Dunsley is fully equipped for self-catering, with a full-sized oven and quality pots and pans. The Yorkshire settle (with a customised angled back; much more comfortable than the upright versions) and pine table make eating in a treat. On sunny evenings, it’s a real pleasure to eat in the front yard.
There’s also a collection of recipe books, which you’re welcome to use.
FOOD SHOPS: Staithes has a large Co-op near the main council parking area on the cliff top. There’s also a wholesale fish outlet, which is supplied daily from Scarbough and Whitby; they do their own smoking and the fish is amazing. Try the smoked ling, smoked mackerel and salmon - and sea-run trout or live lobster in season! (www.whitbyseafish.co.uk).
Down in the village, a few metres’ stroll from Dunsley, you’ll find a butcher (the meat is superb, but don’t miss the pies and sausage rolls); they also sell fruit, vege, milk and eggs, plus gourmet preserves, and fresh bread from the Danby bakery
Staithes has two pubs near the harbour, both within 90 seconds’ walk of Dunsley. Both have weekly quiz nights, which are great fun: all are welcome.
Cod & Lobster on the harbour front (pictured on right) has wonderful sea views and a bistro menu. Tel: 01947 840490
The Royal George, on the main street pictured below right) is a cosy local, with an open fire and home-made pub grub. Great value lunches, too. Tel: 01947 841432, www.royalgeorgestaithes.co.uk
Cleveland Corner Bistro, is a popular choice for a relaxing meal. It is intimate, seating only about 12 people, but the food is well priced and home made. And the beer on the menu is made by Dunsley's neighbours, owners of Ship's Bell. Tel: 01947 841117, www.clevelandcorner.co.uk
Captain Cook Inn: at the top of the bank, has been renovated and refurbished, in a total make-over; still the best for real ale, now also serving good food. Tel: 01947 840200, www.captaincookinn.co.uk
Fox & Hounds is a short walk from the top of the village, in Dalehouse. They serve good food and real ale at great prices, with sofas by an open fire for cosy winter evenings. One of our favourites! Tel: 01947 840534
For a gourmet treat, visit Estbek, a small restaurant in nearby Sandsend (drive, or take the bus, which drops off virtually at the door). www.estbekhouse.co.uk
The Royal Hotel at Runswick Bay is a good choice for lunch - walk there on the Cleveland Way, then climb to the cliff top and catch the bus home.