when planning our trip i knew i wanted to take my brother back to north berwick (like i went in 2013 with friends). it’s a lovely little sea-side town with lots of character and the beautiful tantallon castle. we grabbed our our train tickets (13.60 pounds for 2 tickets) snagged some bagels from a vendor outside of the station and hopped on. the ride took about an hour – maybe closer to only 30 minutes from city center…and it was just as beautiful and scenic as i remembered.
once we arrived we walked the beach, picked up shells, took pictures, and wandered around. i thought back to my last trip to the castle and remembered that they were open certain hours that limited when you could go by bus – we needed to make sure we went ahead and scratched that off of our list first. we ran by the sea bird center to ask where the bus picked up and realized we had 30 minutes to hustle to get across town. we got on the bus – and arrived to the castle, about 5.50 pounds per person. and it was just as beautiful as last time.
after the castle we walked through the town, wandering in and out of different shops. we found ourselves facing this beautiful deli store front with a mouth watering menu – lunch it was, at JPs Cafe & Deli. y’all this food was beyond incredible. probably the best food we had on our trip thus far. i ate a goat cheese & tomato quick with broccoli salad and another salad with quinoa thing and a plain salad (it was a nice pick three mix); lando got a salmon sandwich and a side i can’t remember at the moment. we also both got large mochas (we were so freaking tired) and it was truly the BEST coffee i’ve had in a long, long time! the owner of the restaurant was so nice and actually brought us different salad dressings to try and let us know that the 2nd sturdy of every month he opens the cafe as a pop-up restaurant for dinner – we were so bummed we would miss it!