Saltburn is a quietly grand Victorian resort bursting with vibrant businesses both new and old. Not only is it a place where creatives and professionals flourish, come the weekend, it welcomes hundreds of surfers, artists, day trippers and staycationers drawn to the golden sands, fabulous food scene and dramatic cliff-top strolls.
There are many reasons why Saltburn is high up on our staycation list this summer, and while it may only be down the road, it can give us that worlds-away escape we’ve all been searching for, right here on home turf.
WHERE TO EAT >>
No. Twenty Three
This rustic neighborhood bar is the place to be for craft beer and Neapolitan-style pizza, just a stone’s throw from the train station. A laid-back venue, perfect for popping in for a bite to eat with salty hair and sandy toes after hitting the waves.
The Sitting Room
Sitting in a sweet spot in the railway arches, The Sitting Room offers dynamic daytime and evening meals inspired by the seasons and the spectacular local landscape. Think foraged ingredients, expertly-crafted cocktails and a mouthwatering menu worth making your way through.
Coco & Rum
From street food to traditional dishes, you can expect to find all of your Thai favourites here – and it certainly won’t disappoint. A great spot to soak up the atmosphere, sip on cocktails and savour every moment of indulgent feasting.
A beautiful boutique hotel doing big things for the foodies of Saltburn and beyond. This quirky venue takes some beating when it comes to matching funky interior design with fantastic food. The 2 AA Rosette awarded menu offers fine dining in a refined environment, with influences from Moulin Rouge, Raffles and Orient Express in full flow. Somewhere for a special occasion.
Swing by Signals for some seriously tasty treats. This bright, modern cafe and bar, established back in 1986 is quite the icon in Saltburn and continues to move with the times; offering contemporary breakfasts, brunches, lunches and home-baked cakes and pastries screaming out for Pinterest-worthy pictures.
Grab a cup of Runway Coffee on-the-go from the Side Hatch, or while away the hours in a window seat and tuck into something delicious.
Visit on a Friday or Saturday evening and the space is transformed into a warm and cosy bar, complete with cocktails, wines, local music and good vibes to match.
The Spa Hotel
Standing proudly in the heart of the town overlooking the beach, The Spa Hotel offers breathtaking views, beautiful rooms and fine food, from breakfast through to lunch, dinner and a quintessential afternoon tea offering. Go here for a tower of sweet and savoury treats, with the option of adding a fizzy flight for good measure.
Voted one of ‘Alfresco Britain’s 20 Best Places to Eat by the Sea’, it’s not hard to see why there’s so much love for Seaview Restaurant. Just a stone’s throw from the shore, there’s no better place to enjoy seafood with sea views, or pick up a bag of chips to enjoy as you sink your toes into the golden sands of Saltburn. Bliss.
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Hey Ho & Co.
If there’s a place that showcases all that is cool and creative about Saltburn, hey ho & co is exactly that. Stocking a whole host of exclusively-designed prints, as well as lots of lovely lifestyle stuff like plants, pots, candles, cushions and throws, it’s a great spot for gifting, treating yourself, or just admiring the work of some seriously inspiring locals.
The LillianDaph Store
Peer inside Saltburn’s LillianDaph Store and you’ll see deep-painted walls in moody shades, colour pops of velvet upholstery and the odd bit of slightly bonkers artwork – neon giraffe anyone? This curated collection of interior loveliness is the baby of Christina Easton, an art and textiles graduate who is channeling a desire for us all to kick out the commonplace when it comes to decorating our homes.
Saltburn Farmers’ Market
Farmers’ markets every second Saturday of the month are packed with stalls selling locally produced meats, breads, cheeses and veg. Artists and craftspeople aplenty too.
Drift Surf Shop
Whether you’re big into the surf or new to the waves, Drift Surf Shop has you covered when it comes to hardware, lessons and seriously cool merch. From beachy tees and cosy hoodies to keep you warm as the sun sets over the shore, to wetsuits and boards, this place will kit you out in style.
Book Corner Saltburn
Get summer read ready with a trip to Saltburn’s independent bookshop, offering up everything from contemporary fiction to children’s picture books and new, non-fiction releases. A Milton Street must.
Brambles Gift Shop
The gifting opportunities are endless at Brambles. Go here for a good mix of independent and big name treats and trinkets for the home, for him, for her and for little ones.
WHERE TO VISIT >>
Flow Surf School
Saltburn is a surfer’s paradise, and with crashing waves, fantastic lessons and the beautiful North Yorkshire coast at its fingertips, there’s no better place to hit the water. With group and private lessons available and plenty of experts to put you at ease, you’re in good hands with Flow Surf School.
Marshall’s Beach Huts
A colourful avenue of sand-side huts await this summer. You can hire them for just a day and have a fun-packed friends, dog-walks and fish ‘n’ chips kind of day. Rent one for a week or more and devour some books in your deckchair.
Saltburn Valley Gardens
This quaint coastal town certainly doesn’t fall short of tranquil spaces to switch off and take in the natural beauty that surrounds you.
The Valley Gardens offer a green oasis of colourful displays, grassy banks and wild flower beds – the perfect place to relax and unwind or stretch those legs with various circular walks through the woods.
Complete with Italian gardens, tea rooms and the Saltburn Miniature Railway, there’s something for everyone.
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Saltburn is the seaside town right on our doorstep, but when the chance comes to pack up for a worlds-away staycation by the coast, we’re always delighted to do so.
One of our favourite spots to lay our head – and immerse ourselves in some seriously inspiring artworks – is The Artists Pad – a creative retreat by the sea.
Inviting everyone from holidaymakers to writers, poets, musicians and photographers, TAP is a tranquil hideaway for people looking to spark that creative connection. Inside the pad you’ll find a hive of cool exhibits; from local painters and intriguing pieces by conceptual artists, to star-studded merchandise and dazzling, design-led decor.
Everything tells a story, and that’s what’s so great about this funky seaside staycation spot.
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There are eight miles of wide, honeyed beaches for a start – the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s The Walrus and the Carpenter. Or if you’re feeling more energetic, stride up the majestic Hunt Cliff and join the Cleveland Way – 110 miles of stunning scenery that runs from Helmsley to Filey.
On a fine day you will not walk alone. For a spot of old fashioned promenading, the Valley Gardens is hard to beat. Woodland walks, colourful Italian gardens, a woodland centre and tea lawn and café. From here cross the bridge and catch the miniature train all the way down to the sea.
Or to really blow the cobwebs away, a stroll along the Pier – named 2009 Pier of the Year – followed by fish and chips at the hard to-beat Seaview Restaurant and takeout hatch. Catch it at dusk when the pier and cliff lift are gently and quite magically illuminated.