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Eating in Whitby - From Fish and Chips to Pie and Mash

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Fish and chips is ubiquitous in Whitby, ranging from high-end offerings in proper restaurants to classic newspaper-wrapped takeouts. Hearty fry-ups and strong Yorkshire tea kick off the day at traditional greasy spoon cafés, and later in the day you can linger over a cream tea or sandwich at one of the town’s many quaint tea rooms. Old-fashioned sweetshops peppered across town will keep the kids happy.

Typical dishes


Whitby is well known for its locally caught fish and seafood. When it’s time for dessert, you’ll easily find a kiosk selling ice cream and sticks of rock candy.

Along the quayside


Fish and chips is Whitby’s most popular dish, and most of the town’s takeouts and restaurants are conveniently located along the quayside. The Magpie Café on Pier Road, housed in a former merchant’s house, has been a firm favorite of both locals and visitors for 70 years. For an upmarket twist on this local classic, there's Trenchers Restaurant & Takeaway, which enjoys a central location at the beginning of the quayside.


  • The Magpie Café, 14 Pier Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PU; Tel: +44 1947 602058; Website: The Magpie Café

  • Trenchers Restaurant & Takeaway, New Quay Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1DH; Tel: +44 1947 603212; Website: Trenchers Restaurant & Takeaway


East side treats


Over the swing bridge in Whitby’s historic quarter you’ll find a plethora of cozy cafés and intimate eateries. Humble Pie 'n' Mash serves up the eponymous dish in a timber-framed 17th-century building. Head towards the East Pier to find the dinky Sandgate Sweet Shop, whose window display is a photogenic riot of retro sweets and sticks of rock candy.


  • Humble Pie 'n' Mash, 163 Church Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4AS; Tel: +44 1947 606444; Website: Humble Pie 'n' Mash

  • Sandgate Sweet Shop, 5 Sandgate, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4DB; Tel: +44 1947 603754


Skinner and Silver Streets


The charming cafés and restaurants that line Skinner and Silver Streets draw an atmospheric mix of both locals and visitors. Rusty Shears is known for its memorable cream teas, as well as its variety of 30 different gins and outlandish decor of stern-faced busts, peacock feathers, and scientific looking knickknacks. For something more literary, Beckett’s coffee shop has lined its walls with shelves full of books, and its display cases are bursting with delicious homemade cakes.


  • Rusty Shears, 3 Silver Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3BU; Tel: +44 1947 605383; Website: Rusty Shears

  • Beckett's, 9 Skinner Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3AH; Tel: +44 7766 638352; Website: Beckett's


Out of town dining


More culinary delights can be found by venturing slightly out of Whitby. The 5-minute drive to The Stables at Cross Butts is more than worth it for the intimate atmosphere, rustic farming equipment decor, and hearty Yorkshire fare. Alternatively, you can work up an appetite by enjoying the 2.6-mile beachside walk to Sandsend - the traditional pub grub and real ale served at The Hart Inn is the perfect reward.


  • The Stables at Cross Butts, Guisborough Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1TL; Tel: +44 1947 820986; Website: The Stables at Cross Butts

  • The Hart Inn, East Row, Sandsend, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3SU; Tel: +44 1947 893304; Website: The Hart Inn