I’ve long been a fan of Seaham for Sunday afternoon scoffing.
It’s pretty, it’s peaceful (aside from hordes of fellow cafe-goers) and it’s got plenty of choice for coffee shop outings.
Now, there’s a new reason to visit.
Part of the £3.2million Seaham Marina development, The Lookout is a gleaming gem of a seafront cafe which pays ode to the good old British seaside with a sky blue and white theme and seafaring trinkets, such as sailing boats and lobster pots, peppered about the place.
In a nice touch, there’s also local art works adorning the walls.
It’s great to see part of the former industrial dock being used so creatively and it helps to create a warm welcome – despite the autumnal nip in the air on our visit.
For more sensible people who were dressed for the occasion, you can sit in the patio area which offers unspoilt views of the North Sea.
However, still clinging on to the last vestiges of summer in our short sleeves, we sunk into one of the chairs inside.
Food-wise, there’s nothing too out of the ordinary, but it does the trick.
Early birds can enjoy breakfast with a view and a breakfast roll for £2.85, while lunch and snack eaters can pick up a soup for £3.99, sandwich for £4.50 or a panini for £4.75.
My choice of pesto, sunblushed tomato and mozzarella could have done with a bit more of the cheesy stuff, but other than that it was spot on.
It came with plenty of salad and fresh, crunchy coleslaw and our side portion of chips, which come served in a novelty bucket, were perfectly chunky.
For little diners, kids meals are £3.75. If you just want to pop in for a coffee break, hot drinks are priced from £1.75 for tea, up to £2.35 for a mocha.
We swerved the sweet treats, but there were plenty on offer including muffins for £1.85 and scones for £1.95.
The Lookout is definitely one to look out for.