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The Watermark Cafe

  • Royal Albert Drive, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
  • Cafes / Bistro / Tea Room, Takeaway,

If the views and location tempted you the first time – right on the sweeping North Bay seafront, with outdoor seats and uninterrupted ocean panoramas - you'll be back again at this seafront café for the just-right food and the eager-to-please service.

Under newish owners (since 2010), the Watermark has carved out a reputation as a genuine Brit-caff beach hangout, with as warm a welcome for families as for the surfers stripping off in the parking bays up the road – seaview terrace aside, there's a sheltered back patio, plus library area with wood-burner and diner-style booths inside. It's open from 6am onwards for all-day brekkies that hit all the right notes – locally sourced, outdoor-reared sausage and bacon, free-range, organic eggs, good Fairtrade coffee – as well as homemade burgers, sandwiches, soups, organic, gluten-free cakes, caramel slices and the like.

They rustle up a chicken curry and other specials for daytime mains, and stay open until 9pm in the summer – adding live-music nights, beer and wine into the mix if you want to make more of a night of it. Be prepared to wait at busy times, either for a table or food, but on the gastronomically challenged North Bay it's a price worth paying. There's a takeaway counter and ice cream if you just can't resist the beach.