Robin Hood's Bay is still a charming little fishing village of cobbled streets and red-roofed cottages. It has no known connection to the outlaw from down south. The village has a history of disaster, with houses and streets being washed away by the sea. This was probably the fate of the "sweet little old-fashioned inn, with a bow window right over the seaweed-covered rocks". The highest sea wall in Britain was built here in 1975 to prevent further loss.
A 'severe tea' was presumably high tea, a large meal of meat or fish followed by bread and jam or cake eaten at the end of the working day.