Sandsend’s secret

The other half and I decided to spend our last non anniversary (the anniversary of our first date as apposed to a wedding one) in style.

Having booked our pre wedding shoot in Whitby we thought it would be a good idea to stay over in the area as well.

I knew I wanted to stay, somewhere not too close to the main shops, with a nice sea view  and (the most important of course) nice locally sourced food.

A friend at work asked if we had considered looking a little bit out of Whitby and recommended Estbek house, and I am so glad that she did.

Looking at the website there was an extensive list of seafood delights and when I called to book I was pleased to find out that all the rooms look out to the sea. I was given clear directions on how to get there and where to park.

The drive over the moors had a real eerie calm to it, the fog seemed to lend its self to the clouds and at some points you couldn’t really distinguish where one began and the other ended.

Sandend is three miles north of Whitby, as we drove there we could see the glimpses of the sea over the clouds.

Estbek house with its mint green exterior and bunting from the jubilee was easily noticeable and the car park was just over the river as explained over the phone.

As we entered we were greeted by Jenette who got David who got our keys and showed us to our room, Nora.

Nora is smallest of the four rooms here but is lavishly decked out with cosy super king sized bed and granite bathroom and there was more than enough room for the two of us.

We booked dinner for later on and after having a bit of a walk round we went down to the bar and had a glass of sparkling wine (Jansz).

Looking at the wine list you can see that a lot of attention has gone into it, with many of the wine complementing seafood. We had a bottle of Tower to have with our meal

We were given a canapé of spiced parsnip soup, served in a espresso cup we thought that it was just the right amount to start the meal off but, by the end of it we wanted more.

I had the scallops which were served on a bed of pea puree they simply melted in the mouth. They were gently seasoned and complemented the saltiness of the bacon and the sweet undertones of the pea puree.

My other half had the duck salad and although he thoroughly enjoyed it, I felt that here was a bit too much going on, on the plate and would have preferred the duck to have had more prominence in the dish.

We had been dreaming about the lobster thermidor and the dish did not disappoint. The Lobster was delicately bathed in a luxurious creamy rich sauce and was so soft. This dish is not a for the faint hearted, or someone on a diet, that why the other half devoured most of it.

The fish pie was not what I expected as it was more of a deconstructed affair, but I still enjoyed it. The crown of scallops gave the pie shape and consistency. The variety of the seafood used gave the pie a light texture that complemented the sauce. The delicately salty Sampfire was an inspired choice that encapsulated the taste of the sea.


As luck would have it my favorite dessert was on the menu creme brûlée, I had this with the recommended desert wine. My other half had the frozen yogurt as he wanted something light after the Lobster.

All in all our stay at Esbeck was perfect, not only was the food locally sourced and spot on but, the service we received was second to none.

Just waiting for another occasion to go again.

Estbek house
East Row,
North Yorkshire
YO21 3SU

T. 01947 893424

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