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Swell Cafe Bar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $11
Cuisines: Bar, Cafe, Soups
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Swell Cafe Bar has a prominent position in the old village of Robin Hood's Bay, with seating terraces overlooking the village and beck to one side and sea to the other. Forget the "high street coffee chains" Swell is a little independent trying to provide the best coffee together with fresh simple food! Open daily from 10am to 4.00pm (seasonal).
Reviewed September 6, 2013

Scone cream tea - lovely. Called in on a recomendation of friends. Lovely sunny day, sat outside. Coffee and scones lovely. Lovely sea view from the terrace. Recommend that anyone in the area should visit.

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Reviewed September 6, 2013

My wife Emily and I got married at Swell back in the heatwave in July, and it was an amazing day. We took quite a basic package – just the ceremony followed by a drinks reception overlooking the sea – but it was absolutely perfect. Jane was great with us from the moment we made our first enquiry. It was great while we were planning to know that everything was in hand at Swell and we had nothing to worry about on that side of things! She was also able to recommend a good local photographer (Gary Simpson) as well.

The ceremony itself went very smoothly and all our guests commented on what a fantastic venue and location it is. I and many of the guests ate at the café beforehand and thought the food and drink was great too.

I would recommend Swell to anyone who wants a small/medium sized stress free wedding by the sea – and hopefully you’ll be as lucky with the weather as we were!

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Thank JackStaysPlaces
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

A very clean and bright cafe, with nice food, and good coffee. Service was a bit slow, but understandable as everthing is prepared in the act. Beautiful pictures on the wall, and a lovely little shop to buy cards and other souvenirs, clothes, etc.

Thank In_love_with_Spain
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We visit Robin Hood's Bay a few times a year as it's only an hour's drive from home, so we are familiar with its cafe's, pub's and restaurants. We tend to pick Swell for lunch most of the time (or it's fish & chips on the beach). On this occasion of our wedding anniversary we (including our 13 yr old daughter) managed to snag a terrace table to get the wonderful view over the bay. Looking at the menu of mainly cold dishes we chose to have wraps each with a side order of olives. The wraps are mediterranean themed. They are large with a garnish of salad. I had an Italian beer to go with it and the others had a Fentimans lemonade and cola. It came in at £23, You order at the counter and your food is usually brought to you whilst you carry your drinks. In the afternoon we returned for afternoon tea. I had the fantastic chunky Bakewell tart with cream whilst Tiffin was favoured by my companions. Yum. The cafe inside is airy and spacious with a good seaside themed gift shop. There is also outside seating out front, without the view of the bay but is pleasant.

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Thank Jeff H
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

My wife and I were looking for somewhere special for a wedding venue in North Yorkshire and were blown away when we visited Swell Café Bar. Set amongst the quaint streets of the idyllic seaside village of Robin Hood's Bay, the spacious and airy former chapel, for us, had exactly the right mix of character, quirkiness and sophistication we were looking for.

The ceremony room, with its elevated pews, provided a sublime setting for the marriage service and afterwards our guests were able to enjoy a relaxing glass of fizz on the terrace overlooking the bay.

The proprietor, Jane, was fabulously helpful with the preparations and, along with her amazing staff, worked hard to ensure our wedding passed without a hitch. The dining area looked amazing set out for our wedding breakfast and was efficiently transformed for dancing and music in the evening. It was faultless.

Thank you to all at Swell. We will be back to visit soon.

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