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Feb 25, 2002 04:34 PM

Loafing by-the-sea?

  • c

A long, long time ago, when I lived in the city and didn't drive, a friend and I used to take the bus up to Fort Sewall in Marblehead to look at the ocean. When we'd had our fill of rocks and waves, we'd adjourn either to the Barnacle for drinks and dinner, or, if a bit earlier, to the King's Rook on State St. for hot chocolate and pastry. The King's Rook had this incredibly cozy little back room where you could sit around all afternoon if you wanted to, sipping your cocoa, chatting, reading, playing chess or whatever. But last time I was there, several years ago now, they were serving lunch only, and only in the front room. And now I find that their phone number has been disconnected.

What I'm wondering is this: Can anybody recommend a substitute anywhere on the North Shore? Where one (or two) can walk along a quiet stretch of oceanfront, then sit down in a relaxed atmosphere and partake of a (delicious, of course) light bite? Cafe or bar, sweet or savory, I don't care which. Must be open all afternoon, year round, and welcome lingerers.

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  1. In case this stimulates anybody's brain cells, I'm talking Rockport, Gloucester, Manchester -- I know Beverly & Salem well enough -- Marblehead, Swampscott... wouldn't press, but I'm going tomorrow, weather permitting...

    3 Replies
    1. re: C. Fox

      I wish it did. Your first mail got me daydreaming and checking back every ten minutes to the board see if anyone knew of such a reality.

      1. re: Louise8

        Yesterday's weather wasn't really conducive to outdoor rambling anyway. But I have a date with myself to go in search of that seaside Shangri-La the next beautiful day I have free. I'll let you know what I find.

        1. re: C. Fox

          marblehead..... : ) go to the pub at the landing.. you can sit there for days and it is right down the street from Ft. Sewell. The King's Rook is sadly gone... but seriously you can also get a decent cheap meal upstairs at Maddies Sail Loft... watch out for the mixed drinks! they can be killer!