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Swell Cafe Bar

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The Old Chapel Chapel Street, Robin Hood's Bay, North York Moors National Park YO22 4SQ, England
+44 1947 880180
09:30 - 15:30
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Mon - Fri 09:30 - 15:30
Sat - Sun 09:30 - 16:00
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful coffee and homemade scones would definitely recommend this cafe to anyone visiting Robin Hoods Bay

Thank ValerieRan
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the counter to be told it was waitress service & "I will be over in a minute", 5 minutes later we ask again to be told the same thing, 5 minutes later we left - very busy but plenty of staff just seemingly disorganised, try The Fish Box instead

Thank Neil B
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We popped in here as it seemed to be the only place open and still serving food. The food was nice. I had the hummus pannini and my husband had the ploughman's with Wednselydale cheese (it's veggie cheese, we asked). I noticed a customer asking for the toilet to which the waitress pointed vaugly and said "it's down the corridor"... More 

Thank Schmall
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Fantastic hot chocolate. Really good service. Food looked really nice what I saw others have. We had just popped mid morning so still full from breakfast. They do wide choice of snacks. Very clean. Also free wifi available

Thank crookedspire1
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

We had the most fantastic day celebrating our friends wedding. The location was gorgeous with fantastic views of the bay. Staff were friendly & the food lovely.

Thank Louise K
Bakewell, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

We came across this by accident and were pleasantly surprised. The coffee was excellent and reasonably priced the staff were very friendly. It had tables to sit outside but it was too cold. The only downside was that while we were there they were playing the most awful jazz in the cafe. There is also a small shop selling "seasidy"... More 

Thank AlanNowill
Norwich, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

My husband and I stumbled across here as a half way stop back up the climb to the car! I think it may have been there closing time but they didn't turn us away and we had a lovely coffee and cake. Friendly staff and very clean. The bakewell cake was to die for!!! Gutted I only shared a slice... More 

1 Thank jody_lee1
Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Visited 'swell' the first week of November with my wife and a couple of friends. The cafe was surprisingly busy for a grim November day, however that's probably because it was the only place open in the village. Even though it was chilly we sat on the balcony over looking the sea to embrace the beautiful views. We all had... More 

1 Thank grahamc46graham
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Nice food and drinks. Lovely outside seating area overlooking the beach. Modern cafe with a lovely shop inside

1 Thank Kepworth
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Visited last week as a family of five. Only tables of four available, so moved two together, to have the male waiter (owner/manager I think) come thundering over saying dont do that or you'll cause thousands of pounds of damage to the floor. We hadnt dragged the table and hadn't done any damage. It was a complete over reaction. As... More 

3 Thank Mum-of-three-u10s
Jason B, Owner at Swell Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Mum of Three, we are happy to re-arrange tables/chairs etc. at Swell to accommodate our customers needs we just hope our customers have the courtesy to ask any one of our staff members and we will then take responsibility for re-arranging the heavy granite tables without inconveniencing or knocking into our other customers or causing any damage. Perhaps you are... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Cafe, British, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Groups, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:30 - 16:00
09:30 - 15:30
09:30 - 15:30
09:30 - 15:30
09:30 - 15:30
09:30 - 15:30
09:30 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Old Chapel Chapel Street, Robin Hood's Bay, North York Moors National Park YO22 4SQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  North York Moors National Park  >  Robin Hood's Bay
  • Phone Number: +44 1947 880180
Swell Cafe Bar has a prominent position in the old village of Robin Hood's Bay, with seating terraces overlooking the village and beck to one side and sea to the other. Forget the "high street coffee chains" Swell is a little independent trying to provide the best coffee together with fresh simple food! Open daily from 10am to 4.00pm (seasonal).

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?