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What's Hot and Not in Whitby Dining

Whitby offers a wide range of culinary experiences. We have tried to provide guidance on our favourite places to eat and the ones to avoid.

Paul, Ben and I are regular 'eater-outers' and we have tried most of the nicer eating and drinking establishments in Whitby.  We love trying new things and although not difficult customers, we have eaten in some superb places all over the world and therefore have pretty high standards. I therefore thought I would detail some of our favourites for different occasions/ times of the day; as well as the places we think need to up their standards!

Hot!

  • Central Whitby
    • Harry's Bar - great for 'Whitby Tapas', 'Steak on a stone', wine and cocktails.  We love their specials menu and always have something really interesting.  Their cheeseboard is a bit stingy and expensive, so keep that in mind!
    • The Moon & Sixpence - We tend to go for pre- and post- dinner drinks here, as they serve Prosecco on tap!  I love sitting outside watching the boats in the harbour.  Food's pretty good, if a little boring.
    • The Marine - Has live pianist at peak times.  Fish dishes are wonderful and they offer fresh oysters. Prosecco on tap here too!
    • Moutreys - our favourite place for pizzas and their deserts are lovely
    • Greens - great fish restaurant although book early!
    • Hadleys - our favourite for fish and chips
    • The Magpie - great fish and chips, but also offer any fish you could imagine, cooked in your preferred way (not just battered!)  Queues form at peak times, so we prefer to go mid-week.  Apparently their fish pie is great, but we've not tried it.
    • No. 4 - This is a locals' secret and serves wonderful food and wine.  The service is impeccable.  It looks like an ugly cafe outside, but is much nicer inside.
    • Kamthai - Thai food can be a bit hit and miss in UK, but this one is pretty good.
    • The Walrus and the Carpenter - Great for lunch, this is a kind of French renaissance meets Californian hippy cafe....you'll agree when you see it :).  We love their specials board for wonderful salads, but they also do a nice range of jacket potatoes.  Their coffee is great and they do some really interesting teas!  All food is gluten free, which is an added bonus for some!
    • Marie Antionettes - wonderful little lunch time cafe in the old town.  Very higgledy piggledy and decorated in a French style. They do great crusty baguette sandwiches, really strong coffee and amazing cakes!
    • Tiffin- cafe that the local pensioners love.  It's amazing value for lunch and we think they do the best toasties in town
    • Teare Woods - the best ice creams in town!
    • Jumping Jacks - 50s style American diner.  Great for kids and does lovely burgers, hot dogs and milkshakes; although stay away from the children's pasta as it's terrible.
  • Outside Whitby
    • The Fox and Hounds (Goldsborough).  This is a high-end restaurant based in a tiny hamlet hidden away in the North York Moors.  The chef used to work at The Ivy in London and his cooking is Michelin star standard in our view!  This restaurant only has 8 tables and you will need to book a couple of weeks in advance!

Not!

  • Central Whitby
    • Bagdale Hall - this used to be one of our favourites but has recently gone downhill.  Service was appalling, food terrible and bland and it was very expensive. Stay away!
    • Four Seasons - we were excited about a Turkish restaurant opening, but this was disappointing.  More of an after-pub type place, slightly pushy waiter and nothing special.
    • Quayside - this is a popular fish and chip restaurant with many awards, but we don't like their crinkle-cut chips which due to higher surface area will have a higher fat content.  We also find their serving staff a little brusque and that they treat their customers like numbers.