Although some Brits only go to the beach in summer, there are some coastal resorts that offer perfect winter activities.
Madeleine Bunting is an award-winning author and travel writer who has visited 40 coastal towns in England in the last two years.
She documented her coastal adventures in her new book, The Seaside: England’s Love Affair.
While Brits heading to the seaside in summer might not be looking for a warm beer at a beachside cafe, they are an ideal escape from the bitter cold in the colder months.
Madeleine told Sun Online Travel: “There’s nothing better than going to the beach in the middle of winter with the waves crashing – the sound is wonderful.”
“While trips to the seaside are always fun in the winter, they’re definitely better when there’s somewhere you can retreat to for a cup of coffee.”
Madeleine revealed the top three beaches in Britain to visit in winter for their cozy cafes.
She added: “There is a wonderful cafe in Mablethorpe. It’s on the coast, north of Skegness, and it’s right on the beach. It’s called the North Sea Observatory.”
“You can sit there and listen to the sound of the waves. Because it has these glass windows, you really feel like the waves are rolling right over the cafe.”
“I can’t think of another café that offers a better winter beach experience.”
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The North Sea Observatory is located on the edge of the seaside resort of Chapel St Leonards in Skegness.
In addition to the café, there is also an art gallery in the observatory.
Madeleine added: “You can sit in an armchair and just watch the beach and the waves.”
And Chapel St Leonards isn’t the only seaside town in the UK with a beach cafe bearing the Madeleine seal of approval.
She added: “Gibraltar Point Café is located on the Lincolnshire coast.
“The café is right on the beach and you can see the sea from there.”
Gibraltar Point Café is located in Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve.
Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve covers more than 1,000 hectares of coastline and is one of 19 official bird observatories in the UK.
The cafe serves a selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks, as well as additional extras such as a high tide breakfast and sunset dinner.
But beach cafés are not only found in coastal towns in the north of the country, Madeleine also praised one in the south.
She added: “I always love East Devon in winter because it’s just beautiful.”
“Beer in Devon has a lovely little bay and there’s this hut called the Sea Shanty Beach Café.”
“It’s the nicest beach cafe in Devon. It’s right on the beach, but I think it’s only open on weekends.”
The café is located in the heart of the Jurassic Coast on the Southwest Coast Path.
During the winter months, the Sea Shanty Beach Café is open Thursday to Sunday.
The cafe serves a variety of fried dishes, many tailored to vegans and vegetarians, as well as seaside classics such as fish finger sandwiches and whole scampi.
Earlier this month, Madeleine also revealed the three coastal towns that are better to visit in winter than summer.
One of these places is Robin Hood’s Bay, an old fishing village in the North York Moors.
She said: “Robin Hoods Bay is very crowded in the summer but there is more space in the village in the winter.”
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