Fantastic fish and chips
Whitby is purported to serve the best fish and chips in the country and was recently recognized as such. The UK's best fish and chip shop, Quayside Whitby, winner of the prestigious Fish and Chip Shop of the Year, 2014. The restaurant and take-away is situated right on the harbour side on Pier Road in Whitby with stunning views over the harbour, up to Whitby Abbey and out to sea. The Magpie, a traditional fish restaurant has traded on the quay for over seven decades, serving delicious traditional fish and chips and rich seafood hotpots for ultimate seaside comfort-eating. Alternatively, Fusco's of Whitby have been selling top-notch fish and chips since 1968. Finally, don’t forget to visit Fortune’s. No chips here, but you can buy the most delicious kippers from the smoking shed near the Abbey. Wrapped in newsprint, they’ll make the car smell delightful on the journey home!
Cosy pubs and seaside cafés
Whitby is full of charming, cosy little pubs, and one of the most well known is The Duke of York, a traditional tavern at the foot of the 199 steps leading up to the Abbey. With some pubs dating back to the 19th century, expect cosy interiors, open fires and low ceilings, as well as memorabilia and tributes to the town’s fishing and whaling past. If beaches and seaside views are more your bag then head down to the promenade and visit one of the tiny coastal cafés, serving warming hot chocolates in winter and refreshing ice creams during the warmer months.
Located at the foot of the North York Moors National Park, Whitby is overflowing with delicious, seasonal local produce. The local farmers’ market has a great selection of local cheeses, bread, cakes and meat, or visit Sleights family butchers – a short distance away from the town – to taste the most fantastic pies and sausages. For those with a sweet tooth, the town has a number of traditional sweetshops that serve old fashioned delights such as sherbet pips, ginger creams and creamy toffee and fudge. Perfect for chewing on a walk or hike around the coast!