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Restaurants, Bars and Cafés in Whitby and Scarborough You Need to Try

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Eat and Drink
July 2022
Reading time 7 Minutes

Whitby and Scarborough are a must-visit for foodies this summer

Where to get your catch of the day, tasty homemade burgers and scrumptious Sunday lunches by the sea.
fish and chips Trenchers

New Quay Road, Whitby YO21 1DH
01947 603212

Is there anything better than fresh fish and chips at the Yorkshire coast? Trenchers restaurant and takeaway is in a prime position to make the most of what Whitby has to offer, serving up superb sea-to-plate suppers of cod, haddock, plaice, halibut and salmon. It even won best fish and chips restaurant in the 2019 Fish and Chips Awards, so this is a chippy you can trust.

Sanders Yard Bistro 
Sanders Yard, 95 Church Street, Whitby YO22 4BH
01947 600200

Tucked away off Church Street in the heart of Whitby is this modern bistro and coffee shop which serves popular brunch and lunch options. Their extensive menus will leave you spoilt for choice.

26 Skinner Street, Whitby YO21 3AJ
01947 601404

Ditto is a great place to relax and enjoy good food and a catch up with friends or family. Expect dishes such as poached duck breast, confit duck leg, carrot purée, pickled red onion, toasted seeds and giant couscous salad; while those with a sweet tooth will love the rich chocolate mousse with almonds and mixed berry ripple ice cream.

Raithwaite Estate Raithwaite Estate

Raithwaite Estate 
Sandsend Road, Whitby YO21 3ST
01947 661661

You really are spoilt for choice at this foodie haven. Head to their newly-revamped restaurant for a delicious lunch overlooking Raithwaite’s beautiful gardens. Alternatively, sit back for a spot of afternoon tea at Bar 1822, a contemporary and stylish bar with a seasonal all-day menu inspired by the Yorkshire countryside. Finally, if you fancy seafood then scuttle over to The Crab Shack – a traditional seafood restaurant in a relaxed setting, where dishes are cooked fresh every time.

The Moon & Sixpence 
Marine Parade, Whitby YO21 3PR
01947 604416

Enjoy picturesque views with your food in this harbour-side brasserie and bar. There’s plenty of seafood on the menu of course, but other options include a five-bean chilli served with rice, guacamole and sour cream – don’t forget to grab some loaded fries on the side. Want to explore Whitby a little longer? Book to stay in one of their rooms.

The Magpie Café 
14 Pier Road, Whitby YO21 3PU
01947 602058

A trip to Whitby isn’t complete without popping into The Magpie Café for fish and chips. The menu is extensive but all the fish is responsibly sourced – so think carefully about what you fancy, and enjoy the sea views while you’re at it. You can now buy quality fish and seafood online with The Magpie Café’s Whitby Catch.

Wrea Head Hall exterior shote 1881 at Wrea Head Hall

1881 at Wrea Head Hall
Barmoor Lane, Scalby, Scarborough YO13 0PB
01723 371190

This elegant country house hotel has an impressive oak-panelled dining room with views over the gardens. The menu makes the most of the hotel’s location, serving local produce from a modern British menu. Savour seasonal dishes, including pigeon and lamb together with vegetables and herbs fresh from the kitchen garden.

Clarks Restaurant
40 Queen Street, Scarborough YO11 1HQ
01723 447373

Expect a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere at Clarks, with a wide variety of speciality wines taking pride of place behind the bar. Seafood is key to the menu from Lindisfarne oyster to Scarborough lobster; and artisan handmade cheeses top the list of ‘afters’.

The Copper Horse
Main Street, Seamer, Scarborough YO12 4PS
01723 862029

A seasonally-inspired menu and an ever-changing specials board offer diners plenty of choice at this hugely-popular restaurant and bar, plus they also do a delicious Sunday lunch. There’s a great wine list, an outdoor heated seating area, and the cosy bar is dog friendly.

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breakfast bagels with a coffee Eat Me Café & Social

The Farrier
89 Main Street, Cayton, Scarborough YO11 3RP
01723 861432
The chefs at The Farrier fuse expertise and creativity to create both modern and traditional dishes for their seasonal menus, showcasing the best produce from local farmers and suppliers. For breakfast, it’s your choice of classic continental or a cooked breakfast prepared to order. Whether you’re seeking a light snack or a three-course lunch, The Farrier have you covered. But the real showcase is at dinner, where boozy braised beef brisket and Glaves Butchers steak are sure to catch your eye. Don’t miss their afternoon tea too.

Lanterna Ristorante
33 Queen Street, Scarborough YO11 1HQ
01723 363616

A Queen Street staple, Lanterna Ristorante has been a firm Yorkshire favourite for almost 40 years. Chef-patron Giorgio Alessio bought it in 1997, and has worked tirelessly ever since. If you’re seeking defined Italian dishes, this is the place to be. Escalopes of veal cooked in butter and white truffles sounds delicious, but we’ve got our eye on the steaks.

Eat Me Café & Social
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough YO11 1JW
07445 475328

Tucked away behind the Stephen Joseph Theatre, this is no ordinary café. Whether you’re seeking Asian dishes, hearty burgers or classic brunch – you’ll find it all at Eat Me Café. Sharing with friends? Treat yourselves to their small plates. They also serve their own Fair Trade blends of coffee, expertly roasted.

The Green Room of Bar Street The Green Room of Bar Street

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The Green Room of Bar Street
19–25 Bar Street, Scarborough YO11 2HT
01723 501801
The Green Room are passionate about good food, making their own burgers, ice cream and bread daily. From breakfasts to burgers and steaks, there’s something for everyone. Drinks are a hit too – vintage-inspired cocktails are on the menu alongside award-winning wines from around the world.

Licorella on York Place
11 York Place, Scarborough YO11 2NP
01723 373836

This authentic bistro on the beautiful North Yorkshire coast has it all. The Spanish tapas menu is our highlight – with patatas bravas, garlic prawns and mini burgers, there’s something everyone will love. But brunch and Sunday lunch are just as special. Licorella cater for all dietary needs, serve locally-sourced products and use local suppliers from Scarborough and wider North Yorkshire where possible.

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