I was always going to love a cafe-bar with a name like the sitting room, wasn’t I?
I often travel north to visit my fiance’s family, and I’ll admit to assuming that the food scene that far up the country couldn’t really touch Birmingham. Alright, it’s not Birmingham, but there are plenty of absolute gems in the wilds of the North-East. I found myself in one of these gems over the weekend; The Sitting Room which you’ll find in Saltburn-by-the-sea, a cute little Victorian seaside town.
the cutest little cafe-bar
The Sitting Room is all hipster, vintage gorgeousness. Think mismatched furniture, pretty crockery, and a beautiful brick bar. It’s small, but when the weather’s good there are more tables outside to boost the available space a bit. It’s also dog friendly!
the sitting room drinks
As always, I was in need of caffeine. I ordered a Caramel Latte which arrived promptly. Good strong coffee, a good background sweetness of caramel and speedy service. What more do you need?
Dave’s Amaretto Hot Chocolate arrived piled high with cream and flaked almonds. The chocolate was rich, and the Amaretto was so plentiful we were glad Dave wasn’t going to be driving home immediately!
If you’re in the mood for something harder than coffee, there’s a nice list of spirits, beers and in the evening, cocktails.
the sitting room food
The menu at The Sitting Room is petite, with a few meze boards to accompany your drinks. We opted to order a cheese board and a meat board (which arrived conveniently combined onto one sharing platter). It was the perfect light lunch, with soft bread, salty olives and pickles, a good selection of crackers, chutney and tasty meats. I’d have liked a little more cheese variety as we had one blue, and then two big pieces of Brie, but the cheese there was was plentiful and tasty. We made short work of it, and left very content.
If you’re pottering in Saltburn, The Sitting Room is an excellent stop to refuel. Next time, I’ll be testing out their sizeable gin menu for sure.
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