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A trip to Whitby just isn’t a trip to Whitby without a visit to a fish and chip shop. There’s shop after shop on the harbour road. The question is: which one to go for?
In fairness to almost all of Whitby’s chippys, they source as much of their fish locally as they can (locally being 15 yards away, in the fish market on the other side of the road) so you can’t go far wrong.
Even so, here’s our run down of the 5 best fish and chip shops in Whitby.
Trenchers Seafood Restaurant
If you’re looking for traditional fish and chips, Trenchers is a sure bet. Awarded the coveted Fish and Chip Quality Award from the National Federation of Fish Friers in March 2011, Trenchers is going from strength to strength under an experienced management team coupled with youthful and enthusiastic front of house. Trenchers serve a range of traditional battered fish dishes, including cod, haddock and plaice, along with other seafood specialities like poached salmon, fisherman’s casserole and scampi.
Located opposite the fish market and next to the famous Pier Inn pub, The Quayside is a relative newcomer to the fish and chip scene, but has established itself as one of Whitby’s leading fish and chip restaurants since its arrival in 1999. Family owned and run, head chef Stuart Fresco has won a raft of silverware for the eatery in recent years, including Top Fish and Chip Shop in Yorkshire in 2008 and Top Fish and Chip Shop in the North East in 2011. The Quayside is a particularly good choice for those with food intolerances; they can use gluten free batter on almost all their dishes.
The Magpie Cafe
Arguably Whitby’s most famous fish and chip shop, The Magpie Cafe sits along Pier Road in a former merchant’s house filled with character that dates back to the 1750s. You would be forgiven for thinking that somewhere with such a reputation would have sold itself out by now, but it’s good to know that members of the owners’ families continue to work there. The Magpie Cafe offers excellent traditional fish and chip dishes, as well as a huge choice of fish not normally deep fried in batter (but nonetheless delicious), such as monkfish, turbot and lemon sole. You might be put off by the premium prices, but in our opinion it’s worth every penny. Don’t worry about the queue, either – it tends to shorten fairly quickly.
Perched at the end of Pier Road just before the slope down to the beach is the Quarterdeck Restaurant. One of Whitby’s longest established and well known chip shops, the Quarterdeck offers fantastic value for money from both it’s takeaway and comfortable restaurant. Recognisable by the ship figurehead next to it’s entrance, the Quarterdeck’s generous portion sizes and extensive menu make it a great choice for those after a truly jumbo fish and chip tea!
Established for over 14 years, Mister Chips offers traditional fish and chips, fresh catches of the day, locally sourced meats and tempting desserts from their premises on Church Street, just yards from the Captain Cook Museum. Nominated for numerous awards in the last 5 years, Mister Chips has become a hugely popular chip shop, in particular during the Goth Weekend celebrations due to its close proximity to Whitby Abbey. Despite having a small team, Mister Chips has gained praise that many big city restaurants could never dream of, with Daily Mail food critic Tom Parker-Bowles labelling Mister Chips as ‘One of the finest fish and chip shops in the UK’.
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