After a night alone in the Lakes just before our wedding anniversary we then headed to Scarborough, where my mum had booked the family into an apartment for the weekend to celebrate her birthday.
I rather cheekily got married on her 60th birthday – she got two parties for the price of one! This time it was her turn to host.
On the way to the North Yorkshire coast, we stopped for a long, satisfying lunch at our wedding reception venue. It’s a while since we’ve been back, but I will never not find this place special every single time I set foot in it.
Our base in Scarborough turned out to be pretty special too. We had an apartment in The Sands, one right on the front with a wrap-around balcony and incredible views of North Bay, the sea and Scarborough Castle.
As you can see from the sky the weather was mixed, but without some rain you don’t get to see the rainbow do you?
On the Saturday morning we took a walk along the promenade of Marine Drive, to the South Bay and main part of town. We passed the imposing sculpture of soldier and miner Freddie Gilroy, whose face rather reflected the wet weather.
There were two places I wanted to take a look at before heading back to the apartment for a family party that afternoon. Neither disappointed.
The first was Homebird House (4 St Helen’s Square, just opposite the indoor market), a shop I’ve been following on Twitter pretty much since they opened, and waiting for a chance to call in. It’s an Aladdin’s cave selling basically everything I love in a shop: things for the home, weddings, for crafting and jewellery-making, gifts and stationery. You can shop most of their stuff online now so you don’t need to make the trip – but I think you’ll enjoy visiting in person if you can.
Next was the Harbour Bar (1-3 Sandside), with its classic 1950s milk bar-style red and yellow décor. Inside, it’s largely unchanged since Giulian Alonzi’s family opened it in 1945, though kept very smart. The ice cream is legendary and still made on site. I had a ‘chocolata’ sundae, and it was divine.
The Sunday was a sunnier day. The family spent a lot of the morning on the beach, where we watched my London-dwelling niece revel in the sea and sand. Her little legs have only just learned to walk and she seemed gleeful at the sense of freedom and discovery.
Before heading home we lunched at Ask (North Wharf, Sandside), which is a safe bet for Italian food and in a hard-to-beat location, right on the harbour.
Have you been to Scarborough recently? Where have I missed?