Over the weekend , we were pleasantly surprised to see something that has been lacking somewhat this summer , the sun!
Usually our summer holidays are filled with many trips to our local shores such as South Shields, Seaham, Hartlepool or Redcar but waking up on Sunday , the husband decided we needed to enjoy something different and go somewhere new.
Whitby was always one of the beaches we both remember going to as children and with only an hours drive from our Durham home it seemed only a short distance , especially when we really fancied fish and chips.
We arrived just before dinner time and the sun was getting warmer so we searched for a hat stall on the local market near the beach. Our daughters friend joined us for the weekend and she had a gorgeous set of red curls that would have attracted those nasty rays so we bought the girls new hats before heading of to grab buckets and spades to go onto the shore.
We found a lovely alcove with rockery and waterholes all ready for the little ones to build their castles and other sculptures around and as the wind got a little stronger we decided it was time to find something to eat.
There were many places to eat and as expected, some had queues a mile long . We wanted somewhere to sit, somewhere with a view to the shore and more importantly fresh fish with homemade tartar .
We found The Bridge bar and brasserie that had a lovely seating area upstairs where we could enjoy the view .
I have to say the service was lovely and although our 7 children can sometimes confuse waiters at ordering time , she done a wonderful job in accompanying each and everyone's needs .
Not sure whether our smallest would actually eat his we ordered him one just in case and we were pleasantly surprised when he gobbled the whole lot down , he was very impressed with the fish and as for us adults , the salad and dressing was also something we both utterly enjoyed with its gorgeously refreshing dressing. I even found an olive in there, not to my taste but my husband who enjoys the finer things in life soon took that and enjoyed it .
It cost us around £75 for 7 kids and 2 adults fish and chips with drinks and I would definitely go back again .
With our tummy's full we took to having a wander around the shops that were over the bridge.
If only I was a little more energetic and not 32 weeks pregnant , I would have taken the challenge of walking up the 199 steps to St Mary's church near Whitby Abbey. It seemed very popular for the visitors of Whitby , maybe next time.
Those who know me well know how much I absolutely adore little old cobble streets with hidden treasure , quirky shops . The last place I found like it was York and having them here to was a pleasure for me.
We walked through them popping into Janes Rock Shop for rock (obviously) as well as The sweet shop around the corner to grab giant gobstoppers for everyone.
I found on the way home , my husband had sneaked a bar or Kendal mint to amongst the spree in the rock shop, just wish I knew it was there as I would have grabbed more. It did not last long .
I think I have to admit that we went a little over board on sweets but I now have enough to last me till our next visit and we have some for our nieces and nephew also.
For me , I just felt very pleased to grab my most loved Bonfire lollipops.
Although we never had the time to do everything we still had a wonderful time , I think our next visit will include the boat trip as well as that long walk up to the Abbey .
I can not wait to go again . Do you have any recommendations on what we could do at the shore of Whitby next time?