We take our cake very seriously in North Yorkshire. There are some epic bakers in our village and the cake categories at the annual village produce show are always hotly contested.
Unsurprisingly, there are many excellent places for eating cake in the North York Moors. In fact, a section of the national parks web site is dedicated to “Capital of Cake” with lots of places to visit on a very flashy interactive map.
In the interests of research for our guests, we will selflessly keep on trying them out, and keep you posted.
Our absolute favourite place for cake is the wonderful Graze on the Green in nearby Rosedale Abbey. The drive over from Appleton is lovely; the views from the top of Chimney Banks (the steep hill down into Rosedale Abbey) are spectacular.
Graze on the Green is a small and perfectly formed tea room that does wonderful cakes along with light meals. When we say “light”, they are Yorkshire portions; we particularly like their breakfasts and toasted sandwiches. There is a reason their chips come in two portion sizes….you have been warned.
Check them out on their Facebook page as they often post pictures of the cakes made for that day.
We have a friend in the village with a serious Battenberg habit; ours is their fresh cream and berry roulade. They serve Roost coffee which we love, and also have a small deli shop with lots of delicious treats.
They are a great place to stop to pick up a picnic and then head up for the 7 1/2 mile circuit walk up from Rosedale Abbey into Rosedale itself along the old railway track past the long abandoned roasting kilns.
You can reserve tables if you give them a call; it’s worth doing as they get very busy, especially for breakfast at the weekend. And remember, they are closed on Monday and Tuesdays.
They have an outside seating area which is dog friendly; you can sit outside and watch the world go by as well as lots of locals popping in to pick up a sneaky take out.