For my birthday earlier this month the Fiancé booked us a few days away in a dinky little cabin in North Berwick.
Isn’t it gorgeous! Initially the inside was really cold, but with being so small, it only took ten minutes to get more than warm enough. They’re run by Rock & Castle Escapes if anyone is interested in a stay on the East Coast of Scotland.
On day one we dropped off the bags and headed straight out for something to eat. We found Why Not? and ordered the deli platter, which I 100% recommend.
Then we had a wander up the main street, popping into any shops that looked interesting for a browse, including the local yarn shop, Chandlers. I had birthday money to spend and newly-empty shelves in my stash so I could have gone mad in there, but I restrained myself to these pretties:
The two hand-dyed skeins are local dyers, the green yarn is Albanach 4 ply, the purple is Artisan Yarns North Berwick 4 ply, the rainbow skein is WYS signature 4 ply, and the buttons just jumped into my hands the second I laid eyes on them.
After the shops we went down to the harbour to look at the view, but the weather was a bit too cold so it was back to the cabin for a wee warm up and a birthday chat with my parents before tea.
Day two started off with a coffee at Drift, and look at this view:
The water looked so beautiful I just had to get down there. My Aunty pointed out on my birthday that I’m now technically middle-aged, and on the way down that mountain hill my knees certainly felt like it. But the descent was entirely worth the peaceful, sheltered little beach at the bottom. The Fiancé got to play with his fancy new phone camera and got some amazing photos, and I kicked my shoes and socks off and went for a paddle in the sea.
This would be the North Sea, so it was freezing! I stayed in there though and got some not-terrible photos of my own, and after a while it barely felt cold at all. When I’d had enough, we climbed back up the hill (a lot slower than we went down it) and drove a couple of minutes to Tantallon Castle.
I was looking forward to seeing inside the ruins, but sadly the castle itself was closed off for maintenance so we made do with walking round the grounds and admiring from a distance. By this point I was starving so we headed back into town for something to eat. This time we went for JP’s Deli and café, who served excellent soup and sandwiches, and a cafetiere of their house blend coffee. I liked it but the Fiancé wasn’t convinced. The best part of JP’s was the wall of pick n mix coffee beans and loose-leaf tea. I went for French Vanilla and their North Berwick blend of coffee so every time I drink it, I’ll be reminded of my lovely birthday break.
Then it started hailing. The joys of the Scottish springtime! There wasn’t really much else we could do with the weather misbehaving, so we popped into The Rocketeer to book a table for later and spent the afternoon keeping dry in our nice warm cabin, snuggled up in front of some daytime TV.
Service at the Rocketeer wasn’t exactly first class, but I loved the food so much that I would be willing to give them another chance if we’re over that way again. I had the crab fritters to start and salt and pepper squid for main, but honestly the highlight of the whole thing was the curried mayonnaise that came with the crab fritters. I’m going to work out how to make some of that stuff at home so I can have it with everything.
On our final day we loaded up the car and said goodbye to the cabin before heading into town again. While trying (and failing) to find a car park I’d seen from the main street, we came to Steampunk Coffee and stopped in for a drink. I ordered a chai latte that was unlike any chai I’ve had before and so delicious. The Fiance went for an iced americano, which was also tasty but a wee bit like drinking rocket fuel.
Our last stop on the main street was to Bostock Bakery, joining the queue out the door and down the street; that’s how amazing their pastries are. We got two blueberry and mascarpone pastries and what looked like a slab of brownie but was actually some kind of chocolatey, almondy, crunchy pastry that I would definitely eat again.
On the way out of town we stopped in at Alandas for some award-winning gelato. I went for one scoop each of salted caramel and vanilla bean, and I honestly couldn’t say which was my favourite.
Then finally we headed back to Drift to meet with a friend who lives near North Berwick. There were no tables available inside, but the outside seating is a free-for-all and thankfully the weather was starting to behave itself so we got to sit in the sun and admire the view while catching up.
I loved my birthday break, I loved North Berwick and the beautiful scenery around it, and I would love to go back again some day.
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