There are only a few places we’ve been that have really made us want to go back. Falling Foss Tea Garden is one of them. We stopped here for a wonderful lunch halfway on our May Beck to Falling Foss circular walk. It’s somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for so long and I’m glad we finally made it.
We also made the walk down to the bottom of the Falling Foss Waterfall which I’ve covered in this post – It’s worth a read if you are thinking of venturing down there! This is the view you can see from the top near the tea garden. There was only really one view point because of all the trees.
Address: Midge Hall, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 5JD
Open seasonally: April – September (10.30 – 4.00pm). (coronavirus allowing)
Subject to change in bad weather – please call if in doubt 07723 477929.
Falling Foss Tea Garden History and location
The tea garden sits directly next to the top of the waterfall. You can’t see it from the garden but you can certainly hear it. It’s a beautiful spot and I can see why someone once built Midge Hall here. The building still stands but where you eat and purchase your food is all outdoors, next to the hall, which is actually a cute woodland cottage.
It was originally built in the 18th Century as a gamekeepers cottage. It was first used as a tea garden back in the 1930s. Sadly it fell into disrepair and was out of use in the 1960s. Luckily, for you and I, it was given a new lease of life in 2008.
They have only recently reopened since lockdown restrictions were eased. Luckily they will soon be able to open their seating area from the 4th of July and welcome even more visitors.
If you are parking at Falling Foss the tea garden is just a short walk down from the car park. The paths are not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs.
Visiting Falling Foss Tea Garden
There’s a few really lovely spots for paddling in the water by the old cottage. Make sure you look out for the troll under the bridge. The water is shallow up to a point but around some of the larger rocks it can get quite deep. Under the bridge with the troll is a good spot for kids to paddle in.
The tea garden used to only accept cash but since the pandemic they now accept cards and they are encouraging you to go contactless if you can.
You are not allowed to picnic in the tea garden. The benches and tables in there are for customers only. There is around 6 picnic benches just before the cottage where you can sit with a picnic. This is currently the only place you can eat food bought at the tea garden although this should change on the 4th of July.
There is a mens and a ladies toilet but they are for customers only. They are worth going in as there’s a view down to the water in both of them.
The Menu at Falling Foss Waterfall
You purchase your food and drinks from a cabin next to the house. This is how it always is, even during a pandemic. There is then a choice of tables to sit at, some are undercover others aren’t.
They have currently taken soup and nachos off their menu. They do however, have a nice choice of sandwiches including bacon which smelt amazing. You can even purchase Prosecco, beer, cider and wine. There’s a good choice of hot drinks and also some cold drinks.
We decided to share a tuna sandwich (£4.50) and have a homemade scone with clotted cream and jam each (£1.50). They do not charge enough for this scone of heavenly deliciousness. They also have cakes and other snacks available.
The tuna sandwich was in the nicest bread roll I think I’ve ever eaten. We’ve ever eaten even! My son was so taken with the amazing food that he told them on the way back through to the toilets. Now that’s praise from a six year old! This is reason enough alone to return. Next time we will do the circular walk from May Beck again. We will stop for a paddle by the old cottage and then have lunch in the tea garden before returning alongside the beck.
Outdoor Seating at Falling Foss Tea Garden
As mentioned above all the seating is outdoors no matter when you visit. Pandemic or no pandemic, bad weather or good weather. There’s plenty of covered areas. There is also a cute little play area for children with a slide and a giant caterpillar.
These photos should give you a good idea of the seating area. I didn’t get a photo of the cabin where you order as although there was never a queue there was always someone stood there.
There is a larger covered area but I didn’t want to be seen to be hanging around with restrictions in place. We can’t wait to return!
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