Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Tea room exploration: Cranberry Swamp.

24 Skinner Street, Whitby, YO21 3AJ. Open Mon - Sun, 8am - 4pm | www.cranberryswamp.com

When visiting the picturesque town of Whitby you'd expect to be hard pushed to find free from treats to over indulge on, but thankfully a lovely retro tea room has made finding those scrumptious free from cakes and bakes a breeze, and when it's in such a stylish setting as this you really will be hard pushed for an excuse not to pop in!

Cranberry Swamp is a delightfully retro styled cafe, with a laid back setting and eclectic decor inside, making for an incredibly relaxed and stylish environment to indulge in a spot of cake and tea.

Whitby is certainly home to it's fair share of independent cafes and coffee shops, but what makes Cranberry Swamp stand out from the rest is it's free from friendly menu of treats. With gluten free options available, and a great selection of dairy free treats to boot, it's certainly a much welcome find.

With it's eclectic mix of retro furnishings inside and a cake counter full of freshly baked cakes, you'll easily be tempted inside. Their cake counter is certainly a much welcome find for any coeliacs, with a great selection of gluten free bakes available every day, including some vegan and dairy free treats too.


On my visit there was a tempting selection to choose from, with gluten free cakes all round, from lemon drizzle cake, to pistachio cheesecake and a heavenly chocolate cake. I decided to go for their vegan treat of the day, a mocha chocolate bar, packed with tasty layers of coconut, and chocolatey coffee. A deliciously moreish treat, the coconut layer was just divine, I could have happily sat eating a plate full of that alone!

To accompany my cake I chose their chai latte made with almond milk, for me it's a sheer joy to find a dairy alternative on the menu that isn't soy milk (the stuff disagrees with me just as much as milk!), so this made for a delightful treat! You'll find a full menu of teas, coffees and soft drinks to choose from to accompany your baked treats.

All round a fantastic find, it certainly made for a pleasant change during my stay in Whitby. It's great to know that there's a free from option available with such scrumptious treats, definitely one to visit whether your on a gluten/dairy free diet or not!

Cake rating:
5/5