Monday, 29 September 2014

Yorkshire Whitby: Rusty Shears

Leaving the best until last, our final review from our lovely holiday in Yorkshire is of our now most favourite tearooms of all time, The Rusty Shears in Whitby. Whitby itself is a true seaside town on the east coast of Yorkshire at the mouth of the River Esk. It is where the British explorer Captain Cook learnt his seamanship and where tourism started during the Georgian period.

Found on a chance trip in search of Bay Town Coffee which we got a taste for, and gifts for friends and family we wondered down one of the old town streets. Happening to look into an entrance with the sign hung above, we saw what was the most inviting tearooms yet.

A walled garden with a menagerie of trees and plants surrounding the wooden seating just called for us to come in. Recently opened, the tea room had a very authentic, vintage theme and was done with sophistication and class but no pretentiousness about it all. We immediately fell in love with it. 

As soon as we walked in we felt welcomed. There was an array of freshly made cakes on offer, specialty teas and a range of coffees as well as a menu of light lunches and evening meals. 

The counter itself is eye catching with its subtle painted wood work with great looking chalk board menus with bright pendant lights illuminating the serving area. 

The owner was immediately obvious, making a point of welcoming us and of course tempting us with cake! The inside seating was just as welcoming as outside with mis matched chairs and tables, gorgeous wall papered walls with vintage touches such as the lampshade lights and large gold mirror. 

After a good peruse of the menu, Ollie chose a pot of jasmine tea and whilst I opted for a Latte. Settling ourselves in the window seat as the inside had just as much charm as the courtyard outside, we didn't have to wait long for our drinks to arrive.

It felt like a place you could sit for hours and not feel unwelcome, whether you were there just for a drink or a meal. Another great feature for the evening was its interest in speciality gins which was unusual in itself. A long list of gins are on offer, however we refrained from trying any out. 

Inside there was always something to notice whether a wall hanging, a quirky lampshade or dresser, every small detail was a reason to love it more. 

Although it was full of quirky vintage touches and used vintage china, it wasn't as twee as Miss Mollets Tearooms but neither was it as modern at The Dolls House

The leaf tea was a great standard which we were expecting, seeing as they had an extensive range on offer. The latte was great too, definitely on par to the quality and taste of the lattes I have had at Loaf in Sandgate. All crockery used was vintage and all mis-matched like at Juliets, with a cute little bone china tea  pot. 

After a while the cake became all too tempting and the owner convinced me into purchasing, as he said, the largest portion of the key lime pie. It was amazing! Great value for money, the standard was impeccable, served on a vintage gold edged plate with vintage cake fork, which all added to the experience.

An added bonus to the tearooms is the small shop attached at the side, in which I couldn't resist buying a necklace. Laid out like someones house, there was a lot offer from scarves, handmade cards, bags, vintage crockery, paint and much more besides. A great place if in search of gifts or just a treat for yourself!

The Verdict? Thumbs Up!
Overall this isn't a visit if you're in the area kind of place but a place where you should make a point of visiting. It was surrounded in good luck cards  on windowsills and surfaces from family and friends supporting them in their new venture but they certainly don't need it! If I were to imagine a tea room that I would dream of opening it would just like this. It has character, unique style, super friendly owners and a cosy homelike family friendly atmosphere along with fantastic food and drinks. This is our favourite tearooms in the whole of the UK so far and one that will be hard to beat!

3 Silver Street

YO21 3BU


  1. Having met Russ and his staff on a few occasions now I have no hesitation in recommending Rusty Shears to one and all.
    This afternoon I returned to this lovely restaurant / Tea Rooms and was met the same smiling welcome that we have received previously, we took a table inside the first room and I sampled Roast beef and horseradish sandwich with a capuccino, whilst my wife had egg mayo sandwich and tea. The order was delivered quickly and the food was a delight, the sandwiches, we were offered a choice of bread, were served with rocket salad and coleslaw and, for my part, the beef was absolutely delicious.

    Rusty Shears is situated on Silver Street and may therefore not be on everyone's radar, it should be! The service, food and general ambience ensure that once you have eaten there you will want to return. Top marks.

  2. Angel Barclay Browne and MaryRose Barclay Willis18 June 2016 at 11:42

    A wonderful place tucked away on Silver Street , very friendly and inviting , cosy atmosphere , tea served in beautiful old china cups and delicious cakes , i had the warm treacle tart with clotted cream and mum had Lemon and Thyme cake ,both amazing , we sat in the delightful garden , we visit every year from Worthing .