The Cod & Lobster pub sits so famously close to Staithes’ renowned harbour that it’s been washed away three times in rough seas, with the most recent take down in 1953, when fishermen watched on in dismay as their bottles of brew bobbed out to sea. These days, strengthened sea walls mean the pub is unlikely to be swept away again – so it’s safe to sit outside and take your ease with a view of the fishing cobles and seagulls bobbing around the waterfront.
Inside the pub, old black-and-white photographs in the bar are testament to those aforementioned gigantic swells, while shabby chic decor includes rickety wooden chairs, floral curtains and a fireplace for when punters need warming up. For all its adventures, The Cod & Lobster remains the focal point of this characterful old fishing village and its cobbled High Street: the food is defiantly pub grub (although given a modern touch up), the beer is well-kept Timothy Taylor’s and Black Sheep, there’s a weekly pub quiz for the lifeboat and occasional folksy sing-songs too. And there’s also something new that would have the old Staithes fishermen turning in their graves: karaoke nights.
If you are swinging by for a pint or some food, you might kickstart your meal with the likes of king prawns in garlic butter or a bowl of homemade soup served with a warm baguette. For your main course, choose between a selection of meat or seafood dishes - think homemade steak and ale pie or beef burger with chips, alongside shellfish linguine or mussels in a creamy sauce. There are vegetarian options available too, including mushroom and spinach stroganoff, while chicken nuggets and cheesy pasta will keep little ones happy.
To finish up, choose from the likes of hot chocolate fudge cake or various ice creams.