We were staying in Robin Hoods Bay around the time of our little girls second birthday on the 15th, and decided to take a chance on making the journey to Scarborough to visit the tea-rooms as a treat for both her and ourselves based on the wealth of favourable reviews. As soon as we stepped in we felt we had made a wise choice, from the intriguing fixtures to the genuine warm welcome we received. The whole experience was sublime...from the little glass bowl of tiny sweets with the invitation to "eat me" attached ( Tilly needed no invitation ), through the marvellous selection of sandwiches and cakes/scones on the wonderfully presented afternoon tea, the lovely ad -hoc old china service (much of which has been brought in by local old dears who love the owners), and of course the tea itself. As a Yorkshireman I was almost flabbergasted by the value for money (much inferior offerings can cost vastly more in institutions trading on past reputation/ location), but what really sealed the deal for me was the way the owners went to so much effort to make our little girl feel special, bringing out little plates of sandwiches just for her before they knew it was her birthday...but when they realised the visit was to mark her celebration, well, the impromptu cake complete with candles and singing brought a tear to my eyes.
All in all, this is a delightful venue that produces top class food in a truly idiosyncratic setting for anyone who appreciates the most authentic and genuine welcome you could wish for. Tilly might not remember it as she gets older, but we always will. Thank you.