple cake with an apricot glaze, which was homemade, and very tasty. My wife had a sandwich which came with coleslaw, crisps and a side salad. There were newspapers to read, and overall this is a café I could become very fond of. Café Baroque is open seven days a week.

Martin's Score ★★★★

Taylors Cafe

There's plenty to like here. Taylors is situated in the town centre and can be found on Bar Street, just down the side street from Costa.

They have comfortable seating and are much bigger that they look at first glance. As well as the seating that you can see from outside, there are more seats round the back, and more upstairs too.

Service is efficient, and after ordering at the counter, they bring your tea and food to your table, unlike some cafes that expect you to carry your own tray.

The BLT is a delight, the cakes are fabulous, the sandwiches are tasty and they have a wide range of teas - you can easily get three cups from a pot.

There is a nice relaxed feel to this café, a good atmosphere, and a view of the street if you sit at the front of the cafe. And when you’ve finished your meal, they have a lovely book shop where you can browse to your heart’s content. Taylors is open Monday to Saturday.

Martin's Score ★★★★★

Mad Hatties Tearoom & Gift Shop

I've been to this charming café several times now and it's becoming one of my favourite places for afternoon tea. The cakes are excellent, and on a warm day you can sit outside in the courtyard with your tea and cake, and just relax in the sunshine.

Of course you can sit inside if you wish, and they don't just sell cakes, they have a full menu. There is a lovely gift shop too and a free car park.

Mad Hatties is situated three miles north of Scarborough on Scalby road, just opposite the library. There is a bus stop nearby, if you don't have a car, or if you are feeling energetic why not take a walk along the old railway line, which starts just behind Sainsburys. It’s a wonderful walk at any time of the year and if you leave the rail trail at Newby Farm Road, this brings you directly to Mad Hatties.

After enjoying your lunch or afternoon tea, you can then either walk back, or else catch a bus back to town. The cafe is open Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm.

Martin's Score ★★★★★

Gardeners Choice Coffee Shop at Deans Garden Centre

Dean’s coffee shop will have open to customers for 20 years in 2015, so it must be doing something right. It’s a large space, and is often very busy, due to its reputation and popularity.

They serve hot & cold snacks, and a selection of vegetarian and gluten free products. There are some comfortable armchair, and sofas over by the window, if you’re only having coffee and cake, otherwise there are plenty of tables with wooden seats.

The drawback for me is the queueing, and the noise of the chairs being constantly scraped along the tiled floor, but there are plenty of positives to this family run cafe.

My wife had a bacon sandwich, which was huge. A large flowery bap came overflowing with lots of delicious bacon, and she was very satisfied. I had a toasted teacake, which again was very large, and very tasty. It also came with plenty of butter.

The service was very quick, the toilets were clean, and when you’re done, there is a lovely gift shop, and of course, a well-stocked garden centre to enjoy.

Martin's Score ★★★★

Shepherd's Hall Tea Rooms

Shepherd's Hall Tea Rooms Review
This is a delightful tea room in the picturesque village of Lealholm, in the Glaisdale civil parish of the Borough of Scarborough.

We had tea and scones, which were delicious. There is a lovely little shop too, and a pretty little garden where you can sit outside on warmer days.

The view of the bridge is well worth looking out for too. There is also a free car park. Be aware though that there are several stone steps to climb to get to the tearoom.

Martin's Score ★★★★

Oliver's Mount Café & Bar

Olivers Mount Cafe Review
I can't remember the last time I went to Oliver's Mount, even though I live in the town, so I decided to make a visit this week, in the car of course. It would be a bit of a trek for me walking up there these days! The views from the mount are as spectacular, as you would imagine, and you can get close up to the war memorial, which dominates Scarborough's skyline.

There is also free parking and Oliver's Mount Café & Bar. There are no buses to Oliver's Mount and only the keenest of hikers would trek to the summit, so there will be no passing trade for this out of the way café. Only tourists and locals, who fancy a trip up in their cars would ever stumble across it.

The main attraction of the café is the view, which is amazing, if you are lucky enough to find a window seat. The café is decorated in a modern contemporary style, and is a bar as well as a café. There is outdoor seating too.

I wasn't overly impressed with the cake selection and went for the toasted teacake, which was large and tasty, although, like a lot of cafes, they were a bit stingy with the butter. The coffee was OK, but nothing special and the soup was microwaved to boiling point.

There wasn't enough sugar on the table, only three sachets in the bowl, and they weren't busy, so his could easily have been sorted. There was no toilet paper in the gents and no paper towels either.

Martin's Score ★★★☆☆

Peaches n Cream

Peaches & Cream Cafe Review
Peaches n Cream is a cross between an ice cream parlour and a coffee shop. It is situated on the North Bay near to Peasholm Park. You can sit outside on sunny days, where you will have stunning views over the bay, or inside if you prefer.

They specialise in ice cream sundaes, but as it was chilly when we visited, so we went for sandwiches and cake instead.

I was overcharged by £4.50 at the till and it was left to me to query the bill, which to be fair was corrected right away. My wife's tea was only lukewarm, and the bread rather too thick for sandwiches. My cake was ok, but nothing special.

There are better cafes than this in the area; however I will pop back in the summer to try one of those sundaes!

Martin's Score ★★★☆☆

Café View

Cafe View ReviewThe strong selling point of Café View is, without doubt, the view over Scarborough's wonderful South Bay. We were lucky enough to grab a window seat, and although I am a Scarborian, I never fail to be amazed by the town's beauty. The café thoughtfully provide binoculars too, which is a nice touch. I had the carrot cake, which tasted as good as it looks. Everything on the menu is homemade, and reasonably priced.

The café is situated at the bottom end of town, so would probably be better placed for tourists on the beach, than the busy shopper in the town centre, although I would urge locals to check it out, if you fancy a change from your routine.

My only gripe would be the hard chairs. I like a bit of comfort with my afternoon tea, and comfier armchairs would suit me better.

Martin's Score ★★★★

Espresso Yourself 

Espresso Yourself Review
Espresso yourself can be found in the town centre, just opposite the Palm Court Hotel. It only opened in 2014, but it is rapidly becoming one of my favourite places to visit for coffee and cake.

They have a very extensive range of coffees and hot chocolates, and some scrumptious cakes. The sticky chocolate orange cake is my favourite.

They have comfortable seats, newspapers to read, clean toilets, and a large picture window so you can watch the world go by, while you indulge in a little luxury.

The staff are always welcoming, and it’s always a delight to linger here with a hot drink, whilst reading the daily paper.

Other cafes in the area could learn a lot from this wonderful establishment.

Martin's Score ★★★★★

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The Big 2015 Scarborough Cafe Review Reviewed by Editor on 17:45:00 Rating: 5

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