With Michelin starred restaurants, gastro pubs, and popular street eats, North Yorkshire definitely knows how to serve up a good meal.
Beyond the famous Yorkshire Puddings and Wensleydale Cheese are a whole host of other delicacies including super fresh seafood and the sumptuous Yorkshire Curd Tart.
Whether you are travelling through the region on a tight budget or simply want to eat like the locals, there are plenty of options to choose from. From beachside cafes to fine dining restaurants, we have selected the best cheap eats in North Yorkshire that offer classic British cuisine combined with a typical countryside charm.
For a fine dining experience minus the high price tag, Sasso ticks all of the right boxes. Led by husband and wife team Stefano and Sara Lancellotti, this family friendly restaurant has been delighting diners in Harrogate since 1998.
Named after Stefano’s hometown, Sasso focuses on authentic Italian dishes with locally sourced seafood and seasonal vegetables. Alongside sophisticated designs and beautifully presented plates, the lunchtime menu offers two courses for just £10.95 and three courses for £14.95.
At dinner the homemade ravioli, served with slow cooked beef, wild mushrooms, veal jus, and bruschetta, comes in at just £14.50 while a lobster and crabmeat spaghetti is £18.50.
Though this is not the cheapest restaurant on the list, Sasso is an ideal for those looking for a romantic meal at an affordable price.
Address: 8-10 Princes Square, Harrogate HG1 1LX
Phone: +44 1423 508838
Sandside Cafe, Sandsend
Nestled within Sandsend Village, Sandside Cafe offers stunning panoramic views that will put any other eatery to shame. With the ocean to one side and the North Yorks Moors to the other, this café is a lovely place to sit back and enjoy the North Yorkshire’s breathtaking scenery.
If you have a sweet tooth, there is a chocolate and walnut cake as well as traditional fairy cakes. Sandside Café also serves fresh seafood including crab, salmon, and prawns. The crab is divine!
It has recently committed to using only biodegradable packaging on all takeaway products making it ideal for eco-conscious travellers.
Address: E Row Bridge, Whitby YO21 3SU, UK
Phone: +44 1947 893916
Fat Badger, Harrogate
For friendly chit chat and cheap award-winning cuisine, the Fat Badger is a perfect choice. This gastro pub received an AA Rosette for its extensive menu that combines British and Italian cuisine.
Expect to find all the usual Sunday roast favourites including roast beef and homemade Yorkshire puddings. Vegetarians can enjoy a delicious linguini with broccoli, chilli, pine nuts, and parmesan.
For dessert opt for a delicious apple pie or a warm chocolate brownie served with cream. Although prices are higher on Sundays, between Monday & Saturday (12pm-7pm) the Fat Badger offers two courses for £10 or three courses for only £13.50.
This menu includes a selection of typical pub classics such as bangers and mash and homemade fishcake.
Address: Cold Bath Rd, Harrogate HG2 0NF, UK
Phone: +44 1423 505681
Humble Pie ‘N' Mash Shop, Whitby
The Humble Pie ‘N’ Mash Shop does exactly what it says – tasty pie and mash. At just £5.99 for a pie meal, this really is a cheap place to eat and a very good one at that.
Set in a historic 17th Century building, Humble boasts good quality, homemade pies with tasty fillings to suit all taste buds. From braised steak and stout to roasted veg and goats cheese, there are plenty of options to choose from.
For a hearty filling opt for the Romany Hommity Pie with potatoes, garlic, cheese, parsley, and some spices. For the true Scotsman there is a Haggis & Heep Pie, and a Yorkshire Sausage and Black pudding pie for those who want something a little closer to home.
All meals are served with mash, peas, and gravy. Be sure to visit at lunchtime because the pies tend to sell out quickly.
Address: 163 Church St, Whitby YO22 4AS, UK
Phone: +44 1947 606444
North Beach Cafe, Whitby
Set along the spectacular Whitby coastline, this no thrills café is the perfect place to unwind and gaze out at the ocean. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the North Beach Café has a tasty menu and caters well for gluten free and vegan diets.
In the morning diners can enjoy a traditional crumpet, tea cake, or bacon roll. There are also a wide selection of jacket potatoes, French bread pizzas, toasties, and jumbo hot dogs.
North Beach Cafe can adapt dishes to include vegan cheese and gluten free bread, making this a great place to go if you know someone with a particular dietary need.
Address: West Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3EN
Tel: 01947 825047
The Carpenters Arms, Felixkirk
The Carpenters Arms in the village of Felixkirk offers excellent pub grub at low prices. The best time to visit this well-established restaurant is during lunch time and tea time (5:30pm-6:45pm) for dishes under £10.
Choose from burgers, curries, and Whitby’s very own scampi and chips. On Wednesdays couples can also enjoy a sirloin steak dinner with a bottle of house wine for just £29.95 for two.
Address: 1 Church View, Felixkirk, Thirsk YO7 2DP, UK
Phone:+44 1845 537369
Sanders Yard, Whitby
Sanders Yard is a cosy bistro offering cheap eats all day long. A lovely place to sit down with a book and a slice of cake, Sanders Yard is well known for being a family-friendly restaurant that welcomes mothers and babies throughout the day.
There is a range of Mediterranean salads and sharing platters, and a dedicated children’s menu for just £3.95.
Address: Sanders Yard, 95 Church St, Whitby, YO22 4BH
Phone: +44 1947 825010
Mill Race Teashop, Aysgarth
Settle down beside the beautiful Aysgarth Falls and enjoy a homemade quiche and cup of tea. This charming little teashop follows longstanding family recipes with a wide selection of baked goods.
For a cheap afternoon tea in North Yorkshire, Mill Race Teashop offers a lovely menu.
For only £8.50 per person you can enjoy a sandwich or toastie with your choice of filling, fresh scones, and a selection of freshly baked cakes accompanied with tea or coffee. It is the perfect place to come for a well needed refreshment after visiting the falls.
Address: Yore Mill, Leyburn DL8 3SR, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1969 663446
The Magpie Cafe, Whitby
With views across Whitby Harbour, the Magpie Café is a gorgeous place for a cheap bite to eat. Housed in a building with a longstanding fishing heritage, this café is particularly popular for its high quality seafood dishes.
The oysters are grown in Lindisfarne Nature Reserve and the staff at the Magpie Cafe pride themselves in bringing your food directly from the sea to the plate in just 24 hours.
If seafood isn’t your thing then there is the wholesome Lentil Shepherd’s Pie or Wild Mushroom and Butterbean Stroganoff that can also be made vegan.
A large bowl of mussels and chips comes in at £12.95 while the Honey Roasted Yorkshire Ham served with homemade coleslaw and chips is just £10.99.
If you are feeling particularly peckish, the winter menu offers two delicious courses for £16.99 including the Magpie Seafood Pot with a side of chips.
Expect there to be a queue most days – we promise it’s worth the wait though. Read our review of the Magpie Cafe here.
Address: 14 Pier Rd, Whitby YO21 3PU, UK
Phone: +44 1947 602058
The Little Dining Room at The York Arms, Harrogate
Nestled amongst the green rolling hills of the Nidderdale Valley, this former coaching inn offers an unforgettable dining experience to suit all budgets.
Michelin starred chef Francis Atkins has carefully put together a creative menu that showcases Yorkshire’s finest products. As the Yorke Arms is such a highly regarded establishment it may be a bit of a surprise that this restaurant has made it onto the cheap eats list.
Well, it is certainly not the cheapest place to dine but it is far more affordable then you might first think. Of the two onsite restaurants, The Little Dining Room is the cheaper option.
It is located in an 11th Century cheesery and all ingredients are grown on site in the kitchen garden. The menu changes daily but expect to find plenty of seafood dishes including the Whitby Crab and Cured Salmon for £15, and a Cured Halibut and Lobster Buckwheat pancake.
If you are looking to treat yourself without blowing the latest paycheck all at once, this restaurant is ideal.
Address: Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, HG3 5RL
Phone: +44 1423 755243
Greedy Pig, Whitby
Cheap, cheerful, and oh so delicious, the Greedy Pig is a straightforward bacon butty shop.
More than just the average streaky bacon, the Greedy Pig specialises in freshly cut slices of pork along with a helping of stuffing and apple sauce wedged between two slices of bread.
Eat inside or get it go if you’re in a hurry. The Greedy Pig is one of Whitby’s go-to destinations for both locals and visitors alike, just make sure you are hungry.
Address: 5 Golden Lion Bank, Whitby YO21 3BS, UK
Phone: +44 1947 821484