After reading some lovely reviews of Rusty Shear’s cafe/tearoom on TripAdvisor we stumbled in one wet, windy Saturday afternoon (Whitby isn’t Whitby if it’s not wet and windy, in my opinion, so it was spot on). The cafe is adorably decorated with a myriad of bric-a-brac items as far as the eye can see, fun lampshades and blackboard menus.
It has a really unpretentious, laid back feel with customers ordering and paying at the till. They had a lively menu of cakes and sandwiches and hot food. They also sell WINE.
I didn’t go for wine (rare for me, but it felt a bit early at 12.30) and was rewarded with a super pretty tea set. My partner had a latte which was tasty like lattes usually are, and came in a glass with a little cardboard jacket. Cute.
I ordered the pie and peas and my partner had garlic mushrooms on toast. Both were gorgeous – the pie filled with juicy mince pork and not too much pastry, the peas just right and served with a tiny pot of mint sauce.
The mushrooms on toast was a huge pile of wild mushrooms on granary bread – perfectly cooked in what tasted like a wine and garlic reduction – not a hint of sickly cream in sight.
For £15 for the entire lunch it was very reasonably priced, the service was also really speedy. My only regret is not getting sampling any of their cakes, but I just didn’t have room. Worth a visit if you are in Whitby and looking for a nice lunch, they even do doggy-cinos for your four legged friends!