My journey towards parenthood is hurtling along at an alarming speed so The Boy and I decided to take advantage of a rare free weekend to spend some time together and get some fresh air by the seaside.
We headed to stay in a little cottage owned by an old work colleague in the pictuesque village of Staithes on the Yorkshire Coast. Despite having visited the coast on many occasions, neither of us had ever been to Staithes, a place steeped in history. Once one of the largest harbours in the north of England, Staithes also hosted Captain James Cook as a young grocer’s apprentice.. before he headed out to sea!
The village was also home to a group of artists known as the “Staithes group” and my former colleague was involved in organising the recent Staithes Festival of Arts and Hertiage which was a great success.
So we headed on a chilly Friday up through the lovely scenery of North Yorkshire – stopping off at Dalby Forest for The Boy to have a bezz on his bike – whilst I ate cake in the cafe… and we arrived just before dusk at the lovely Ash Cottage
We were met by a lovely view of the old harbour and had a wander around all the narrow cobbledy streets – with no less than 2 pubs within view of our front door. However we were destined to go a little further afield on this Friday evening to the highly recommended Fox and Hounds at Goldsborough. This establishment is a small (can’t be more than 20 ish covers) pub which has been converted into a gastronomic treat by a former Ivy-Chef and his wife.
We enjoyed a delicious and out of budget meal – I had Turbot and The Boy went for Steak – then he had a HUGE chunk of cheese with oatcakes and chutney… delicious.
I loved the decor at the Fox and Hounds – loads of kitschy little touches – including this Flamingo in the toilets!
We spent the Saturday very lazily eating crumpets, pottering around seaside towns and getting windswept before eating fish and chips and watching a heap of movies in the cottage.
It was a perfect weekend which allowed us to really relax. We find it pretty hard to switch off from jobs that need doing around the house when we are at home – especially with the baby’s room to sort out and things ALL over the place!
You can hire Ash Cottage for a short break – click here http://www.ashcottage.net/