The Floral Hall café , bookshop, sits next to the Floral Hall on the sea front at Hornsea. Even on a Thursday afternoon in February it is inviting. Inside there are red hearts, ready for Valentine’s Day. Outside the waves tumble energetically on to the firm sand. The café offers a sanctuary for those who have braved a walk in the cold. Several have. And goodness, it’s cold enough out there.
I arrive just in time for lunch. I order a cheese and onion quiche with chips and salad. The pastry is light, the filling beautifully cheesy with the texture just right and the chips are cooked to be crisp on the outside and fluffy inside. All for under £6.00. Later I indulge in a piece of excellent chocolate cake and a large cup of builder’s tea – for just £2.50. No wonder the trade is brisk.