We've always loved the Geall Gallery in Grosmont and used to enjoy a browse of the artwork followed by a bit of lunch and a coffee so it was disappointing when the cafe section closed down last year. But, hooray!! a fabulous, vastly improved offering has recently opened and we are very impressed. The Steam Cafe is a very contemporary space and, rather than being tucked towards the rear of the gallery, now sits strikingly across the front of the building with a gorgeous polished rough sawn wooden counter, industrial lights and comfy quirky booth seating with the walls covered in Chris Geall and Adrian Wright's stunning work.
We tried the 'doorstep' sandwich on our first lunchtime visit (yum) and this was when we discovered that in the evenings the place turned into an inviting sophisticated pizza restaurant. We decided it must be tried and booked a table for last saturday evening.
We were warmly welcomed and, although offered a table in the entrance area, opted to sit at the high bar along the front window (perfect for people watching)
We chose to try the '2 pizzas, a house salad and a bottle of house wine' deal for £35. I chose the Blue One (tomato, mozzarella, yorkshire blue, proscuitto, walnuts, honey, figs) and Gavin The Hot One (tomato, mozzarella, nduja sausage, roquito peppers) and we watched them being created and cooked in the pizza oven behind the counter. Both were delicious, as was the house Chianti.
The ambience was perfect, relaxed with chilled tunes, the hum of customers chatting and laughing and the staff were friendly and attentive.
Highly recommended, this is not a large place so booking is probably a good idea.
The Steam Cafe, Front Street, Grosmont - call 01947 895007
We took my car and left it overnight, walking the 2 miles back to Partridge Nest (about 40 mins)