So you’ve finally made it to Whitby and the tummy’s rumbling! Well here’s our quick guide to make sure you don’t end up settling for a bag of scampi fries and a pint.
Whitby’s restaurants can be very busy every night of the week during the summer period and weekends throughout the year. This will be even more the case now that many will have reduced capacity. We would highly recommend booking restaurants well in advance before your arrival.
Without doubt Whitby serves up the finest fish and chips. However, with its coastal location at the base of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, Whitby is brimming with a whole range of top seasonal local products.
Arrived in Whitby and not pre booked a table at Tripadvisor’s No. 1 restaurant??? Well pop by and book a table for your next stay.
Ditto serves some of the finest modern British cuisine and at £25 for two courses it’s good value. With a small traditional bistro style layout it only holds 20 covers so book early to avoid disappointment.
Set in the prime harbour-side location of the old tourist information building, The Star Inn: The Harbour is the newest addition in town. Serving a delicious menu of seasonal meat and seafood dishes as well as fish and chips, this is a fancy dining experience in a friendly laid back atmosphere. Slightly on the pricey side for drinks.
Cafe by day Bistro by night. Mademoiselles is a lavishly decorated french style bistro and wine bar located just 5 minutes walk from The Belfry. The menu looks small but very appetising.
Situated harbour side, this is a relaxed vibrant place for an evening meal. There is a large menu of grill, seafood, burgers and sandwiches. With a great selection of cocktails and happy hour from 4pm till 6pm you’ve pretty much got your whole evening sorted!
Definitely one of our favourites for a special meal out. Weekends and summer nights there’s generally live piano music accompanying your meal in a relaxed wine bar type atmosphere.
Specialising in seafood they serve array of seasonal dishes along with a good set menu. Look out for the Jerk Sea Bream, one of Phill’s favourites. Also serves meat and veggie dishes.
Harry’s has a unique starter menu so you can eat tapas style or choose a mains dish from a selection daily specials. We hear rave reviews about the ‘Famous Chowder.’ Also situated harbor side with outside seating and cocktail menu it’s a great place watch the weird and wonderful Whitby folk go by.
Step back in time and enjoy proper homemade pie ‘n’ mash in front of the cosy open fire. Served in old tin trays, this place offers great value for a filling and delicious meal. Be warned the war time soundtrack can send you loopy if you stay long enough for a second round of their delicious pies!
The Edge restaurant Whitby is located just over the bridge, it has a varied bistro style menu. The Sunday lunches look great!
With a love for anything spicy, this is another favourite of ours. This Thai offers a large menu with excellent chefs specials and great noodle dishes. Found in the train station, this place is worth looking for.
An Italian which gets great reviews. Lots of space and great for large parties, they have a large menu and serve big portions. Sometimes has some very good early evening offers such as 2 for 1.
Another Italian, however, with a wood fired oven it serves the best pizzas in Whitby hands down. Great menu and nice atmosphere.
A new addition to Church Street in 2016, go back in time to delicious ration boards and tea served in china cups, you wouldn’t think there was a war going on! They are licensed too and serve delicious tapas in the evening!
If you are after a good Indian meal this is the place to go. They have a vast menu and a friendly dining atmosphere. Located next to the train station.
Large restaurant serving large portions! Primarily a Turkish restaurant but has plenty of other options as well.
Fish & Chips
After a going all out on the refurb, the old ‘Shambles’ has been totally transformed into a bright and airy drinking, dining and dancing venue. A relaxed dining environment with good fish and chips and a yummy fish pie. Great place for a drink with occasional live music & DJ’s.
Back open following a fire in 2017. They don’t queue for the shear hell of it! Dam good fish and chips and outstanding seafood dishes. Guests the world over have heard about the Magpie and with good reason. A casual café feel with excellent friendly service. You can book in advance.
Other fish and chip shops
With plenty of chipies to choose from you won’t have to queue if your in a hurry. Our other favourites include ‘The Fisherman’s wife’ for the perfect sunset view, ‘Quayside’ and ‘Mister Chips.’
Epic sandwiches, delicious cakes and lots of gin set amongst a miss match of shabby chic. This is one of Sophie’s favourites… firstly for the gin and secondly for the cake! Now open in the evenings for special events.
Our regular place for a pitstop during our cleaning frenzies, the Becketini’s are simply amazing! Great coffee, massive cakes and tons of second hand books. Find it on Skinner Street.
Home of the Mexican Eggs and other delicious meals. This gluten free café on Skinner St serves lunch (and occasional evening tapas) in a relaxed environment with great coffee.
About 5 miles out of town, this hidden gem is a real treat. An outdoor tea room (with plenty of undercover areas) serving delicious cakes and great tea and coffee. Explore a little further to find the waterfall.