The Best Places to Eat at the Coast in the North East and Yorkshire
Nothing says a trip to the coast better than fresh fish and chips followed by a delicious ice cream
The Potted Lobster
Offering laid-back and relaxed bistro-style dining in one of Northumberland’s most popular seaside villages, The Potted Lobster use fresh, local ingredients to create their tasty dishes. Whether you’re enjoying a platter of langoustines with a glass of rosé on the terrace out front, or tucking into locally-caught lobster inside the cosy restaurant, seafood fans will want to book a table here.
3 Lucker Road, Bamburgh NE69 7BS
Lewis’s Fish and Chips
After a day of exploring the coast, head to Lewis’s on Main Street in the heart of Seahouses for traditional fish and chips. Take a seat in the restaurant where everything from fresh crab and fries to monkfish goujons can be found on the menu, or visit the takeaway shop to enjoy haddock and chips smothered in salt and vinegar down by the harbour.
22 Main Street, Seahouses NE68 7RQ
Originally completed in 1910, Whitley Bay’s iconic dome has been transformed into a hub of relaxed drinking and dining. At the top overlooking the sea you’ll find 1910 Steak and Seafood restaurant which, as the name suggests, serves fantastic dishes from the land and sea, as well as opulent afternoon teas. Valerie’s Tearoom is great for breakfast or a quick lunch (and don’t miss their counter of decadent sweet treats), or take a seat under the iconic dome and tuck into award-winning fish and chips from Trenchers.
Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG
0191 691 7090
With more than a century of experience creating authentic Italian-style gelato, no visit to the Scottish Borders would be complete without a trip to Eyemouth’s Giacopazzi’s ice cream parlour. Browse their cabinet of regularly changing, multi-award winning ice creams and sorbets, all made fresh on the premises.
20 Harbour Road, Eyemouth TD14 5HU
The Jolly Fisherman
Combining sea views with delicious home-cooked food and local ales, you’ll want to make a trip to The Jolly Fisherman this summer. Dine in one of Northumberland’s most coveted eateries with panoramic views of Dunstanburgh Castle and the North Sea from both the restaurant and the beer garden, and enjoy everything from Lindisfarne oysters and seafood platters to luxury fish pie and The Jolly’s famous crab soup.
Haven Hill, Craster NE66 3TR
This beach bar and kitchen have already won over the locals with their fresh food and friendly service. Take a seat on the large covered terrace for eggs Florentine at breakfast or sample a cake and coffee after a day spent on Beadnell Bay. The Landing also serve a selection of small plates, mains and Lindisfarne oysters alongside an extensive wine list in the evening.
The Landing, Beadnell NE67 5FD
With a family gelato recipe which has been used for more than four generations and dates back to 1925, you’ll find delicious flavoured scoops made with only the finest ingredients from local farms here. At all of Di Meo’s outposts (including in Whitley Bay and Tynemouth) choose from flavours such as Battenberg, salted caramel, Biscoff, cookies and cream, or delicious ‘Whitella’ chocolate and hazelnut swirl.
9 Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay NE26 1LX
0191 252 3814
The Olde Ship Inn
The Olde Ship Inn sits proudly above Seahouses’ fishing harbour and its strong local maritime collection and traditional atmosphere make this pub the perfect place for a pit stop. Food is served all day, so whether you’re wanting to start your day off right with a hearty breakfast or looking for a tasty fish supper, head to the beer garden for food with a view.
Main Street, Seahouses NE68 7RD
Longsands Fish Kitchen
Sit down for fish tacos, pan-fried salmon or freshly steamed mussels at Longsands Fish Kitchen restaurant, or stop by the popular takeaway (they’re next door to each other) for delicious fish and chips. Unlike your traditional chippy, Longsands also serve fishcakes, tiger prawns with chilli jam and cod fish finger sandwiches to enjoy by the beach.
27 Front Street, Tynemouth NE30 4DZ
0191 272 8552
As well as supplying delicious artisan ice cream to cafés and restaurants across the North East, you can get a scoop of the action at Ciccarelli’s parlour at South Beach in Blyth. Try award-winning gelato in flavours such as cherry, cookie dough and salted pistachio, andyou’ll also be able to treat yourself to a giant ice cream sundae or tasty sorbet here.
Links Road, Blyth NE24 3PL
Riley’s Fish Shack
You don’t get much closer to the sea than dining at Riley’s Fish Shack. Tucked away on King Edward’s Bay, Riley’s serve the freshest fish sourced from local day boats, meaning the menu changes daily. Expect lobster, surf and turf, monkfish and squid cooked simply over a real charcoal fire. Our tip? Book a deckchair and a fire pit for an unforgettable sunset supper.
King Edward’s Bay, Tynemouth NE30 4BY
0191 257 1371
The Seaview Restaurant
Overlooking a long stretch of golden sands, dramatic cliffs and a historic Victorian pier, The Seaview Restaurant is a firm favourite for many in Saltburn. Sourcing the best possible fish and seafood from local day boats, expect classic cod and chips and pan-fried halibut. Our favourite is their crab brioche served with pickled cucumber and bloody mary ketchup.
The Foreshore Building, Lower Promenade, Saltburn TS12 1HQ
Papa’s Fish and Chips
Sourcing the highest quality ingredients from local suppliers, Papa’s have been frying award-winning fish and chips since 1966. There are lots of Papa’s fish and chip shop and restaurant outposts across Yorkshire, but nothing beats a chippy supper after a day on Scarborough beach. Choose to sit inside the traditional restaurant or get your fish and chips to enjoy by the shore.
23 Foreshore Road, Scarborough YO11 1PB
The Old Boat House
The Old Boat House in Amble expertly prepare delicious seafood dishes, made with only the finest local ingredients. This award-winning restaurant serves up everything from beer-battered cod with twice-cooked chips and mushy peas, to a shellfish steamer with clams and mussels in a white wine sauce, however it’s their famous seafood sharing platter which has visitors returning time and again – think whole lobster, Lindisfarne oysters, prawns, smoked mackerel and fish goujons served with dips, chips and homemade bread.
Leazes Street, Amble NE65 0AA
Scoop and Bean
Award-winning ice cream, artisan coffee and delicious sweet treats is what to expect from this South Shields café and ice cream parlour. As well as vegan ice creams and fruity sorbets, you’ll find flavoured scoops such as raspberry ripple, fudge brownie and Malteaser, and they even offer ice cream with dog treats for your four-legged friends.
Sea Road, South Shields NE33 2LD
Colmans Seafood Temple
Since 1926 Colmans have been serving their famous fish and chips and seafood dishes to the locals of South Shields. Using seasonal produce where possible, take a seat in the Temple restaurant with panoramic views of the coastline and start with local crab on toast, followed by lobster Thermidor or seafood curry. You’ll also find delicious fish tacos on the takeaway below, or classic fish and chips at their shop on South Shields’ famous Ocean Road.
Sea Road, South Shields NE33 2LD
0191 511 1349
Using only sustainable fish and British farmed potatoes, enjoy scrumptious fish and chips at Fisherman’s Bay. With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, the team here offer everything from cod and lemon sole to salt and pepper squid. For those choosing to sit inside the restaurant, we recommend the sharing platter filled with seafood bites and your choice of dips. There’s also plenty of choice for vegans.
6 East Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 1AP
0191 447 4774
Estbek House is an award-winning restaurant with an extensive wine list and dishes which are inspired by the coast. Using seasonal and local ingredients means the menu changes often, but expect everything from Whitby crab to local plaice – and if you want our recommendation, try the seafood pie filled with lobster, cod and crayfish tails alongside seared scallops and a lemon and mint dressing.
East Row, Sandsend YO21 3SU
There’s something for everyone here including award-winning fish and chips, tasty seafood and an extensive wine and cocktail menu. Quayside offers a relaxing and contemporary atmosphere alongside panoramic harbour views – plus they serve scrumptious homemade gelato to devour after your meal.
7 Pier Road, Whitby YO21 3PU
Inghams Fish Restaurant
Filey is a great place to enjoy a day at the seaside and when you’re ready to fuel up, head to Inghams for traditional fish and chips. Take a seat inside the restaurant where cod and chips, plaice goujons and poached haddock in a choice of sauce is served, or to enjoy the beach a little longer, head to the takeaway next door to get your fish and chips (with a side of mushy peas of course) to enjoy down by the sea.
38a Belle Vue Street, Filey YO14 9HY
For more than 40 years Trenchers has been serving traditional fish and chips made with quality ingredients and sustainable fish. If you’re exploring the Yorkshire coast, stop by their Whitby restaurant where you can enjoy their range of seafood dishes including wholetail scampi, homemade fishcakes or fresh crab salad, but if you’re further north in Whitley Bay, you have the choice of dining under the dome of Spanish City or taking your fish and chips to enjoy down on the beach.
New Quay Road, Whitby YO21 1DH
Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG
0191 691 7090
Popular with families and holiday makers, Mr Moo’s ice cream parlour serve luxury ice cream made on their own farm. Twenty years ago the team here swapped milking cows for scooping and creating delicious ice cream sundaes, and have now won multiple awards. With more than 30 different flavours to sample (our current favourite being the rhubarb and ginger), Mr Moo’s is the perfect place to enjoy a refreshing scoop after a long day on the beach.
Southfield House Farm, Skipsea YO25 8SY
Inspired by the Yorkshire coast and countyside, Clark’s is an intimate restaurant in the heart of Scarborough. If you’re looking for something more special than seaside fish and chips, book a table here to indulge in everything from Lindisfarne oysters and 28-day-aged steak to lobster cooked in garlic and parsley butter.
40 Queen Street, Scarborough YO11 1HQ
The Fish Cottage
Located just 20 yards from the beach at Sandsend, The Fish Cottage is the perfect spot for delicious seafood. Priding themselves on serving the finest, locally-caught sustainable fish and seafood, the menu is filled with classics, including Whitby scampi, fish pie, moules marinière and lobster. For something a little different, try the fish tacos filled with crispy king prawns and curried cauliflower.
Sandsend YO21 3SU
The Magpie Café
If you’ve ever walked along Pier Road in Whitby you’ll have seen the queue of people waiting to get a seat at the Magpie – but don’t let that put you off, the food is well worth the wait. From Whitby crab bisque to fresh kippers, steamed mussels and lobster Thermidor, there’s something for everyone here – and if you simply fancy classic fish and chips, they do great portions inside the restaurant and from their takeaway fish and chip shop too.
14 Pier Road, Whitby YO21 3PU