Oliver’s Mount’s history is actually quite unknown. Even I, a resident of the area for 27 years, still have no idea the reason behind its name. It has been told that it was named after Oliver Cromwell, by that the mount was used as a point to attack the Castle. However, this is only a legend and not correct/factual history.
Whatever it’s history, the mount is a definite draw for both tourists and locals alike. Not only for its spectacular panoramic views of the town, that can be seen from the main viewing area at the top, which is next to the 75 ft memorial that stands to commemorate the town’s war dead, but also for bike racing. The public roads that spiral around the mount are used and know as being ‘England’s only natural road race track‘. With races taking place in April, June, July and September.
Also found situated at the top of the mount is a perfectly set little cafe. Having not visited in many many years, I was extremely happy, excited and a tad nostalgic to find it being under new ownership. The cafe has been given a complete new lease of life.
Upon entering, you’re greeted with a fresh, clean, open interior with your eyes immediately drawn to the sea view in front of you. I was absolutely blown away by the furnishing of the cafe. It has a sophisticated but homey feel to it. It’s truly stunning, with great attention to detail.
There’s plenty of seating without it being overfilled, including seating on the terrace and as my friend quite rightly commented, this is our new haunt.
All about the food – Afternoon Tea.
With a menu full of variety, but without being extensive, the addition of offering Afternoon Tea was exciting. I always love to see what businesses do to set theirs apart from the norm, adding their own characteristics to it.
The afternoon tea consisted of; sandwiches, which were both varied and open, which is a speciality of theirs and a handful of crisps sat in the middle. Next were scones dolloped with jam and cream, topped with a strawberry. Joined by a small selection of mini cakes, including a muffin and an impressive chocolate pyramid. Lastly, the top tier had more yummy mini cakes.
Although a somewhat minor complaint, it would have been nice to have been told what everything was. However, everything was extremely yummy. I suspect that the cakes and macaroons were bought, rather than homemade, but for a new business, this is hopefully something that will change over time and with popularity. It would also have been nice for the scones to be warmed, there’s just something really nice about homemade warm scones. Don’t you agree?
I’ve loved visiting Olivers on the mount and look forward to returning to sample more of their menu, especially the open sandwiches!
Find them at; Olivers Mount, Scarborough, YO11 2UG.
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