Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine

Pub of the week


- With Elaine Lemm

When the rain is belting down and the wind blowing a hooley, what is better than heading into a warm, welcoming pub? Add to that, the pub is on the coast and practicall­y touching the sea, so hunkering down and watching the storm roll in through rain-lashed windows, glass in hand and with a plate of fish and chips, is brilliant.

The Cod and Lobster is a much-loved pub down on the quay in the lovely village of Staithes. Opening the door on a wet, cold winter’s day, we are hit with the warmth of the atmosphere bursting out.

The pub is just one large room, which wraps around the bar where service is brisk, and at our table, food menus are dispensed and orders are taken with equal speed and smiles.

There are ten draught beers, lagers and cider, including Timothy Taylors, John Smiths Black Sheep and Howardian Gold, as well as a huge range of spirits with 47 whiskies, 24 rums and 108 gins plus brandies, tequilas and liqueurs. Thankfully there are plenty of soft and non-alcoholic drinks, too.

The food menu is also vast and varied for such a small place and includes the earlier mentioned fish and chips, with fish the size of a dolphin, let down only by scrappy chips; a signature dish of

Cod and Lobster – pan-fried cod on a bed of lobster bisque – and several other seafood dishes. Meat and vegetarian lovers are also well catered for.

Too soon, the storm had passed, and reluctantl­y we climbed back up to the car park only to find a parking ticket. Oops, but at least it was worth it.

■ The Cod and Lobster, 61 High Street, Staithes, Saltburn-by-theSea TS13 5BH, tel: 01947 840330. Open: 12-3pm and 5-9pm, every day.

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