Java is a smashing coffee bar. It’s in the heart of equally smashing Whitby, but easy to miss.
A large chrome table stands in the centre of the room, with seats all around. Then there’s a wooden bar round the sides. Everyone sits together, which makes for a jolly atmosphere.
The decor is gorgeous, with retro wallpaper, a huge clock, flowers (real ones), ornate menu boards and even a plasma screen. The swirly brown chairs go down a treat, and the coffee is not bad at all. There is the usual range, plus smoothies, steamers and a variety of hot chocolates. Takeaway is an option.
There is also food, a limited selection of beer and wine, cakes (on display) and a couple of computers for surfing the Internet. This is a great place; communal, friendly and relaxing. There is surely no better coffee shop in or around Whitby.
…which, by the way, looks a little bit like this…
We visited on 3 May 2008.