Places to eat

Whitby Fish and Chips
 One of the things Whitby is famous for is its fish and chips which are said to be the best in the world.
Having travelled extensivley, lived abroad and in London we can say that in our opinion this is very true.
Whitby fish and chips typically are fried in the traditional yorkshire manner which uses beef dripping, most of them also use the fresh fish landed on Whitby's fish quay.
 
 Everybody talks about the Magpie Café which it seems, in public opinion, is the best place to eat fish and chips in town. However as locals for the past 30 or so years we have only used the take away outlet. We can say that the queues for it can be huge and the fish and chips from other shops are just as good and sometimes better and cheaper. The magpie does have a great menu and even has weight watchers options.
 
You can take this guide as an independant local view of the best places to eat in Whitby. In our opinion the following friers are among the best in town:
 
 Fuscos is on the West side of the harbour opposite the back entrance to Boyes Stores (still only 10 minutes from the flat) but worth the walk. The portions are ample but not the largest in town, the fish and chips are the top notch, possibly the best and the most consistant.
 

From their web site:

 Established in Whitby since 1968, Royal Fisheries is a family-run traditional fish and chip shop and café in a town world-famous for fish and chips!
 The Fusco family started producing fish & chips in the 1950s in Pickering, North Yorkshire. In 1968 they moved to Whitby and bought the Royal Fisheries.
Since then the business has been very successful, producing top quality fish & chips from the finest ingredients. Very high grade fresh fish, bought locally whenever possible, is always used. Top quality potatoes are sourced for the preparation of our trade-mark crinkle-cut chips.
 As well as the take-away there is a 50 seat café with table service.
The shop is open all year, closing only for two weeks in early January.

 
 This award winning frier on Church Street (at the junction with Grape Lane) is very close to the flat. It has a really nice restaurant which won't break the bank but will get you some outstanding fish and chips (though the menu is not restricted to fish and chips). We use it oursleves. Take  look at the testimonials on their web site.
 

From their web site:

 Mr Chips was established in 1982 and has been under the same management ever since. `We have gone from being just a traditional fish and chip shop to acquiring these expanded premises and becoming a licensed restaurant as well.
 In 2003 the shop suffered serious flood damage, however after an extensive facelift it was re-born as a firm favourite of locals and visitors from all corners of the world. Since then we have become renowned for our excellent standards, which have been recognised by the Sunday Telegraph and The Mail on Sunday. This culminated in us winning ‘The Whitby Gazette Fish and Chip shop of the Year 2005-06, and regaining the coveted title in 2008-2009.

 
Hadleys (restaurant only)
 
 

 Hadleys does not offer a take away service but does offer very tasty fish and chips. A review of it has been written here.
 It is located at 11 Bridge Street and is in fact just around the corner from Mr Chips (above).

 
Riverside Fisheries
Located on Church Street at the bottom of Green Lane, this frier is close to the flat. The fish and chips are great and you get nice large portions.
 
The Moorings
Is the closest frier to the flat located at the bottom of Boulby Bank (the one to the left of the house) on Church Street.
 
Non-Fish and Chip Restaurants
In recent years Whitby has seen some fine restaurants appear.
 
 Shortly after openning Greens was recommended in a national newspaper and has since gone on to win awards. It has two dining rooms, one a bistro and upstairs, a restaurant. We've only been to the bistro and the meal, ambience and service was really very very good and as good as any restaurant in Marylebone. Greens is next door to Hadleys on Bridge Street, around the corner from Mr Chips. On the downside Greens excellent food is not in the same price league as whitby's more typical fish and chip restaruants.
 
 
From their web site

 Rob and Emma Green feel that their Green's of Whitby restaurant & bistro, situated on the Abbey side of the swing bridge, is perfectly placed to source and promote the very best of foods from the surrounding area.
As Whitby is situated on one of Britain’s finest coastlines and has been a port for more than a thousand years - and still remains a busy fishing harbour - Rob is able to choose seafood fresh from the quayside every morning. Prime local meats and game are also a speciality. The abundance of fresh produce means that the menu changes frequently to offer you “the best of the day” - this has helped to take Green's' status to not only one of the finest restaurants in Whitby, but one of the finest restaurants in North Yorkshire.
 Everything is freshly prepared, from the home baked bread, delicious desserts and ice creams, to the chocolate treats served with coffee…and just about everything else in between!
You can visit Whitby restaurant after Whitby restaurant, you'll still come back to Green's - one of the finest places for dining out in Whitby!
 Greens are proud to annouce that they have recently recieved the Yorkshire Moors & Coast Tourism Award for the Restaurant of the Year Special Occasion. Winners 2008.

 
The restaurant in the lower rear of the building has a very cosy feel especially when the stove is burning, it can be a bit smokey because of the burning logs. The steaks are great although its possibly on the expensive side of value.
 
 

A summary of the description from their web site:

 Situated in the heart of the beautiful seaside holiday town of Whitby, North Yorkshire - home of Count Dracula, Captain Cook and world-famous explorer William Scoresby to name but a few amongst the cobbled streets and only a few hundred yards from Whitby's famous Abbey and its 199 steps, and minutes away from 'Heartbeat Country' and several other national heritage sites, the White Horse and Griffin restaurant / bistro offers exceptional cuisine, all prepared using the freshest and finest and wherever possible local ingredients.The specialities are based around the beautiful fresh seafood, brought into the town daily by the local fisherman also gorgeous Beef, Pork & Lamb dishes. We also try very hard to think of something a little bit out of the ordinary for vegetarians. Real pride in what we do has gained us a reputation as being one of the finest restaurants in the area and in fact in the whole of Yorkshire.

 

Cafés & other places other places to eat.
If youre just looking for a daytime snack and you've had enough of fish & chips then below are some cafés we can recommend.
 
Humble Pie and Mash offer freshly baked pies with organic pastry, lcoally sourced ingredients for both meat and vegetable / vegetarian pies. Interestingly it's 'Fran' (Rebekah Gilgan) from the BBC's Grange Hill who runs it.
Humble pie is opposite Mr Chips on Chruch Street.
 
On the same side of Church Street as the White Horse and Griffin, Sanders Yard is a great place to stop for tea and cake. It's a lovely place with tasty-large cake portions and brilliant value. It's opposite Whitby's market square on the upper part of Church Street.
 
Sherlocks Coffee House
Sherlocks is a unique coffee shop crammed with interesting artefacts making it very Dickensian. Sherlocks is on the other side of the bridge on Flowergate. To get to Flowergfate cross the bridge, go directly up Golden Lion Bank, keep walking at the top of the bank and eventually you'll find it on your left.
 
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