Hunmanby Gap in The Times ‘Best Beach’ Award

The winner of the annual Times newspaper beach of the year competition has been revealed. The best beach in Britain 2020, was Runswick Bay, near Whitby.

The Times then names the best fifty beach in Britain and Hunmanby Gap appears on the list, with the Gap Cafe receiving a special mention. Hunmanby Gap was described as a quieter alternative to Filey and, in this era of social distancing, its proximity to Bempton Cliffs was thought the be ideal. The iconic Gap Cafe was named as one ‘the treasures of the British coast’. With a full English breakfast for £5 and afternoon tea for £10, the cafe veranda offers stunning views of Bempton cliffs. Billy Butlin’s former home, the art deco White House, was also mentioned in dispatches.

A moody view from the Gap Cafe

Other Yorkshire beaches include: Spurn Head, Fraisthorpe, south of Bridlington and Marske-by-the-Sea near Saltburn.

Of course, as recently as 2018 Filey was named the Times best beach in Britain. The fact that another Yorkshire beach has won the prestigious award just two years later, is a vivid illustration of the beauty of the Yorkshire coast.


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  1. Teeryparkinson /

    Great choice have been viSiting for over 60 years now live nearby has hardly changed at all

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